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DA demands citizens pay for his legal problems

(By David Rinehart –Published: May 14, 2015) — Third Judicial District Attorney Frank Ruybalid has asked Las Animas and Huerfano County taxpayers to pay $199,697.43 to cover his legal fees and other costs he accumulated before pleading guilty to 13 of 35 charges of misconduct last year. The charges were brought by Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel after an investigation into Ruybalid’s ability to effectively represent the people as District Attorney. In a letter…

Cuchara Mountain Resort property being piecemealed by treasurer’s deeds

(By Renee Rinehart –Published: May 14, 2015) — Cuchara Mountain Resort is changing ownership, one piece at a time. With five years of unpaid taxes, individuals are paying the liens each year, and the first acquisition occurred a few weeks ago. Jerry and JoVonne Fitzgerald of La Veta are the proud owners of a 49.356-acre parcel of the former ski area. “I’m surprised I got it—I was not expecting it,” Jerry Fitzgerald, former La Veta…

Walsenburg grants first retail marijuana license to Bud Hut

(By David Rinehart –Published: May 7, 2015) — Walsenburg has joined the ranks of Colorado cities offering a retail outlet for the flourishing retail marijuana industry. Walsenburg City Council approved a retail and a cultivation license Tuesday night for The Bud Hut, located in the old Pizza Hut building in Northlands. Bud Hut President Barbara Johnson and Vice President Jim Hillaker are still waiting for their license from the state, however, that is anticipated later…

Walsenburg Council appoints Don Lewis

(By David Rinehart –Published: May 7, 2015)—Council appointed Don Lewis to fill the vacant seat in Ward 3, left open when Troy Reeves moved to a new district. Lewis said he grew up in Denver, but tired of the rat race. He will fill the seat until the next election.

Lane improvements at Hwy. 160’s “La Veta Loop” scaled back

(By David Rinehart –Published: May 7, 2015)— The project to add turn lanes to U.S. Highway 160 at the intersection of County Road 450, west of La Veta, has been scaled down to just a right hand turn lane from Eastbound 160. The project is a joint venture with Huerfano County contributing approximately 500 cubic yards of gravel valued at $15,400, the Town of La Veta, contributing about 800 cubic yards of embankment material valued…

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