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Thursday, September 18, 2014


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Green Chili for the Governor

By Renee Rinehart Published: August 28, 2014


Gov. John Hickenlooper made a stop for lunch at George’s in Walsenburg Friday with some of his staff. April Galassini served Hickenlooper, who started off by ordering a Dr. Pepper along with half a bowl of green chili. The Governor spent the morning at Fort Carson and was headed to Trinidad and Rocky Ford in the afternoon.  

Local tax increase questions will be on November ballot

By David Rinehart Published: August 28, 2014

Voters in Huerfano County will decide this November whether the county can begin charging a 5% excise tax on commercial marijuana cultivation in the county. According to County Administrator John Galusha the tax will be levied on marijuana grown for recreational uses. Medical marijuana grown specifically for sale as medical marijuana will be exempt from the excise tax. Voters in Walsenburg will vote to increase sales tax on retail sales in Walsenburg by 1% for five years. Walsenburg Mayor Jim Eccher, and the ballot question, says the tax will be used to bolster the city’s General Fund. By David Rinehart   …continue reading

Grandote Golf Course residents calling plans “out of bounds”

Public Hearing on re-plat set Sept. 16

At the last La Veta Town Board meeting Grandote Golf Course and Country Club requested a hearing to re-plat several parcels from residential to commercial. Town trustees had few questions for Dr. Charles Briggs, owner of the lots in question, and set two public hearings, one at 6 p.m. and one for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 for comments for or against the proposition. Trustee Shane Clouse did ask if the proposed changes would have any impact on the Home Owners Association (HOA) and was told it would not. But at least one homeowner and a Director of the HOA …continue reading

Troubled District Attorney Ruybalid asks Commission for ballot issue to remove his term limits

By David Rinehart Published: August 28, 2014

The Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) took no action Wednesday on Third Judicial District Attorney Frank Ruybalid’s request they put an issue on the ballot to remove term limits on his office. “I submit this letter as my official request to you to place the resolution on the ballot this November,” Ruybalid says in a letter dated August 25, 2014. By David Rinehart   Published: August 28, 2014

Town Board takes no action Tuesday night on Grandote Green development plan

By Cathy Mullens Published: August 21, 2014

After an hour of comments that were mostly against granting the commercial redevelopment request from Grandote Green LLC, the board delayed taking any action until the Sept. 2 board meeting. Mayor Doug Brgoch, in opening the public hearing prior to the town board meeting, reminded those present the board was only entertaining comments on whether the commercial redevelopment of the building at the entrance to Grandote Golf Course and Country Club should be allowed. Making the motion to delay a decision, Town Trustee Dale Davis said he believes the developer is changing the use of a building in the development …continue reading