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Commissioners hear land use waiver requests

Concerns remain for high fire danger conditions by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — As the summer season arrives, the Huerfano County Commissioners have begun to hear a number of land use waiver requests dealing with camping on rural properties and owners’ future building plans. At this week’s meeting Tuesday morning, the commissioners voted to hold off… Keep Reading

Victim’s name released in suspected drowning death at Horseshoe Lake

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Coroner Vonnie Valdez this week released the name of the out of state visitor who was found floating face down in Horseshoe Lake at Lathrop State Park last week. Local emergency first responders and law enforcement were called to the state park on Monday, June 4, when a… Keep Reading

Former Huerfano lawman convicted of attempted sexual assault

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — A former long serving Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office command rank deputy was convicted of a class five felony charge of attempted sexual assault-overcome victim will, following a four-day jury trial in Walsenburg last week. Kevin Vallejos was a captain with the sheriff’s office when an allegation of attempted sexual assault… Keep Reading

Looking Good Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Community improvements ongoing. Walsenburg city crews continue work on the new water haul system with some concrete being poured for the pad Monday, June 11. City of Walsenburg Public Works Director David Harriman said recently the water haul facility project completion is anticipated for early July. Spruce up continues at Heritage Park, the… Keep Reading

Two die in separate auto accidents Tuesday

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — A Gardner man and a Centennial woman both died in separate traffic accidents in the Spanish Peaks region Tuesday, June 12. John Tkaczyk, 56, of Gardner was ejected from his vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Express, in a single vehicle roll over accident investigated by the Colorado State Patrol at 7:30… Keep Reading

Heart disease remains top cause of death in Huerfano County in 2017

Coroner’s 2017 report presented to commissioners by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Although drug related deaths may capture headlines, the number one cause of death in Huerfano County in 2017 remained heart disease in one or another of its many forms. Huerfano County Coroner Vonnie Valdez gave her annual presentation from the coroner’s office for 2017… Keep Reading

City council approves rezone application

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg City Council unanimously approved a rezoning request concerning a triangular piece of property located off of Hwy. 85/87 from RO (large lot residential) to C1 (commercial – neighborhood & tourist) during their first regular session for June Tuesday night. The request was made by Brock Falk and said… Keep Reading

Commissioners make case for one cent sales tax at public meeting

Financing for new judicial center topic of discussion by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Commissioners, local judicial representatives, finance and design experts, all hosted a public meeting at the Fox Theatre on May 30 to discuss the needs for, the design of, and the method of financing deemed ‘most fair’ for the new Huerfano… Keep Reading

Three deaths in six days

Three deaths in six days First degree murder charge made in May 31 CR 529 death by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Benjamin Heiple, (aka Ben West) , is being held at the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office on a no-bond charge of first degree murder in connection with the death of Steve Wages. Deputies were called… Keep Reading

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