Springfield Will Host Canyons & Plains Regional Meeting

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Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado will hold its regional meeting at the Industrial Center, north of Springfield, CO on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 9 a.m. to 11 am.  The topic of the meeting will be “Canyon Journeys,” presented by Laneha Everett from Pritchett, Colorado.

Canyon Journeys was started by Casey and Laneha Everett of Pritchett, CO in 2007 mostly as an interest in the local heritage and history available on the Comanche National Grasslands.  It has come to include lodging, tours, and hunting as well as hosting birding groups and individuals during the migratory times of year as a member of the Colorado Birding Trail.  The historic rock post office turned guest house has created opportunities for visitors to experience a seldom visited corner of the state, and the fact that the lodging is located on a working cattle ranch makes it inherently agritourism.  Casey and Laneha Everett live on the Everett Ranch in southwest Baca County, CO.  Casey works with his family at the feedlot in the winter, and has starting his own business offering stretching and corrective therapy on horses.  Laneha occasionally helps on the ranch, but has worked for Baca County Economic Development, Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado, and since 2013 owns the Bar K Corral, a ladies clothing boutique in La Junta, CO.  They both work together in different aspects of Canyon Journeys and on the ranch running cattle.  Laneha was nominated a state board member of the newly created Colorado Agritourism Association in 2014.

Following the meeting, attendees are invited to have lunch together at the Longhorn Restaurant in Springfield, at their own cost.

Canyons & Plains (formerly known as Southeast Regional Heritage Task Force) is a heritage tourism development organization.  Formed in 2003, C&P serves seven counties – Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Prowers and eastern Las Animas.  The non-profit group promotes visitation to and stewardship of the unique historical, natural and cultural assets of southeastern Colorado among residents, state, national and international audiences.  Since its formation, C&P has garnered over $1 million in funding for projects in this area.

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