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    2014 Senior 4-H Queen Annie Sporleder in the arena
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    Slide at Walsenburg Wild Waters
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    Boy Scouts arrive at the Huerfano Community Center in Walsenburg, after being evacuated from their camp.
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    Senator Mark Udall addressing Democrats at a fundraiser in Walsenburg
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    Huerfano Sheriff Bruce Newman 'arresting' Mother Jones at a Democratic fundraiser in Walsenburg
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    C.A. MacMillan, the first customer at Big R in La Veta
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    New Memorial unveiled in La Veta
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    An early Tuesday morning house fire at 520 Colorado in Walsenburg.
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    BOUNCY EASTER- Over 600 people attended the third annual easter egg hunt in Walsenburg, hosted by New Hope Church.
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La Veta decision on Grandote green postponed

 LA VETA– Before the La Veta Town Board meeting on August 19, a public hearing was held on the commercial development permit application by Grandote Green LLC at 1 Grandote Drive. Mayor Doug Brgoch said that the application deficiencies have been addressed by the applicant, Dr. Randy Briggs, and the application seeks to establish retail businesses for medical and recreational marijuana. Brgoch summarized the comments from the public hearing, including concerns about the location, potential harm to the pristine nature of area, traffic control, proximity to a planned residential community, and concerns about proper notification of residents of the area. Trustee Dale Davis moved to “delay the decision on this application with Grandote Green LLC until our first meeting in September.” Davis added that he wants to see a CDOT study on turning lanes from Cherry Street to the Cuchara River crossing, citing increased traffic over the weekends, particularly the Feedstore Church traffic on Sundays. Davis said he would also like to see

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Tiny homes will be allowed under variance

WALSENBURG — In a 5 to 1 vote Tuesday night, Walsenburg City Council approved Ordinance 1045 which will allow tiny homes to be built in R-1 and R-2 zoned residential areas with a variance approved by Planning and Zoning. The ordinance passed this week on first reading, and amends Article XIII of the Zoning Ordinance by adding a section (6.2F) ‘to vary the minimum floor area for single family detached dwellings within R-1 and R-22 Districts’. The amendment says the tiny homes, which are normally 150 to 450 square feet, must be placed permanently on a footer or foundation, and tapped into the city’s water and sewer system separately from any other structure or use on the property. Sprout Tiny Homes, LLC President Rod Stambaugh attended the council meeting and said the company will also be going before the Huerfano County Commissioners seeking similar regulation changes. Council members Rick Jennings, Silvana Lind, Nick Vigil, Clint Boehler and Mayor James Eccher voted in favor of the ordinance. Councilman Charlie

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Two Rivers / GrowCo plans pot farm in N.E. Huerfano County

Commissioners have not adopted policy yet

HUERFANO — Discussions in Pueblo County regarding use of St. Charles Mesa water for Two Rivers’ marijuana growing company, GrowCo, have revealed a grow operation and warehouse facility is planned to be located in northeastern Huerfano County on land owned by Two Rivers. The St. Charles Mesa Water District had been waiting for the federal government to weigh in on the proposal and, as reported in the Pueblo Chieftain, a policy decision that allows the water use was adopted in July. The district says it will follow the federal policy and the Two Rivers plan is expected to move forward, but not until local permits have been obtained in the affected locations. The Huerfano County Board of County Commissioners have not formally adopted a marijuana farm policy, but are expected to do so soon, as the county plans to put an excise tax question before voters in November that would deal exclusively with marijuana grown in the county for export to other Colorado locations. No recreational or medicinal marijuana ordinances have been passed by the county commissioners. Walsenburg City Council has approved, by ordinance, medicinal marijuana operations and La Veta has recently adopted a marijuana ordinance. Currently, there are no legal marijuana outlets in Huerfano County, either recreational or medicinal. In July, Two Rivers CEO John McKowen said the company will finance construction, use its existing water rights and supply 300 acres of land on Butte Valley Farm in Huerfano County for the GrowCo operation. Two Rivers will still need to file a metropolitan service plan with the St. Charles Mesa Water District to irrigate the Huerfano County operation. In Pueblo County, the marijuana operation is planned for a location on

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Walsenburg 2014 street improvement project could begin this week

WALSENBURG — City officials said the 2014 Walsenburg Street Improvement project could begin this week with roto-milling set to begin in the Hendren and Sixth Street area. Those living north of Seventh Street on Hendren should be aware of the daily work and adjust their parking schedules accordingly. City Administrator David Johnston said the second scheduled roto-milling project is set for Cedar between Willis and Sproull and that work could begin on Thursday or Friday, depending on weather and equipment availability. Most streets listed in the preliminary plan did not include curb milling, however a 2” overlay with curb milling on both sides of the street are included in three areas: Hendren – Seventh Street north to the Railroad and the Railroad north to Spruce; Sixth Street – Albert to Hendren and Hendren west to Ash, and Cedar Street – Willis west to Sproull. Other streets in

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Counterfeit money being reported again

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Police this week announced reports of counterfeit bills making a slight resurgence in town this summer. WPD Chief Tommie McLallen said in the past three weeks, three pieces of phony currency have been discovered; two twenty dollar bills and a single one hundred dollar bill. He said the items were passed at Safeway, a local storage facility and one reported from First National Bank of Trinidad-Huerfano County branch. He said the counterfeits were of very bad quality. Business owners and others who deal with cash over the counter are advised to not return the suspect bill to the passer. Delay the passer if possible and note their description, as well as those of any companions, and, if possible, the business should attempt to get the license plate number of the vehicle the person is using. Other tips; limit the handling of the suspect bill. Carefully place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope. Any information the receiver may obtain, like a description of the person or vehicle may be written on a separate piece of paper to limit fingerprint contamination of the evidence. Persons who find themselves with a counterfeit

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Arrest made: child abuse resulting in death

WALSENBURG — She is a broken doll; now officially identified by authorities as Alani Tatiana-Reyes-Cueva, but, even in a far too premature death, she has received a certain measure of justice. A little more than 18 hours after police and medical personnel raced to a home in the 200 block of East Eighth Street Sunday night, a 26-year old woman has been arrested and charged with child abuse resulting in death. Marissa Jackson, of 227 E. Eighth St., was taken into custody Monday night following her interview concerning the details of the death of her boyfriend’s four-year old daughter on August 3, 2014. Police and EMTs responded to the home at about 10 pm Sunday on a report of an unresponsive child. The toddler was rushed to Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center where she was pronounced dead. Walsenburg Police and agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation began intensive efforts to solve little Alani’s death. Jackson and others, including the child’s father, Donavan Cueva, 25, were interviewed by investigators and the home was searched for evidence of a crime. Cueva, a landscaper, was not in Walsenburg at the time authorities believe the killing took place. “His alibi was checked and confirmed,” WPD Chief Tommie McLallen said. Jackson was questioned by investigators for about two hours late Monday

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City council takes no action on Northlands, again

City risks losing grant/loan funds if deadline not met in three years

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg City Council members once again took no reportable action following an executive session Tuesday night under the heading of negotiations that concern land issues associated with the proposed Northlands sanitary sewer system project. For months the council and one property owner have gone back and forth regarding potential land swaps. Offers have been made from the private sector that have all been turned down by council members. It is worth reminding voters, elected officials and those interested in economic development for Walsenburg and Huerfano County in general, there exists a firm timeline tied to the USDA/DOLA loan and grant programs for the Northlands project. While taking no action on the Northlands project in executive session, in the regular meeting the six council members who attended the Tuesday night session voted unanimously in favor of an Intergovernmental Agreement with Huerfano County and

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There’s a new Marshal in town… well sort of

LA VETA — At their regular meeting on Tuesday night the La Veta town board unanimously hired Harold Willburn to be the new town marshal. Willburn, a former Colorado State Patrol officer, previously served as the town marshal from 11/16/1999 to 4/15/2011. He will begin his new position no later than August 18, and will be under a probation period for his first year of employment. The position pays $36,500 per year. On a related topic, the board voted to award a construction contract to Blakely Construction to begin repairs on the Marshal’s office at 204 South Main Street, which has been in disrepair for some time now. Blakely had previously submitted the low bid on the project. Trustee Shane Clouse works for Blakely, and abstained from the vote. Because it is uncertain if the Marshal’s office will remain at its current location, the board agreed that the repairs and modifications will be limited in nature with only the most basic repairs being done at this time. This may require the bid to be modified. The Marshal’s office will, at least temporarily, be located in the town

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Citizens and others turn out for HAS building ribbon cutting Saturday

WALSENBURG — While it is not quite ready for full time occupants, over 50 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location of the Huerfano Ambulance Service at 326 Main St. Saturday evening. The new home for the ambulance service is one of the oldest plat locations in the city of Walsenburg and has been re-purposed many times since the early days. Students and vocational instructors from the The Career Building Academy (TCBA), along with sub-contractors have worked on remodeling of the facility for a number of months. No announcement has been made when the full move into the new facility will be done. The Huerfano County Commissioners; Chairman Art Bobian, Ray Garcia and Max Vezanni, along with County Administrator John Galusha, joined other local leaders, Walsenburg Mayor James Eccher and Huerfano County Hospital District Board Chairman Bill Hix and Career Building Academy staff and ambulance personnel in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 pm Sat., August 2. Huerfano Ambulance Director Sherry Mann

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Shell denied water status

DENVER— In a ruling issued July 22, 2014, the Colorado State Engineer’s Office made an initial determination that SWEPI LP (Shell Oil) provided insufficient information to warrant that produced water withdrawn from their Seibert, State, and Fortune wells be declared non-tributary. Non-tributary water designation would have given Shell ownership and free use of all produced water at their well sites. Recognizing instead that the produced water is tributary requires Shell to augment that amount from their water rights on the Huerfano River. Further, a tributary designation suggests any accident or spill could contaminate area groundwater. The Seibert and Fortune wells have been designated by Shell to be the validation production wells for the Farisita and Gardner Federal Units, huge 25,000 acre tracts in the upper Huerfano Valley. The State well resides within the northwest corner of the Farisita Federal Unit two miles southwest of Gardner. The Seibert sits about 3 miles west of Farisita, and the Fortune well is located west of mile marker 29 on Hwy 69 within

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