Free Weekends at National Parks

This is great news for Outdoor and Sports enthusiasts.

This summer you can visit over 100 US National Parks and Monuments free on three weekends starting on June 20th and 21st. Earlier this month Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the announcement that the entrance fees will be waived on the weekends of June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16.

This does include these treasured destinations like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks.

Get more information from the US Department of Interior’s website for the National Park Service. Also check out the National Geographic websites for the Grand Canyon and Yosemite and other National Parks to help plan your trip.

To make the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this summer’s fee free weekends with the their own specials and discounts.

Did you know that many of the nations National Parks never charge an entrance fee? So if you are looking for a place to go camping or hiking this summer this is a great place to start looking.


Note: Before you go you may need some supplies so check out to  see if you can find some coupons, coupon codes and discounts to make sure that you save all you can on any gear you might need for camping, hiking, cycling, climbing, etc.

Our own local Jaquie Gipson will be at Trinidaddio Blues Festival

What a treat! Check out this video of the incredible Jaquie Gipson playing her guitar. Jaquie will be at the 2009 Trinidaddio Blues Festival at the end of August.

Also you can see more of Jaquie on YouTube

We welcome your comments…. and be sure to be at this years Blues Fest because it is sure to be a special event.


The Trinidaddio Blues Fest in Trinidad Colorado

This years Trinidaddio Blues Fest will be on August 29th, 2009

Headlining this year’s Blues Fest is the Tommy Castro Band from San Jose, CA, Ronnie Baker Brooks of Chicago and the Tad Robinson of Chicago,featuring Alex Schultz.

The music in Central Park will begin at noon with performances by
Trinidad’s Jacquie Gipson, the Clique, also of Trinidad,

A photo from a previous Trinidaddio Blues Fest

Ken Saydak of La Veta (formerly Chicago, IL), Soul Kitchen featuring Hillary Smith, Chris Dracup & Tommy Elskes of Albuquerque, the venerable Los Albuquerque Blues Connection (ABC), and Dikki Du (AKA Troy Carrier) and the Zydeco Krewe of Opelousas, LA.

Ticket prices remain the same as last year: $20 general admission,
$40 VIP, $5 for kids 6-12, and children under 5 are free.

The ticket price to the Friday night Pre-Fest party at the Lucky Monkey has been reduced this year to $25, but does not include dinner (food vendors will be present).

More details on the Fest’s bands and sponsors will be released soon.

For more information, log on to or call 719-859-8031


Neil Sexton, formerly of Trinidad and now residing in Utica, NY,
will again be the master of ceremonies for the event he originally founded in August of 1999 which has grown from an audience of several hundred to last year’s estimated attendance of 5000 to 6000.

“To the audience, the all-day Fest will seem unchanged from previous years,” says Jerry Campbell, “however, there will be some differences behind the scenes, mostly in ways that we think will improve the experience for both attendees and participants.”

Want a More Energy Efficient Home?

Maybe you have been thinking about ways to make your existing home more energy efficient or even building a new home that takes advantage of new technology. It really helps to be able to consult with someone that is knowledgeable in these areas so we want to introduce you to Fred Minter with Mountain Home Consulting.

Fred has practical personal experience and knowledge that comes from years of research and from the construction of his own home that is totally off-grid using nothing but Solar and Wind and passive energy saving techniques. Fred’s home is just west of Aguilar and is local to the Southern Colorado area for consulting but can also use your home plans to provide you a site analysis.

So whether you are just considering your alternative energy options or are ready to make a move to a more sustainable energy lifestyle be sure to check out his web page at or call Fred at 719-859-1992 for more information.  You will be glad you did!

Way to go Fred, we wish you the very best in success with your new Business!