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Flash flood causes evacuation of Boy Scout camp

By Cathy Mullens & David Rinehart Published: July 10, 2014

Last year it was fire; this year it was flood. Scouts were evacuated early Tuesday morning from Spanish Peaks Boy Scout Ranch when Bear Creek overran its banks and flooded the camp located at the base of the East Peak. Approximately 100 campers and staff members ended up at the Huerfano County Community Center after five to six feet of muddy water swept through the camp. Last year on June 19 the East Peak Fire was spotted by campers and the weeklong blaze sent Scouts to shelter at John Mall High School until they could return home. This year’s emergency …continue reading

Runaway driver arrested after Cuchara crash

By Cathy Mullens Published: July 10, 2014

A 25 year-old Pueblo man has been arrested in the June 14 fatal truck crash in Cuchara. Ambre Elise Cassio, 26, a passenger in the truck, was pronounced dead at the scene by Huerfano County Coroner Della Duran. At the time of the crash the driver was not on scene. Tyler Spinuzzi was arrested June 15 in Pueblo for suspicion of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Following a Death, a class three felony; Vehicular Assault, Reckless, a class four felony; Manslaughter, also a class four felony and two traffic misdemeanors. According to Colorado State Patrol reports the crash occurred …continue reading

First steps taken toward establishment of marijuana facility in La Veta

By Cathy Mullens Published: July 10, 2014

Less than two months after the La Veta Town Board passed a marijuana ordinance, interest in establishing a medical marijuana facility has surfaced. Grandote Green LLC recently filed an application for development of a building at the entrance of Grandote Peaks Golf and Country Club with the town. One of the possible uses listed for the building is as a medical marijuana facility. The company is a limited liability corporation owned by Dr. Charles R. Briggs. The development application is on the July 15 Town Board agenda and if accepted by the board, a public hearing will be set to …continue reading

Town board cancels hearing on La Veta Inn liquor license

By Cathy Mullens Published: July 10, 2014

According to Mayor Doug Brgoch a liquor board hearing for Tuesday, July 8 was cancelled after consultation with state officials from the Liquor Enforcement Division. Mayor Brgoch says the Liquor Enforcement Division, which is part of the Colorado Department of Revenue, will be conducting a forensic examination of the records of the bar at the Inn and he cancelled the local hearing until a final investigation is complete. By Cathy Mullens   Published: July 10, 2014

La Veta Inn selling liquor without proper license

By Cathy Mullens Published: July 3, 2014

Since the bar manager quit in June, the La Veta Inn failed to update its liquor license and the town board set a deadline for compliance. At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, Town Clerk Laurie Erwin informed the board that she’d received information from Carl Hanson, the bar manager at the Inn, June 1 that he was no longer associated with the business. The Inn was closed for a brief period of time but is now up and running and selling alcohol—without a valid liquor license. Erwin told the board the Inn is in violation of the Colorado Liquor Code, …continue reading