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Stop by the A.R. Mitchell Museum Gift Shop at 150 East Main Street in Trinidad on Saturdays this month to visit with artist Sharon Galbraith and watch her paint with oils and acrylics and other media from noon to 3pm. Register to win free oil paints. Children accompanied by adults are welcome. Call the museum at 719-846-4224 for additional information. The Mitchell Museum Gift Shop will be open through December on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from noon to 4pm.
Valley-Wide Health Systems in Alamosa opened the doors to its Convenient Care Clinic on Saturday, giving valley residents a place to go for minor injuries and maladies. The clinic will be open 7 days a week. It was partly funded by a federal $894,000 grant designed specifically to keep patients from going to the emergency room for non-emergencies. The grant pays for staff and equipment and allows Valley-Wide to expand on a diversion program it had been running in another Alamosa clinic. Executive Director Marguerite Salazar said that Valley-Wide also receives a federal grant to take care of uninsured patients along with foundation money and funds from the state‚€™s tobacco tax. That‚€™s in addition to other forms of patient revenue such as Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. The 4,800-square foot building includes six exam rooms with the capacity to accommodate online medical records once Valley-Wide makes that transition in the next few months.
A fire in a woodworking utility building on Road 10 South at the Waverly intersection just east of Highway 285 broke out at about 8:30pm Friday night. The Alamosa Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire and reduced the flames, which were reportedly shooting 10 feet into the air, to just smoke and hot spots almost immediately. The utility building was used for woodworking and contained cans of lacquer and related chemicals that exploded in the fire. It is believed that the fire may have been started by sparks from the building‚€™s wood-burning stove. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The City of Monte Vista will hold a public meeting concerning the city‚€™s comprehensive plan on Tuesday, November 18th, from 6 to 8pm at city hall, across the street from Alco in Monte Vista. Residents are asked to attend the public meeting to help the city identify problems that need to be solved, to determine how and where to grow as a city, to coordinate assets, to discuss potential economic development, to consider alternatives, and to formulate goals and strategies to guide council decisions. All Monte Vista residents, students, property owners, developers, and business owners are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
The Monte Vista Fire Department will hold its annual free chili supper on Saturday, November 15th, from 4 to 7:30pm at the Monte Vista Fire Station at 401 South Broadway. Everyone is welcome as the fire department would like to thank everyone for their support. Donations will also be accepted at the dinner. Remember, your donation is tax-exempt, voluntary and is greatly appreciated.