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Plea offer considered in Vallejos sex assault case

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — Although it has been months since the last disposition hearing in the sexual assault case against a former Huerfano Sheriff’s captain, the case was not disposed of during a disposition hearing Friday, February 10, in district court here. The defendant, Kevin Vallejos, appeared, along with his attorney, prosecuting attorneys, and… Keep Reading

John Mall wrestlers rule at regionals

Panthers claim regional title in a down-to-the-wire battle for first place by David Tesitor WESTCLIFFE — For the last 45 seconds of the 2A-Regional tournament in Westcliffe, the John Mall Panthers and Fowler Grizzlies were on their feet, anxiously awaiting the results of the final match, not involving a Panther, but a Fowler Grizzly, Garett Gribble,… Keep Reading

Roof repair permits needed in most cases

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — With the extremely high winds that blasted through Walsenburg and the Spanish Peaks region last month, many homeowners are now faced with roof repairs or roofing replacement projects. Walsenburg Building Inspector Rick Dunn said this week there have been about a dozen building permits for roofing projects pulled in association… Keep Reading

Police release surveillance photos from 7-11 robbery

The Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office this week released two still photos from the 7-11 surveillance cameras showing both armed suspects in the midnight robbery of the Walsenburg convenience store Jan. 25, 2017. See full story on page 11. Photos courtesy of HCSO Keep Reading

Walsenburg still hasn’t found evidence auditor

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — While it has been four months since Walsenburg voters decided to turn over city policing authority to the Huerfano Sheriff’s Office, little progress has been made to transfer cases, equipment, and evidence to county law enforcement. Former city police captain Vince Suarez told city council Tuesday night he had been… Keep Reading

Investigation opened into Sunday shooting death in Cimarron, NM

staff report CIMARRON, NM — The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau has begun an investigation into the apparent Super Bowl Sunday shooting death of a 20-year old Cimarron man. Investigators were called to the community by Cimarron Police on Sunday, Feb. 5. The incident was reported at 7:20 pm and when local police arrived… Keep Reading

Traffic stop yields drugs, gun and stolen property

by Eric Mullens WALSENBURG — A traffic stop by Huerfano deputies on Jan. 23rd in Walsenburg led to the recovery of stolen property, the seizure of hard drugs and a pistol, but as yet has not led to any arrests. A 2005 Cadillac Escalade was stopped in the 300 block of Hendren when deputies noticed… Keep Reading

Snowpack forecast the best in 30 years

COLORADO — Impressive snowfall accumulations buried Colorado’s mountain SNOTEL stations during January, following a steady stream of storms that benefited the entire state, snowpack on February 1st for Colorado is at 156 percent of the median. Only 1997 had a snowpack on February 1st greater than this year. Nine SNOTEL stations, with at least 20… Keep Reading

Clean up after windstorm brings Aguilar closer to normal

by Bill Knowles AGUILAR — Damaging winds followed by about two feet of snowfall caused the clean up of Aguilar to be somewhat delayed. Aguilar was the hardest hit town along the southern areas of the Front Range. However, according to Aguilar’s mayor Mark Piano, the town is returning to normal just slower than hoped… Keep Reading

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