The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office earlier today issued a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for a person -of-interest who may have been involved in three unexplained deaths associated with a house / structure fire that occurred earlier today (Wed., Nov. 27, 2013 in Rye, Colorado. We are working to confirm additional information at this time, but the suspect may be traveling in a Chrysler Mini-van (unknown direction of travel) and it may appear the white male is living out of his vehicle. The early information indicates the person of interest is 6′ tall, weighs 135 lbs, has red hair and blue eyes. If you see a person matching this description DO NOT APPROACH, notify your local law enforcement agency immediately! The person of interest may be in his late 50s or early 60s. The PCSO BOLO reportedly advises law enforcement agencies to treat the individual as possibly armed and dangerous.
Mayor Jim Eccher’s era begins
WALSENBURG — There was a scene of opening night optimism in City Hall Tuesday night following the seating of a new mayor and city council members, but that scene was playing out against a backdrop of harsh economic reality spelled out earlier in the day to all city employees. City staff had been briefed by administration of some of the proposed ideas to cut up to $250,000 from the municipal general fund budget by the mid-December deadline. Continue reading
Possession charges dropped against two
WALSENBURG — A plea agreement was offered in an October 2013 Walsenburg sexual assault case and charges of heroin possession were dismissed by the district attorney’s office in another case during court proceedings Thursday, November 14. Mitchell Nadeau, 36, appeared in custody in district court with public defender Patrick McCarville for a scheduled preliminary hearing in a sexual assault case. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Hall told District Court Judge Claude Appel a plea bargain had been offered in the case and the defendant was willing, at this time, to waive the preliminary hearing. Hall said full Continue reading
SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO — This has to be the very best holiday gift that Southeastern Colorado could have dreamed of receiving. At the end of this article you will find a link to a video in which the Army Assistant Secretary, Katherine Hammack, announces that the Department of Defense has rescinded (repealed) the waiver that the Army (Fort Carson) received in 2006 that allowed them to pursue the expansion of PCMS (Pinon Canyon Manuever Site) in Las Animas County. At that time, the Army was looking for the entire southeastern corner of Colorado but “officially” went after more than 418,000 acres. Continue reading
WALSENBURG- The 24th annual Parade of Lights will roll through Walsenburg on Friday night, starting at 6pm. This year’s theme is superheros! After the parade, wander downtown and visit merchants staying open late for the holiday kickoff!
WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County commissioners, still reeling from the news that the county coffers had been robbed to the tune of $146, 251.74, had a small glimmer of good news: it could have been worse. Continue reading
by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — City administration and council members are hoping for a cold winter that will result in increased gas sales as they struggle with balancing the municipal budget for 2014. Continue reading
WALSENBURG– County Administrator John Galusha announced Wednesday morning that one of the county’s bank accounts, kept athe Bank of the West, had been hacked to the tune of $146,251.74.
County commissioners seemed stoney-faced at the news, and convened an executive session after their regular session with the county legal counsel to see what their next steps might be. Continue reading
Water issues and La Veta Fire Dept ballot measures pass
WALSENBURG– In what could be described as a landslide, Walsenburg native James Eccher beat incumbent Larry Patrick 638 votes to 275 votes Tuesday night.
Similar ratios showed up on other Walsenburg votes, with Clint Boehler defeating incumbent city councilman James Moore 34 votes to 11 votes for the Ward I council seat, and the City of Walsenburg property tax ballot going down 714 votes to 208 votes. Continue reading