On February 21, 2019, during the conference for Colorado Emergency Management Association (CEMA) Baca County’s Emergency Manager, Jennifer Leathers, was awarded the 2018 Emergency Manager of the Year award for the Southeast All-Hazards Region. Jennifer faced many challenges in 2018, including the Stateline and Badger Hole fires last spring. Jennifer has been a great asset to Baca County. Congratulations to Jennifer on this much deserved recognition!
Baca County is working on repairing and bringing the fairgrounds up to date. Here is our plan for revitalizing the arena and fairgrounds.
Help us: Fill out the fairgrounds questionnaire so we can make this project work for everyone.
Three main objectives were created on for the Baca County Fairgrounds Improvement Project Phase I:
- Develop a drainage plan which will direct water away from the arena surface during storm events
The drainage problem has caused a steady decline in participants in the rodeo every year, and poses safety concerns for participants and their animals as well as the rough stock used in rodeos. To address the drainage issue, the current soil will be removed and the area graded to 2%. A 6″ layer of gravel base on top of which 6” of crusher fines (sand) will be placed. These layers will have sufficient storage capacity to handle the precipitation volume of a 100-yr storm event, and water will be directed to drainage pipes and out of the fairgrounds. The concrete sand layer on the surface will provide excellent footing for rodeo participants, providing cushion for animals and rough stock as well as traction to prevent slipping.
- Update the layout of the arena and replace arena material, fencing, chutes and lighting
The existing pipe and wood structures in the arena, catch pens, bucking chutes, and stripping chutes has deteriorated beyond repair. A new arena will be built and will include catch pens and stripping and bucking chutes. The arena lighting is beyond its life expectancy. It no longer meets code, can no longer be repaired, and poses safety hazards. New poles and LED lighting will be installed around the arena.
- Design a new multi-use building which includes participant dressing rooms, showers, and bathrooms; a secretary’s office; and an updated announcer’s booth
The current announcers stand is structurally unsound as the foundation pipes are rotted, exposure to the elements has caused the floor to rot, and the electricity is unsafe. New facilities for restrooms and locker rooms are necessary to accommodate the participants of the rodeo. The multi-use building has been designed to incorporate showers and restroom facilities for participants as well as a secretary’s office on the first floor, and an announcer’s booth on the second floor.
As part of our improvements to the Baca County fairgrounds and arena, we are asking Baca County residents a few questions about the fairgrounds. If you have the time please fill out our questionnaire, we want to know what you think!
Download: Fairgrounds Survey Form
Email completed survey to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have just updated the schedule for the Baca County Fair 2017.
Download: 2017 Fair Schedule PDF
This is the flyer for the Summer Reading program in Baca County. Registration will be June 13th through July 7th at the Baca County Library.
Download: Summer Reading 2017 flyer
We are looking for volunteers from Junior and High School. If you are interested, please contact the Baca County Library.
Paint Stewardship over at www.paint.org is running a paint collection event to recycle your old paint and varnish. The event will be held June 19th in Springfield, Colorado at Everitt-Moore Lumber.
Day: June 19th 2017
Time: 2pm to 6pm
Location: Everitt-Moore Lumber, 464 Main Street
- House paint and primers (latex or oil-based)
- Deck and concrete sealers
- Clear finishes (e.g., varnishes, shellac)
- No leaking, unlabeled or empty containers
- No aerosol spray paints
- No drums or containers larger than 5 gallons
- We cannot accept other hazardous waste or
chemicals, such as paint thinner, solvents, motor
oil, spackle, glue, adhesive, roofing tar, pesticides, or
A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured starting at 4:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month at the Baca County Library and Resource Center at 1260 South Main Street in Springfield. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders.
How to Join
Please contact the Baca County Library at (719) 523-6962 to be added to the sign-up sheet.
Baca County Library and Resource Center
1260 South Main Street
- June 7, 2017 – 4:00 pm
- July 5, 2017 – 4:00 pm
- August 2, 2017 – 4:00 pm
- September 6, 2017 – 4:00 pm
- October 4, 2017 – 4:00 pm
- November 1, 2017 – 4:00 pm
- December 6, 2017 – 4:00 pm