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Fortuna Oil & Gas requests permit for deep exploratory well

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: September 15, 2016) Citizens concerned over a conditional use permit for oil exploration gathered last Thursday afternoon for a Public Hearing on the Fortuna Oil & Gas, LLC proposal. The company plans to drill the Santa Clara well near County Roads 310 and 330, on land owned by Larry & Barbara Menegatti. The minerals are owned by the state, which opened the area up for exploration and the Colorado Oil and…

La Veta School Board hears grim numbers on county opiate abuse

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: September 15, 2016) Diane Cuneo told La Veta School Board members Monday night that Huerfano and Las Animas Counties lead the state in opiate overdoses. Cuneo, who is with the Huerfano/Las Animas Health Dept., told the board the problem is so severe the counties will be participating in a new program to gather information about drug use in the community. This data will be used to implement plans to curb the…

Re-1 School district to explain disappointing standardized test results

By David Rinehart –(Published: September 15, 2016) The Huerfano Re-1 school board will be hearing all about student performance on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), or the newest version of statewide standardized testing, at their next meeting September 27 at 5:30 p.m. Peakview School. The board got a taste of what is to come as Gardner School Principal Pam Levie reported on the, “discouraging data,” from the results for her school and, “the…

Walsenburg voters to decide if Sheriff takes over law enforcement

By David Rinehart–(Published: September 8, 2016) Walsenburg voters will decide November 8 whether to keep their police force or contract with the county for law enforcement after city council approved a resolution and an Ordinance to put the question on the ballot at their regular meeting Tuesday. Council had to act as a citizen petition, spearheaded by council members Dennis Hoyt and Greg Daniels, was certified August 31 by the City Clerk to have 144…

Public provides input on new Judicial Center

By David Rinehart–(Published: September 1, 2016) The public was given another chance Monday night to voice their opinion of the location of the proposed Judicial Center, and the closure of Fifth Street in Walsenburg, and the handful that came to the four hour workshop did just that. The workshop began with a brief review of the years-long process the county has already gone through to get to this point of having a design.  Chief District…

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