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Senator Gardner honoring veterans

HUERFANO — US Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) was on hand last week to hand out certificates of recognition to five residents of the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center. Veteran Hector Foutz, a resident at was one of six honorees who received a framed resolution recognizing their military service by the Huerfano County Commissioners in a… 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

Trinidad City Council hears ethics violation

by Bill Knowles TRINIDAD — During the regular Trinidad City Council meeting on Tuesday, the city’s board of ethics heard an alleged ethics violation filed by Trinidad City Council member Joe Bonato against fellow council member Anthony Mattie. The allegation concerns actions which occurred during an April 20, 2017 executive session of the board. Abstaining… Keep Reading

Court rules Commissioner Abeyta out

Dems to name new LAC Commissioner by Bill Knowles TRINIDAD — Judge M. Jon Kolomitz, on June 16, 2017, ruled Anthony Abeyta was not qualified for election in Las Animas County District One because of his lack of residency in that district, and therefore a vacancy now exists in the office of Las Animas County… 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

Booze and trash cans

All part of a day’s work for the La Veta Town Board by Bob Kennemer LA VETA — Unlike their first meeting this month, which lasted three and a half hours, the La Veta town board wrapped up the town’s business in 30 minutes. With a much shorter and less complicated agenda, the board fist held a… Keep Reading

New slate of officers at Navajo Ranch

courtesy JC Copeland NAVAJO — On Tuesday, May 16, the 2017 Navajo Ranch Officers were sworn in. New officers are JC Copeland, president; Richard Clements, vice president; Sara Engelmohr, secretary; and Dave Rogers, treasurer. Board members elected are Debbie Clements, Todd Evelin, and Sam Morningstar. Meeting discussions centered on maintaining neighborhood values with strict enforcement of… Keep Reading

The revised American Health Care Act

Part 2 of 3 by David Tesitor WASHINGTON DC — Last week we discussed the magnitude of the House based American Health Care Act (AHCA or Trumpcare) and briefly discussed the potential loss of Medicaid funding and how pre-existing conditions may be affected. This week we will discuss funding and the viability of the Act and… 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

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