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Re-1 Schools looking at property tax increase for more funding

By David Rinehart –(Published: February 11, 2016) The Huerfano Re-1 School Board is researching a General Obligation bond issue to raise funds for operating the district. The bonds would be dependent on a tax increase to pay them back, which requires a ballot issue. Leanne Toler of Stifel Nicolaus came to the regular board meeting Tuesday and presented the board two scenarios – one raising $1.5 million and one raising $2.5 million. The annual debt…

Barclay announces run for District Attorney

(Published: February 11, 2016) Jon Neil Barclay has announced his intention to run for District Attorney for the Third Judicial District. He is running as a Democrat. Barclay would be returning to the office he was appointed to in 1983 by Governor Dick Lamm and subsequently was elected to three terms. In 1995 he moved to Denver and worked as a trial attorney, until returning to private practice in Trinidad in 2014. Barclay grew up…

La Veta branch of Community Bank is closing at end of April

By David Rinehart –(Published: February 11, 2016) Community Banks of Colorado is closing the La Veta branch effective April 29. “There are business reasons for everything and in the long run we are a business too,” Senior Vice President John Sanders told The Signature Monday. Sanders said the bank is closing a total of seven banking centers around rural Colorado – but the bank in Walsenburg will remain open, as will the ATM in La…

Walsenburg Council votes down gas rate increase on second reading

By David Rinehart –(Published: February 11, 2016) In a reversal of a decision last month, Walsenburg City Council did not approve the second reading of Ordinance 1083, which would have increased gas bills by 10 percent, at a Special Meeting Tuesday night. Many residents attended the meeting to voice opposition to the rate increase. “We should have had a two percent increase each of the last five years,” Mayor Jim Eccher said. “This can has…

Spanish Peaks Music Fest hoping to land at airport venue on July 2

Spanish Peaks Music Fest hoping to land at airport venue on July 2 By Cathy Mullens –(Published: February 4, 2016) La Veta’s town board approved the use of the Cuchara Valley Airport (La Veta Airport) for a music fest in July at Tuesday night’s meeting. Concert organizer Jim Van Lue told town trustees he is asking for use of the site because people weren’t comfortable with liquor on school property. Van Lue needs a Special…

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