Archive for February, 2011

Feb 28 2011

Our eagles have landed

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Every winter we get a pair of bald eagles here at the Town Lakes for just a week or two.  Welcome visitors, but they don’t stay long and are hard to get a good photo of.  This morning I caught one on the melting lake ice and this afternoon roosting in a far away tree.  

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Feb 28 2011

Talkin’ Turkey

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 The Colorado Division of Wildlife will host three free seminars in March and early April about hunting wild turkey in Colorado as a part of Hunter Outreach Program efforts to educate and engage new and experienced hunters in the sport.  Turkey hunting is the fastest growing type of hunting in the United States.  More at  HOW: To register for any of the seminars, please e-mail or call (303) 291-7804 and leave a message with your name, CID number, address and phone number.



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Feb 27 2011

Calving Time

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I still love to watch the little newborns.  They are hitting the ground pretty early this year.

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Feb 24 2011

the Weekend

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After a somewhat warming week we are now expecting  more unsettled weekend weather.  But returning to dry and clear next week. 

 Meanwhile, come join us this Saturday night at La Veta Inn private Wine Tasting  Fundraiser for our Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center. Begins at 5:00 PM and tickets are $40 per person from Lynette at 719 738-5100.

Sunday will be the Winter Show at SPACe Gallery in La Veta with reception from 4:00 til 6:00.   In addition to over 20 artists showing, our own Kathy Hill will also be presenting an oil painting demonstration.  Check it out online at

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Feb 22 2011

FFA Dinner

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Come out and support the local FFA Dinner and Auction on Thursday night, Feb. 24 at the 4-H Barn starting at 5:00 PM.   Dinner is $7.

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Feb 22 2011

Cantrell Gives Resort Update

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Last week Bruce Cantrell of Cuchara Mountain Resort provided a comprehensive update to La Veta and Cuchara area residents regarding the continuing work to revitalize the Resort.  The comments were provided at the Saturday community meeting and comprehensive planning discussion.  About 40 people attended.

Nordic skiing is now open to the public for cross-country and snow shoeing.  Trails have been groomed and access use is free.  Some of the older chairlifts have already been removed and others are being re-habilitated. Meetings with US Forest Service continue to look positive.  Some modest Grants have been received thus far.  The rate and success of the Resort Revitalization will begin to depend upon other upcoming grant applications, such as the March submission for $1.5 mill in matching grants from the US Economic Development Agency.  Other applications are being submitted to US Dept. of Agriculture, Gates Family Foundation and South Central Council of Governments.

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Feb 19 2011

Need a Paramedic?

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La Veta and Cuchara are very fortunate to have a well trained staff of volunteer EMS personnel. I am very proud of  my sons, who are both paramedics in the fire, rescue and EMS field. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death, but one  in which quick intervention can oftentimes be successfull.  Your business, employer or golf course may even have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on site.  With proper training, these devices can truly become a “lifesaver”.  Check out the website and help google-juice their ranking, by clicking on   My heartfelt thanks.

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Feb 18 2011


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Need a Realtor? As spring rolls in, many people start listing their home for sale. The weather warms up and buyers, having recovered from the holidays, begin to house hunt.
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Feb 17 2011

Quality Ranch Boom

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Here is an article from Forbes about the recent sale of one of my favorite ranches.  Jeffrey and Nelson Lane family treated us to many a ride at the Bell Ranch over the years.  The article also comments on the possible exploding market in large western ranches. Seems the really smart and wealthy feel this is now a good place to put some of their liquid cash. So don’t overlook our own high-quality recreational ranches and working production ranches. Upper Echo, Bristlecone or Lower River Ranch may be just the ticket for you. Combine your investment strategy with a  lifestyle choice.

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Feb 15 2011

Cuchara Broomball

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What do we do on a winter weekend in Cuchara.  Well broomball, of course.  Cal Sandbeck and a small handfull of Cuchara locals started this little tradition just a few years ago and it continues to grow.  This Saturday, 1:00 pm at the ski resort parking area accross from Resort Headquarters, about 50 folks will gather for a lively afternoon of broomball in the snow.  Come and join us.

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