On Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at approximately 1619 hours, Officers were dispatched to the John Mall High School Football Field, 200 County Road 590, for a report of a male with a gunshot wound to his leg. Law Enforcement from the Walsenburg Police Department, the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado State Patrol responded.

Initial investigation indicates that the gun discharge was likely accidental in nature; however, investigation is ongoing.

Dougherty brothers take plea deals

Dylan and Ryan Dougherty, the brothers of the infamous Dougherty siblings, who were arrested in Walsenburg on August 10 after a nationwide manhunt, have both accepted plea deals.
Ryan Dougherty, 21, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony menacing.
Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 26, pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree assault.
All other charged against the two were dismissed.
On Feb. 9, their sister, Lee Grace Dougherty pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree assault against a peace officer and two counts of felony menacing.

Lee Grace Dougherty pleads guilty to 3 counts-

Lee grace Dougherty pled guilty to attempted assault in the 1st degree, a class 4 felony, and pled guilty to two counts of felony menacing, one against Officer Craig Lessar and Joseph Albano. Judge Appel then read from a six-page document the definitions of each count and the sentencing recommendations per Colorado Statute. Dougherty will spend nine to 28 years in the DOC. Sentencing will be April 30, at 10am.
Appel also explained the rights Dougherty is giving up. Appel asked Dougherty if she implicitly understood the documents she signed.

Shooting incident at 5th and Main St in Walsenburg

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE- The incident that occurred Thursday morning at 5th and Main in Walsenburg began in Alamosa, when a 14-year-old stole a vehicle, and led the Colorado State Patrol in a 100 mile-an-hour chase over La Veta pass. By the time the juvenile reached downtown Walsenburg, two Sheriff’s Officers- Ray Walsh and Hank Martin- were waiting for him, with the intersection boxed off with their vehicles. The juvenile proceeded to ram one patrol car, whereupon officer Martin shot out the vehicle’s two right-side tires.

Busch fire contained

The Busch fire burning in Huerfano County was declared 100 percent contained as of Friday afternoon. Firefighters from Huerfano County and La Veta Fire Departments were able to get a containment line around the entire fire. The fire line does not mean the fire is out. Crews are still working to put out hot spots inside the perimeter, and hope to have the fire out on Saturday, according to Emergency Manager Diego Bobian.

Wildfires in Huerfano County

Lightning may have sparked the Busch wildfire Wednesday afternoon in Huerfano County. As of 2pm Thursday it had consumed 155 acres of pasture brush 20 miles northeast of Walsenburg.
There were no structures damaged and no injuries were reported, a dispatcher said.
Elsewhere, near Navajo Ranch, lightning struck a cluster of trees causing a small fire. The La Veta Fire Department drowned that fire.

Woman commits suicide at Cuchara Mountain Resort

A woman in her 50's has taken her own life at the base of Cuchara Mountain Resort, on Friday morning. She is believed to be from Colorado Springs. More details as they emerge.

I-25 Bridge Project Underway Next Week

Bridge Enterprise funding new structure near Walsenburg

HUERFANO COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins a project next week to replace the Missouri Creek Bridge on northbound Interstate 25, about three miles north of Walsenburg.
On Tuesday, April 26, and Wednesday, April 27, the left lane of southbound I-25 will be closed near the bridge site during the day so concrete barrier can be placed for the upcoming detour. Additional project preparations will continue through mid-May.

La Veta Marshal and Deputy fired

LA VETA—The La Veta Town Marshal and one of his deputies found their employment with the town cut short by the Town Board during a special meeting on Friday, April 15, at Town Hall. Harold Willburn was terminated immediately and his deputy Jason Vaughn was found his employment terminated on Wednesday, April 13.

Stage 1 fire restrictions in place

The Bureau of Land Management has initiated Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on BLM lands.

The restrictions affect BLM lands within the following counties: Huerfano, Las Animas, Boulder, Gilpin, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, Yuma, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Park, Pueblo, Teller, Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers. BLM lands within Chaffee and Lake Counties will not be under the Stage 1 restrictions due to milder conditions.