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Vol. 138, No. 112
~Continuum of Care
THURSDAY (8 a.m.) Group meets at
Fisher’s Peak Soup Kitchen, 308 Church St.
Information: Charlene Tortorice (Advocates
Against Domestic Assault) 719-846-9159
or Tom Power (Colorado Coalition for the
Homeless - Denver), 303-285-5221.
THURSDAY (8 a.m.) Meeting will be
held in the Bell Block Building’s Trinidad
Community Foundation room. Information:
Margaret Apodaca, 719-846-3943.
~Las Animas County
THURSDAY (9 a.m.) Board of County
Commissioners meeting is in the Las Animas
Courthouse, 200 E. First St., Room 201. In-
formation: 719-845-2568. COUNTY COM-
MISSIONERS: Gary Hill (719-845-2595),
Mack Louden (719-845-2592), and Anthony
THURSDAY (3 p.m.) Trinidad and Las
Animas County Board of Directors will meet
at 134 West Main Street, Suite 23 (Bell
Block). Information: 719-846-9412.
THURSDAY (7 p.m.) Spanish Peaks
Purgatoire River Conservation District meets
at the District Office. Information: 719-846-
3681 Ext. 117.
“How can anyone ever love
you for who you are if you
become someone else to be
~Holy Trinity Flea Market
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (8 a.m.-2 p.m.)
The annual Holy Trinity Flea Market will be
held in the Sebastiani gym. Proceeds will
benefit the church restoration project.
~Annual Book Sale
FRIDAY (8 a.m.-2 p.m.) Mount San
Rafael Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Book Sale
fundraiser will be in the lobby of the hospi-
tal, 410 Benedicta Ave. Information: Sylvia
~Community Blood Drive
FRIDAY (Noon-4 p.m.) Help save a life!
Bonfils Blood Drive will be held in the Pio-
neer Room at Trinidad State Junior College,
600 Prospect St. Sign-up and information:
Bonfils Appointment Center, 800-365-0006
FRIDAY (5 p.m.) The Trinidad American
Legion meets the first Friday of the month at
the Elks Club on Maple St. Information: John
~FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE!
THIS FRIDAY (7-10 p.m.) Kids from 13-
18 can join in the fun at the Mt. Carmel Com-
munity Center for music, dancing, snacks,
games and more. Event is free (parents/
guardian must sign in and out for 13 – 17
year old teens). Sponsored by TSJC and lo-
cal merchants. Facebook info: https://www.
~Stonewall Fishing Tournament
SATURDAY (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) Join in the
fun at the 18th Annual Stonewall Fire Aux-
iliary’s Fishing Tournament at Monument
Lake. Registration and information: www.
~Philosophy Discussion Group
SATURDAY (12:30 – 2 p.m.) Join this
free discussion group at the Lava Yoga Stu-
dio, 828 Arizona. RSVP: 719-846-2325 or
email: www/lavayogastudio.com. Everyone
SUNDAY: Group only meets for 11 a.m.
Mass at Holy Trinity Church during June and
July. Questions, call Rose Mestas at (719)
~ Meditation Group
SUNDAY (11 a.m.) You are invited to
experience what meditation can do for you.
This free group meets at the La Quinta Inn on
Toupal Drive. Information: Noah Simpson,
719-680-0109 or 224-430-4322.
~TRINIDAD LAKE STATE PARK
Information: Park Office, 719-846-3818
*FRIDAY (8 p.m.) “Ranger Campfire
Talk” at the park amphitheater.
*SATURDAY (9 a.m.) “Kids Nature
Walk About the Campground,” come
enjoy “Pretty, Prickly and Pervasive Plants”
with Karen Wolf. Group meets at the Visitors’
*SATURDAY (8 p.m.) “Star Party on
Carpios Ridge,” will be a terrific night view-
ing of our galactic wonders with Dr. Robert
Philbin at the amphitheater.
*SUNDAY (6 p.m.) NEW THIS YEAR:
A Ranger Hike every Sunday night thru
Labor Day. Meet at the Visitor’s Center to
begin the adventure.
~Annual Family Fun Days
JUNE 19-22: Join the family-friendly
festivities at the 2nd Annual Family Fun Days
to be held at the Las Animas County Fair-
grounds on N. Linden St. Activities include
live bands, food vendors, arts and crafts and
carnival rides. Admission to the event is free.
~Vacation Bible School
JUNE 23-27 (9 a.m.-Noon) Fishers
Peak Community Church will hold it’s annual
Vacation Bible School for kids (K-6th Grade)
at the church, 10377 Santa Fe Grail Drive.
Information: 719-846-6018 (M-Th 10 a.m.-
WeatherWatchThursday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly
sunny, with a high near 80. N-NW wind 5
to 15 mph becoming E-SE in the afternoon.
New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth
of an inch. Night: A 30 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms, mainly before
midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
55. SE wind 5 to 15 mph.
Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly
sunny, with a high near 79. SWwind 5 to 10
mph becoming E-SE in the morning. New
rainfall amounts between a tenth and quar-
ter of an inch. Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 55. SE wind around 5 mph
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. NW wind
around 10 mph becoming east northeast in
the afternoon. Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 53.
RiverCallPurgatoire River Call as of:
06/04/14. Picketwire ditch: Pri-
ority # 106 / Appropriation date:
Trinidad Reservoir Accounting:
Release 798.26 AF
Inflow 559.92 AF -- 282.29 CFS
Evaporation 18.66 AF
Content 13,847 AF
Downstream River Call / Nine
Mile Canal: 05/10/1887.
Bruce Leonard / The Chronicle-News
The Stonewall Fire Auxiliary will host the 18th Annual Monument Lake Fishing
Tournament on Saturday. Over the years, the event has grown in popularity,
drawing visitors from around the state and region to enjoy fishing and beautiful
By Adam Sperandio
The Stonewall Fire Auxiliary
will hold its 18th annual fishing
tournament this Saturday, June 7,
at Monument Lake, located about
37 miles west of Trinidad on High-
way 12. The tournament is open to
all ages, and participants are not
required to have fishing licenses.
Proceeds will benefit the Stone-
wall Fire Auxiliary, which sup-
ports the Stonewall Fire Depart-
The tournament is extremely
popular, drawing participants
from near and far. “We always
have a good turnout,” said Nancy
Sinor, head of the Stonewall Fire
Auxiliary. “We average around
300 to 400 entrants for the tourna-
ment every year. They come from
all over — Texas, Kansas, New
Mexico. I usually stay at Monu-
ment Lake the night before so I
can get everything ready in the
morning, and it is already full. It’s
going to be pretty big.”
Cash prizes of $3,000 will be
given away to the first-, second-
and third-place finishers in men’s,
women’s and youth classes, based
on the heaviest fish. One lucky
angler whose ticket is drawn will
walk away with $1,000 in cold,
hard cash just for showing up and
registering to fish. Gift certificates
for a night in Cripple Creek are
also up for grabs.
“Five hundred dollars will go
to the first-place winners, $300 for
second place and $200 for third,”
Sinor said. “We also will give
away $1,000 in cash, donated from
Tercio Ranch, and a quilt made by
the Stonewall Quilters. Last year
the gentleman who won caught a
4 pound, 2 ounce trout fly fishing.”
Registration starts at 7 a.m.,
with orientation taking place
shortly thereafter. The tourna-
ment will officially start at 9 a.m.
The cost to register is $20 for
adults and $15 for youths under
16 years old. Boats and live bait
are prohibited, and anglers must
fish from the shore, but they are
encouraged to use whatever else
they can find in their tackle boxes.
For more information, call 719-
868-2249 or visit www.stonewall-
event to make big
splash on Saturday
ANNUAL FISHING TOURNAMENT
Friday Night Live
offers fun for teensBy Steve Block
Teenagers often get a little
bored once school lets out in late
spring and they’re faced with the
ate the boredom, a local committee
is sponsoring a series of free sum-
mer events for teens called Friday
Night Live. A parent or guardian
must be present to sign kids into
and out of all of the events.
The Kick Off to Summer event
will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
on Friday, June 6 at the Mt. Carm-
el Health, Wellness and Communi-
ty Center, located at 911 Robinson
Ave. Music, dancing and games
will be featured for kids from ages
13 to 18, and snacks will be served.
The teens will also get the chance
to hone their baseball-throwing
skills by trying to send their teach-
ers into a dunk tank.
The purpose of the Friday
Night Live events is to give teenag-
ers a positive atmosphere and fun
things to do during the summer.
A costume party featuring a
haunted house will be featured
from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday,
June 13 at the Trinidad Communi-
ty Center, located at 1309 Beshoar
Ave. This fun event will be a pre-
view of Halloween, as the kids get
to check out each other’s costumes
in preparation for the end-of-Octo-
ber witching hour to come.
Teens are invited to the Sec-
ond Annual Trinidad Family Fun
Days, which will be held from
Thursday, June 19 to Sunday,
June 22 at the Las Animas County
Fairgrounds. This year’s activities
will include the Sun Valley Rides
Carnival, live bands, food vendors
and arts-and-crafts booths. Other
activities are still being added ev-
ery week. Admission to the festi-
val and listening to the live bands
are free. This is an alcohol-free,
family-friendly event. Pre-sale
wristbands are available for sale
now for those wanting to go on the
carnival rides. Contact Tom Davis
for a list of local ticket outlets or
other information about the festi-
val at 719-680-4677.
A pool party and movie night
will offer the chance for both in-
door and outdoor enjoyment from
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 27
at the City swimming pool, which
is located just south of the commu-
Friday Night Live offers teens
the chance to shake off those sum-
mer doldrums with fun and whole-
Steve Block / The Chronicle-News
Tai Dixon, left, and Josiah Gonzales shoot some hoops while cooling off at the
Trinidad Family Aquatic Center, which will also be the scene of a Friday Night
Live pool party and movie night for teens on Friday, June 27.
TSJC offers free college financial-aid counseling
Special to The Chronicle-News
Sometimes the process of filling out the pa-
perwork before heading to college can seem
daunting. But through the federal program
called TRiO, help is available in Trinidad, Ra-
ton and Walsenburg. Kandy Ruiz is the new
TRiO - Educational Opportunity Center Site
Coordinator at Trinidad State Junior College.
Ruiz provides help with college admissions,
financial-aid applications, the Colorado Oppor-
tunity Fund (COF), scholarship information,
student loans and even GED. TRiO oversees
eight programs aimed at helping first-gener-
ation college students, as well as low-income
students, get a college education.
Ruiz has an office in the Berg Building,
Room 209 on the Trinidad State Junior College
Campus, and she is available Monday through
Wednesday each week. She also is available to
help prospective students in Raton on Thurs-
days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 130 Park Avenue
in Raton, as well as Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at the Workforce Center in Walsenburg at
928 Russell Ave.
To schedule an appointment, call 719-859-
5689 or 1-800-621-8752, ext. 5689.
Photo courtesy of Greg Boyce
Kandy Ruiz, TRiO and Educational Opportunity
Center Site Coordinator at Trinidad State, splits her
time among Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.