County garners $650,000 for judicial center design

By David Rinehart –(Published: November 17, 2016) After meeting Friday with the Underfunded Courthouse Facility Commission, the county received a letter from the commission dated Monday awarding a $650,000 grant for the design of the new judicial center. “Anderson Hallas is authorized to do the design,” County Administrator John Galusha reported. Anderson Hallas is the architectural firm that developed preliminary plans presented to the public last month. The county plans to seek additional Energy Impact…

Stage I Fire Ban issued in Huerfano County

(Published: November 17, 2016) The county commissioners, reacting to the dry conditions, have reinstated Stage 1 fire restrictions in the county. However, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands within the county are not, currently, covered by the restrictions. No campfires, chainsaws, or welding. No smoking outside, unless on three feet diameter of paved surface. Controlled burns must be reviewed by local fire department.

Thank you from La Veta Public Library

La Veta’s Public Library thanked voters in a big way after last Tuesday’s results that saw passage of an increase in property taxes to benefit the library. Not only was there a banner proclaiming thanks at the door, the hours have now reverted to “normal” with the library open again on Mondays and Saturdays. They had restricted hours earlier this year due to budget crunches.

Walsenburg approves residential units in commercial zones

By David Rinehart –(Published: November 17, 2016) Walsenburg residents will soon be able to live on the first or second floor of commercial buildings downtown under the guidelines specified in Ordinance 1097, the first reading of which was approved at Tuesday night’s Regular City Council meeting. Guidelines officially go into effect after the second reading next month and a public hearing  – both occurring December 6, starting at 6 p.m. The Ordinance has been written…

San Isabel Electric plans outage in Walsenburg overnight Dec. 2

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: November 17, 2016) San Isabel Electric Association has scheduled a power outage for the City of Walsenburg beginning Friday evening, December 2 at 9 p.m. The outage is expected to last six hours, with power restored during the early morning hours on Saturday, December 3. Work will include system repairs and improvements at two substations. To make major repairs on local transmission lines, the substations are required to be shut down…

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