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Northlands sewer project finally underway

By David Rinehart –(Published: August 4, 2016) About 30 local residents and politicos gathered Friday to celebrate the first dirt moved for the long awaited Northlands Sewer Improvement Project. The project has been in the works since at least 2008 when the landowners sought annexation into the city, or the state requested the city to return water pumped over the hogback into Northlands to be pumped back to the Cucharas River in 2005—or even earlier,…

La Veta’s longtime water operator retires after 21 years of service to town

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: August 4, 2016) La Veta town board members accepted “with thanks and profound regret” Rob Saint-Peter’s resignation as water and wastewater operator Tuesday night. Mayor Doug Brgoch announced there will be a reception at 6 p.m. prior to the board’s meeting on Aug. 16 to honor Saint-Peter’s years of service to the town. His resignation is effective Aug. 15. That gives him approximately two weeks to train his replacement, Greg Colter,…

City Council drops cop merger idea

By David Rinehart –(Published: August 4, 2016) With the three law enforcement officers abstaining, council defeated a motion to ask the voters for a binding decision on whether to fold the Walsenburg Police Department into the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office. The vote on the motion was actually a tie, with Council Members Dennis Hoyt and Greg Daniels voting for the putting the question on the ballot and Charles Montoya and Mayor Jim Eccher voting against….

Multiple wildfires in dry conditions require fast action

By Renee Rinehart–(Published: July 28, 2016) Firefighters countywide were called upon to extinguish three grass fires this week, testing local emergency responders who reacted quickly to keep the damage at a minimum. Sunday afternoon at 1:43 p.m., volunteers with the Huerfano County Fire District responded to a wildfire near County Road 346. Resident Urban Salazar had apparently started a prescribed burn, but called 911 when it got away from him. According to Huerfano County Sheriff…

Tax sale means Grandote streets could be privatized

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: July 21, 2016) Mayor Doug Brgoch told town board members tax certificates for the streets of Grandote Golf Course and Country Club have been purchased and could go into the hands of a private owner. In Tuesday night’s meeting Mayor Brgoch said a tax sale for streets in the development has created a situation in which a private landowner might own all the Grandote streets if he applies for a tax…

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