LA VETA— At its December 3 meeting, the La Veta Town Board passed a resolution maintaining the property tax at its current level of 4.99 mills. Trustee Shane Clouse asked town clerk Laurie Erwin the last time the mill levy changed, but she couldn’t recall. Clouse said, “It’s been 4.99 mills long enough to not remember.” The town’s assessed property value is $9,334,702. The board has begun to consider a possible ballot question that would put a one-half percent sales tax increase into effect in 2015 to finance the Francisco Fort Museum. Mayor Jerry Fitzgerald said, “This is trying to smooth the way” to getting the Continue reading
WALSENBURG- Jayne Renkosik and Don Stahl of Black Hills Energy met the the Huerfano County Commissioners last Wednesday to update them on what has happened in the first year of the Busch wind farm in the eastern part of the county, off of Highway 50. The turbines have produced 90,000 megawatts of energy since last October, and were available 99 percent of the time, and have been running at 36 percent capacity. The commissioners liked everything they heard, right up until Chairman Art Bobian asked when phase two of the project would begin. There is no serious commitment to build more, was the reply. The three-phase plan should ultimately build 50 wind turbines, but the public utilities commission has not authorized the increased wattage. This was the first the commissioners had heard that the project was stalled on phase one, and were flummoxed. They asked what they could do to get the project back on track, but the representatives did not know; all they could do is report back to their superiors. They did hope to ask the PUC next year for permission to add another 30 megawatts. “You would seem well positioned to take that step,” said Commissioner Max Vezzani.
WALSENBURG — Walsenburg and Huerfano County officials were notified last week of a possible civil lawsuit that may be filed by John Chadil seeking damages from the May 31, 2013 Main Event fire. The notice of intent filed on Chadil’s behalf by his attorney, Carl Fatta of Pueblo, was dated November 18, 2013 and says it could seek $200,000 or more in Continue reading
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