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MARCH 2001


   The Amache Preservation Society (APS) was asked to write an article on the subject of Camp Amache.
   First of all, the Amache Preservation Society is made up of high school students from Granada. We were named the Amache Preservation Society after applying for and receiving a Colorado Council of the Arts Grant.
   At first the APS wanted to do research on Camp Amache and build a model. When we were building the model, we received help from our math teacher, Mrs. Schnabel. In the process of building the model, we had to figure out exactly where everything was at the camp. We decided to place signs at the appropriate spots.
   After a significant amount of research on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, we wanted to share our research. In doing this, we started giving presentations to the public in the surrounding areas.
   In order to make these presentations more interesting, we sought the help of many ex-Amacheans. We started by writing them, and they wrote back telling about many of their experiences at the camp. Since then we have given our presentations to many different groups: Colorado clubs, schools, and colleges, as well as many Kansas schools and clubs.
   We still continue to do research in college libraries in Colorado Springs and Denver. The APS has been compiling information for a museum; anything remotely related to Amache, we have tried to bring back.
   Two organizations have helped us greatly with all of our efforts: the Denver Central Optimist and the Amache Historical Society; also, we have received help from many of the community members. Tiny Silva has been great. She worked with the Denver Central Optimist Club before we even started this project.
   Just this February, the Denver Central Optimist Club was able to get Amache on the list of Colorado's most endangered historic places by the Colorado Preservation, Inc. The APS went to Denver to watch the proceedings. We had lunch with many important people, including Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. We were able to converse with Senator Campbell while we were there. He stated he would work with the Denver Central Optimist, APS and the community for funds in the thousands of dollars to help restore parts of Amache and nothing would be done unless the town fathers agreed to it. He said, “it is city land and it always will be.”
   The APS will be working closely with the Colorado Preservation, Inc., and the Denver Central Optimist club in the continuing efforts to restore the camp; with such things as; money for construction of buildings, (that were once at Camp Amache); as well as many other ideas and projects. Their donations will make the camp a more well-known historical site; thus, bringing in more people to the community.
   We see endless opportunities with Camp Amache and feel our community will benefit tremendously from this historical site.

   The Town of Granada will be holding their rabies clinic on Wednesday March 21st from 6-8 pm at the fire department. They request you enter at the southeast door of the building.
   The cost for the Rabies shot is $5.00 and city dog tags for males and spayed females is $1.00, but un-spayed females will be $25.00.
   The Camp Amache Trap Shoot Committee will host a trap shoot at Camp Amache, Granada, CO on April 1st.
   There will be a non-competition practice shoot at 11 am at a cost of $2.00 per round, with no pay-out. If you want or need to come out and get some practice in, this is the time to do it.
   The regular shoot will begin at 1 pm at a cost of $5.00 per round with cash prizes paid to the winners.
   There will be fun shoots along with regular ones for you to participate in.
   They will have shells available for purchase, if you do not have any or if you run out.
   To get to the trap shoot area, follow the state highway sign for Camp Amache, turn south on road 23.5 at the wooden Amache sign. Go over the cattle guard and take the first road to the left (east) and follow it around until you see all the activity. Signs will be posted at the cattle guard.


   Over two hundred people attended the Ranching with Prairie Dogs Forum held in La Junta on March 6th. Bent-Prowers Cattle and Horse Growers Association hosted this forum. Concerned landowners, ranchers and farmers from areas ranging from Pueblo West to Holly and Arlington to Campo were in attendance to hear the views and ask questions of those interested in protecting prairie dog habitat. The main topic of concern to the audience involved the accuracy of scientific data concerning prairie dog population. This worry was emphasized after three different panelists presented differing numbers on present populations.
   “We need to have a good solid inventory to know what our base line is. What we are actually working with. I'd say at this point and time right now to date we just don't have it.” Admits Lee Carlson with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
   Advocates for listing the prairie dog on the endangered species list are concerned with the decline in numbers between historical populations and what exists now. The attendees, feeling concerned that there is no accurate count of today's population, question the scientific strength of historical numbers sighted by the National Wildlife Federation. Without an accurate population count, these ranchers and farmers wonder if a recovery plan for the prairie dog is even necessary.
   Under the premise that recovery is necessary, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has organized a committee to implement an incentive program for landowners willing to provide habitat for prairie dogs. This committee is made up of representatives from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado Farm Bureau, National Wildlife Federation, Boulder County Naturalists Association, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado Cattlemen's Association. This fund has $100,000 available from GoCo to pay out to landowners during year 2001 and $500,000 designated for 2002. The pilot incentive fund will be tested in four area counties: Baca, Bent, Pueblo, and Weld.
   Bill Gray, President of the Bent-Prowers Cattle and Horse Growers, questioned the formula of the actual incentive rate, commenting that the dollar figure was too low to be a viable option for ranchers. Tim Davis, with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, stated “If it's not going to work, we need to go back and look at it and make something that will work. Again, we are trying to be proactive with this. We are trying to do what we can as a State Agency to help you work within this system.”
   Concern was expressed that should one's neighbor enroll in this incentive program, it would be difficult to control the borders and prohibit the prairie dog town from expanding to neighboring pastures. Panelists appeared open to discussion as to remedies of the damaging effects of prairie dog expansion on adjacent landowners and agreed to express these concerns with the program's oversight committee.
   Relocation from urban areas was also discussed. Tom Blickensdorfer, a panelist involved in passing a statute limiting transportation of rodents from one county to another reaffirmed “You've got to find some way to engage the citizens of a community and their elected officials. I'm not about to let one county just cram any kind of species down somebody's throat without involving the community and their elected officials.”
   Kerry Hartshorn, vice-president of the Bent-Prowers Cattle and Horse Growers, was pleased with the turn out for the forum. “I felt like the audience walked away with an understanding of the seriousness of this issue. The need for a sound, scientific habitat study was emphasized. Landowners have a reluctance of releasing any information about prairie dog habitat on their own property. They fear any information given out now could be potentially used against them if a listing were to ever occur. One of the ideas put forth from the audience suggested that the Colorado Cattlemen Association initiate such a study that would protect the landowners confidentiality and I would expect this idea to be discussed at a Bent-Prowers meeting in the very near future”.

   The HOLLY AFTER PROM COMMITTEE has planned an Elks Bingo fundraiser on March 15, 2001.
   The Early Bird Special will begin at 6:30 pm.
   The Regular Bingo will begin at 7 pm.

All the proceeds will go to Holly's After Prom Party



March 17




6:45 PM



   An art museum in Granada? Not quite, but definitely a display of fine art. The Brick Wall inside the Community Complex now displays two works of art by local artist Ivonne Ramos. Mrs. Ramos has recently moved to Granada from Mexico. After viewing some of Mrs. Ramos' artwork, the Granada Pride Committee hired her to paint murals to complete the brick wall. Paintings so far completed include a monochromatic painting of the Granada Depot circa early 1900's and a farm and ranch scene from the days when horsepower meant horse powered. Two more paintings will soon be completed and mounted for viewing: one a picture of Granada's Main Street circa 1920 and the other is a collage of Camp Amache. The Pride Committee hopes to have all four paintings up in time for the St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Entertainment.


   Look in your garage, basement and attic to find those hidden treasures. Then get them listed for the Second Open Consignment Sale.
   To get your items listed on the sale bill you need to call by MARCH 31ST. Items may be consigned until 10:30 am the day of the sale, but they will not appear on the sale bill.
   There are many collectibles and antiques already commissioned for this sale.
   Don't delay, call Fred or Norma Dorenkamp @ 734-5376 during the day or 734-5226 in the evening.



May 4, Friday evening: The Hartman Community and Alumni plan to have a sloppy joe and pie supper with games in the Hartman Gym as a fund raiser for the gymnasium. The supper begins at 5:30 p.m. with the games following. An adult's plate is $5.00 or a child's plate is $3.00 for twelve years old and under. Game cards are one (1) for .50; three (3) for $1.00 donation for each game. Come and have a good time!
May 5, Saturday. The Hartman Alumni and Friends annual potluck dinner will be held at noon in the Hartman Gym. Drinks and table service will be furnished.
POST OFFICE NEWS: The new post office building that we were expecting has been put on hold according to a letter received from the United States Postal Service. Due to a freeze in buying capital, they are not able to purchase the building that was going to be put on Main Street in Hartman at this time. We are all hoping the freeze does not last too long and the project may be able to proceed.


   The Granada Health Fair is coming on April 21st. It will be held at the Community Complex Room from 7 to 11 am.
   Watch for more details in the April issue of the Newsletter.


March 21 McClave
April 7 Walsh
April 12 Holly
April 21 Lamar
April 24 Deerfield, KS
April 26 Granada


Effective July 2000, the entry to kindergarten requires that each student have:

3-Hept. B immunizations
2-MMR immunizations
5-DtaP immunizations
4-OPV/IPV (Polio) immunizations
1-Varicella (chicken pox) immunization, or statements from the parent that the student has had the disease.


   Prowers County is now approved for the Livestock Assistance Program (LAP).
   Eligibility for LAP benefits for an individual producer is based on whether a natural disaster caused the producer in an approved county to suffer a 40% or greater loss of grazing for 3 or more consecutive months during calendar year 2000.
   Eligible livestock are beef and dairy cattle, buffalo or beefalo when maintained on the same basis as beef cattle, sheep, goats, swine, and equine animals used commercially for human food or kept for the production of food or fiber on the owners farm. The livestock became eligible for LAP benefits only if they are owned or leased for at least 3 months before the payment period.
   LAP assistance is based upon the value of feed calculated on a corn equivalency basis required for eligible livestock during at least a 3 consecutive month period where a minimum of 40% feed loss occurred. A producer must have sufficient grazing available for eligible livestock in order to receive the maximum payment.
   Contact the local FSA office for further information on completing a LAP application.


   As the historic old town of Coolidge, Kans, is just two miles over the state line, its past has much of interest to those in Prowers county.
   The town was known for years as Sargent and being on the Santa Fe railroad in antedated Old Granada. It was begun in 1871 when the railroad was extended west to that point.
   During the time it was the division point for the railroad, it was a “boom” town. It had some of the biggest and best business houses this side of Pueblo during that period. The Silver Star was one of the largest hotels in the entire valley, and its fifty or sixty rooms were filled as long as the town remained the division point. There were several good business houses, a bank, restaurants, nice residences, and of course there were saloons, gambling joints, dance halls and even a roller skating rink. George Opp, manufacturer of barbering supplies at Pueblo, ran a barber shop there at the time, assisted by a brother, Abe.
   Peck's Opera house was begun early in the eighties, and the architect's plans called for an expenditure of over $100,000. The building was destroyed by fire, however, before it was completed. It was to have been the finest in this entire region.
   After Old Granada began declining in 1875 when the railroad was extended to Old Las Animas, many of the settlers and business men moved back to Coolidge where conditions were rising toward an all-time high. Nolan and Foley moved their general store and Murphy Ward, Harry Crittendon, the Chanstroms, the Simpsons, Leonard White and numerous others of Old Granada's best citizens also went to Coolidge at that time.
   Others who made the eastward trek were Ralph Donohue, Jack Hardesty, Dick Pumroy, Dave Hess and John Campbell.
   In the fall of 1886, when we were living at that town, the famed XY outfit was moving west from its old location at Hartland, KS, to the abandoned site of Old Granada, which the owners had bought. On their way through Coolidge, the XY cowboys stopped long enough to put on the customary “show”. After getting pretty well oiled up, they began running horse races down the streets. They kept it up throughout the afternoon and into the night, finally quitting when their horses were exhausted and their cartridge belts empty. The next day they continued on their way to the new location. Some of them were: W.H. (Billy) McCurry, Jim Morris, “Laughing Joe” Bell, Fred Walker, John Luke, “Old Dutch John,” Kid Baxter, Joe McClung, Dick Stubbs, Frank Tate (range boss), J.R. Potter (superintendent).
   Coolidge in those days was blessed with artesian wells. Even in the sand hills south of town, one had only to sink a hole twenty to a hundred feet in the ground, line it with pipe, and instantly a steady flow of water would begin. In the last few years, probably due to the drought, this phenomenon no longer exists. If it did, farming could be made a profitable business in that district.
   Footnote: 1871 to 1903 was the period during which Coolidge was the freight division point.
   Bat Masterson, the Dodge City killer and Lamar's first marshal, operated one of the saloons there in the seventies.
   (Prowers County-Past to Present, as told by George A.H. Baxter. Taken from the Daily Sparks newspaper 1939, given to this newsletter by Oscar Noble).


   Granada Schools 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th graders will be taking a trip to Denver to tour Ocean Journey on March 23rd.
   They will leave the school at 5:30 am and should arrive home between 6:15 and 6:30 pm.


The Town of Granada's grazing lease on Section 14, Township 23 South, Range 44 West of the South Principal Meridian, also known as Camp Amache, has been renewed by the City Council to Charles Creech at the same price for year 2001.


March 30 Eads Away 2 pm 7 & 5
April 2 Syracuse Away 3 pm 7
April 3 Vilas Away 3 pm 7 & 5
April 6 Walsh HOME 3 pm 7 & 5
April 10 McClave HOME 3 pm 7 & 5
April 17 Holly HOME 3 pm 7 & 5


   The Granada/Bristol Volunteer Fire Departments are still looking for sponsors for the Horse Pull that is coming up on May 27, 2001 at the End of the Line Arena. If you are interested in making a donation towards sponsorship contact any volunteer member from either department.


March 18-24 National Agriculture Week: more info call: 888-98AGDAY
March 22 Pesticide License Testing, Kiowa County Courthouse, Eads: (303) 239-4148
March 22-23 2001 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum, Lamar: (719) 456-0413
March 27 Public Meeting On The Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Proposed Regulations: http://www.epa.gov/owm/afos/cafo_preamble.pdf
March 30-31 ABCDEFGH Show, Lamar Community College Indoor Horse Arena: (719) 336-4379



   We are sad to share with our communities the closing of maria's mexican kitchen.
   We wish her well and will miss her cooking!


March 31 Granada
April 5 Deerfield, KS
April 7 Burlington
April 10 Holly
April 12 Rolla, KS
April 14 Limon
April 20 Johnson, KS


Granada Schools will be having Parent - Teacher Conferences on March 26th from 8 am to 7 pm.

There will be no school this day.


MARCH, 2001

11  Joyce Otto
12  Norma Lowe
13  Clyde Kennedy
14  Jeff Dorenkamp
      Darren Watson
15  Samuel Rink
      Shannon Venturi
17  Beulah Malone
18  Ty & Becky Harmon
      Gayla & Billy Dowen
19  Janet Watson
24  Andee Dowd
      Bill Lowe
25  Mickey Watson
28  Jennie Marston
29  Patricia Dunn
31  Ty Harmon

APRIL, 2001

2    Ann Vagher
      Hope Sanchez
      Emily Schenck
5    Emily Wilson
8    Carol Musick
9    Alfred & Misty Adame
11  Shari Wagner
12  Cynthia Reinert
      Fred & Helen Pottorf
14  Jon Tyree
15  Vince Hartshorn
17  Tom Grasmick
      Brian LaPrarie
18  Rick Grasmick
      Jerry Smith
19  Glenn Otto
21  Marilee Morrow
      Frank DuVall


Birth Announcement:
   Alaina Dawn Lewis arrived on Jan 24, 2001 to her parents, Jeremy Lewis & Jennifer Smith and grandparents; Terry & Toni Smith and Mike & Lisa Lewis.
   Jenna Brooke Jameson arrived on Jan 31, 2001 to her parents, John & Billie Joe and grandparents; Mark & Patty Rees and Cotton & Sandra Jameson.
   Destiny Renee Vega arrived on Jan 25, 2001 to her parents, Rumaldo & Connie Vega and grandparents; Ester & Ramon Morales and Juan & Rita Bersoza.
   Andrea Nicole Cooper arrived on Feb 12, 2001 to her parents, Mandi Lyons & Shayne Cooper and grandparents; Elouise Lyons, Velma Casanova, Mark Cooper and Albert Adame.
   Cheyenne Nicole Grubb arrived on Feb 15, 2001 to her parents, Tanya Kroschel & Roy Grubb and grandparents; Linda & Harold Grubb and Linda & Dale Kroschel.
   Angel Carrera arrived on Feb 12, 2001 to his parents, Servando & Graciela Carrera and grandparents; Francisco, Ester, Juan & Socorro.
   Jayden Shane Silva arrived on Feb 16, 2001 to his parents, Peter & Tasha Silva and grandparents; Pete & Phyllis Silva and Deana & Terry Rose.

Community Losses:

Loretta M. Schlager on Feb 11, 2001
James F. (Jack) Gruenewald on Feb 16, 2001
Sarah Neill on Feb 20, 2001
James Robert 'J.R.' Paxon II on Feb 24, 2001
Juanita Oman on Feb 28, 2001
Frank A. Campos on Feb 12, 2001
Edna J. Reinert on Feb 20, 2001
Ellen M. Burrows on Feb 21, 2001
Evan Patrick Mauch on Feb 27, 2001
Florentino 'Tino' Ramos on Feb 28, 2001


GLENDA TYREE- 734-5253
   Hartman Contact
RITA MARQUEZ- 734-5497

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