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Former La Veta mayor signs on as new town trustee
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By Cathy Mullens –(Published: May 5, 2016) Mayor Doug Brgoch swore in former mayor Mickey Schmidt Tuesday night for the open seat on La Veta’s town board. There was no election this year as there were no contested seats but since Trustee Chip Kraynyk did not run there was an opening. Schmidt was the sole applicant for the slot. Schmidt has served the town as a trustee and mayor in the past, Brgoch pointed out…

Walsenburg council awards contracts to construct sewer in Northlands

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: May 5, 2016) Years and years of planning and countless meetings between stakeholders have resulted in a new sewer system for Northlands General Improvement District (GID) as city council awarded bids to contractors Tuesday night. KR Swerdfeger Construction, Inc. won the bulk of the bidding. Their bid of $3,348,298 was the lowest for the biggest portion of the project. Swerdfeger was also lowest bidder for the Huajatolla Hills portion at $336,612….

County suspends building permit for Acme Growers, LLC

By David Rinehart –(Published: May 5, 2016) The county may not garner as much marijuana excise tax revenue as projected as the county commissioners suspend the Conditional Use Permit for Acme Growers, LLC  on Tuesday, after it was in place for one year. “Until you have a legal source of water, you can’t move ahead,” Commissioner Max Vezzani summarized. The company has until December 31 to commence construction, or have to reapply for another permit….

La Veta Schools receives $110,000 gift from 3R3 charitable foundation

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: April 28, 2016) Representatives of the La Veta School Foundation told the school board Monday night they are the proud recipients of an $110,000 gift from the 3R3 Ritter Foundation. The Ritter Foundation, which showed assets of $1 million in 2010, is dissolving according to AnnaLee Hickey. She announced the gift of money and 40 acres of prime property to the school. Hickey, a former school board member and L.V. School…

John Mall still seeking Principal for next year

By David Rinehart —(Published: April 28, 2016) It’s back to the drawing board for the Huerfano Re-1 School Board after refusing to hire Jody Pool as Principal for John Mall High School Tuesday night. Pool is currently Dean of Students at Peakview and was recommended by Superintendent Michael Moore. Moore explained Pool came in third of the six candidates interviewed by two panels of 16 teachers, parents, students and administrators. “We have offered the position…

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