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Court hearing in Candelario murder case is continued until January

By Cathy Mullens Published: November 27, 2014

Both the prosecution and defense agreed to continue the Preliminary Hearing in the First Degree murder trial of Ralph Candelario Tuesday in Huerfano District Court. The court also took three medical reports under seal from the prosecution. The defense objected to the reports being sought as Candelario has revoked “all waivers for information”. Candelario, 51, is accused of murdering his wife, Pam, 40, on Jan. 16 in Walsenburg. He was arrested several months later. Pam Candelario was found beaten to death in the family home and Ralph Candelario presented himself as a victim of a “home invasion” and kidnapping scenario. …continue reading

Judge Claude W. Appel honored by Colorado Judicial Institute

Published: November 27, 2014

Huerfano County Chief District Judge Claude W. Appel was one of three outstanding jurists honored November 12 at the 2014 Judicial Excellence Awards, hosted by the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI). This year’s honorees are District Court Chief Judge Claude W. Appel of the 3rd Judicial District, County Court Judge Sabino E. Romano of the 17th Judicial District and Magistrate Marianne M. Tims of the1st Judicial District. Chief Judge Claude Appel was appointed as a District Judge in March 1986 after serving as a County Judge. Prior to his appointment as a judge, he was in private practice in Longmont, then …continue reading

Walsenburg agrees to sell part of City Land Ranch for marijuana 330-acre grow operation

By David Rinehart Published: November 20, 2014

State-of-the-art greenhouses for marijuana cultivation may be sprouting out of the ground east of Walsenburg as the city council agreed to sell the property to Martra Holdings, Co. Tuesday night. The land will be sold stripped of the water rights. The proposal by Denver-based Martra was presented to City Council Tuesday by President and CEO Brian Trani, for the purchase of approximately 330 acres for $4,000 per acre for a total of $1,320,000. The company has deposited a $26,400 check as earnest money toward the transaction. “We’ve shopped many places. You’re more expensive than Adams County. We wanted to bring …continue reading

La Veta to take another shot at funding Ryus Ave. Bridge

By Cathy Mullens Published: November 20, 2014

It may not be a bridge over troubled waters but there has certainly been trouble associated with replacing the Ryus Ave. Bridge. In early 2013, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) inspected the bridge and told the town it is “obsolete”. The town applied for and received a grant for $280,000, which is an 80/20 match. The town budgeted $56,000 as its match. But original estimates for the work came in much higher than that amount. At Tuesday night’s town board meeting Mayor Doug Brgoch said the latest estimates to “tear up the old bridge” and construct a new one …continue reading

La Veta Schools score $300,000 from second request to state for Garland St. improvements

By Cathy Mullens Published: November 20, 2014

La Veta Schools will receive $300,000 in supplemental funds for two projects from the Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Department of Transportation, Gaye Davis announced Monday night. Original bids for the Garland Street project and the campus drainage/access remediation project came in much higher than expected and work that was expected to be completed in 2014 had to wait. But at Monday night’s joint meeting between the RE-2 Board of Education and the school Accountability Committee, Davis said the supplemental funding has been awarded. The DOLA money was to be used in 2014 but due to high bids …continue reading