Rangely’s Juan Chumacero, Sr., left, and Colorado Mesa University Spanish professor Tom Acker, left, were recognized for their service to sheepherders and other Hispanic immigrant groups on June 23. Both men received the John Kiernan Award at a ceremony and dinner celebrating the third anniversary of Western Colorado’s Hispanic Affairs Project (HAP), a non-profit organization focused on “leadership formation, community organizing and advocacy” for Hispanic immigrants. For decades, Chumacero and his wife, Aurora, have sought out the sheepherders in the area, building relationships with and materially assisting the mostly Peruvian and Mexican migrant workers. Acker, who sometimes works with Chumacero, helped found the HAP and works for Colorado immigrant rights among other social justice projects. Chumacero said that while the ceremony was wonderful, he never expected the recognition and that he and Aurora find deep satisfaction in connecting to isolated sheepherders living and working in difficult, rugged conditions.
RANGELY I The second annual Rangely Rock Crawlers women’s event will be Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m. at the Rangely Rock Park. Turn south on River Road and follow the signs. For more information, […]
RANGELY I Registration for the Rangely youth wrestling program will be held in the lower commons at Rangely Junior/Senior High on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
RANGELY I For the first time since his arrest on charges of murdering his father, Jerry Snider Jr. came face to face with family members Friday during his initial court appearance.