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County specifies conditions to acquire Cuchara Mountain Park

By David Rinehart –(Published: Sept. 21, 2017) All the talk and excitement spreading throughout Huerfano County about a possible purchase of both the former Cuchara ski area and shuttered Grandote Peaks Golf Course has resulted in negotiations for agreement with Huerfano County. Tuesday, the Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved sending a letter to developer Scott Brown of Boulder County outlining the conditions the county would like to see in any agreement to use…

Walsenburg hires administrator to start in late October

By David Rinehart –(Published: Sept. 21, 2017) James Toth of Valparaiso, Indiana has been hired by the City of Walsenburg to be the new City Administrator. According to Interim City Administrator Steve Rabe, Toth should start with the city “around October 23.” Toth has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Indiana State University and was Town Manager for the town of Dyer, Indiana. He most recently retired after serving many years as an investment…

Cuchara citizens move on with recall of two CS&WD board members

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: Sept. 21, 2017) Cuchara property owners are taking the first steps toward a recall election for two members of the Cucharas Sanitation & Water District board over what many citizens believe are unfair commercial water rates. At the Sept. 8 board meeting, citizens asked board President Gerald Van Nort and Secretary Tom Lewis to resign their seats. They both refused. The two had voted against a motion in August to temporarily…

Citizens threaten recall of CS&WD board members

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: Sept. 14, 2017) A contentious meeting of the Cucharas Sanitation & Water District last Friday, resulted in the crowd threatening to mount a recall petition for two directors and prompting the resignation of a third. Commercial water rates are at the center of the disagreements between citizens and the water board. The owners of the Cuchara Inn have expressed difficulty in operating a profitable business with monthly water bills around $1,700….

Skeletal remains found in the mountains near Sulphur Springs

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: Sept. 14, 2017) Some young hunters from the La Veta area made a grisly discovery last Saturday. Huerfano County Coroner Vonnie Valdez confirmed skeletal remains were found Saturday in rough terrain in Huerfano County near the Costilla County line. After the young hunters discovered the remains they contacted the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office, according to Valdez. She and Capt. Ray Walsh, HCSO, spent much of the day Saturday and Sunday on…

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