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Plea bargains offered to remaining five CR 510 marijuana defendants

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — On Friday, Dec. 1, the remaining five defendants in the October 2017 marijuana bust conducted by the sheriff’s office on CR 510 waived their preliminary hearings in light of a plea deal offered by the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Appearing in court with their attorneys Friday morning were Celedonio… Keep Reading

Dozens crowd council meeting on water issues

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Approximately three dozen citizens attended the Walsenburg City Council meeting Tuesday night, most of them to speak on a water issue that wasn’t even on this week’s council agenda. Council spent the first hour of the meeting listening to comments from city residents and citizens who depend on water haul… Keep Reading

Commissioners hold 2018 budget hearing

New planner hired and offer made for building inspector by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Commissioners held their annual budget hearing Tuesday and reviewed a conservative budget during the regular session. Within the budget process there are what was described as ‘great unknows’ facing final adoption, including what loss of property tax revenue… Keep Reading

State’s CR 510 pot cases going up in smoke

Five more preliminary hearings set for tomorrow by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — While the burden of proof in a preliminary hearing is lower than that of a criminal trial, and evidence in a preliminary hearing is weighed in favor of the prosecution; Third Judicial District Deputy DA Steven Sullivan failed to convince the court this… Keep Reading

New council takes oath of office November 22

Consensus likely on water haul rates by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — One newly elected city councilman and three incumbents took the oath of office at the last Walsenburg City Council meeting and councilmembers during the regular session appeared to have reach a consensus on what to charge for ‘off the wall’ water haulers. Huerfano County… Keep Reading

Fatal accidents bookend holiday travel weekend in Huerfano County

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Tragedy in the form of deadly traffic accidents marred the beginning and end of the Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend in Huerfano County, with one accident claiming the life of a La Veta resident. At 7 pm Sunday, November 27 emergency service responders including the Colorado State Patrol were dispatched 13… Keep Reading

Commissioners hear CR 616 traffic concerns

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Commissioners Tuesday hosted an open discussion regarding construction traffic on County Road 616, the general condition of the narrow road, the current and future construction schedules for Spanish Peaks Joint Venture/Monte Fiore and how that affects other property owners along the road. The commissioners also hosted the… Keep Reading

CCT meeting expected to be called to ‘talk trash’

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Following discussions this week at the Huerfano County Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday, it is expected the county will seek a county, city, town (CCT) meeting with Walsenburg and La Veta officials to talk about solid waste issues. County administration, looking for ways to cut the financial burden of the current… Keep Reading

“Good ole’ boy” practice questioned at Walsenburg City Council

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — A quid pro quo method of doing business on Mayor Jim Eccher’s part was brought up and questioned at Tuesday night’s Walsenburg City Council meeting prompting a lesson in law and ethics by city attorney Dan Hyatt. During the council report segment of the lengthly meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Craig… Keep Reading

City council sets distance limits and rates in water haul ordinance

Year end budget adjustments and requests acted on by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg City Council worked later into the evening on election night 2017, setting rules for water haul users, approving a $6 M loan for the city dam project, making budget appropriations and selecting a new audit firm for the municipality. With… Keep Reading

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