The Pueblo West View

Briefly: Jan. 5

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Missing Pieces

Majestic Baptist Church bible Study “Missing Pieces” will be from Jan. 12 through Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The study will be facilitated by Alison Mohrman and Karen Pickering.

Does God care?  Is He fair?  Is He even there?  Jennifer reminds us that although we may know all the right answers, they don’t always feel right.  This video-driven, conversational style Bible study explores these and other questions in this realistic look at the messy, mysterious uncertainties of faith.  God’s ways don’t always make sense, but He is trustworthy.  Come close to Him.  Trust Him more than your feelings.  God will reveal Himself and fill in your missing pieces.  (A student book will not be used, and there will be no homework.

For more information, call 252-4642.


Diabetes prevention

Parkview Medical Center will hold the first of its weekly diabetes prevention classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6 in the hospital’s Columbine conference room.

Registration is required. To do so, call 584-7320.

Students in the class will learn techniques and skills to lose weight, be more physically active and manage stress. A trained team of lifestyle coaches will be on hand to help with guidance and encouragement.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include being 45 years old or older, overweight, having a family with a history of Type 2 diabetes, having diabetes while pregnant, having high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

Registration is limited to 20 students, but the class will be offered throughout the year.


Senior potluck

The Pueblo West Senior potluck luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Recreation Center, 312 E. George St. in Pueblo West

Bring eating utensils and a dish to share.

Coffee and tea provided.

Program for the month is White Elephant Bingo.

Bring a wrapped gift to swap.

For more information, call Marie at 778-7373 or Bette at 547-0117.


Women’s League meet

The Pueblo West Women’s League will host its monthly meeting on Jan. 10.

Arrive at 11:15 a.m. for sign-in; lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Pueblo West Library, rooms A & B.  

Lunch is $10 for members and guests.  

This month, there will be a taco and tostada bar provided by Goodfellas.   

Reserve a spot via email to with number of guests no later than Jan. 4.  

The Pueblo West Women’s League is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for needed causes in Pueblo West.

If you are interested in getting involved in the community and making new friends, come for lunch as a guest and get acquainted.

For more information, please email or follow us on Facebook.


NAMI Program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeast Colorado is beginning a free monthly community education series on the mental illnesses and the issues around them.

The first presentation is scheduled at 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the First Presbyterian Church, 220 W. 10th Street, Pueblo, on the topic “Spanish Peaks to Health Solutions: How the transition benefits those receiving services from Spanish Peaks.” The speaker will be Jason Chippeaux, deputy clinical officer, Health Solutions.


Cheese Making

Making cheese at home is simple and fun.

Cheese making will be offered by the Colorado State University Extension-Pueblo County from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and discover how to safely make soft cheeses.

Class fee $25.

Registration is required.

To register, mail or bring payment (cash of checks only) to CSU Extension, 701 Court Street, Suite C, Pueblo, 81005 or register by credit card online at

Call 583-6566 for more information.

Space is limited.


Food safety training

Are you interested in bringing your home-made food products to market?

This training offered by CSU Extension- Pueblo County will provide food safety training required by the Colorado Cottage Food Act.

Extension Agent, Laura Krause, will present Cottage Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 7 at CSU Extension, 701 Court Street, Suite C, in Pueblo.

Learn foods that are permissible in the Cottage Foods Act, ingredient labeling requirements, as well as basic food safety for a home business.

Registration fee of $40.

Register online at

For more information, call 719-583-6566.

If you have a disability for which you seek an accommodation, notify the office at 583-6566 at least five business days prior to the event.


Photo entries

The Southern Colorado Photography Society and the InfoZone News Museum at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library will accept entries for its co-sponsored 2017 Annual Photography Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Ryals Room on the fourth floor.

This show will be judged by Steve Bigley, who boasts 25 years of professional photography experience as former owner of Advanced Photo Solutions and who currently works as an imaging and print specialist at Pueblo Community College.

Categories for this show are: Professional color, Professional black and white, Non-professional color, Non-professional black and white, Student (under 19 years of age) and Portrait (open in all categories, with model release).

There is a maximum of two entries per person. Entry fees are $9 per entry for Southern Colorado Photography Society members; $10 per entry for non-members; and $5 per entry for students.

Maximum outside frame size is 22”x30” with gallery wraps, metal and laminated prints acceptable. All entries must be ready to hang with wire on the back.

For more information and entry forms, please email To find out more about the Society, follow on Facebook at Southern Colorado Photography Society.


Gardener training

The Colorado State University-Extension in Pueblo County is now taking applications for the 2017 Colorado Master Gardener training course.

This program is for garden enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Participants learn science based gardening information and become involved in their communities through volunteer outreach activities.

There are volunteer based, and non-volunteer based options available.

The 10-week course begins Jan. 26.

For more information and to obtain an application, visit the website at, or contact the CSU Extension office at 583-6566.


Special donation

The Pueblo West Knights of Columbus Council 12020 recently donated $2,000 to the Southeast Area Colorado Special Olympics bowling tournament.

The support enabled Special Olympics, Colorado to provide the regional (Pueblo) competition to more than 373 athletes, partners and coaches.

This is the highest number of athletes who have ever competed in regional bowling tournament; it is the third year that Knights have contributed $2,000 to the bowling tournament.

The Knights also have donated $1,000 each year the past two years to Special Olympics for their basketball Tournament.

Also past five years Knights have donated $10,000 for the Southeast Area Special Olympic Track and Field events to include volunteers and presentation of Colors by Knights Color Corp.


Nominate a nurse

Nominate a special nurse for the 2017 Southeastern Colorado Regional Nightingale Nurse Recognition Event.

Think about a nurse who has touched you or your family. Nurses make an incredible difference in people’s lives every day!

The Colorado Nurses’ Association and Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center are soliciting nominations for the annual Southeastern Colorado Regional Nightingale Nurse Recognition Event. The regional event will be held at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Nominations are encouraged by community members and other health care professionals. This event will recognize exceptional nurses who are working or retired from nursing in southeastern Colorado.

Submit applications on-line at

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 16 and deadline for all supporting documents is Jan. 15, 2017.

For information, call 544-7833.


Gathering firewood

It is once again that time of year when the days get shorter and the nights get cooler.

To help keep park visitors warm this season, Lake Pueblo State Park is once more allowing visitors to gather firewood within park boundaries.

Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, driftwood found along the shorelines may be taken for personal use by visitors with a park pass and a free permit. No other wood, including limbs and branches on live or dead standing trees, may be gathered.

Permits are unlimited and can be found at the park’s Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week.

Each permit will include a map that shows where wood may be gathered.


stress-free me course

A Holiday Stress-Free Me Course is at Open Studio Yoga, 120 Colorado Ave., in Pueblo.

The class meets twice a week from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

The classes offer finding more balance and more sanity during the eight-week course.

This one-hour flow is designed to work out stress on the mat with 35 minutes of vinyasa, and then relax the body with some mat work before settling into a much-deserved savasana. Registration is $100.

There is space for up to 12 students.

For more information, contact 371-6781 or email, or check out the Facebook page at



Mountain Shadows Baptist Church runs JOY CLUB (Jesus, Others & You) each Sunday, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

For kids ages 3 years old through 6th grade.

Each week there is a Bible lesson, Scripture memorization, games, songs and prizes.

For more information, contact 561-0977.; 947 N. Gantts Fort Ave.


New Bible study group 

Come explore the book of Revelations in a DVD Bible Study held on Monday evenings through Jan. 2. 

The class will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West, 434 S. Conquistador Ave.

The class is limited to 25 participants. 

Call 547-3088 to reserve your spot.


Awana clubs

Majestic Baptist Church will host Awana Clubs (Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed) on Thursdays, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For kids 3 years old to 5th grade.

There will be fun games, practical Bible lessons, Bible memorization, Grand Prix races, and crazy contests.

Register at the Church Office or email; 494 E Hemlock Dr, 647-9200,


PW Tennis Players

Pueblo West tennis players come together at the Civic Center Drive tennis courts for pick-up tennis 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  

All levels of tennis players are welcome to join us.  

Contact Gary Weaver at for more information. 


Pueblo West Swim Club

Pueblo West Swim Club director Cheryl Higdon-Holloway sent eight out of 12 swimmers from the Pueblo West Swim Club team to the local Regional Championship Swim Meet, with three of the swimmers being new to the team this year! 

If you are interested in becoming part of the PWSC, the new season starts Sept. 6.

Try outs are the third week of every month. 

Call 505-469-0048 or visit our web site: Pueblo West Swim Club.


Air Force Association

The Mel Harmon Chapter 128 of the Air Force Association meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum at 31001 Magnuson.

The Air Force Association is strictly a volunteer organization and membership is open to all civilians and veterans.

The association is a nonprofit service organization comprised of men and women dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Aerospace education of school children. 

It also supports wounded disabled veterans and Veteran’s-Homes -confined veterans.

For more information, call 547-3302.


Backcountry Horsemen

The Rocky Mountain Back Country Horsemen will meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Penrose Community Center, 401 4th Ave, Penrose.

This is a group of horsemen and women whose main purpose is to assist federal agencies, especially the BLM and Forest Service, in such projects as clearing blowdowns from forest trails or building new trail sections. It also schedule rides just for fun, and we welcome new members.

For more information, call 719-275-5094.


PW Horsemen Association

Pueblo West Horsemen’s Association, a local trail riding club, meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Pueblo West VFW located at 127 E. Spaulding Avenue at 7 p.m. 

Happy Hour Rendezvous are held on the first Friday of each month at 5 p.m. 

Monthly trail rides are held the third weekend of each month. 

Club dues are $30. 

For more information, contact 250-0720 or check our Facebook page. 


Aerie, Auxiliary

The Pueblo West Eagles Aerie meeting is the first and third Wednesday of the month.

The Auxiliary meeting is the second and fourth Monday of the month.

All members are welcome, and the meetings begin at 7 p.m.


Breakfast AT THE VFW

The Pueblo West VFW Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave., is serving breakfast every fourth Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m.

The menu will be scrambled eggs,sausage links, pancakes or waffles, biscuits and gravy, coffee and orange juice.

Cost is $6.


Fourth Friday

The VFW Post 5812 is serving dinners every fourth Friday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 127 E. Spaulding in Pueblo West.

The menu varies month to month.

The cost is $8 per person.

Profits from the dinners are used to promote various programs that benefit veterans and their families.

For more information, call 547-2770.



Family Bingo is at 7 p.m. every Monday night at the Pueblo West Eagles, 348 S. McCulloch Blvd.

Children who are old enough to play are welcome.

Hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza will be on sale at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 647-9261.


Friday night dinners sET

Friday night dinners are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Pueblo West Eagles, 348 S. McCulloch Blvd.

The menu varies each Friday.

Karaoke follows at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 647-9261.


Jam Session ON SUNDAYS

A Sunday Jam Session with the Pueblo West Eagles is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 647-9261.


Disabled Veterans

The San Isabel Chapter 2 and Auxiliary Unit 2 of the Disabled American Veterans meet at 6 p.m. for dinner and at 7 p.m. for a meeting every third Thursday of the month at 701 W. 9th Street.

For more information, call Commander Don Sandoval at 565-9370.

All veterans and families welcome.


Pilots, aircraft

Pilots, or if you want to be pilots in general aviation or experimental, come join this group to share your flying or aircraft building experience.

Call Experimental Aircraft Association President Ron Davidson at 647-2386 for more information.


Neighbor Crime SITE

Every first and third Tuesday of the month, a free community-style ear acupuncture clinic for veterans, active military and spouses is offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 44 E. Spaulding Ave.

The treatment can improve sleep, anxiety, stress, depression, physical and emotional pain, overall well-being and PTSF symptoms.


Mystery book club

The Pueblo West Mystery Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Pueblo West Library.

For more information, call Kathy at 322-8185.


PUEBLO WEST book club

PW book club meets
The Pueblo West Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. the last Monday of each month at the Pueblo West Library, 298 Joe Martinez Blvd.

All interested adults are welcome.

Call 547-4247 for more information.


Al-Anon family group

A second Al-Anon family group has started in Pueblo West.

The group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. every Sunday at SonRise Church, 421 E. Spaulding Ave, Room 115.

For more information, call 547-9589.


Volunteer programs

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for three of our volunteer programs.

Courier Details and Requirements.

For more than 14 years, the Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Couriers have provided daily delivery service to the Sheriff’s Office and related criminal justice agencies. 

Applications are available at the Sheriff’s Pueblo West Substation, 320 E. Joe Martinez Blvd., and Emergency Services Bureau, 320 10th St. B-1 (Judicial Building basement) in Pueblo. 

For more information, call Sherri Herrera 583-6204 or John Parmenter 647-0547.

ACOVA Details and Requirements. Since 1991, ACOVA has been committed to ensuring the rights of victims.

They work to offer support to victims of crime by directing them to the appropriate resources and being there for Pueblo County citizens and guests in times of crisis. 

Volunteers are required to participate in an extensive training program and are expected to be available as on-call support a minimum of two 24-hour periods each month.

For more information, call Jan Curtis 553-2490 or Jennifer Olmstead 553-2460.


Horseshoe lodge

The HORSESHOE LODGE at Mountain Park Environmental Center Experience the quiet peace of Nature in the newly renovated lodge that offers beautiful and comfortable accommodations for a wonderful night’s sleep.

You can easily book a room on-line by going to and click Book one of our Rooms.

Also available for Group Retreats.

For group rates, information, or to schedule a group rental, call 719-485-4444 or email


Write Now forming

Pueblo Write Now, a group open to writers and potential writers who are interested in sharing their experiences, will hold twice-monthly meetings.

The meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Wesley United Methodist Church, 85 Stanford Ave.

There is no charge to join Pueblo Write Now, but steady participation of members is a goal. For more information, contact Ledema Renfrow at 544-7918 or



The Pueblo City-County Library District’s Adult Literacy Program, along with Pueblo County United Way, Catholic Charities and the Department of Social Services, has launched the photo campaign Adults READ in Our Community to increase awareness of the importance of adult literacy in the community.

The photo campaign features six local Pueblo “celebrities” reading with children. They include Christie Koschke, Colorado State University-Pueblo softball coach; Luis Velez, Pueblo police chief; Kirk Taylor, Pueblo County sheriff; Shawn Shelton, Pueblo fire chief; state Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo; and state Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo. The photos will be on display at all library locations as well as Downtown and will be shared through social media.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Jackie Swanson, adult literacy coordinator, at 553-0206 or email


EZ Protein preorders

Pueblo-based EZ Protein is set to release its second generation of protein drink machine and, for the first time, is accepting pre-orders at

The protein drink machine was invented by Ryan Madic, a 17-year-old Pueblo high school student, and is a past winner of the Southern Colorado Entrepreneurship Competition.

The new version will include the ability to use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections to allow users to control the machine through a smartphone app set to roll out next year, the company says.

Love and Logic class

Catholic Charities of Pueblo will offer a three-part class entitled Parenting the Love and Logic Way, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at 429 W. 10th St.

Get parenting answers to many frustrating situations.

Cost is $25 per person or $30 per couple (sliding fee scale available). Child care is available.

To register, call 543-7739 ext. 120. Deadline is Jan. 27.

Review board applicants

The Pueblo County Juvenile Community Review Board is seeking qualified candidates to serve on its board.

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Jan. 7 and can be submitted by accessing the county’s website at Select Boards & Commissions and click on Upcoming Term Expirations to access the online application.

Corn Growers

The National Corn Growers Association 52nd annual National Corn Yield Contest for 2016 produced two area winners: Brian Knapp, Rocky Ford, 323.06, first place, Irrigated; and Steve Mauro, Pueblo, 288.87, second place, Irrigated.

Improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques and innovative growing practices helped corn growers achieve ever-higher yields in 2016.

Nationally, the 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 375 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 175.3.

While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first-, second- and third-place farmers in all production categories topped out at 521.39.

“The contest . . . generates data that impacts future production practices across the industry,” said Brent Hostetler, chair of NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team.

Property Tax Work-Off

The Pueblo County Board of County Commissioners approved $50,000 for the 2017 Property Tax Work-Off Program.

The program is for seniors 60 years and older and adults with disabilities who own their homes. They may find assistance in paying their property taxes through a program in which citizens volunteer to perform community service for local agencies.

Applications are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 27through Dec. 29 and Jan. 3-6 at the Housing and Human Services Building, 2631 E. Fourth St.

Completed applications will be accepted at 8:15 a.m. beginning Jan. 4 at Housing and Human Services.

Seniors receiving the State Homestead exemption may participate. Eligible seniors may contribute their experience and knowledge at local agencies while receiving assistance in paying their property taxes.

Available funding is limited so participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 583-6110.

Hometown Heroes

The annual Pueblo Hometown Heroes Dinner honors a longstanding tradition of humanitarianism and heroism in the community by recognizing local individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact.

Michael Occhiato is being recognized with the Humanitarian Award for his work that has improved the Pueblo community and the lives of fellow citizens through philanthropy and leadership.

The dinner is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave.

Anyone interested in attending or sponsoring the event, should contact Tom Gonzalez at 785-2701 or

Esgar, Hansen, CDC

State Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Rep.-elect Chris Hansen, D-Denver, were appointed Friday to serve on the Joint Capital Development Committee and Rep. Esgar was chosen by her colleagues Monday to chair the committee for the next year.

The CDC is responsible for reviewing funding requests for new construction, maintenance or renovation from state agencies and makes prioritized recommendations to the Joint Budget Committee.

push for plates

As the petition drive to establish a Pueblo Chile license plate is 1,000 signatures short of the necessary 3,000, Pueblo County and state Rep. Daneya Esgar are asking supporters of the Pueblo Chile Growers to lend a hand.

A link to the chile plate petition appears on the Pueblo Chile Growers Association Facebook page. Any resident of Colorado can sign the document.

Once 3,000 signatures are obtained, Esgar plans to present a bill that would establish the chile plate.

Hickenlooper appointments

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday announced the appointment of The Honorable Pamela Sue Bricker to the Adams State University Board of Trustees. Bricker, a resident of Del Norte, is a former Rio Grande County commissioner. Her term continues until Dec. 31, 2020. The board makes policy for the school and oversees its operation.

William Dean Singleton was reappointed to the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2020.

The board selects the presidents of the schools and generally oversees the schools, including determination of salaries and tuition, conferring degrees and carrying out other legal functions.

The Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners reappointed Virginia “Ginny” Vietti of Frisco. Ralph Paul Youngs of Steamboat Springs was also appointed.

The board directs and supervises the Colorado State Fair and Industrial Exposition; terms expire Nov. 1, 2020.

First Friday Art Walk

The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Jan. 6.

Many businesses will be taking a break from First Friday Art Walk this month. Ring in the new year by visiting Steel City Art Works and other businesses that will be open.

First Friday Art Walk will resume as usual throughout Pueblo Creative Corridor on Feb. 3.

Visitors create their own walking art tour of a variety of locations by starting at one gallery, picking up a free Creative Corridor Explorer’s Guide, and traveling on to another destination after mingling with the artists.

The free guide is available in galleries and participating businesses and includes a plan of activities and a map.

More information can be found at or follow on

For information on the Pueblo Creative Corridor, call 855-543-2430 or find at

Union Avenue Historic District

The Daily Grind Café, 209 S. Union Ave.— Celebrate our local talent at monthly open mic! Sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m.

Steel City Art Works, 216 S. Union Ave.—Featured artists include Lisa Gillen, showing stained glass panels and fused glass items, and Irene Grissom, showing a variety of paintings: acrylics, inks and hyper-realistic.

Refreshments served.

The sponsors for the 2017 First Friday Art Walk are: Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Legacy Bank, Pueblo Events, Pueblo Arts Alliance, Colorado Creative Industries and National Endowment for the Arts. Pueblo Arts Alliance promotes the production, enjoyment and collaboration of the arts for the purposes of economic development and an enriched quality of life in Pueblo.

As administrator of the Pueblo Creative Corridor, a Colorado Certified Creative District, the Arts Alliance is supported by Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation.

Daylight Book Club

A Pueblo West Daylight Book Club meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Pueblo West Library.

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