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La Veta Town Board focuses on property development issues

Possible oversight by town leads to frustrated property owner by Bob Kennemer LA VETA  — With the mayor out due to medical issues, the town clerk away due to a death in the family, and another trustee out due to an injured family member; the La Veta town board carried on addressing the town’s business, with… Keep Reading

Trinidad hears about gas, passes moratorium on pot consumption clubs

by Bill Knowles TRINIDAD — Trinidad’s city council heard from Brad Bean, the city’s gas consultant, about locating a new supply of natural gas to service the industrial park after a deficiency in the service was discovered. Funding to study and fix the problem will come from the capital improvement fund worth $500,000. The three… Keep Reading

Commissioners honor veterans at SPVCLC

The Huerfano County Commissioners honored six veteran residents at Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center on Tuesday, proclaiming special days to honor the veterans for their service to the nation. Honored were (pictured left to right) Billy Joe Puryear, Cpl. USMC. His day was March 10, 2017 and he served in California and Korea winning… Keep Reading

Colfax County Democrats elect new officers

by Carol Bridge COLFAX — A well attended meeting of the Colfax County Democrats was held on Saturday at the Colfax County building. An election was held, and a new chairperson and vice chairman were elected. The new chairperson of the county is Franchesca Zoppe, and the vice chairman is Teddy Trujillo. The platform of… Keep Reading

Huerfano County GOP March meeting

by Brian Manning HUERFANO — The Huerfano County Republicans have big plans for the next two years, as laid out in their first meeting since the organizational meeting in February. The new officers wasted no time setting the agenda for the next two years. Chair Debi Sporleder called the meeting to order and led the… Keep Reading

Las Animas County court hears evidence on commission seat challenge

by Bill Knowles TRINIDAD — Following Anthony Abeyta’s second term win by 309 votes in the Nov. 8, 2016 election, a lawsuit challenging the win was filed by Republican Yvonne Bilderback’s campaign manager, Dick Rasmussen. The suit was heard in county court on March 15, 2017. At issue was Abeyta’s legal address for the purpose… Keep Reading

Can Northlands handle new business development?

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — While the Northlands Sanitary Sewer project is still at least two months from total completion, city officials are now wondering if the infrastructure can accommodate new business, especially industrial development in the north side Interstate access area. Rodney Lang gave a project update to Walsenburg City Council Tuesday night saying… Keep Reading

Huerfano commissioners, staff recognized by American Legion Post 16

Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — During the regular meeting of the Huerfano County Commissioners this week, the tables were turned on the county governing body and staff members when they were recognized for their continuing efforts in supporting local veterans. American Legion Post 16 members, Ed Wolahan, Brian Chiquette, Bill Shephard, Eddie West, Gary Baldwin and… Keep Reading

Miners’ health benefits issue advocacy opportunity lost due to weather

by Carol S. Bridge RATON — All three Colfax commissioners were present on a regular public meeting March 14, which was unexpected, as vice chairman Roy Fernandez had expected to be in Washington DC advocating for local miners and their families whose health care and pensions are at risk through congress’s failure to act on the Miners… Keep Reading

Tensions mount between city and sheriff’s office on computer crime files

Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office prepared arrest warrant for Walsenburg city administrator Klusmire last week by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — The transition of equipment and case files from the City of Walsenburg to the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office under the mandate of the IGA (intergovernmental agreement) prepared and signed in accordance with the November 2016 vote… Keep Reading

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