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High water complaints flood La Veta’s town board meeting

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: July 20, 2017) Residents upset over May flooding asked why the town hasn’t done more to address drainage issues and accused the town of preferential treatment for some property owners. Mayor Doug Brgoch, who was on scene at 5 a.m. during the May 9 high water situation, said floods are “acts of God” and the town isn’t responsible for flooding. A group of property owners on Austin St., Cherry St., Mayfield…

Walsenburg refinancing 2007 bond issue will save ratepayers thousands

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 20, 2017) The City of Walsenburg will be saving about $550,000 in loan payments over the next 15 years after council approved Ordinance 1101 at their regular meeting Tuesday. The Ordinance governs the issuance of new bonds at a lower interest rate to pay off the old bonds. “We are not extending maturity dates,” Finance Director Mark Ellis told council. The original $9,700,000 bonds, issued in 2007, were not set…

City approves marijuana grow license for High Country Ranch

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 13, 2017) Walsenburg City Council approved a tier one (up to 1,800 plants) commercial marijuana grow at their regular meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Jim Eccher was absent. High Country Ranch, LLC, owners Oliver Scaife III, Robert Hake and William Hake appeared at the public hearing called for their license application and described the operation as a 3,000 square foot greenhouse and a 4.1 acre field. “We’ll start the plants in…

Spanish Peaks Community Foundation to dissolve, leaving Fox Theater in limbo

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 13, 2017) The remaining board members of the nearly seven year old Spanish Peaks Community Foundation has decided to cease operations after determining what to do with their assets. The foundation recently contracted with the county to take over operating the Fox Theater in Walsenburg.  The task has proven daunting for the volunteers – because the theater cannot resume operations, generating income, without a new projector. The cost of a…

Clean-up of illegal dump at Grandote Peaks underway

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: July 13, 2017) According to the administrator at the closed Grandote Peaks Golf Course and Country Club, the illegal dump site on the course is being cleaned up. Kelly Popejoy told The Signature Newspaper on Wednesday that two dump truck loads have been removed from the site and she is awaiting a “roll off”, a large trash container, to complete the clean up. She said she received the notice of a…

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