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Walsenburg council approves gas, water and sewer rate hikes

By David Rinehart–(Published: November 19, 2015) Citing the need for additional revenue for operations, Walsenburg’s newly seated city council approved a 2016 budget Tuesday night that includes a 10 percent hike in gas rates, five percent increase in water rates and a five percent increase in sewer rates. Residents should see the increases on the bills received in February 2016. “We started out over $200,000 in the hole, but have worked to make it a…

Candelario’s bond reduction is denied

By Cathy Mullens–(Published: November 19, 2015) A motion to reduce the $1 million bond for accused murderer Ralph Candelario, 52, was denied Monday after a brief hearing in Huerfano District Court. Darriel Weaver, attorney for Candelario, argued the defendant has strong ties to the community, is not a flight risk and has assets that will enable him to post a $100,000 bond. She said his house and business would have to serve as collateral for…

Navajo Western Water District raises fees on customers

By David Rinehart –(Published: November 12, 2015) Citing requirements of a zero-interest loan used to install new water tanks in 2012, the Navajo Western Water District Board of Directors raised fees for their 279 customers by $5 per month, beginning next month. The district projects earning $16,620 from the new fee in 2016. The new fee will be collected, “until the loan is paid off,” Board President Randy Wilson said at the regular board meeting…

District Attorney’s Office fails to prosecute in Huerfano County

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: November 12, 2015) Once again crime victims see their cases continued, dismissed and mishandled by the District Attorney and suspects linger behind bars because there’s no one prosecuting cases in Huerfano County courts. Apparently District Court Judge Claude W. Appel swore in a new Deputy District Attorney, Michael Warren, on Monday morning. Public Defender Patrick McCarville welcomed that addition to the District Attorney’s Office saying he’s pleased there is a new…

Voters decide races for La Veta School Board and Walsenburg City Council

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: November 5, 2015) Voters in Huerfano County decided races for Walsenburg City Council and La Veta Re-2 School board on Tuesday with 45 percent of registered voters participating in the election. Newcomers join the La Veta Board of Education with voters seating two of the three candidates. Matt Dobbs took the top vote count with 323 votes, followed by John Albright with 314. Both will be new to the school board….

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