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Trinidad Feature


Summer Rocks


Healthy Living Be Smart. Eat Strawberries. SoCO Services

30 Education Wild and Romptacular SCRT Summer Camp


Business Spotlight 40 Years Later and Still Looking Good A Tribute to Fathers


Family Time More Veggies Please SoCO Dining

11 Entertainment Stitched Up Heart ArtoCade Comes to Trinidad 13 15

Trinidad Sports A Whirling Dervish


Fresh Air Growing Time is Here! SoCO Nightlife


Is Your Infant’s Development on Target


Hot Tips An Ancient Art for Ageless Skin


Healthy Living Chakras


Hot Tips Natural Does Not Mean Neutral


Trinidad Hall of Fame Make It, Don’t Break It


Art and Music For the Love of Art


Healthy Living Participating in Life


Around Trinidad With Hands Untied

SoCO Lodging Hall of Fame Things My Father Taught Me

16 Hall of Shame Hackers: Criminals, Geniuses or Revolutionaries 18


SoCO Shopping


SoCO Sports Trinidad State Softball Coach Heads to All Star Week SoCO Entertainment


SoCO Style and Beauty Decorate Your Temple

22 Horoscopes 24

Paw News Cat Nap


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45 New Views What’s Left Behind Education Hidden Treasure on Trinidad State Campus 48 Government New Cruisers in Town 49

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Around SoCO Summertime Events Canon City June 21-22 July 4

Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival Fourth of July celebration, Royal Gorge Bridge and fireworks show


Ready, Set, Go! It’s time to make the memories of your best summer ever! By Kathleen Donnelly

June 15 July 4

La Junta July 4

Cuchara Country Music Fest Cuchara Independence Day Parade

Frontier Fourth of July Celebration at Bent’s Old Fort

La Veta

It’s summertime at last and the livin’ is easy, exciting, enlightening and exhilarating. This summer in Southern Colorado you can brave whitewater rapids or paddle around an alpine lake; wonder at brightly colored hot air balloons as they float up and away in the fresh, early morning air over Raton, NM, or marvel at the flash, pop and whistle of a fireworks display in an inky 4th of July night.

July 6-7 Sept 26-29


June 21-23 June-Sept July 4 Jul 22-27 Aug 23-Sept 2 Sept 20-22

In a grandstand seat you can hold your breath for that one motionless second before the chute is opened while the cowboy balances before the bull accelerates into the dusty arena. You can laugh with the sheer joy of the bright, colorful, quirky 1st Annual ArtoCade in Trinidad. Tune into a symphony, tap your toes to bluegrass, stir to the bagpipes, and you’ll be singing, “Oh what a beautiful morning…,” for a week after you have watched a performance of the Musical “Oklahoma” by the Steel City Theatre Company in Pueblo. You can glide along on a concert train for a concert on a mountaintop; you can feel the drums and thrill to the traditional dances and ornate costumes of the Koshare Indian Dancers in La Junta. Slide down a sand dune at the Great Sand Dunes National Park or fly down the Soaring Eagle Zip Line and experience the other spine-tingling rides at the Royal Gorge Park. For those who will settle for slightly less adrenaline, you can drive or walk over the Royal Gorge Bridge with endless mountains and sky above and deep, scenic canyon with tiny Arkansas River rafters far, far below. You can take a 4-wheel drive tour to see the astonishing dinosaur trackways of colossal plant-eating aptosaurs, aka brontosaurs, who weighed 33-38 tons, and smaller (1.9-5.5 tons), fiercer, carnivorous allosaurs from the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation. Don’t let the summer go by without a SoCO camp-out with glowing coals and the smoky smell of a campfire (or not, depending upon wildfire precautions), looking up at the shimmering Milky Way, whispering spooky ghost stories, and savoring the taste of s’mores. And what is summer without the crack of the bat and a hot dog with mustard at the old ball park! Don’t miss an outing with the family to see Pecos League professional baseball teams, the Raton Osos and the Trinidad Triggers this summer. For a new kind of adventure go on a high tech treasure hunt: you can go geocaching at Trinidad Lake State Park! Geocaching is a game of seeking “treasure” using a GPS (Global Positioning System) device and GPS coordinates that are listed at GPS units are available for rent at the park’s Visitor Center. Your kids will think it’s an adventure worthy of Captain Jack Sparrow! Aaarrgh! For inspiration and sensation, explore the quiet excitement of SoCO’s art galleries and museums. There are hidden treasures and delights for everyone, whether you are the Collector, the Seeker, the Bold or the Dreamer. Summer is for kids, a time to let imaginations soar, it is a time for sliding and splashing and diving like seals, a time for carnivals, cotton candy and trips to the zoo on the hot and motionless days of summer. It is a time for families to have fun together All Around Southern Colorado. The whole beautiful, bright summer stretches before us with so much fun right here in Southern Colorado that we had to create this list to help you decide what you’re going to do first!

Raton, NM June 21-22 July 5-7

La Veta Art in the Park 9th Annual Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival

National Street Rod Association’s Rocky Mountain Street Rod National Farmers’ Market on the Riverwalk (Thursdays ) Rollin’ on the Riverwalk with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra National Little Britches Final Rodeo Colorado State Fair Chile & Frijoles Festival

Raton Rodeo International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally

Trinidad June 7-8 June-Oct July 12-13 July 29-Aug 2 Sept 2 Sept 13-15

Santa Fe Trail Days Festival Farmers’ Market in Cimino Park (Saturday mornings) The 3rd Annual Mt. Carmel Festival Las Animas County Fair Labor Day Parade ArtoCade Art Car Parade and Festivities

Walsenburg June 21-22 June 22


Spanish Peaks International Shoot Out KSPK Texaco Country Showdown

July 11-14 High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival Aug 17-18 Wet Mountain Western Jubilee Sept 7 High Peaks Music Festival

Summer Concerts in SoCO Colorado State Fair Pueblo Aug 23 Aug 24 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 1

Randy Hauser Dwight Yoakam The Oak Ridge Boys Little Big Town Seether Lynyrd Skynyrd Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Concert Trains – Mountaintop Concerts Rio Grande Scenic Railroad June 15, 16 June 22,23 June 29,30 July 6,7 July 13,14 July 20,21 July 27,28 Aug 3,4 Aug 10,11 Aug 17,18 Aug 24,25 Sept 7,8 Sept 14,15

Cuchara June 15

La Junta June-July

Trinidad June 22

Flying W Wranglers The Rifters Michael Martin Murphey Suzy Boggus Joey + Rory Trout Fishing In America Michael Martin Murphey Roy Rivers Ricky Skaggs Bill and Michael Hearne Michael Martin Murphey Flying W Wranglers Michael Martin Murphey

Cuchara Country Music Fest

Koshare Indian Dancers (17 scheduled performances)

The Colorado Springs Conservatory Performance at Mt. Carmel Center

Summer Theatre in SoCO La Junta July 25-27, Aug 1-3

La Veta

June 20-23 July 24-28


The Picketwire Players Musical/ Comedy “Urinetown” Francisco Center for the Performing Arts “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women” Francisco Center for the Performing Arts - Melodrama: “The Shame of Tombstone”

June 7,8

Steel City Theatre Company “Broadway Favorites Diva Edition” Coming Summer Musical Oklahoma

July 13,14, 19,20,21

Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre “Sunset Boulevard”


Raton’s Professional Summer Repertory Theatre Season presented by the Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts June 28,29, July 6,7,11,12 July 4,5,13,14, 20,21 July 18,19,25, 26, Aug 2,3 July 27,28, Aug 1 Aug 9,10,11

“Murder at Howard Johnson’s” “Two by Two” “Steel Magnolias” “Clue – The Musical” “School House Rock”


Opens June 21 Opens July 6 Opens July 20

Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre – “Tom, Dick and Harry” Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre – “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre – “The Last Romance”

Around SoCO Places To Go Alamosa

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado Gators Reptile Park

Canon City

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Colorado City - Bishop’s Castle Greenhorn Valley La Junta/ Trinidad

Picket Wire Canyon Rock Art and Dinosaur Tracks, U.S. Forest Service conducts 4 wheel drive(your own) tours Saturdays in April, May, June, September and October

Raton, NM

Capulin National Volcano

Outdoor SoCO Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Wildlife Areas Colorado City - Lake Isabel Greenhorn Valley Highway of Legends Blue and Bear Lakes and campground Monument Lake Resort and Camp ground North Lake John B. Farley Wildflower Trail Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area Las Animas

John Martin Reservoir, Lake Hasty campsites, birdwatching (400 species)


Lake Pueblo State Park

Raton, NM

Sugarite Canyon State Park and Lake Maloya


Trinidad Lake State Park, Trinidad Riverwalk


Lathrop State Park, Cuerno Verde & Hogback Nature Trail

Activities Around SoCO Baseball

Pecos League Pro Baseball Raton Osos, Pecos League Pro Baseball Trinidad Triggers

Geocaching Trinidad Lake State Park Golf Desert Hawk Golf Course in Pueblo West, Elmwod Golf Course in Pueblo, Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo, Safari Mini Golf in Pueblo, Epic Entertainment 19 hole Mini Golf in Pueblo, Hollydot at Colorado City, Grandote Peaks Golf Course on Hwy 12, La Junta Golf Club, La Junta Mini Golf Course, Trinidad Municipal Golf

Course, Raton Municipal Golf Course, Walsenburg Municipal Golf Course

Rafting/Tubing Arkansas River Rafting, Whitewater Kayak and Recreation Park Pueblo Riverwalk Park Shooting Sports

NRA Whittington Center

Train Rides

Rio Grande Scenic Rail Road, Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Creative SoCO La Veta

Kathy Hill’s Studio Gallery, Inner Idea Artists/Whitmore Gallery, Pinon Hill Art Gallery, Pinon Hill Pottery, Shalawalla Gallery, Spanish Peaks Arts Council – SPACe Gallery in the Park


Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Steel City Art Works, Three One Three Gallery Union Street, John Deaux Art Gallery, Steel City Art Works, Pueblo Art Guild Gallery

Raton, NM

Old Pass Gallery


Gallery Main Trinidad Area Arts Council, The Corazon Gallery, The Mitchell Art Center, Galerie Vivante, Oasis Studios, Frank Images, Golden Eagle Gallery, Elm Street Gallery June 22, July 26, August 30 Friday Night ART Trek Artwalks 5- 8 p.m.

SoCO Museums Canon City

Museum of Colorado Prisons, Dinosaur Depot Museum

La Junta

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, The Koshare Indian Museum, Otero Museum

La Veta

Francisco Fort Museum

Raton, NM

Raton Museum


Rosemount Museum, Buell Children’s Museum, Info Zone Museum, El Pueblo Museum


A.R. Mitchell Museum, Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum, Old Firehouse No. 1 Trinidad Children’s Museum, Trinidad History Museum complex includes the Bloom Mansion, The Baca House, The Santa Fe Trail Museum, and the Heritage Gardens


Museum of Friends, Walsenburg Mining Museum


HEALTHY LIVING Be Smart. Eat Strawberries! By Ellie Nenova

With their attractive appearance and excellent taste, strawberries are on many lists of favorite foods. It is known that berries are rich in antioxidants, and strawberries are no exception. They contain valuable nutritional substances, ensuring the maintenance of good health and the prevention of many diseases. Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, B group vitamins, minerals, potassium, iron and magnesium. Among the main reasons for dysfunctions of eyes are free radicals and deficiency of certain nutrients. With increasing age and lack of these protective substances harmful free radicals in the body can cause severe damage to the eyes, making them susceptible to infections, or dryness of the eyes, optic nerve degeneration, macular degeneration, vision defects. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, flavonoids, phenolic phytochemicals contained in strawberries, may help to alleviate these conditions. The fruit may be useful in disorders of eye pressure. The content of potassium in strawberries helps to maintain the correct pressure. Vitamin C, folic acid and flavonoids in strawberries have excellent antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties. Studies have shown that daily intake of fruit helps reduce the growth of tumor cells. According to researchers, the consumption of strawberries helps prevent premature disability, leading to tumor development. Chinese researchers suggest that the adoption of the fruit in large amounts may be an aid in drug therapy for the prevention of esophageal cancer. Strawberries and most plants of the Rosaceae family, have a high content of polyphenols, which largely contribute to the normal functioning of the brain. According to a study, the regular consumption of strawberries, cranberries and blackberries also helps delay degenerative processes in the brain and prevents cognitive disorders. Polyphenols in fruit, vegetables and nuts have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects through their consumption that contribute to slowing down the aging process of the tissues, including the brain.

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Sound and Cinema 1237 W. Elegante Ct, Pueblo, CO 81007 719-240-2606 Mobile Record Shredders 205 N. Elizabeth Suite 120, Pueblo, CO 81008 719-544-5460 Myxed Up Creations 217 W. Northern Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004 719-404-3030

Trinidad Phil Long Toyota 3019 Toupal Drive, Trinidad, CO 81082 877-600-5942 Commercial Street Salon & Day 257 N Commercial St, Trinidad, CO 719-846-6610 M & M Repair and Towing 1901 N Linden Ave, Trinidad, CO 719-846-8546

Strawberries are rich in potassium and magnesium. It is believed that these minerals are effective in reducing high blood pressure caused by sodium.

Fernandez Plumbing & Heating 414 E Goddard Ave, Trinidad, CO 719-846-3814

Eating strawberries is great for cardiovascular problems due to the high content of fiber, folic acid, antioxidants, and the availability of less fat. This composition produces a reduction in the level of harmful cholesterol. Some of the B vitamins that are present in strawberries are good for strengthening the heart muscle and therefore help to improve the functioning of the heart.

Redwing Electric Inc 225 E Goddard Ave, Trinidad, CO 719-846-1716

Be smart, fight cancer, protect your vision, lower cholesterol, and have a healthy heart by eating delicious strawberries!

Leone Sand & Gravel Readi Mix 2400 E Main St, Trinidad, CO 719-846-4170 New Image Advanced Dental 417 Univerity St., Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-7387 Merged Media Marketing 1513 Arizona Ave., Trinidad, CO 81082 719-433-9361 Griego Insurance Agency (GIA) 300 N. Commercial st. Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-9871 TLAC Economic Development 134 W. Main St, Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-9412

Raton Advanced Background Check 1400 Arnold St., Raton, NM 87740 505-510-22i5


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Later and Still Looking Good By Ellie Nenova Aguilar is a Statutory Town located in Las Animas County, Colorado among mountains in the heart of the Cucharas River Valley. Founded in 1888, incorporated in 1894, and named for state legislator José Ramón Aguilar. The town once boasted a population of over 2,500 in the heyday of the coal mining boom in Southern Colorado. In 1878 the railroad was built linking New Mexico to Denver, tying into rail lines that ran east of the town. It opened the Front Range for immigrants seeking a better life and business owners seeking new opportunities. In 1892 the Colorado & Southern Railway built a branch line into Aguilar town limits. This was the beginning of the years that the town experienced its growth. At its peak there were 4 hotels, numerous grocery stores and drug stores, 3 churches, a bank, a mortuary, and 14 saloons. Today the town has a population of around 520 people and some of them are business owners.

There is an old saying, “Many are called, few are chosen.” Nothing could be more truthful in small business. Business owners are cut from a very special cloth. Not everyone has what it takes to start and run a small business, especially in very small town like Aguilar.

his business from him and combined World Fauna Taxidermy Studio into our company.”

Huffman Taxidermy is a unique and successful business. Steve and Vicky Huffman are the proud owners of Huffman Mammal Studio and World Fauna Taxidermy. Many of you will ask what is Taxidermy. According to Wikipedia Taxidermy (from the Greek word for arrangement of skin) “is the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals (especially vertebrates) for display (e.g. as hunting trophies) or for other sources of study.” Taxidermy can be done on all vertebrate species of animals, including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. A person who practices taxidermy is called a taxidermist. Taxidermists may practice professionally for museums, cater to hunters and fishermen, preserve beloved pets, or work as hobbyists. To practice taxidermy, one should be very familiar with anatomy, sculpture, painting and tanning. Steve explained how he started this unique business, “I personally have a long history in taxidermy dating back to 1968 when I shot my first wood duck hunting with my Dad. He mounted that duck for me 40 years ago and I still have it today, still in the same condition as the day it was mounted, and I cherish that bird today. I worked in his taxidermy shop in Michigan before I was old enough to drive a car and have fond memories of that time. My wife and I have owned and operated Huffman Mammal Taxidermy Studio for over 18 years now and I personally have 30 years experience in taxidermy. My Dad retired in 2005 after a lifetime of successful taxidermy business. My wife and I purchased

A Tribute to Fathers By Bertha Sandoval “Honor Your Father and Mother.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments and ends with a promise; a promise that “you will live a long life, full of blessing.” Fathers are the biggest source of strength for a child. The innocent eyes of a child perceive father as the all-powerful, most knowledgeable, truly affectionate and the most important person in the family. Even for the grown-ups, fathers are someone whom the entire family looks up to for the most experienced and honest advice. For the great figure in our life we know as “dad,” it becomes our utmost duty to pay our humblest tribute on the occasion of Father’s Day. Those blessed with a loving and considerate father are fortunate because they have someone to take care of their needs and interests, someone to stop them when they are taking a wrong path and guide them on a road to success and virtue. Many fathers are always there to solve numerous problems and explain life’s pitfalls for the hundredth time, or better still, until the problem is understood. Fathers will never give the smallest of hints to let a child know how hard he works to take care of all needs and fulfill the most whimsical demand. For all their scolding and trivial punishments, each child owes a big thanks to dad this Father’s Day. Spending the day with Dad is the greatest gift he could ever receive!

F- Faithful A- Always There T- Trustworthy H- Honoring E- Ever-loving R- Righteous

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Parents rely on rewards and games when persuading smaller children to try new foods. Some find this to be a successful method because you ensure the consent of the child to eat vegetables. Educators, however, feel that this is a double edged sword, as it reduces the likelihood that the youth will eat vegetables without a promised reward.

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Here are a Few Ideas to Get Kids to Love Vegetables Presentation is very important. Served in an attractive manner the weirdest vegetable will look more appetizing and appealing. Making vegetables into forms of flowers and animals, curly vegetables, and fun fingersized shapes are a few ways to present the new foods in a playful manner.

Pueblo Mr. Tandoori Urban Bar & Grill 310 S. Victoria Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003 719-544-3000, El Nopal 1435 E. Evans Ave., Pueblo, CO 81082 719-423-8128 Do Drop Inn 1201 S. Santa Fe Ave Pueblo Co 81006 719-542-0818 Do Drop Inn West 944 E. Kimble Dr. Pueblo, CO 81007 719-547-8440

Trinidad Rino’s Italian Restaurant & Steakhouse 400 E. Main St., Trinidad, CO 81082 719-845-0949 Bella Luna Pizzeria 121 W. Main St., Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-2750 The Corner Shop Cafe 107 E. Main St., Trinidad, CO 81082 719-845-9999 Nana & Nano Monteleones Deli and Pasta House 418 Main St., Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-2696

More Veggies Please By Ellie Nenova

Amid the variety of sweets, chocolates and goodies in the shops, kids hardly agree to include more vegetables in their diet. How to get kids to love vegetables and what tricks you can use? Generally vegetables are rich in fiber, antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals that protect the body from many diseases. It is known that children have more fragile immune systems than adults, so the vegetables act as a shield against unpleasant colds, flus, and allergies. Furthermore, children burn a lot of energy during play. Therefore they require food to “recharge their batteries” and chase away fatigue. The greater variety of vegetables they eat, the more vitamins they procure. The most efficient children’s menu includes fresh fruits and vegetables. Since it is often an impossible mission, you can also prepare soups, juices and sauces. It is recommended that kids enjoy vegetables with at least 3 of the 4 meals per day they eat. It is very important to have a snack between lunch and dinner for growing bodies.

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The sufficient portion is ½ cup chopped raw vegetables or ¾ cup of vegetable juice. The most loved are carrots, potatoes, corn, lettuce and beans. But how to convince kids that vegetables are not only useful but also delicious?

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The Role of the Parent

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Some experts advise parents to make a schedule to introduce vegetables to the child. During the first week offer some raw vegetables in a mix with any of your favorite foods for the kids. The third week is for vegetables, served with a sauce, and the fourth is risky enter a whole new meal. Rely on the blender and juicer. They make the vegetables less noticeable and children are more likely to try a novelly presented food.

Patience and creativity are the main qualities for parents who want to get their child to try new or unliked things. Give a personal example for children to see that vegetables are not as repulsive as they think. Explain that healthy food will load them with superpowers that will protect them from unpleasant visits to the doctor and dentist. Do it in stages so the child’s taste buds will have time to get used to the new flavors. When you want them to try some new vegetables, don’t serve a whole portion, ask the child to try a bite. The youngster will not feel forced to try it and be more willing to experiment.

Implement a weekly vegetable celebration day. Select a day of the week and serve a main dish that is made primarily with vegetables. Prepare vegetable cake, pizza, pancakes, pie filling, healthy soup, juice or prepare a salad bar with an extensive menu. Allow for freedom of choice. Leave the child alone to choose vegetables that he/she wants to eat. Freedom of choice can help the child learn to make good decisions. Give motivating examples. To convince the little child to eat a vegetable, give examples of his favorite cartoon character. Such as Popeye the sailor loves spinach or Bugs Bunny eats carrots.

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La Junta Municipal Pool and Wipe Out Water Slides Sk8 Way Skate Park

City Park rides and party & | picnic area City Park, Mineral Palace, Bessemer and Mitchell Park pools State Fair carnival Pueblo Lazer Light Skate at Pueblo Ice Arena The Pueblo Zoo Rock Canyon Swim Beach at Lake Pueblo State Park The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo

Raton Indoor Aquatic Center

Trinidad Family Aquatic Center Trinidad Skate Park

Friday Art Laboratory for ages 5 to 14

http://www.revolvermag. com/news/stitched-upheart-premiere-new-musicvideo-grave.html Tours in 2013 will support the release of a new e.p., currently being produced by Clayton Ryan, Gus Cryns, & Casey Sabol. With Warped Tour, SXSW and other festival performances and tours around the US behind them Stitched Up Heart is on their way to taking over the rock world.

Gettin Heavy in SoCO Stitched Up Heart Rocks Pueblo and Springs With Their Skeleton Key Tour By E.R.A. McCarthey Stitched Up Heart is a relatively new band comprised of individuals that came from other successful bands. Their sound is hard, their look is more surreal than edgy, and the lead singer is a hot young chick with passionate pipes. Their new single, “Grave” is on iTunes http://www. and is currently in rotation on over 55 internet radio stations. Revolver magazine also premiered the video for “Grave”:

Mixi, the band’s singer, has been featured in Revolver Magazine’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock two years in row as #18 in 2011 and #11 in 2012. There is also a recent interview in the March 2013 issue of Alternative Press magazine. When asked for a statement about herself she said, “I was cursed with this recurring dream of a huge stage with people stretched as far as the eye can see and it would take almost an entire song to run from one side of the stage to the other. I remember the moment right before I go on so vividly. Whatever that vision is that I keep having I feel is something I cannot avoid.” Grant, the guitarist told us how he got interested in music, “I’ve always wanted to be a musician and it started with learning Fur Elise when I was 8 growing up in Twin Falls, Idaho. At fifteen I bought a starter guitar and played it until my fingers literally bled. Weeks later I created my first band and when I graduated high school got accepted to the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA so I worked construction to save up money to move to Cali. I joined Stitched Up Heart when I was 20 and one year later here I am touring the US and watching my songs grow to near completion on our upcoming album.”

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Decker, the drummer talked about his musical background, “I’ve been playing drums since I was 5 years old in Scranton, PA. Before I knew it I was in Boston at Berklee College of Music. After that, I ventured far from home to Los Angeles-playing the scene a lot and meeting new people. I actually performed with the other members of Stitched Up Heart shortly before we formed the band. We plan to take over the world.” Derek, the bass guitarist talked about his start, “I first picked up my father’s guitar at the age of 15 when my friends needed a second guitar for their band. From the first time I was on stage, I knew I wanted to be a musician the rest of my life. I continued writing and playing with many different musicians through high school and college, but it wasn’t until leaving my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to head west to LA that I saw my dream unfolding. Almost immediately after moving out I was offered a gig with a friend of a friend’s band (which didn’t work out) and ultimately led me to Stitched Up Heart. Stitched Up Heart is described as having passion that explodes in an uproar of crunchy guitars, haunting melodies, driving rhythms and anthemic songs. Furious and ultimately rapturous performances led by singer extraordinaire, Mixi, have captivated fans across the nation and around the world. Baron Reventón even christened the band, ‘attention deficit gratification’. They can’t wait to play in Colorado again. Stating, “It was amazing last time and the people are awesome!” Stitched Up Heart will be performing June 11th at Phil’s Radiator, a wild small venue in Pueblo, then going on to perform in Colorado Springs at Sunshine Studios June 13th, at Jammin Joes in Arvada on June 14th, and at the Majestic Saloon in Aurora on June 15th. You can findout more about the band and their tour schedule on their facebook page


ArtoCade Comes to Trinidad A rolling pun! Fun for everyone! By Kathleen Donnelly Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Mark your calendars now! ArtoCade is coming to Trinidad, Colorado, September 13-15, and it is going to “smoke your wheels”! “What,” you may ask, “is ArtoCade?” It’s a rolling pun! It is an Art Car Parade & Festival and it will be fun for everyone! In fact, Rodney Wood, the mastermind and organizer of this amazing event says that the barometer of success is all about how much fun it generates. In the process of generating that ”high octane” fun, Wood, who was hired by the City of Trinidad Tourism Board to create a signature event that will bring visitors to Trinidad, says that this event will also build the community by giving it a great free event and something to root for. It will also provide opportunities for local businesses, artists and vendors from the tourism ArtoCade creates. The Tourism Board approached Wood, who moved to Trinidad two years ago in August to pursue his own art, because they knew he could produce a world class event in Trinidad. His multi-faceted resume includes having been director of the State Fair’s Fine Arts Exhibition for 5 years, executive director of the Manitou Business of Arts Center, gallery director for CSU Pueblo, stage manager for a world famous musician, planner for multiple large trade shows, and more! Wood dutifully considered concerts, music and arts festivals, but hosting an art car parade with car art-related events was an initial idea that popped into Wood’s fun-loving imagination. He had been to art car parades in Seattle and Houston, and knew that “art cartists” would come just for the fun of showing off their creation. It would be a draw for art car parade “artcar nation” followers and for people from Denver to Albuquerque and everywhere in between. Car culture is part of our national DNA and Trinidad is where cruising Main and Commercial streets was the regular Friday and Saturday night entertainment for teenagers until just a few years ago, and the geodesic domes at “Drop City”, one of the first hippie communes, were constructed from recycled car hoods from local junkyards. Trinidad also has an energetic arts community and continues to draw new artists due to its scenic beauty, history, culture, lively arts scene and friendly people. Wood believes that the ArtoCade is the perfect concept for sharing Trinidad. Wood expects to have about forty or fifty entries in Trinidad’s first ArtoCade, about half of these to be new cars created in Trinidad and southern Colorado for this event, and about twenty existing cars that will be journeying to Trinidad from all over the country. Wood says that the VIP of the show, one of the stars of art cars, who has confirmed that she is coming, is Rebecca Bass, the self-named “Art Car Maven”, who has produced

twenty-eight art cars in twenty-eight years. Bass, a school teacher with the Houston Independent School District, started using the creation of art cars in January, 1991 with her 7th and 8th grade students in order to offer a positive alternative to gangs and dropping out of school. Since that time, her students have had their art cars featured on CNN, Fox, National Geographic, Car & Driver, Weird Wheels, The New York Times and more. They have had the winning art cars at many national art car parade events. The Trinidad ArtoCade will feature a retrospective of her work at Gallery Main. Also, one of Bass’ cars, “The Lizard” will be on display in Trinidad all summer and will be displayed at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo for the purpose of promoting the Trinidad ArtoCade. “The Lizard” will be on loan to the Trinidad Tourism Board from the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, to which Bass donated the car. “The Lizard” is featured on the Around SoCO cover this issue.

“Women Rock” by Bonnie Blue

At the end of the parade, the cars and car-artists will be parked downtown, where spectators can meet the artists and admire the cars. All of the galleries in town will be synchronizing art exhibits and many other events are planned for the three day festivities. The art spirit of the ArtoCade is a positive energy generator and community builder with Wood’s most important emphasis, “Let’s have fun and bring people to Trinidad!” Trinidad ArtoCade 2013 Schedule of Events Friday – September 13 “Vehiculart” – art show opening receptions (5-7 pm) Galerie Vivante, Oasis Studios, Gallery Main/TAAC, Frank Images, Golden Eagle Gallery, The Corazon Gallery, Elm St. Gallery, The Mitchell Art Center and more…

“Percy Peacock” by Mark Garrett

“CARBash” – music and party (8-11 pm). Purgatoire on Elm. Saturday – September 14 “ARTOCADE PARADE” (11am-2 pm) Downtown Trinidad “Ogle, See & Meet” & “Traffic Jam” (2-5 pm) view vehicles and meet “Cartists” plus street performers, music & entertainment “Cardango” – gala ball extravaganza, music, per formers, transportation/vehicle themed fashion show and other general fun filled wackiness. Artful costumes highly encouraged. The Mitchell Museum.

“Spike the Big Red Dragon” by Charlie and Gail Holthausen

“Show & Tell” – Vintage, Classic, Hot Rods, Lowriders & Rat Rods will be on display in downtown parking lots. Art Art Art… The “Vehiculart” and “A.J.A.” (Auto Junk Art) exhibitions will be open in galleries and shops throughout town. Sunday – September 15 “Brick-Fest” – a “cartist” send-off (8-10 am) with pancakes, pastries and people. The Trinidad History Museum. Note: Times, locations, events and venues are subject to change Information/Details:;;; Or call 719.334.0087. ArtoCade is a Trinidad Tourism Board project.

“Da Kuntry Pedlur” by Richard and Pamela Molden


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HALL OF FAME Things My Father Taught Me By Kathleen Donnelly Father’s Day: it’s the time of year that we honor our fathers for their hard work, all they have done for us, and their many sacrifices. It is appropriate that we honor all of the great dads out there by placing them in their very own Hall of Fame along with offering our inadequate but heartfelt clay ashtrays and ugly ties, and, (prompted by the Beef Board), a delicious steak or BBQ beef dinner. This Hall of Fame is for all fathers: for new fathers (don’t worry, you will earn the honor fast enough); for fathers who have passed on, but are still in our hearts and memories; for silver-haired fathers who need a little bit of our help now; for divorced fathers, whose children may not be close by in distance, but are always in their thoughts; for all dads doing their best to raise the children that they love. This Hall of Fame is dedicated to “Things My Father Taught Me”, with appreciation to my friends, acquaintances and family who took a stroll down Memory Lane and shared these lessons with us all. My own dad, Gene Taylor, earned his Civil Engineering degree in night school, while working as a welder by day. He and my mother were divorced when I was five and my brother was three, and he worked for an international company that built airports, water and sewer plants and other infrastructure in developing countries. Throughout my entire schooldays he worked in such places as Viet Nam, Istanbul, Calcutta, Peru and Somalia. We would only get to see him once, or rarely, twice a year. But in those days before Skype, email and cell phones, he would regularly write us, and send us souvenirs from these exotic places. What my father taught me was the value of earning an education, no matter how you had to do it. My brother, Steve, learned something else from our father when he experienced a medical emergency in his twenties. He was living in Cleveland, Ohio, far from any family members. My father dropped everything he was doing and flew across the globe from Istanbul to Ohio, stayed with my brother until he was well enough to travel and took him to his permanent residence in Honolulu to convalesce. My brother learned that no distance is too far for a father to come to the rescue. Bob Fabec’s father, Bob Fabec, Sr., taught Bob the value of work, as well as some very important skills. At one time Bob’s dad owned his own coal mine, south of Aguilar, and his young sons regularly helped in the mine. After owning the mine, he went into the construction business, and in Bob’s freshman year, his Dad, with the help of his boys, moved the pink house on Alta and Pinon that “Chef Liu” now owns from Pine Street, (to make room for construction of one of the TSJC dorms). Bob learned invaluable skills and how to be well-rounded from his dad, who was self-taught, becoming so proficient at all he tried, that Bob calls him “unusual”. He said that he and his brothers learned these skills well because their help, whether laying brick, framing, sheetrocking, or overhauling an engine, was important and needed by their dad and they knew they were an integral part of a family team.

Sylvia Baldwin’s father, Andrew “Andy” Livesay, born in 1919, grew up as a neglected and deprived child, however, he had a strong inner self and the determination to succeed regardless of outer circumstances. He taught her that if there was ever a job that needed to be done, he would either do it or learn how to do it. This is what he expected of himself and that this is what she should expect of herself as well. Failure was never an option.

Jim Donnelly’s dad, Dr. James E.”Doc” Donnelly (Big Dog), a World War II veteran, instilled a fierce sense of patriotism in Jim (Little Dog), who joined the Marines and fought in Viet Nam right out of high school. His aunt told me that “Doc” worried every second, minute, hour, day and month that Jim was in Viet Nam. Jim said that his dad taught him to work hard and be honest, and to be tough. “He told me it was important to have a strong mind and a strong body,” Jim said.

To Sylvia, her father truly seemed like an all-around “Renaissance” man. Andy was employed as a printer at both The Denver Post and The Rocky Mountain News during her childhood, at a time when that involved setting type, every letter and character individually and then proofreading it. Without any formal training he built their house in Granby, including doing the framing, wiring plumbing, laying tile, interior finishes, and trim. He even hand-crafted the paneling. Andy was an accomplished tailor who sewed dresses for her mother and curtains for the stage of a Denver area nightclub when she was a child. He was a mechanic who could fix anything, including rebuilding motors. When television came along in the early fifties, he taught himself how to repair this new-fangled device and he would take her along on his appointments. He was a skilled outdoorsman, fisherman, hunter and photographer, who built his own dark-room. He was also a musician in his younger days and a jazz aficionado for life who taught her to have an appreciation for music.

Tori Eckes’ dad, Dave Shier, taught her to be courteous, (When you’re at the gas station always pull forward to the next pump so that other people can get into the one behind you); to be safe, (Look ahead for animals crossing the road, and as you’re driving up a hill, always look ahead for a place to pull over in case someone coming downhill is still in the passing lane). Dave, longtime businessman in the real estate industry, gave her good advice, “Do whatever you can to avoid going to court and having to do with legal matters. Stay out of little conflicts.” The most important thing Tori learned from her dad, “Get along with people the best as you can. My dad is kind of a character and he’s taught me a lot of other things, too.”

David Barrack’s father, Charles “Charlie” Barrack, who owned Barrack Motor Co., taught David the importance of people and how to treat them. He believed that people were more important than material things. He taught by example the importance of customer service in owning a successful business. David, who was in high school at the time, remembers a call to his dad in the middle of the night from a man in Denver who wanted to purchase two cars. His dad assumed the customer meant that he would come to Trinidad the next day, but the customer wanted to purchase two cars that night. At 3 a.m. when the man arrived, they met him at the dealership and sold him two cars. “The man was as happy as a lark,” David said. They went home and ate breakfast, and then back to open the store for the new day. Charlie Barrack also taught David the importance of discipline and effort. When he was old enough to get his learner’s permit, his dad gave him an old run-down car and told him that he had six months to repair and fix it. David worked on the transmission, the upholstery, the body, performing tasks comparable to Mr. Miyagi’s lessons in “The Karate Kid”. He learned a lot and had the car all fixed up just in time to get his driver’s license. Instead, his dad gave him a newer, better car to drive. His dad told him that the lesson was not about the car, but about the effort he made. Nancy Tibbetts Broce said that her dad, Colby Tibbetts, was a true New Englander, a man of few words, but when they were spoken they were to be taken to heart. When she was about twelve years old, she wanted a stereo. She hadn’t asked for it, but her dad knew it was important to her. “You would really like this stereo, wouldn’t you?” he asked. “Yes, “she replied. “Well, you’d better find a job.” She pedaled her bike to two different jobs to earn the money for the stereo. The lesson Nancy learned from her dad was that if something is important to you, work until you earn it.

One of the most important things E.R.A. McCarthey’s dad, David McCarthey taught her is, “A thief can only break your heart once, but a liar can break your heart forever.” Peggy Hamlin’s dad, Harry R. Sayre, taught her how important family and family ties are. He always kept in touch with all of his family, older relatives, cousins, and he was very close to his grandchildren. He also showed his children and grandchildren, by example, his love for the community of Trinidad as he worked tirelessly to help the town grow and prosper. “These values spoke volumes to us,” Peggy said. Mike Salbato said that his dad, Gene Salbato, “is so good at “being there”. He is always there when you need him. That’s the kind of father I want to be.” Kim Niccoli’s dad, Walter Klein, along with her whole family, owned Nona’s Café in Raton for twelve years, coinciding with her school years, kindergarten through senior in high school. He taught her to be a hard worker, and her work ethic, she said. In the summer he would take a break from the cafe to go out to the swimming pool to see how her dives were progressing. Hard work and seemingly stern lessons, but the offspring reciting these stories are proud of the strength of mind, body and character their fathers instilled in them, because all of the storytellers learned that the most important lesson of all was the connection and love of a father. My last story tells it all: Lynn Smith said her father, Edward Jiracek, taught her the true meaning of love. “My father spent hours with me, whether it was playing or doing homework , teaching me, or disciplining me. He spent this time with me out of love. I can’t think of a better memory to have of your dad than that. If all families could have a dad that loved his children as much as my dad did and still does after all these years, what an incredible world we would be living in.” Happy Father’s Day, and thank you, to all the great Fathers out there.

HALL OF SHAME Hackers: Criminals, Geniuses or Revolutionaries By Ellie Nenova Over the past 30 years, the definition of hacker has been used wrongly by the media. It identifies individuals or groups of people who come into foreign computer systems and generally engage in illegal activity. Lack of technical knowledge to the ordinary person, as well as disputes over the use of the term, led to the emergence of a number of myths. The origin of the word “hacker” comes from the middle of the last century. It defines people with an interest in programming and computer technology and experience in solving logical, programming and technological tasks. To “hack” is considered an intelligent solution to a problem. To this day that remains the most accurate definition. Hackers who use their skills for illegal activity are called “crackers”. A little known fact is that hackers have their own ethics and values, at the core of which is freedom of speech - the idea that all information should be accessible to everyone at any time. Part of their philosophy is that a problem is solved just once and the solution should be available to everyone to help solve similar problems. Modern hackers are often divided into three main ethical aspects. “White hats” are computer specialists, often working for large companies who find security flaws in different systems so that they can be corrected. “Black hats” are crackers. They exploit weaknesses in systems to commit criminal acts. The term “gray hat” refers to people involved in the activities of both groups. Most often they use illegal means for the detection of security flaws, but with the intention of informing the owners. History of Hackers Even before the era of personal computers culture inspired hackers. The phenomenon was called phone phreaking. Secret groups studied all levels of analogue telephone systems and aimed to explore and use it in previously unforeseen ways. In the late 50’s a blind child with perfect hearing found that whistling fourth “I” above average “to” (2600 Hz) interrupts phones. It turned out that automatic telephone exchanges, which replaced operators, used this frequency for marking unused lines for long conversations. This was the beginning of phreaking and people with good technical knowledge began to assemble the so-called “blue boxes” - devices with small buttons on the phone to play certain tones. The boxes made it possible to make calls anywhere in the world for free, and in a time in which international calls were considered a luxury. The best hackers are known for “social engineering” the ability to outsmart someone (usually an employee of the company) in order to obtain information or access a system. After a decade the almost infamous society appeared in an article in Esquire magazine in 1971, which lead to their popularization and several arrests of major figures. Phreaking finally disappeared in the 90s, when telephone companies replaced official signals with a much higher bandwidth. Outside the Law Until the early 80s hackers were seen as people who

customize and use computers in new and innovative ways. That changed with the release of the movie WarGames, which became a blockbuster in ‘83. The main character is a hacker who gains access to the computers controlling the U.S. nuclear arsenal and nearly starts World War III. This fictional character and the increasing role of Internet in business makes hackers dangerous and undesirable from the perspective of ordinary people. Following was the adoption of new laws against “cyber crime” and many arrests, the most famous of which is Kevin Mitnick.

After serving several months for intrusions and copying software from the company network DEC in 1988, he was placed under special surveillance for three years. At the end of this three-year period it was found that Mitnick broke into the computers of the telephone company where the voicemails were the agents responsible for its control. Before they could arrest him, the attacker fled and created a new identity in another city. He eluded the FBI for two and a half years, during which time he was the most wanted man for cybercrime in the history of the United States. He was kept in strict maximum security for over four years, eight months of which was spent in solitary confinement. During this time, he had no access to even the phone, as the judge was convinced that with it Mitnick could cause nuclear war. He was released in 2000 and later founded his own company for computer security. More Recently We have witnessed the most powerful hacker spam attack in the world. Statistics show that at its peak the attack reached over 300GB of traffic per second. Today the most common type of unauthorized interference is a DDOS attack. DDOS (denial-of-service attack) is inherently a very simple mechanism for the loss of stability for an infrastructure. The purpose of the DDOS attack is data theft or even loss of information. Crackers usually send an extremely large number of concurrent network packets to the recipient, which seeks to overflow net loss of specific web services, and even delay or completely stop the attacked servers. Modern network firewalls try to resist DDOS attacks. At the end of March we witnessed one of the most serious cyber attacks, which even affected the speed of Internet connections around the world. It was aimed at the independent organization, Spamhause, which is responsible for maintaining one of the largest and updated blacklists of IP addresses. It includes all the addresses that are used for sending of unsolicited email (SPAM). Almost every supplier that provides e-mail to its users consults such lists to authorize the sender. Unfortunately this internet assault achieved its goal - to destabilize Spamhause servers at a certain time interval. This made it impossible to check blacklists and as a result a large number of SPAM messages were missed that reached billions of recipients. In parallel, many enterprising hackers saw this as a form of rapid monetization, which led to a dramatic increase in the sending of unsolicited e-mails.

tle in a package of cereal that helped begin his hacker activities. Draper found that the whistle mimicked the signal to access the telephone network. This allowed him to talk for free. Draper is considered the founder of the movement of phone hackers. Because of his “genius” idea the hacker was jailed. Draper later transferred to computers and developed programs for his friends Jobs and Wozniak and their company, Apple. Today, the former hacker is on the other side - he is part of leading researchers in the field of information security and heads his own company for development of systems for protection against spam and hacker attacks. Kevin Mitnick is not associated with a massive win over computer systems. In 1980 he broke into the school LAN, and in 1981, when he was 17 years old, Mitnick broke into the computer network of the North American Air Defense in Colorado. But his true passion is telephony. He hacked one of the largest phone companies - Pacific Bell, and managed to enter the computer of the University of Los Angeles, where he initiated the Pentagon attack. This is the goal of every self-respecting hacker. This “joke” cost him six months in prison and later a settlement of four years. Today, Kevin Mitnick is a respectable citizen of the United States and deals with safety issues of the global network and writes books with real life stories of hackers. Giants such as Microsoft, NY Times, Yahoo, Citigroup, and Bank of America have all suffered at the hands of another attacker - Adrian Lamo. It is fun, finding gaps in the safety of well-known companies, crashing their computer system, and then notifying them about their mistakes. However, Lamo received six months of house arrest, 2 years probation and had to pay 65 thousand dollars in compensation. Today Lamo is an independent consultant on safety, lectures and writes articles. Robert Morris is known as the creator of the first internet worm. On November 2 of 1988, he managed to paralyze the activities of 6,000 computers in the United States. The biggest break into military computers was done by Gerry Makinan. According to the charge against him, he broke into computers at NASA, the Department of Defense, the Air Force and many other high profile institutions in the U.S. and caused terrible damage. Makinan denied the consequences of his activities, saying they were justified because he was looking for hidden materials to prove the existence of UFOs. He faces 70 years in prison. Cyber crimes are taken very seriously. In some countries they even warrant the death penalty. It is no wonder why, as society relies on computers more and more and so many people, companies and organizations use technology to store confidential information.

According to the official statistics of Cisco, the number of outgoing SPAM messages was overstated by approximately 80 billion in September / October 2012 to over 150 billion recorded during the attack in March 2013. The Most Famous Hackers One of the first cybercriminals, John Draper, was born in 1944 in Silicon Valley in the U.S. He found a toy whis-


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For the third time, Trinidad State Women’s Softball Coach Steve Swazo will coach a team at the Triple Crown All-Star event in New York City. Swazo is one of 15 college coaches chosen from across the country to lead a regional team of teens at the July event. Called the Ultimate College Exposure, the idea is to give teen girls a feel for what college softball is like. It’s sponsored by Triple Crown Sports and is in its sixth year in New York City. The regional teams will compete against each other on July 8, 9 and 10 at fields in Central Park. “And then on that last day of games we actually do a hitting clinic for the Harlem kids,” said Swazo. “They bring about a hundred or so kids down from Harlem, they bus them down, and the athletes along with us college coaches, we do hitting clinics and teach them about softball. How to throw a ball, how to catch a ball.” Swazo believes the clinic makes a lasting impression on the girls. “I think that’s probably one of the biggest thrills for a lot of the girls and then also for

the coaches, to see a disadvantaged kid, who loves the game but can’t even afford a glove. That’s something that Triple Crown gives back to that particular area.” The players are selected based on all-star games they took part in the previous summer. Venues include Denver, Las Vegas, California and Utah. “And we coaches coach at those all-star games as part of our recruiting process,” said Swazo. “And we select the best of the best in those games.” Swazo will coach with two NAIA coaches. All the girls will be from the west United States and will play against teams from other regions of the country. “It gives us an opportunity hopefully to make contact and make connections with some kids. I like to attend this, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been selected three times, because then we get Trinidad State out there.” Swazo will coach 18-year-olds, but a similar program exists for 14 and 16-year-old girls. While the girls pay for this adventure, Triple Crown pays the bills for Swazo. But it’s far from a vacation. In addition to coaching, he’ll be a chaperone in the Big Apple. “During the day we have games, but then at night we have activities. We’re going to a Broadway show, we’re doing a double-decker tour, we doing Battery Park, we’re going on a harbor cruise. They like to bring back coaches who know New York City so we can get them on the subway, get them off the subway. We stay two blocks off of Times Square, so it’s walking distance for the girls to go up and down Times Square.” Swazo says it’s a trip of a lifetime for many of the girls chosen to attend. Several all-star competitors have ended up playing for Swazo at Trinidad State, including Lauren Usry who came to Trinidad State in 2011 from Mississippi after meeting Swazo in New York City. Trinidad State Women’s Softball Coach Steve Swazo (far right) poses with a previous all-star team in New York City.

SoCO Style and Beauty Decorate Your Temple By E.R.A. McCarthey

Tattooing is not only an art, it is a form of personal expression. A way to decorate your most sacred temple. In ancient times, the great warriors wore different tattoos on their bodies according to past victories. In Egypt, the bodies of pharaohs were decorated with drawings expressing greatness. In Japan, women tattooed their faces to show marital status, and in some cultures, designs and cuts on the bodies of women symbolize strength and fertility. Today tattoos are more personal symbols: icons of devotion, love and faith or representations of the life or personality of the bearer. With limitless colors and styles, even ink that only shows up in black lights, the possibilities are almost endless on what symbol you can adorn your body with. The most common tattoos are personal labels. Often written in foreign languages ​​- Chinese, Persian, Greek, Italian, and Spanish. Some try to encode the meaning of the tattoo, make it more difficult to access, show that it is a heartfelt thought that filled their souls. Flowers are always in fashion for ladies. Beautiful lilies and roses bloom on different parts of their bodies. But-

terflies, forest elves, fairies and music symbols are just a few of the paintings that decorate the fairer sex. Some ladies tattoo the names or images of children and/or loved ones as a symbol of eternal love and devotion. Choosing which part of your body to tattoo can be hard. It really depends on what you are tattooing onto yourself. Chose a design and body area where the shape of the tattoo will flatter the shape of your body. The most popular areas are the lower backbone, waist, inner wrist, collarbone, hip and ankle. However, this does not prevent someone from being different and extravagant. There’s no reason to stick to fashion trends. Your tattoo represents ‘you’ so employ individuality and creativity in the design. Every city is filled with various studios, promising quality tattoos at low prices. Not everyone can justify your expectations. It’s good to check out the studio and learn about the tattoo artist before committing yourself. Look through the artists’ portfolios until you see one whose work speaks to you.

Prices vary depending on the size of the tattoo, colors, and intricacies of the design. Do not choose the lowest! Make sure they are licensed, sterilize all equipment and use new inks and needles. Larger cities will have more shops to choose from but you can often find unique artists hidden in out of the way areas. If you’re afraid to commit you can also have henna and temporary tattoos painted on. You may even want to try out the design you want permanently tattooed in henna first before committing your body to it. Make sure whatever design you select represents you and makes you happy.

June Horoscopes

Aries Leo Sagittarius One of your best months starts now. Be prudent. That As always, you are unstoppable. As soon as you specify Your desire to put everything in order will finally be said it seems easy, but the representatives of your character seem to be one of the most difficult things to overcome. If you are too pushy and constantly tout your opinion most likely you will spark violent protests by people in your nearest environment. To use full energy it is good to perform both mental work and physical. Do not dwell only in transactions, documents and business meetings. Organize home repair, refurbishment of the house, tending the garden into your activities. At least twice this month schedule a trip into the mountains. Now is not the appropriate time to start long-term projects or make costly investments. Try to listen to your interlocutors and behave diplomatically. Do not rush into any major decisions.

your goal, the next moment you are ‘under attack’. All you have are time and appropriate tactics. June will be one of the most effective and profitable months for you. You are unlikely to encounter major difficulties, unless you create them with the wrong moves. Your belief that “the end justifies the means” is not appropriate right now. Refrain from acts of aggression, be tolerant of others and live by the motto: “a kind word opens iron doors.” You will not regret it! It is not impossible to start something new, requiring additional financing. Think twice before seeking credit. Ignore spiteful comments. Once those who oppose you are ready to talk everything will be fine.

sonal problems, create new connections or go on a trip, depending solely on your will and desire. This will be a quiet, pleasant, warm, emotionally charged month. If your behavior does not interfere with others, then they will not meddle in your life. Follow this principle especially at home - show no signs of jealousy or unfounded whims and you will save yourself a bunch of stupid explanations. The colors in the workplace will be more compressed. At times the situation may be quite stressful, a few small emergencies or urgent tasks, and the time you will have available will be limited. If necessary, go earlier and leave later, but arrange your schedule so as not to be late. Use your free time to just relax.

you need is your most beautiful smile. All your friends will think of you, even those that have stopped active connection years ago. Under these circumstances, you have no option but to enjoy, to have fun and to combine business with pleasure. How? Well easy. Through meetings and pleasant conversations you will hear from old acquaintances and make new friends. Fill in the address book, enter their phone numbers and the SML, and actively participate in all conversations. Finally, you will arrange a “barter”, you may replace your car or home in January because of relationships established this month. If you open the door, luck will come in. Throughout this June roller coaster you will still be able to finish work on time. Think of this luck as a prize. You deserve it!

fulfilled. Your concepts are clear and so is the way to implement them. First, you will manage domestic issues. Various trifles that irritate you and disturb your sense of balance will be forever removed. Then will come a turn in the relationship. Thousands of questions plague your mind, a thousand doubts and worries. One by one, slowly and methodically they will clarify and be discarded. It will not be as easy as described, but you will handle the fluctuations. Be cautious. If you enchant with tender promises, you have to stick by them. Try to create a financial reserve, you may soon have a good investment opportunity. Enjoy leisure activities and the beautiful summer weather outdoors.

Virgo Taurus The speedy ​​stretch “from home to work and back” The sun is all yours, dear Taurus. You will be rid of perwill be impaired this month. The only ornament that

Capricorn The ambition of Capricorns to enjoy beauty and

Gemini The universe will work for you in June. Happy coinci-

Aquarius The focus this month will be on personal relationships.

dences will help you deal with personal conflict and struggles. You will restore good relations with a friend who for some time you avoided and you can not think why. The stars predict opportunities for business development, but if you get preoccupied you will waste your efforts. When embarking on something new, try to finish it not only qualitatively but also in a timely manner. The next condition for success is to work independently, to not be swayed by foreign tips that can put you in a bad position. You’ll have to make a series of important decisions, approach them responsibly. Do not be fooled into “shopping attacks,” purchase only what you really need. Good relations in the family are directly related to your bank balances. Your immune system is now slightly unstable. Adapt your clothing with the vagaries of the weather or you’ll catch an annoying virus infection midsummer.

Cancer Great altruism has covered you. This month you want

to help everyone. But be careful of what you’re doing, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” and you may hurt instead of help. You will do well in your public life but struggle with some personal issues. Jealousy will be the greatest problem in your personal life. If you have people interested in you and are not single, don’t lead them on. Correct their assumptions immediately. If you feel that your current relationship is exhausted seek new emotions rather than more conflict. Your work responsibilities will be more than usual, but if you remain calm you can handle it. You have enough organizational skills and knowledge to get the job done as long as you do not get unnecessarily frustrated or go around making rude remarks. In June, it is appropriate to fight off bad habits, do it.

Libra Before you opens the wonderful opportunity to fix

some old but irritating mistakes. June also provides you with time, assistance, and interesting ideas for dealing with difficult situations. This month you will deal with a lot of things, some of them quite new and unknown, where you lack experience. Consider the details before you and seek advice from more experienced, more understanding and more knowledgeable people than yourself. Whomever you ask will be happy to help you. Ask about the most important situations, but not everything. By the end of each day you will have made a small achievement, but at the end of the month you will have a bunch of “gold stars” as a real source of pride. Your accomplishments may be small but your performance will positively affect your position at work. If you do not spend money randomly, you can add something to your bank account.

Scorpio Dark thoughts will blow away like rain clouds. This

month will bring back your self-confidence and focus. A series of happy coincidences will fuel optimism. If the mood comes over you, you will become friendly, playful and a real source of original ideas. Especially for entertainment. Disruptions that waste time will end. No unpleasant consequences that you imagined will happen. At the same time, you will progress at work by finishing off a stunning task. The results will be your best advertisement and it is possible you will be offered a better job or higher salary. Do not neglect your health. Respond immediately if you experience even mild discomfort.

aesthetics will be activated this month. Remember the statement, “Good things are harmful or expensive.” Capricorn people are reasonable and frugal - they are afraid to spend uncontrollably or put their health in jeopardy. However, their luck is for “good things” which require no money. Your desire to experience something good and recharge positive emotions will be satisfied. You’ll be able to solve your problems, albeit with a little help. You will improve your material situation by obtaining revenue for additional work. You will have a wonderful opportunity to organize entertainment throughout the month related to travel, meetings with old friends and family events. Make sure you can enjoy the summer fun by getting enough sleep.

Their settlement will bother you much more than your official duties. Before taking decisive action in this area consider the consequences of ending it. Is it really worth it to burn bridges. If you are unsure of the answer - act boldly. If not, consider the second option. For example, maybe now is the time to leave for a few days and get away from your partner. Give each other rest and “breath.” Such a move will be good. It will activate your creative potential and enable you to complete ongoing and abandoned projects. You will receive anticipated revenues. A fleeting affair may gear up. The break from conflict will also stabilize your energy level, you will be able to work without harming yourself.

Pisces Spend time alone with yourself. You need this time

each year, but in a different month. It’s entirely appropriate - the weather is beautiful, nature is blossoming, professional responsibilities are within the normal range. Time for a short vacation, withdraw to seclusion. Chose somewhere quiet enough for analysis of your life and future. This will calm you. When you are aware of yourself, you are sober and confident in actions and decisions. It only takes a few days to forget boring daily life. Organize this leave with colleagues, supervisors and family members. You can afford some of your favorite pleasures - fresh air, natural food, exercise. This month is yours.

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Paw News

Cat Nap By E.R.A. McCarthey

Have you noticed how your pet jumps and makes sounds in its sleep. You’ve probably thought about whether it’s dreaming or just an involuntary reflex. Like humans, animals are also able to dream. Some researchers believe that animals experience emotions that evoke dreams. How much time do animals spend each day dreaming? It has been shown that cats dream about three hours a day and it is no secret that they are the kings of laziness. Cats actually sleep sixteen hours a day, three of them dreaming.To find out if the cat is dreaming watch it ten minutes after it falls asleep, at that time it goes into the paradoxical phase of sleep where dreams occur. If you approach the cat at this time and see a slight twitch of the ear, whiskers, paw or tail, it is a sure sign that the animal is dreaming. We don’t know what the cat is dreaming about but some researchers believe the movements mimic lurking towards unseen prey. Dogs dream just two hours a day of their 12 hour sleep but their cycles are the same as a cat’s. When the dog is dreaming, it barks, moves its paws, some dogs run and even bump into the walls, reproducing scenes related to hunting, fight or flight. Dogs dream about what they do in life - play, defend their home and of course... chase cats.



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Kit Carson’s legacy is confused and contradictory. He is regarded by many as the epitome of the “good soldier” who heroically risked his life following orders. But others view him as the brutal oppressor of the Navajo People. These men embodied differing versions of the “good soldier;” the tough and ruthless leader who allows no mercy to soften his resolve; the obedient servant who lives by the motto, “mine is not to wonder why; mine is but to do or die;” and the soldier who marched to a different drum; the beating of a human heart in resonance with the pulse of humanity.

Good Soldiers Before setting off upon my 200-mile trek, upstream along the banks of “El Rio de las Animas en Purgatorio”, I decided to spend some time exploring the area around the confluence, where the Purgatoire flows into the Arkansas River. After it was nearly destroyed by a heavy Spring runoff in 1866, Fort Wise was relocated to its current location, high and dry above the river. It was also given a new name; Fort Lyons. In 2001, when I explored the grounds, the place looked like a college campus, but back in the eighteen hundreds it was a rough wilderness military outpost, tasked with protecting commerce along the Santa Fe Trail, between Independence Missouri at the western frontier of the United States, and Santa Fe, an island of Spanish civilization in the midst of a savage desert. I thought about the many “good soldiers” whose names have become associated with the place. When William Bent’s half-breed sons, George and Charlie Bent returned to their father’s trading post after years spent getting a proper education in Saint Louis, Fort Wise had been renamed for the very General they’d fought against in the only battle of their brief careers as Confederate soldiers. The Battle of Wilson’s Creek was where General Lyon died, and where the Bent brothers had been taken as prisoners. And I thought about Colonel John Chivington who used the fort as a staging area before launching the attack upon the Cheyenne Indians on a cold November in 1864, in what has become known as “The Sand Creek Massacre”. Chivington had placed William Bent under arrest in order to prevent him from warning his Indian friends who were encamped at Sand Creek. George and Charlie Bent, along with their sister, Julia were there too, hanging out with their mother’s family. The Bents escaped with their lives but as many as 400 others, mostly elders, women and children, were wiped out by Colonel Chivington and his Colorado Territory Militia volunteers. Chivington wanted to prove himself to be a “good soldier,” an effective leader who could strike a mighty

blow against the Indians who’d been threatening the citizens of Denver. A military victory would complete his resume and enhance his chances of becoming a senator. The people of Denver were clambering for revenge after Indians had brutally murdered the Hungate family, including two little girls. Chivington knew that differentiating between peace-loving Indians like Chief Black Kettle and the terrorist Dog Soldiers would get him nowhere. He would do his best to kill them all. Another “good soldier” associated with Fort Lyon is Kit Carson. He spent his last days there, under care of U.S. Surgeon, H.K. Tilden, who sat with the dying pioneer, reading to him from a mythologized account of his life which had been published back East. For Kit Carson, being a “good soldier” meant following orders. Having run away from home at the age of 15, Kit was illiterate, but he trusted in the educated wisdom of those in authority over him. His unquestioning willingness to obey their commands included Carson’s scorched earth strategy which forced the Navajo People out of their refuge in Canyon de Chelly, and the 450-mile, forced march of 8,000 of them to Fort Sumner. At least 200 of the starving Indians died along the way.

I’ll be sharing some of the things that I learned as I walked along the Purgatoire River in future “O-Piñon” articles. You can read an extended version of this and other articles at

But to my mind, the best of the “good soldiers” associated with Fort Lyon was a 27-year old infantryman, Captain Silas Soule. For him, being a good soldier included a courageous sense of personal moral responsibility. He refused to follow Chivington’s orders. He would not allow the men under his command to participate in the massacre at Sand Creek. Chivington and his Colorado Volunteers returned to a hero’s welcome in Denver. But within months everything was turned upside-down. Silas Soule had reported what he’d witnessed at Sand Creek and a Congressional investigation into the atrocities had been launched. Silas Soule’s version of being a “good soldier” cost him his life. He was assassinated outside his Denver home by Chivington’s men, as his young bride looked on. John Chivington’s image as a “good soldier” was ruined, along with his political aspirations as the horrors of Sand Creek became known.

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Over the past 150 years Fort Lyon has seen thousands of good soldiers. And now the Colorado Legislature has approved funding to use the place as a rehabilitation center for some of the 76,000 “good soldiers” who are homeless on any given night.

painting caption: “Kit Carson Statue, Trinidad,” watercolor painting by Doug Holdread. The heroic equestrian statue was created by Fredrick Roth and Augustus Lukeman and cost $13,380. It was unveiled 100 years ago at the dedication of Kit Carson Park on June 1st, 1913.

sponsor Black Hills Energy allowed DRR to again cut camp fees in half this year. Registration is $25 on Tuesday June 11 at 1pm. The opening day of camp or registration can be made in advance by calling the box office. Scholarships are available, said Spangler.

The Damon Runyon Repertory will hold its annual summer drama camp June 11-21. The camp is for children ages 4 to 18. It will culminate with a performance on June 21.

The camp will be held from 1 to 5 pm each weekday at the Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main Street, Pueblo, Colorado 81003. For information and to register, call

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Wild and Romptacular SCRT Summer Camp By E.R.A. McCarthey This year’s camp will be an exciting theatrical event featuring “life-size puppets” created and operated by our local children! Summer Camp kids will produce “a wild and romptacular” version of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Some of the puppets in the show will be life-size and operated by three children a piece. Every participant, all ages, will learn how to make puppets and masks and will perform as a character in the play. Elizabeth Dapo is the Summer Camp Director. She described her thoughts behind this year’s camp, “I started out thinking how awesome it would be to have 20+ kids playing with puppets, masks, and music! I want it to be fun and also give all of the children the

opportunity to explore an aspect of theatre they may not have been exposed to before. Or just give them the opportunity to let their imaginations play! And also have fun. My mind jumped through hoops to figure out how to accommodate so many children of various ages…do we do a variety show ala muppet show style? Do we do a pre written text and make it spunky? Do we adapt a fairy tale and if so which one?

11 at 7pm. The camp and performances will be hosted at the Famous Performing Arts Center. You can register online at or call the SCRT office at 719.846.4765.

Finally after some reading and research, I’ve decided that we will be devising our own adaptation of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. Don’t think Tim Burton or Disney Alice. Think imagery and whimsy from the original Lewis Carol book. There are many characters, a few can be puppets, some masks, and a whole lot of tumbling and clowning.” Elizabeth Dapo lives in Washington D.C. and is currently puppeteering a project for National Geographic. Liz was born and raised on a ranch in Southern Colorado and in her teens was an apprentice at the SCRT under Harriet and Fred. She went on to gain a wonderful education and many experiences in both acting and puppetry. You can learn more about her at The camp will be July 29th – Aug 11, ages 5 – 18. $100 per child or $125 if registered after June 30th. Hours are 9am – 1pm, Monday through Friday. Performances – Saturday, August 10 at 2:30pm and Sunday, August


Trinidad Sports A Whirling Dervish

Gonzales is a Top Student in Colorado By Doc Leonetti This outstanding young lady not only excelled at Trinidad High School in academics and athletics, she did the same at Trinidad State Jr. College. The affable athlete was ubiquitous on the TSJC campus, and presented an impact at the guard position in George Dasko’s basketball program. The little lady was also highly productive in Geneva Villegas’ volleyball team during her tenure at the High. At Trinidad State, she mirrored all her high school accomplishments with one small exception. This charismatic young lady also earned the super special Outstanding Student Award for the Colorado Community College system.

added Gonzales. “They were with me at the Aurora Community College campus when I received the award. They have supported me forever through all my academics and athletics. And then there is that venerable girls coach from Trinidad High. This kid is high on this resolute basketball mentor.

“Coach Dasko not only taught us about basketball, he taught us about life,” concluded Gonzales. “He was always there for us. He has done a lot for the girls in his basketball program. I just can’t say enough about him.” And Dasko, too, was pleased with the accomplishments of his former protégé.

“She’s really a good person,” said Dasko of his former basketball star. “You don’t ever having to worry about her giving her best effort. She works hard at everything she does. The more difficult the problem, the more effort she gives. Vanessa is the most focused basketball player I’ve ever cached, boys or girls, and I’ve had a lot of good ones. She is in the same category as Chelsea Velasquez and Peyton Ackerman. They’re all great girls. She’s as good as they are or any others that I’ve coached, and a good student. When there are tasks that are difficult for her, she works at it so she can master it. I’d recommend her for anything because she’d work diligently at it to be successful. I’m really happy for anything she can accomplish. She deserves it.”

At Trinidad State, she caught the eye of Head Basketball Coach Rich Holden. And as she was for Dasko, she performed like an Oklahoma tornado on the basketball court. Ellen McGill, the volleyball coach was also cognizant of her athletic ability and she too inserted her into the lineup as a starter. Along the way at TSJC, the effervescent Gonzales also earned a scholarship from the Kane’s Foundation. And yet, there is more. Interim president Dr. Charles Bohlen noticed something even more special about the exceptional grad from Trinidad High. “I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Vanessa Gonzales soon after I became Interim President of Trinidad State Junior College,” said Bohlen. “We both attended a reception for Kane Scholars at Pikes Peak Community College. There we learned that our new student, Vanessa, had a very impressive high school career, and thus I was honored that she chose TSJC as her college of choice. As a Kane Scholar she has her education paid for two years at TSJC and two years at UCCS. I have followed her first year at TSJC and have been amazed by her. She has maintained a very high grade point average while serving as a starter on both the volleyball team and basketball team. She is fun to watch on the court because she is an explosion of energy. She approaches her academic studies the same way. Vanessa will do well in life because of her strong positive character, and her drive.” “I’m shocked and honored to be honored like that,” said the engaging Gonzales who will eventually move on to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where she plans to major in Elementary Education and play volleyball. “Dr. Bohlen and I had a good connection this year. He was there for the Kane Scholarship and he went with me to receive the Student of the Year Award. I thought I was in trouble when he called me into his office. I was shocked when he told me what it was about. I was a little nervous because I had to make a speech, but it went alright.” The diminutive whirling dervish was most appreciative of the stanchion provided by her parents, Tracy and Kelly Rael. “My parents have always been supportive of me,”


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garden from a large infestation that will require a lot more work later, while maximizing flower and crop production. We are starting the growing season slightly better off than last year because of a bit more moisture. However, here are a few ideas to conserve water in your garden if drought conditions persist: Don’t over water plants. Let them establish a larger root system to reach down for moisture between watering. Use water saving, inexpensive soaker hoses, which can be placed close to plant roots. Build short berms around plants or beds to keep water directed towards roots, instead of running off. Mulch with bark, compost, straw, etc. Wash your dishes in a plastic tub and carry the grey water to your plants. With a little effort you can have a beautiful, water wise garden.

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An Ancient Art for Ageless Skin By Michelle Gellis, LAc, MAc, DiplAc

For thousands of years the Chinese have used therapeutic cupping for asthma, fever, congestion and chronic or acute pain. Due to its ability to drain toxins and regulate the skin and muscles, facial cupping can be transformative to your appearance as well. Used either as a stand alone treatment, or as an addition to acupuncture facial treatment, facial cupping has benefits far beyond reducing fine lines and sagging jowls. These benefits include: increased local qi and blood circulation to the skin, drawing nutrients to the surface and enhancing absorption of lotions or serums. Facial cupping clears heat and serves as a method of detoxifying the skin; it also drains stagnant fluids and eases puffiness. While traditional cupping can leave marks on the skin, facial cupping does not. Acupuncture facial cupping is entirely painless and is not an irritant to the skin; it can be used on rosacea, melasma and even on sensitive skin. The majority of the patients I see for facial cupping come to reduce the signs of aging. There are several reasons why our skin wrinkles and loses its glow over time: 1) as we age, our skin loses elements that once made it look youthful: fat, collagen and elastin. 2) glands that once helped to regulate moisture and rejuvenation of skin cells and blood flow causing dry, cracked skin begin to slow down 3) skin cells divide more slowly, causing the dermis layer to thin. One percent of collagen decreases every year. 4) fat layers beneath the dermis begin to atrophy. By increasing blood flow and circulation to the skin, cupping can help the skin to regain its youthful appearance. Cupping can be a very unique way of turning back the hands of time. The procedure itself takes anywhere from 15 minutes to half hour to perform. I start out with needling a few bodypoints to ground the patient and affect various skin conditions. After applying a lotion or oil, a small cup is either “parked” for a few seconds over a deep wrinkle to increase blood flow to the area, or it is moved along the face and down the neck to drain lymphatic fluid and stimulate blood flow. Cups are positioned over acupuncture points on the face for short periods of time to stimulate them as part of the overall treatment. Larger cups can be gently dragged along a meridian to activate it for lifting and firming effects as well. Small oblong cups, can be used in the eye area, for sagging eyelids, puffy under eyes, and dark circles. Done properly, cupping therapy will bring collagen to the surface and increase blood flow, reduce puffiness, dark circles and diminish fine lines. But the benefits go beyond just cosmetic, facial cupping can be very beneficial to drain nasal sinuses and the

lymphatic system. Conditions such as TMJ pressure can also be relieved. The increased local blood supply will bring nourishment to the muscles and skin and allow for toxins to be carried away via the veins and the lymphatic system. My patients describe feeling very relaxed and deep warmth, and tingling sensation long after the treatment has ended. Although it is possible to use fire cups, I do not recommend it. The cups I use are small bulb suction cups, they are highly polished glass, very smooth, and come in various shapes especially designed for your face. I have had students show up for class with plastic cups, and “bee sting kits” these are very irritating to the skin and I strongly discourage their use. Facial cupping is affordable and is a wonderful addon to an acupuncture facial treatment or can be used alone as part of a regular skin care routine. Patients can come once or twice a week until the desired results are achieved.

HEALTHY LIVING Chakras By Gina Odjeda We are not just physical bodies. If we learn to open our minds and expand our consciousness, we may be able to recognize the energy body that radiates within our physical body. Throughout the ages people have been aware of the chakras and the energy field. You may have heard of people talking about the aura or the luminous light body, well that is the electro-magnetic energy field that surrounds us. During the 1930s to 1950s scientific researches by Dr. Wilhelm Reich enabled healers to show not only the existence of the auric energy field but also its correlation with the chakras. They have shown that disturbances in the auric field eventually manifest as disease in the physical body, meaning that healing any imbalances in the aura will assist the body to resist illness. In yoga, the Sanskrit word for chakra means “wheel of light”. There are 7 main chakras that emanate within our physical body. The chakras interact with our endocrine glands and our lymphatic system by feeding in good energy and disposing of unwanted energy. In the same way that the physical body has organs, you can think of the chakras as the organs of the luminous energy field. Visualize the chakras as colorful pulsating discs that vibrate on a high frequency. The chakras transmit information from the aura and represent a “blueprint” of the body. Our past pain and trauma is embedded into our energy field as an imprint. The imprints affect our emotional and physical health through their connection to the endocrine system, which regulates our human behavior. Now that you have read all of this information about chakras, one must wonder- How do I stimulate and balance my chakras? Try exploring Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and breathing exercises. Incorporate aromatherapy in your everyday life. Try healing with crystals and stones. Take a walk outside and connect with nature. Dance, sing, laugh and live in the present moment. Any of the above will balance the chakra system and bring clarity into your life.

The Chakra System Root Chakra- is located at the base of your spine. It enables us to connect to the earth energy, which rises up through the feet to stabilize and secure the body. The main function is to “ground” or “root” ones energy, finding unity with life and the earth. Qualities- Survival, power to achieve goals, material stability, and courage Element- Earth Color- Red Associated Glands/Organs- Adrenal glands, kidneys and bladder

Sacral Chakra- is located a few inches under the navel. It is the core of primal feelings, sexuality, sensuality and pleasure. We store all of our emotions and fear in this energy center. This chakra assimilates creativity and ideas making it the essential space of self-expression and joy.

Qualities- Integrity, wisdom, confidence and independence Element- Ether Color- Blue

Qualities- Enthusiasm, openness to others, and desire Element- Water Color- Orange

Third Eye Chakra- is located in the center of the forehead. It relates to self-responsibility - being responsible for one’s own life, responsible to oneself to follow the soul’s path and needs and trusting one’s own intuition.

Associated Glands/Organs- Thyroid, lungs and throat

Associated Glands/Organs- Gonads-ovaries and testes Solar Plexus Chakra- is located a few inches above the navel and is our power center. It gives us the ability to be confident and in control of our lives. It relates to selfworth, how we feel about ourselves and how we feel others perceive us. Qualities- Personal power, authority, inner harmony and acceptance of self Element- Fire Color- Yellow Associated Glands/Organs- Pancreas, liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine Heart Chakra- is located at the heart center. It represents expressing love in action and self-love- having the ability to give and receive love unconditionally. Qualities- Healing, compassion, generosity, harmony and balance Element- Air Color- Green

Qualities- Inner vision, clairvoyance, imagination, and manifestation Element- Spirit Color- Indigo Associated glands/organs- Pituitary gland, eyes and sinuses Crown Chakra- is located at the crown of your head. It relates to self-knowledge and spiritual awareness. It is the union with your higher self, with spirituality, and your higher consciousness. The crown connects us to our spiritual self-bringing guidance, wisdom and inner strength and purifies our thoughts and feelings giving us inspiration. Qualities- Divine wisdom and purpose, bliss, understanding and enlightenment Element- Space Color- Violet Associated Glands/Organs- Pineal gland and brain

Associated Glands/Organs- Thymus, hearts and breasts Throat Chakra- is located near the throat. It represents self-expression- communication and speech, the ability to communicate our needs and requirements to others. It enables us to speak our truth from our heart.

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Diego. The program allows kids to do 10 hours with an outside agency and 10 hours with Diego, Noah’s Arks is a strong partner of the program and where most of the kids perform some hours of community service.

Juvenile Diversion Program Encourages Creation

In May Diego and several kids from the diversion program attended a Trinidad City Council meeting to update the council on the program’s current projects, one of which was given and approved by a local arts and advisory council, which are mural paintings on the east side of Kit Carson Park. The city for its part had it’s parks department under the direction of Superintendent Dave Esquibel and Forman Kirby Bonato install the paintings. Council was shown photos of the mural, Councilman Joe Bonato and Mayor Pro-Tem Linda Velasquez attended the unveiling of the mural.

David J. Santistevan Jr. Creation, not destruction... youth in the Trinidad and Las Animas County area can now be involved in making something constructive and beautiful, after their first run in with the law. The Las Animas County Juvenile Diversion Program provides kids with just an opportunity through after school arts programs, helping kids be less likely to become second time offenders. The program, sponsored through the Third Judicial District and the local district attorney’s office, is a positive alternative for first time offenders ages 10 to 17. The program was started over eight years ago and the program strives to provide diversion participants skillbuilding opportunities. Tony Diego has worked with the program for years and says he averages about 35 kids a year, “We have a very successful completion rate to the program which is between 80 to 85 percent,” Diego told Around SoCO. “This program is a one time offer, so if kids offend a second time we don’t see them again. My best calculation is that of kids who go through our program only 10 to 15 percent of them re-offend, so the programs success rate is very high.” First time juvenile offenders who are eligible have committed low-level crimes like harassment, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief. The program on occasion does take some low level felonies like third degree assaults with no weapons involved. Young kids in the program also have to do a minimum of 20 hours community service, a big way of helping out and giving back to the community this according to

Velasquez added, “This is such a great program for kids. I believe it helps them stay out of trouble. Mr. Diego is doing such a good job.” Bonato agreed, “I don’t see these young kids doing something like that again. The program and Mr. Diego should be commended for their hard work. The city should support more programs like this to steer our kids in the right direction, this gives them a chance to learn and do art projects. Thank you Tony!” Diego had been working in the Denver kids diversion program for eight years, so Trinidad was the perfect fit for him. The program hopes to hold kids responsible for their actions, provides a viable alternative to court proceedings, enhances their decision making skills, helps them reconnect with their families and with the community, all while offering families assistance in dealing with the child’s behavior. “Working and helping young people is near and dear to my heart,” Diego emotionally added, “The program has seen both males and females, the average age

we see is 14 to 17. This is now a full-time director’s position. I love working with the kids and seeing them grow and work through issues. When a kid goes through this and says ‘I get it’, we know we have done our job.”

Art was chosen, according to Diego, because with art there is a beginning, middle and an end, “The children are given skills, groups they must attend. We talk about skill building, self-esteem issues, decision-making and how it affects them and the community. The kids appreciated the City’s help on the mural. This will help them. Knowing they have done something for the rest of their lives.” Diego has given a lot of his own personal time and effort to the program. “Diego has done an excellent job with the kids in the program over the last five years,” District Attorney Frank Ruybalid said.“As a prosecutor some of the saddest days of my career were when I saw a juvenile in trouble and then sentenced. The program now gives those same kids a fresh perspective to change their lives and build skills they didn’t know they had.” The Diversion Program is basically a one person program, locally Diego is that one person who writes the grants, sets up the projects, and coordinates all aspects of the program. The Department of Criminal Justice funds 75 percent of the program, money also comes from the Las Animas County District Attorney’s office. “I was impressed by the great response we have received from the city, the council and parks department as well as the entire community,” Diego said. “It would really be nice to have a space of our own. We rent the current space from a private owner, to keep the program moving forward. Having a place we could call our own would benefit the kids and the entire program.”

For the Love of Art Rodney Wood opens the door for the viewer to explore the world of art, self, dreams, fantasies and secrets. By Kathleen Donnelly Twelve years ago, Rodney Wood stepped through a symbolic blue door into the rest of his life. A man of energy and many talents, Wood had been a non-profit art administrator, gallery owner, curator, art teacher (from elementary school through college level), a corporate trainer, an inspirational teacher/motivator, and even a fencing and pentathalon coach and trainer for the US Olympic Training Center. Wood had served on numerous boards, received many awards, curated and juried scores of exhibits. His most meaningful passion, however, was to create art. He worked in a variety of media: he was a sculptor, a jeweler, a photographer, a print-maker. He created three-dimensional installation art. And then, twelve years ago began his obsession with oil painting. He is self-taught. For the past seven years, he has concentrated almost exclusively on his painting, and he describes it as “what I do… I would live under a bridge to do art,” he says. His goal is to “create work that reaches far beyond technique and intellect and compels the viewer to develop an emotive relationship with the pieces, like dreams take us deep into mysterious places in our psyche.” The genre of Wood’s work is considered Magic Realism, which is described as an artistic style in which magical elements appear in an otherwise realistic setting. His paintings depict architectural detail and elegant period furniture. He uses rich, sensuous and bright colors juxtaposed with black to focus on archetypal, mythical, esoteric and allegorical elements. Lightness and darkness.

present in others: fire, the symbol of destruction, or the flame that is the source of warmth and light, or fire that cleanses and purifies, or fire, the symbol of the eternal flame of love. I see life and hope amidst destruction in “Aviary” in which a naked woman serenely stands on a pockmarked ground, surrounded by blue birds while a tornado spins in a foreboding sky in the background. In “Secrets” Wood’s model is a woman with an enigmatic smile worthy of the Mona Lisa, whom he met through the mysterious movement of fate. In “Pas de Deux” a woman in a red dress in a ballet pose dances atop a rhinoceros. Harmony, balance and grace on top an immovable, armored object. In “Nest” a blue swan partially covers a woman in a kneeling fetal position and seven eggs lie on the ground around her. These paintings speak to your emotions and your imagination to tell a story with symbolism and myth as they explore and reveal the thin line between art and life. In the summer of 2010, Wood and his partner, Susan Palmer, (a quilt artist and massage therapist), took a 120 day road trip, “looking for artists, visionaries, and quirky museums,” he said. At the end of the road trip he and Susan decided that they really did not want to live in a big city anymore. He was familiar with the mythical, magical, allegorical, wonderful aspects of Trinidad from some people from his previous” lives”, including former Trinidad residents Neil Sexton and Audrey Forcier. And so Rodney’s and Susan’s paths led to Trinidad where they opened a studio/gallery called Galerie Vivante at 214 East Main Street and where they are enjoying the thin line between life and art. “To make art that is at once beautiful, haunting, disconcerting, sensuous ad inspiring is a lofty quest. The paintings of Rodney Wood are the visual voice of a man obsessively devoted to the exploration of the windfalls of human emotion and spirit.” To see more of Rodney Wood’s work or for more information go to or contact the artist at or call 719-334-0087. 1. “Ex Trado Animus....” , 2. “Gazardiel”, 3. “Asylum”, 4. “Coronation”

His “Humanimal” series is a playful and magical world in which Wood has incorporated the overtly fantastic elements of animals in human roles. A giraffe gazes vainly into an ornate oval mirror in “The Aesthete”; a lean, lithe cheetah stands behind an antique camera on a tripod, (perhaps photographing wild animals in the Serengeti) in “The Fauve”. In “Joie de Vivre” a tiger stops to smell a large pot of yellow flowers; and in “The Maestro” a lion with a conductor’s wild mane sits atop a grand piano. There are fifteen paintings in this series. They have been recreated in the form of high quality giclee limited edition prints that are available on Wood’s website. On another note, Wood’s series of twenty “vignettes” include such images as skeletons and skulls, birds, butterflies, angels, the moon and dawn, which could be disturbing or compelling, depending upon the viewer’s interpretation. To me, these pieces represent confronting death, impermanence, transition. They mean the death of ego and the end of attachment to this body and life as well as re-birth and the comforting cycle of life. That Wood has created a large body of allegorical paintings should not be surprising in view of his calling as a teacher. By definition, these are pictures that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning or are the representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms. Several depict worship or supplication to the Divine. Symbolic fire is

Art and Music


HEALTHY LIVING Participating in Life Occupational Therapy An individual’s ability to participate in daily life activities, or “occupations”, is the primary concern of an Occupational Therapist. Children’s occupations are being preschoolers, playmates, or students. An adult’s daily life skills include activities such as preparing meals, doing laundry, driving, handling finances, and holding a job.  Alert Program “How Does Your Engine Run?” Astronaut Training Fine Motor Improvement Gross Motor Improvement Handwriting Play Skills Development Self Care Skills Sensory Integration Therapy Social/Emotional Development Therapeutic Listening Program Visual Motor Processing/Integration Wilbarger Brushing Protocol The Alert Program “How Does Your Engine Run?” consists of a series of lessons and activities that incorporate sensory integration techniques with cognitive approaches. The program is designed to help children recognize and expand the number of self-regulation strategies they use in a variety of tasks and settings. It is important for an Occupational Therapist with sensory integrative techniques to teach the children, parents, and teachers how to recognize arousal states (levels of alertness) as they relate to attention, learning, and behavior. Self-regulation is the ability to attain, maintain, and change arousal appropriately for a task or situation. Self-regulation involves many neurological connections in the brain. To attend, concentrate, and perform tasks in a manner suitable to the situational demands, one’s nervous system must be in an optimal state of arousal for that particular task.

ing and movement control, the vestibular system plays a major role in everything we do including looking and listening. This program is a long-awaited protocol for improving function in the Vestibular-Auditory-Visual Triad. The vestibular system helps us understand the position of our head and body in gravity-bound space. It gives us information about which way is up and where we are going. It helps us with balance, spatial orientation, and maintaining a stable visual image, even when we are in motion. Since movement is a part of everything we do, the vestibular system is important for all of our interactions with the sensory world. Babies gain important information from the vestibular system about gravity as they begin to move through space of their own accord-crawling, pulling to stand, and tottering their first steps. Healthy babies who were given 16 sessions of vestibular activation had significantly more advanced reflexes and motor skills than the control group. Vestibular deficits are often found in children with delayed motor development, perceptual or attention deficits, learning disabilities, emotional problems, language disorders, and autism. For example, gravitational insecurity may underlie a child’s fear of being moved, swinging and climbing at the playground, or riding an escalator. The vestibular system teams up with the auditory and visual systems to perform many important tasks by helping us understand the 3-dimensional space that surrounds us wherever we go. The vestibular system also provides a perception of orientation in space that must be activated by the musculoskeletal system. It is our internal guidance instrument working to tie the body senses, such as proprioception and touch, together with the visual and auditory senses. Through the proper functioning of our Vestibular-AuditoryVisual triad the sights and sounds of our world become more meaningful and entice us to move, explore, and engage with objects, people, and events... The dynamic interaction between the members of the Vestibular-Auditory-Visual triad provides the backdrop for virtually everything we do and thus determines much about the quality of our lives. The activities of our version of Astronaut Training are designed to enhance the dynamic interplay of moving, looking, and listening.

The goal of the Alert Program would be, for example, for a child to recognize that he is in a state of high arousal and to be able to use sensorimotor strategies to calm himself for bedtime.

Fine Motor and Gross Motor Ability A motor skill is an action that involves the movement of muscles in your body. Gross motor skills are larger movements involving the arm, leg, or feet muscles or the entire body - things like crawling, running, and jumping are gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are those smaller actions like picking things up between the thumb and finger, or using the toes to wriggle into sand, or the lips and tongue to taste and feel objects. Gross motor and fine motor skills develop in tandem because many activities depend on the coordination of both kinds of skills.

Astronaut Training Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol for Moving, Looking & Listening A healthy vestibular system is important to all of us, not only astronauts. As a bridge between sensory process-

Handwriting Handwriting difficulty may be characterized by the following behaviors: Seem “tired all the time” because they frequently prop their head on their hands during seatwork in school

In the Alert Program, children learn to identify their own level of alertness by using the engine terminology. The child (with the help of an adult at first) will know if their engine level is running high, just right, or low for the activity that they are attempting.

Trouble staying between the lines of the paper Complain of tired hand, fingers, or wrist when writing Trouble completing writing tasks and keeping up with classmates Difficulty performing smooth, fluid movements with the pencil Awkward pencil grasp or grasp that is too tight or too loose Avoidance of handwriting or drawing Illegible writing Letters are too big or too small Drawing letters segmentally instead of fluidly Reversals of letters Play Skill Development Children learn through exploring their environment and interacting with the people and items around them. Children who hesitate to explore often have difficulty understanding how to use their body in order to interact with objects such as toys. They may have a limited repertoire of skills such as limiting play to balls or sticks, playing with only familiar toys, or engaging in repetitive play schemes. Sensory processing difficulties may impact a child’s ability to grade his or her movements to interact appropriately with toys. A child who is under-responsive to sensory information may break toys or crayons because they need more intense information from their skin and muscles to “feel” the toy. A child who is over-responsive to sensory information may avoid playing with toys because the toys may feel threatening to them. Whatever the reason, difficulty playing with toys impacts a child’s development of fine and gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills, and motor planning skills. These skills provide the foundation for higher learning in order to succeed academically and with daily living activities, such as self-care skills and future career development. Self-Care Skills Self-care skills are important for independence in our daily living. A child begins learning early on how to dress, bathe, brush teeth, and use utensils for feeding. Much of this learning occurs through play and modeling from caregivers. Difficulty with self-care skills often has underlying causes. Foundational skills required for self-care skills include postural control, motor planning skills, visual perceptual skills, and body scheme and awareness to name a few. A child who has difficulty performing self-care skills may take a long time to finish activities, seem like they don’t know where to start, have difficulty orienting their clothing appropriately, or have trouble using tools and utensils. It is important to assess and address these underlying causes in order build the foundational skills necessary to perform selfcare skills. Sensory Integration Sensory integration is the neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and from the environment, making it possible for the body to use that information in order to perform daily activities. When an individual is so over-sensitive or under-sensitive to things they see, hear, smell, touch, taste, or feel that they cannot function properly in their environment, then dysfunction in sensory integration (DSI) may exist. DSI may be characterized by the behaviors described within each of the following systems. It is important to note that a child may show symptoms in some or all of the sensory systems. An Occupational Therapist with training in sensory integration will be

able to identify sensory integrative deficits and provide the appropriate treatment. The Gustatory (taste) & Olfactory (smell) Systems Picky eater The Vestibular (movement) System Always “on the go” Avoids playground equipment System Proprioception (the body’s sense of position, direction, motion) Decreased sense of danger/pain Poor body awareness The Visual (seeing) System Avoids eye contact Has difficulty reading or writing The Auditory (hearing) System Frightened by loud noises Has difficulty listening or following directions The Tactile (touch) System Avoids getting messy Does not notice when hands or face are messy Social/Emotional Development Most children have a natural drive to interact with other children. However, difficulty or avoidance may have underlying causes that do not involve a shy personality or a loner mentality. Poor sensory processing and poor motor planning skills often impact a child’s ability to interact with other children. A child with poor sensory processing may become overwhelmed by the unpredictable nature of other children and avoid or withdraw from them. Another child may be behind in his or her play skill development and prefer to interact with younger children. Emotional skills may also be impacted by poor sensory processing or poor motor planning. Children begin learning self-regulation strategies at a young age including sucking on the thumb, carrying a special blanket or toy, or cuddling with a caregiver. A child with sensory processing problems may tantrum or become fearful by what is generally harmless as they perceive the situation as threatening. Caregivers often spend a lot of time trying to comfort their child and avoid anything that may upset the child. A child with motor planning problems may become easily frustrated by what appears to be a simple task. Issues with behavior often develop from difficulty with self-regulation

with other salient sensory data. Listening is a voluntary, survival-related, whole brain, and whole body process. The survival of an animal living in the wild depends on its ability to listen and monitor and then actively respond to changes in the environment. Because of its importance in survival, Ayres acknowledged that the processing of sound could be classified as one of the ‘primal forms of sensory integration’. Many of the individuals who have sensory processing and sensory integration difficulties also have listening difficulties. This is clearly seen in individuals with auditory defensiveness or auditory over-reactivity. These individuals often will cover their ears in response to low frequency sounds such as vacuum cleaners, blenders, and hair dryers or high pitched or sudden sounds such as sneezing or screaming. Recent clinical practice demonstrates the efficacy of incorporating sound into sensory integrative treatment strategies. In fact, many experts agree that the auditory system is a critical link in sensory integration theory. Visual motor processing/integration Visual motor processing/integration refers to the ability to use the eyes and hands together (eye-hand coordination). This skill is important for many daily activities and especially with drawing, copying, and handwriting. A child’s academic performance can be significantly impacted by difficulty with visual motor integration Wilbarger Brushing Protocol Based on the theory of Sensory Integration, the brushing technique uses a specific method of stimulation to help the brain organize sensory information. The brushing technique was developed by Patricia Wilbarger, MEd, OTR, FAOTA, an Occupational Therapist and Clinical Psychologist who has been working with sensory processing theories for over 30 years. She is a cofounder of Sensory Integration International and AVANTI camp and well known for her clinical work in the NICU, schools, etc. Our skin is our largest sensory organ, followed closely by our muscles and skeleton, connected by our nervous system and governed by our brain. The sensory

systems feed information from our environment, through sense receptors, and neural impulses via our nervous system, directly to the brain. The brain then organizes it, sends it back through the nervous system for use as understanding, adaptation, learning, and skill development. When this system functions well, it allows a person to interact with their environment efficiently, developing necessary motor and language skills, and appropriate social/emotional behavior. When this system is unable to organize the information appropriately, a variety of symptoms can present; motor delays, tactile defensiveness, learning disorders, social or emotional difficulties, speech, and language deficits or attention disorders. The program has been found very beneficial to children with sensory integrative dysfunction, as outlined in the previous paragraph. This technique helps the brain and body work together more effectively. Benefits noted are: •

Can improve ability to transition between activities (calming after emotional outburst, improving tolerance levels.)

Can help children who have a fear of discomfort in being touched (tactile defensiveness)

Can increase self regulation, self calming.

Can increase the ability of the nervous system to use information from the senses more effectively, i.e. speech/motor skills.

Can improve attention and focus.

The students generally like the procedure!

Benefits received are directly related to correct administration and consistency. Using this technique without instruction from a trained therapist could be harmful at the extreme, and at the minimum, useless. Feel free to ask your therapist about this program. TRINIDAD PEDIATRIC & ADULT THERAPY SERVICES 134 West Main St. Suite 12 Trinidad, CO 81082 (719) 846-4061 (719) 680-2424

Assessment and treatment in the areas of sensory processing and motor planning often help to develop social and emotional skills. Therapeutic Listening Program Therapeutic Listening (TL) is an expansion of Sensory Integration. It is an auditory intervention that uses the organized sound patterns inherent in music to impact all levels of the nervous system. Jean Ayres’ groundbreaking work in the field of sensory integration brought to light the critical importance of integrating information from our senses for the organization of movement, learning, and behavior. In everyday listening we are doing just that - attending selectively to auditory information and integrating it


Around Trinidad With Hands Untied By David J. Santistevan Jr.

Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with hands untied, looks to the future with a positive attitude and new board. Originally part of Trinidad Catholic Churches, established in 1874, the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery board and staff are ready to move into a positive future. After a long court battle a new board and new ideas were established to help serve those whose family members and loved ones rest within its hallowed grounds. “We can finally move forward and give the grounds and good hard working staff of the cemetery the things needed to properly function,” Frank Leone, President of the Cemetery Board, told Around SoCO in an exclusive one-on-one interview. “With our hands now untied we can do the necessary work to the grounds and update our technology to better serve everyone who has a loved one at the TCC.” In 1982 priests from Catholic churches in the Trinidad area did not want to own the cemetery any longer. Since then a non-profit board has run the cemetery, which for 31-years has been Catholic by name only. Fred Tavella, a retired coal miner and past member of the board, put in a lot of his own time and money trying to keep the grounds up. In 1982 the priests asked Tavella, who served over 40-years on the seven member board, to take over at the cemetery. “Mr. Tavella inherited the cemetery with just $50 for fuel costs. Then through years of hard work and his own funds, he helped this grow. He gave a lot of his own life to help the cemetery.” Leone added. “Mr. Tavella with limited workers and very limited resources did the best he could with what little he had.”

Leone started serving on the TCC board in 2001 and has donated his own time as well. He has donated materials from Leone’s Sand & Gravel to the cemetery for its upkeep. Leone was reappointed to the board last year. In the spring of 2013 the new eight-member board of President Frank Leone, Vice-President Joe Bonato, Treasurer Leeann Fabec and board members Father Richard Becker, Robert Ferrendelli, Carmen Sandoval, and Miriam Zappanti, went out to bid and hired Merged Media to replace all of the signage at the cemetery. “The new signage looks fantastic!” Greg Bragazzi exclaimed. He comes down once a year from Pueblo to visit his parents Mary and Frank “Fats” Bragazzi. “It looks really nice, I am glad to see new signs, it has been needed for a long time,” Kirby Bonato told Around SoCO Memorial Day weekend while putting flowers on the graves of some of his relatives. “The grounds are starting to look green, and we think the signs help out greatly,” Mike J. Martinez said. He lives in Denver but grew up in Trinidad and was at the cemetery Memorial Day weekend. The Cemetery is moving all of its records to a digital system and will be extending hours especially on busy holiday weekends. “We will try our hardest to improve all aspects of this cemetery, I can assure you,” Joe Bonato the Vice-President of the TCC Board added.“We have great board and have the best interest of those here who have family in this cemetery. The process will take time but we will do our best to make the improvements needed.”

Paw News Doggone Good Life By Ellie Nenova People who aspire to have a long healthy life and want to prevent heart disease may want to consider getting a pet, especially a dog. A study by the American Heart Association officially announced that people who owned pets, particularly dogs, appeared to have a reduced risk of heart disease and had better survival rates than those without pets. The analysis showed that dog owners have healthier hearts than people who do not have pets. The study also revealed that individuals with already developed cardiovascular problems have a greater chance of survival if they enjoy the company of a pet. The most significant data come from studies which show that dog owners are moving a lot more than others. Pets also have beneficial effects on the mental state of owners - helping them tol-

erate stress, anxiety and depression while feeling more confident in themselves. A survey last year showed that owning a dog, a happy marriage, and friends are the key to longevity, according to “Daily Mail”. Results show these are more important than having children or social status. The study began in 1940 and traced over 200 young, white and healthy Americans from youth to seniority. Estimates were made every two years. There are many lovable dogs available at Noah’s Ark for adoption. You won’t just be giving the pup a better life, you may also be saving yours!

NEW Views What’s Left Behind

Free educational program allows local kids to explore, investigate and create! Finding fossils, examining scat, taking apart owl pellets, making Inuit sunglasses and molding animal tracks were a few of the activities kids participated in as part of the College for Kids workshop series at Trinidad State Junior College.

And they get more excited about it this way better than maybe just reading about it.” As part of the owl pellet session for the kids, Hrycyk explained that owls “eat a whole animal and they can’t digest the fur and the bones so they spit those back out.” The kids took apart the owl pellets to figure out what the owl ate and learn about owls and their habitats. The College for Kids workshop series runs every Thursday for the next five weeks. The workshops are free and lunch is provided for the kids. The College for Kids program at Trinidad State is completely funded through donations.

Parent Jessica Gowan said through this program, she hoped her daughter would get “a sense of exploring and investigating stuff that they don’t have the time to do at school.” The June 13th workshops include “Build a Beast” where students create paper mache animals and “Color Rocks!” designed to teach kids about colors and they’ll paint a river rock. The next workshops will be presented by local Artist Risa Phelps and are sponsored by the Trinidad Area Arts Council. Each session is limited to the first 50 students, and registration begins at 8 a.m. the Friday before the following Thursday session. To register, call Josephine Chacon, Trinidad State, at 719.846.5474.

In the morning workshop titled “Left Behind,” more than 50 children, ages 7 to 11, explored the world of animal life as they rotated through five different sessions of hands-on activities. The afternoon session, “The Amazing Arctic,” allowed the kids to learn about the culture and environment of the Arctic through participatory demonstrations, including making ice cream! Both workshops were presented by the CU Museum and sponsored by CU Boulder Office for University Outreach. “I like making kids excited about science,” said Antonette Hrycyk, CU Boulder graduate student who presented the owl pellet activities for College for Kids. “Sometimes science textbooks are really boring, and so this gives them another world of understanding biology and history of the land.

EDUCATION Hidden Treasure on Trinidad State Campus

Dinosaur tracks, fossils from an ancient marine reptile, mammoth and bison tusks, petroglyphs and artifacts from excavations in the Trinidad area are some of the main attractions at the LoudenHenritze Archaeology Museum at Trinidad State Junior College. Located in the ground level of the Library on the Trinidad State campus, the museum offers free admission to the public and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. From the south exit of the Colorado Welcome Center in Trinidad, turn right on University, take a right on Prospect Street, then right on Park Street at the top of the hill. You will pass the Trinidad State Library on your left, then as you drive along a curve around the Library, you’ll see parking and the museum entrance on the left. “All the archaeology stuff is from excavations in our area. Fossils were collected in the area also,” said Museum Director Loretta Martin, “And then people donate stuff to us.” The dinosaur exhibit includes an actual dinosaur track and a bluff sample showing the CretaceousTertiary boundary, commonly referred to as the KT Boundary. Seen in parts of Trinidad and surrounding areas, the KT Boundary is a section of rock layer in the earth that marks the end of the

Mesozoic era, known as the Age of the Dinosaurs, and the beginning of the Cenozoic era. This layer of clay directly overlain by a thin coal layer has given researchers clues as to how the dinosaur extinction came about. “No dinosaur bones have been found above that—bones, tracks, nothing,” Martin said of the KT boundary, “Everything so far is below that.” During the Age of the Dinosaurs, Trinidad was under water or right at the edge, Martin mentioned. “It’s probably one of the reasons that we only have dinosaur tracks and not many bones,” she said. The museum boasts bones from two Monosaurs, ancient marine reptiles that were found in the Trinidad area. The Monosaur lived 144 to 65 million years ago, and “they’re probably a little older [than dinosaurs],” Martin said. Another interesting exhibit is the Abe Mason Collection, displaying more than 10,000 artifacts of

hand-carved drills, arrow heads and small knives collected from Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. “This is one man’s collection. He started hunting actually during the Dust Bowl days,” Martin said of the Abe Mason Collection. Other displays at the museum include an ancient environment exhibit, fossil plants, landmarks and formations, replicas of ancestral burials, native plants, local pottery and rocks. For more information, call (719) 846-5508 . Entrance to the Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum located on the Trinidad State campus. Mammoth tusk on display at the Archaeology Museum


New Cruisers in Town By David J. Santistevan Jr Las Animas County Sheriff James Wayne Casias was elected in 2003. Since then he has brought many positive changes to the sheriff’s department. Earlier in 2013 Casias and his deputies bought new vehicles to help them better protect and serve the residents of Las Animas County. The department has also been stretching every dollar in these tough economic times while severing one of the biggest counties in the State of Colorado and the western United States.

“We have a great department, good hard working officers inside our jail and outside with our deputies. I am lucky to be surrounded by such good, honest people,” Casias proudly told AroundTrinidad. “We have a lot of county roads, and places that are hard to reach, so we put a lot more wear and tear on vehicles in Las Animas County than probably anywhere else in the state, with such a huge county we go through vehicles a lot faster.” Casias recently asked for and received 4 new vehicles through a leasing program, which will save the county and his department thousands of dollars versus buying new. The sheriff’s department also worked with the county’s Road and Bridge Department to add two graders to the lease program. The lease on the vehicles is $35,000 each for five years, according to Under Sherriff Derek Navarette.He stated, “We got a good deal

and saved a lot of money for the county. Now we don’t have to worry about our deputies vehicles breaking down, and maintenance is high so we will also be saving money not having to pay so much out maintaining them. These new deputy vehicles are custom built, all wheel drive and great for the kind of work we do. They run well on paved roads and on all of our dirt roads within the county.” NV Creative Designs put on the decal logos for the new sheriff’s vehicles. They have created decal logos and design work for a number of law enforcement agencies in the region including the new cars purchased by the Trinidad Police Department.

Kimberly Chavez, the county’s emergency manager, is helping Casias look into getting a computer and radios for the donated truck. “We are blessed to have had great commissioners who believe that public safety and the deputies that provide it are an important part of the county,” Casias said. “There are so many to thank for the new vehicles, so thank you to all, as our department continues to do the best job protecting our citizens as we possibly can.”

“We have been in business since 2010 in Trinidad down at 119 Elm Street,” Naomi Breedlove commented to Around SoCO. “We work with city governments, and we have worked with some of the volunteer fire departments in our county (Las Animas County). We presented the LAC Sheriff’s Department with four different designs, we then came up with the design you see on the new vehicles. Everything you see is custom. We are local and we warrantee all of our work.” Sgt. Henry Trujillo, who works in one of the new vehicles added, “This helps us protect our county, service our county better, it’s keeps our road deputies safe and N V Creative Design did a great job on the logos.” Sheriff Casias and his department run about 20 deputies in the jail with one jail administrator along with 12 outside deputies, the undersherriff, and one Investigator Sergeant. The department receives money from the Department of Defense. They have received vehicle donations such as a Humvee, a Duce-and-a-half, and a Frac-truck from Pioneer Natural Resources which is being used for the department’s Man Units and for Search and Rescue.


Full of Action By Janet Miller On Monday, June 3, the Southern Colorado Repertory Theater building at 131 W. Main St. was full of action. Professional actors had just arrived from across the United States for the summer’s program of three plays, each with a total of seven performances. The plays are Tom, Dick, and Harry, which opens on June 21; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; and The Last Romance. The company will also perform at 1 p.m. On Saturday, June 8, as part of this year’s Santa Fe Trail festival. Monday night, volunteers and visiting actors for the summer season, along with the area’s resident actors, shared a potluck. Harriet Vaugeois, President / Executive Director, introduced the visiting actors and instructed everyone to shake hands or hug everyone else there. Most people made an attempt to greet old friends and meet new ones.The potluck

table contained fried chicken, vegetable salads, potato salad, a relish tray, cakes and sliced fruits for dessert, with sodas and boxed wines at the other end of the mezzanine area. After most of the food was eaten and everyone was fully fed, the volunteers met in the main area for instruction on the new season, the new seating with five rows rising up from floor level. Each seat will have a clear view of the stage, and patrons will enjoy cooled air in the former department store. A ticket also entitles the holder to a discount on dinner at Purgatoire on Elm. All seats will be reserved, and Vaugeois said that toward the end of the last resident season performances were selling out. Tickets may be ordered online at, or by phone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, at 719 846-4765. The Queen City Jazz Band will give a concert at 2:30 p.m. on July 4th. Volunteers get to see the plays for free, and positions include house manager and assistant, box office and snack bar staff, and ushers.


Devoted Sisters

been widowed after sixty-seven years of marriage.”

By Bertha Sandoval

Christine married James Yates in 1935 and to this union were born three children: John, Trinidad, CO, Kathy, Canada, and Jim, who passed away in 1999. She has lived in Trinidad continuously since her family moved to the area. She is very proud of her four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

Janet McKeown, age 97 and Christine Butero, age 95 are of Scottish descent. They are model examples of devoted and bonded sisters. Born in Larkhall, Scotland, the two sisters migrated to the United States along with their parents and five siblings, settling in the Gulnare area near their mother’s family. During the time when dry farming was not a viable occupation for their father, the family moved to Dicks, Colorado where he worked as a coal miner.

Christine worked as a beautician for fifty years, including instructing at the beauty school, and operating her own shop. She has received much acclaim for working until she was 80 years old. Christine’s caring and solicitous manner was clearly evidenced as a caregiver tending to an ailing sister for many years. Christine’s husband, James was a well-known businessman in the community. He passed away in 1981 and several years thereafter, she married Paul Butero.

Janet and Christine both attended schools in Delagua, Bon Carbo and Cokedale, completing their education at Trinidad High. Janet married Thomas McKeown in 1937 and moved to Detroit, Michigan, coming back to Colorado during World War II when her husband was employed by Remington Arms. At termination of the war, Mr. McKeown became a postal employee, retiring from Civil Service in 1975.

Christine also participates in the daily activities offered by the Center. The Sayre Senior Center is proud of the two vibrant, refined ladies who are valued members, and demonstrate true familial devotion.

Believe... Holy Trinity Church 235 North Convent Street Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-3369 Bible Baptist Church 1102 Stonewall Ave Trinidad, CO 81082 719-845-0827 Fisher’s Peak Community Church 10377 Santa Fe Trail Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-6018 First Christian Church 200 S. Walnut Street Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-3843 Church of Christ 1000 Nevada Ave. Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-2919 All Nation’s Fellowship 131 W. Main St. Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-9100 Jehovah’s Wintnesses Trinidad Congregation 1713 Goodale Ave. Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-3119 Zion’s Lutheran Church 613 Prosect Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-7785 First United Methodist Church 216 Broom St. Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-6824 Church of the Nazarene 733 Stonewall Ave. Trinidad, CO 81082 719-845-0383 Faith Christian Fellowship 2608 Santa Fe. Trail Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-9673

Janet began her working career as a telephone operator then became a catalog clerk for Montgomery-Ward, and went on to work at Denver Dry Goods as a clerk, where she remained for seventeen years.

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In 1983, Janet and her husband moved to Colorado City where they lived for approximately sixteen years until Thomas’ health began to fail. It was at that time Mr. & Mrs. McKeown returned to Trinidad to be near Christine who was Janet’s only relative in this area. Janet’s two children are Sharon, in Littleton, CO and Tom, in Wheatridge, CO. She is very proud of her five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

First Pentecostal Church 10375 Santa Fe. Trail Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-2987 United Presbyterian Church 801 San Pedro Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-6513 Seventh Day Adventist Church 1605 Aiello St. Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-0244


Janet’s hobbies include crocheting, embroidery, ceramics, and aerobics. She is a vibrant lady who partakes of the services offered by the Sayre Senior Center, enjoying the comaraderie and friendship of the senior community. Janet states unequivocally “The Center is a godsend, having

Proverbs 4:1-9

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Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. ...


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