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Huerfano County Fair

Published: August 14, 2014

Full results from the Huerfano County Fair Competition and Livestock Auction are only in The Signature Newspaper August 14, 2014 print edition. Plus, great photos. Available on newsstands now.

More misconduct allegations against sitting District Attorney Frank Ruybalid

By Renee Rinehart Published: August 14, 2014


A second complaint citing misconduct has been filed against District Attorney Frank Ruybalid, nearly a year after the disciplinary arm of the Colorado Supreme Court filed a lengthy complaint which is set for trial in October. New charges allege a continued pattern of misconduct and willful disobedience. In the new complaint, both Ruybalid and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Hall are named and both appear to have strayed from the duty of a District Attorney, which is to “seek justice.” Ruybalid, District Attorney for the Third Judicial District, already faces 29 counts of unethical and incompetent representation of his client (the …continue reading

New RE-2 Board of Education member is chosen Monday night in La Veta

Published: August 14, 2014

New RE-2 Board of Education member Gary Bridges holds a Ph. D. in educational policy and brings years of experience in higher education to his new position. Monday night the board unanimously chose Bridges, the only candidate, to fill the vacancy. He will take the seat recently vacated by Sam Law. The board also reorganized with Dr. Ed Donovan being elected president and vice-president Kenny Schneider remaining in his slot.

Willburn returns to job as Marshal of La Veta

By Cathy Mullens Published: August 7, 2014


Tuesday night the La Veta Town Board unanimously hired Harold Willburn, former town marshal, to serve in that capacity again. Willburn served as Marshal between 1999 and 2010, when he was fired by the board, which has only one member of that board still serving — Dale Davis. No reason was ever given for Willburn’s dismissal. Since that time, the town has seen one marshal prosecuted for stealing guns from the evidence locker and another fired after a man was illegally cited into municipal court for a DUI. Willburn was present at the meeting and accepted the job, which pays …continue reading

County applying for grant funds for wildfire mitigation

By David Rinehart Published: August 7, 2014

The Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an application for a $300,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at their regular meeting Wednesday. The county is also applying for another $300,000, to be used as a match to the DNR grant, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a total of $600,000. The funds will be used to mitigate 300 acres of forest above Cuchara. According to the application 240 homes will be directly affected by the mitigation. Homeowners will be responsible for part of the cost creating defensible space around their homes. By David …continue reading