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County approves first marijuana grow operation

By David Rinehart Published: October 16, 2014

The first marijuana cultivation operation was approved in the county, with the Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously approving the Conditional Use Permit on Wednesday. Wahatoya Farms will be located at 25462 Hwy. 160, just west of the Walsenburg city limits, in the building formerly occupied by Weber Water. They plan to use the existing building and erect an additional greenhouse to produce up to 600 plants. The permit came through the county Planning Commission without a recommendation because the vote ended in a three-three tie. “I’ve been through quite a process,” J.R. Burrell of Wahatoya Farms said. Commission …continue reading

Candelario’s vacation cut short by arrest for First Degree Murder of wife

By Cathy Mullens Published: October 9, 2014

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A Walsenburg man was arrested in California Tuesday evening on a warrant for First Degree Murder in the death of Pam Candelario, 40, in January. Ralph Candelario, 51, husband of the victim, was arrested without incident by the California Highway Patrol. According to Walsenburg Police Chief Tommie McLallen a warrant was obtained Tuesday afternoon and he and his staff discovered Candelario was in California on an extended vacation. Cooperation by federal and state agencies led to the swift arrest. Pam Candelario was found beaten to death at the couple’s home in Walsenburg on Jan. 16. According to those close to …continue reading

Special prosecutor named in Walsenburg child abuse case

By Cathy Mullens Published: October 9, 2014

Last Thursday Dan Edwards, a veteran prosecutor in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, was sworn in as a special prosecutor in the Marissa Jackson case. Edwards, who works in the Violent Crimes Unit of the AG’s Office, is also working in the 18th Judicial District in the prosecution of James Holmes, the shooter in the Aurora theater killings. As of this Friday, Oct. 10, the Office of the District Attorney for the Third Judicial District may have only one attorney — the elected District Attorney, Frank Ruybalid. Both of Ruybalid’s assistant prosecutors have left the office, according to statements made …continue reading

Prosecutors ‘bail out’ on District Attorney

By Cathy Mullens Published: October 2, 2014

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Hall has reportedly resigned from the Office of the District Attorney, Third Judicial District. Hall, who has been an attorney since Oct. 2010, started with the DA’s office in 2011, working in the Trinidad office handling misdemeanors and other county court cases. He was promoted to Assistant District Attorney in April 2013 and has been handling all felony and juvenile cases in Huerfano County since that time. Another Deputy District Attorney, Nelson Dunford, worked for the local DA’s Office for eight months in 2013-14 before leaving to work in La Junta in the District Attorney’s Office …continue reading

Senator Bennet visits La Veta students

By David Rinehart Published: October 2, 2014

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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) greets La Veta senior Sofia Schneider Wednesday at the high school. Bennet visited with college bound students to discuss his proposal to simplify the process of applying for federal financial aid for college. Bennet’s bill would reduce the application from 10 pages and 108 questions to a single postcard with two questions. His bill – The Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act – will also allow year round use of Pell grants, discourage over-borrowing, simplify repayment and streamline programs to serve students more effectively.