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County places moratorium on new marijuana grow applications

(By David Rinehart –Published: April 23, 2015) — Seeking time to change County Land Regulations, the Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) placed a 60 day moratorium on permits for new marijuana grow operations at their regular meeting Tuesday. “I’ve expressed before my concern about commercial marijuana grows on 35 acre sites…intended to be residential,” Commissioner Max Vezzani said as he introduced the idea to change the current regulations. “It’s re-zoning in a de-facto way,”…

Local social worker arrested for aiding in escape

(By Cathy Mullens–Published: April 23, 2015) — A Huerfano County social worker was recently arrested for allegedly assisting in the escape of a federal prisoner. Denise Vigil-Bobian, 51, was arrested April 8 after authorities received information she’d been in touch with Paul Thompson, 28, a convicted felon wanted on federal escape charges. Thompson reportedly dates Vigil-Bobian’s daughter and has been in contact with her. Charges have not yet been filed but Aiding an Escape, a…

New fire station coming to La Veta this year

(By David Rinehart –Published: April 16, 2015) —The La Veta Fire Protection District (LVFPD) has nearly completed all the planning and financing required for their new building. The district’s taxpayers agreed to a two mill increase to property taxes in November 2013 to provide about $70,000 per year funding for the project. The new station will be located just north of the La Veta Community Center on land donated to the district from the Town…

Sonic Bloom Festival set for June 18

(By David Rinehart –Published: April 16, 2015) —June is becoming music festival month in Huerfano County as the Sonic Bloom Festival, June 18-22, joins the Cuchara Country Music Festival, June 13 on the calendar of events. Sonic Bloom Organizer Jess Gries asked the Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to amend three of the 17 conditions for the festival. “The biggest issue is the 3,500 cap. At that level the loss is too great to…

Public Hearing set for Grandote Peaks Golf Course rezoning

(By Renee Rinehart –Published: April 16, 2015)— Since the announcement of the closure of Grandote Peaks Golf Course by owner Dr. Randy Briggs in January, plans to add commercial business uses to the golf course have been underway. Briggs has filed an application with Huerfano County to rezone 185.26-acres of the 285-acre golf course from Urban Residential to Commercial use. This will allow Briggs to use the property for marijuana cultivation, as he stated in…

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