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Thursday, October 2, 2014


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DA granted another delay in his own trial for misconduct

By Renee Rinehart Published: September 18, 2014

District Attorney Frank Ruybalid was set to go on trial on multiple charges of incompetence in October, however he was successful in getting his trial delayed again — to March 2015. The original 29 charges against Ruybalid were filed in August 2013, but investigators at the Attorney Regulation Counsel in Denver continue to gather examples of misconduct, incompetence, and failure to supervise by the sitting District Attorney in prosecuting cases, adding a second complaint with seven new charges last month. Ruybalid’s attorneys filed a motion to consolidate the two cases containing violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, saying the …continue reading

Grandote withdraws more applications filed with the town of La Veta

By Cathy Mullens Published: September 18, 2014

For the second time this month, Grandote Golf and Country Club has withdrawn applications filed with La Veta’s Town Board in connection with possible marijuana growing or retail facilities. There were two public hearings set Tuesday night, prior to the regular town board meeting, to re-plat several parcels of land at Grandote and to zone some of them commercial properties. Again, interested homeowners at the golf course attended the meeting and again, no explanation was forthcoming from Charles Briggs, who filed the applications. There has been speculation that plans continue to have some sort of marijuana facility at the golf …continue reading

New marijuana grow operation planned for property in county

By David Rinehart Published: September 11, 2014

Huerfano County may soon be home to a commercial marijuana cultivation facility if J.R. Burrell of Wahatoya Farms LLC gets his Conditional Use Permit application completed. The Huerfano Planning Commission (P&Z) tabled Burrell’s application #14-016 for two weeks, at their regular meeting Tuesday, so he can ensure the legal documentation is in order. Wahatoya Farms is proposing to renovate the old Weber Water building at 25462 U.S. Highway 160 and erect another greenhouse to grow a maximum of 600 marijuana plants. The new greenhouse will be 30 feet by 80 feet in size. Burrell indicated the marijuana will be grown …continue reading

County wants in their Ambulance Building

By David Rinehart Published: September 11, 2014

The Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) wants to know when the Ambulance Service will be able to move into their new building on Main Street in Walsenburg. The county contracted with the Career Building Academy to refurbish the old Ludvik Propane building for use as the new Ambulance building. Students from the academy were utilized in the construction. The county held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 2 and said then only a few things remained on the punch list. “If the move-in date is more than two weeks away, I would like to see Mr. Johnson come to the …continue reading

Green Chili for the Governor

By Renee Rinehart Published: August 28, 2014


Gov. John Hickenlooper made a stop for lunch at George’s in Walsenburg Friday with some of his staff. April Galassini served Hickenlooper, who started off by ordering a Dr. Pepper along with half a bowl of green chili. The Governor spent the morning at Fort Carson and was headed to Trinidad and Rocky Ford in the afternoon.