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Public briefings set next week addressing crime in 3rd Judicial District

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG / TRINIDAD — Current crime issues facing the residents of the Third Judicial District in southern Colorado will be addressed on the local and federal level in two meetings next week in Walsenburg and Trinidad hosted by 3rd Judicial District Attorney Henry Solano and Acting U.S. Attorney for Colorado Bob Troyer.… Keep Reading

City Council approves Tier 1 recreation marijuana grow

City council July meetings set for 11th & 18th by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — It’s summer and the living is easy, and the thoughts of Walsenburg City Council have already turned to tax issues for the November election. While a proposed ballot tax question concerning the creation of a municipal excise tax on marijuana sales… Keep Reading

Sonic Bloom shows lower attendance in 2017

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Jess Gries and Jeff Swager representing Sonic Bloom, gave an informal after event report to the Huerfano County Commissioners this week indicating the electronic music and more festival had lower attendance this year. The numbers were down significantly, Gries said, with paid entrants slightly above 3,300. The commissioners earlier this… Keep Reading

Careless smoking may have been cause of fire

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a single family home fire around 1:30 Thursday afternoon. The fire at 825 W. Cedar was reported by neighbor Paul Gomez, who is a captain with the fire service. Gomez said he saw heavy smoke billowing out from under the eaves of… Keep Reading

Salazar murder gun remains missing

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Despite efforts by the sheriff’s office to find it, the gun believed to have been used in the June 6 alleged fatal shooting of one cousin by another has not been discovered. Sheriff Bruce Newman told the World Journal an initial search on June 6, followed by another search June… Keep Reading

County coroner updates Huerfano Commissioners

Heart disease remains # 1 killer by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Cardiac conditions contributed to the largest number of deaths of Huerfano County citizens in both 2015 and 2016, Huerfano County Coroner Vonnie Maeir-Valdez reported to the county commissioners during their May 23 meeting. Valdez presented a bound written report to the board of commissioners… Keep Reading

Walsenburg hires Rabe as interim administrator

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Today is the first day at work for the City of Walsenburg’s interim administrator, Steve Rabe, following a vote and contract offer made by the city council during a special mid-week council executive session. The city council met Tuesday afternoon and after a 30-minute long closed door session, the six… Keep Reading

ACME receives hemp CUP

Huerfano County Commissioners have busy session playing catch-up after taking last week off by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — After months of back and forth, the ACME Hemp. Co. this week received approval of their conditional use permit application with a unanimous vote from the Huerfano County Commissioners. The matter has been through all of the… Keep Reading

SPRHC ER gets positive review from CDPH&E

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — The Level IV trama center/ emergency department at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center was recently re-reviewed by state public health inspectors and found to be free of any deficiencies. The on-site review and inspection was conducted on May 10, and inspectors mentioned a number of strengths in their report. Those… Keep Reading

Murder in Toltec

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Bad blood between family members may have been the motive for a fatal shooting that happened Tuesday afternoon in the Toltec neighborhood northwest of Walsenburg, marking the first homicide in Huerfano County in 2017. Huerfano sheriff’s deputies and Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center ambulance personnel responded to 1434 CR 590… Keep Reading

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