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Evacuation exercise planned for Cuchara area this Saturday

(Published: August 20, 2015) The American Red Cross will participate with other local, county and state partners in a neighborhood evacuation drill in Cuchara this Saturday August 22. A demonstration evacuation shelter will be opened at the Cuchara Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The shelter is open to the public and people throughout the Cuchara Valley are encouraged to visit the shelter, ask questions and learn more about how local agencies will…

Marshal warns residents of being too helpful to the homeless

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: Aug. 20, 2015) Marshal Harold Willburn told the town board Tuesday night that homeless people continue to show up in La Veta and he cautions residents about them. “I know people here want to help out,” he said, adding that we have a lot of good hearted folks in town but he says they need to exercise caution. “Many of these homeless people have extensive criminal records. They may have worn…

County code enforcement steps up and cites illegal marijuana grows

By David Rinehart –(Published: August 20, 2015) With 11 more letters sent last week, Code Enforcement Officer Steve Channel is continuing efforts to clean up the county. Specifically, the newest batch of letters detail seven violations of county camping regulations, five building permit violations, four illegal marijuana cultivation violations, two shipping container violations and one for vehicle storage. “Several of the out of state owners do not realize this has been happening on their property,”…

Local school board seats open for election

(Published: August 13, 2015) La Veta RE-2 School District will have two board seats open for election this November. The seats currently occupied by Kenny Schneider and Clay McKisson will be vacant. Schneider has served two terms and therefore is ineligible to run again, McKisson can run this year. Nomination petitions are available at the Superintendent’s Office, located in the High School. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Completed petitions…

Wildfire Mitigation Service gets $380,700 FEMA grant

By David Rinehart – (Published: August 13, 2015) Several communities within the La Veta Fire Protection District will receive wildfire mitigation thanks to a $380,700 grant from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This money is in addition to the $300,000 Colorado Department of Natural Resources grant received last year. “I guess the Federal Government takes a year longer,” Commissioner Max Vezzani said at Tuesday’s regular meeting of…

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