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Walsenburg welcomes new City Administrator
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By David Rinehart –(Published: April 7, 2016) Leslie Klusmire, Walsenburg’s new City Administrator, has had a crash course in learning the business of the city since being hired March 24. “It’s overwhelming the needs. I talked with Lee Merkel (of Department of Local Affairs) and told him all I need is $30 million this year,” Klusmire reported at Tuesday night’s council meeting. “I’ve interviewed the department heads. I am delighted with the staff, they’re passionate…

La Veta Trustees take oath of office
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By Cathy Mullens –(Published: April 7, 2016) Members of the “new” town board were sworn in by Municipal Judge Rob Saint Peter and took their seats to begin the second half of Tuesday night’s session. There is a vacancy on the board, due to Chip Kraynyk leaving his seat so the board is asking for Letters of Intent from local residents for a two-year term on the board. Deadline for the letters is 5 p.m….

Two Farmers Markets on two different days set for La Veta this summer

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: April 7, 2016) It’s official. La Veta is now big enough for two Farmers Markets. At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, Wahatoya Community Initiatives and Shii Koeii Community each presented their ideas to have farmers markets in town this year. For the past four years there has been a Farmers Market at the town property adjacent to the La Veta Public Library and the Francisco Fort Museum. Some feel the market…

Candelario receives life sentence for brutal murder of wife
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By Cathy Mullens –(Published: March 24, 2016) Convicted murderer Ralph Candelario was unrepentant last Wednesday, proclaiming his innocence and vowing to appeal his conviction before being sentenced to life in prison. Disheveled and wearing bandages on his arms from his recent suicide attempt, Candelario showed no remorse for bludgeoning his wife, Pam, to death in their Walsenburg home.  “We have a legal system, not a justice system,” Candelario said indicating he will be judged by…

Pot grower facing possible homicide charges in death of home invader on March 14

By Cathy Mullens —(Published: March 24, 2016) A man and a woman are in custody in Denver in connection with the shooting death of a 39 year-old Ft. Morgan man on March 14 in Huerfano County. Augustin Garcia, 31 and Janice Comacho, 31 will be transported to the Huerfano County Jail according to Sheriff Bruce Newman where they will be facing numerous charges including homicide and illegal cultivation of marijuana. Jorge Gonzalez was shot and…

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