Huerfano County

County funding for new judicial center remains questionable

By David Rinehart –(Published: April 20, 2017)  County Administrator John Galusha and Court Administrator Bob Krieman are meeting with the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) today to determine how the county will proceed with paying for the designs of the new judicial center. The state’s Underfunded Court Program (UFCP) denied the county’s request to change the use of $325,000 in recently granted funds away from site development to design. Huerfano County is short funds needed…

Storage collaborative develops short list of five potential reservoirs

By David Rinehart –(Published: April 13, 2017) The Cucharas River Storage Collaborative met March 30 and developed a short list of five potential water storage projects along the Cucharas River. The projects making the short list are, Maria Stevens Reservoir enlargement, South Baker Creek Reservoir, Bruce Canyon Reservoir, Britton Reservoir and enlargement of La Veta’s South Lake . Consultant for the project, Rick Parsons of Parsons Water Consulting, LLC. will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of…

String of spring storms leaves area in the dark
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By Renee Rinehart –(Published: April 6, 2017) Spring storms ripped through Huerfano County over the last 12 days leaving over 90-inches in the Cuchara area, with heavy snow taking down power lines and leaving thousands without power for days. San Isabel Electric Assoc. (SIEA) linemen are calling this the “worst outage in over 20 years,” according to officials. The first hit arrived on Friday, March 24 with winter roaring back into Huerfano County, after several…

Vallejos to stand trial on sex assault charges

By Renee Rinehart (Published: March 23, 2017) Kevin Vallejos, 47, former Huerfano County Sheriff’s Captain, will go to trial on charges of felony child sex assault in September after rejecting a plea agreement. Vallejos was set to appear in court last Friday to accept a plea agreement offered by special prosecutors Jim Bullock and Jack Roth, or go to trial. Vallejos rejected the plea deal and opted for a jury trial in Huerfano County District…

Stand off between city and sheriff reaches tipping point

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: March 16, 2017) City Administrator Leslie Klusmire was nearly arrested last week after she reportedly denied access to Walsenburg Police records. Klusmire said Capt. Ray Walsh, HCSO, accompanied by Jeff Byland, came to city hall to meet with former Capt. Vince Suarez to download files that need to be transferred to the sheriff’s office. She asked Byland to leave and said the city has had problems with him in the past…

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