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Huerfano sheriff investigating liquor store armed robbery

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery that happened Saturday, March 18 at Up Town Liquors in Walsenburg. Sheriff Bruce Newman said three people, dressed in black and wearing masks entered the business at 702 Walsen Ave. Saturday night and made off with an empty cash register that… Keep Reading

Former cop’s sex assault trial set for September

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — A trial date has now been set for a former sheriff’s office command officer’s trial on sexual assault charges. On Friday, March 17 a plea hearing had been set in Third Judicial District court in Walsenburg concerning the charges against Kevin Vallejos, but the Clerk of Combined courts, Lorraine Cisneros,… 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

New LAC administrator takes stock of county’s financial woes

by Bill Knowles LAS ANIMAS — The county’s new administrator, Priscilla “Pete” Fraser, started her job with the county on March 1, and she hit the ground running. Fraser is facing serious budgetary challenges, and there is a possibility of both the DA’s office and sheriff’s office putting up a sales tax question for public… Keep Reading

Domestic dispute at Las Animas County Courthouse injures city councilwoman

by Joy Gipson TRINIDAD — According to Las Animas County Security Officer Anthony Mattie, on Friday afternoon, March 10, in the Trinidad County Courthouse, a male probation client waiting for his appointment with a probation officer got into a verbal altercation with his girlfriend that quickly escalated into a physical assault. A security guard and… Keep Reading

Sweet treasure uncovered

Stucco removal in Trinidad reveals old painted sign by Joy Gipson TRINIDAD — Downtown was buzzing with excitement last week when damaged stucco being removed from the west side of the Johns building, 136 W. Main Street, revealed a historic sign for the Candyland Cafe. The Johns building is attached to the west side of Bell… Keep Reading

Citizen group asks if reclamation project exists

OKby Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — A city of Walsenburg water sale approved March 7, was a topic of concern presented to the Huerfano County Commissioners Tuesday when representatives of Citizens for Huerfano County (CHC) asked if a mine reclamation operation had been approved, permitted, and was currently ongoing anywhere in the county. Chip Kraynyk of… Keep Reading

Up in smoke?

Will Trump send Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry.. by Pat Tillman COLORADO — Since 2012, Colorado has enjoyed legal recreational cannabis and, under the Obama administration, business went unfettered. Unfortunately, there is currently a panic here in Colorado because the new administration’s stance on marijuana is so out of touch and seemingly nonsensical. Shortly after President Donald… Keep Reading

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