Huerfano County

Freeman well fracked over holiday weekend
2017-07-07 News-Frack

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 6, 2017) Oil and gas exploration has been active in Huerfano County in recent weeks. Alta Mesa Services LP hydraulically fractured the Freeman 3-24 well in Huerfano County last Saturday. The well was originally operated by Shell Western Exploration and Production in 2011. According to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s Field Operations notice, the company pumped the fracturing fluids from the well July 3. It can take up…

DA calls in federal reinforcements

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: June 29, 2017) Henry Solano, District Attorney for the Third Judicial District, called in federal reinforcements to help combat crime in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. At a public meeting in Walsenburg Monday night Solano introduced U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and a team from various agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Postal Service and treatment centers to the members of the public and elected officials in…

SPRHC getting caught up with patient billing

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: June 29, 2017) Finances are “on the road to recovery” at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center (SPRHC). Members of the Huerfano County Hospital Dist. board heard several “wins” from administrators at their regular meeting last week. Chief Financial Officer Lionel Montoya said accounts receivable (billing for services) are getting caught up and some patients are receiving bills within 60 days of service. Billing has been backlogged for years due to several…

Hemp grow approved just west of La Veta

By David Rinehart –(Published: June 15, 2017) The Huerfano Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a permit for a new hemp grow that will be located just within the Town of La Veta’s three mile plan boundary off County Road 450 west of town. “We’re going to convert the barn into a nursery for seedlings, then transfer the plants to about a one acre piece of ground outside,” Acme Hemp Co. representative Keith Bouchard explained….

Local man is arrested for illegal marijuana growing operation

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: June 15, 2017) A man wanted in connection with an illegal marijuana growing operation in La Veta has been arrested on felony charges and is due back in court later this month. Charles “Spike” Sturgeon, 39, is charged with Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana after the La Veta Marshal found 36 live marijuana plants and 3.8 pounds of marijuana at a W. Francisco St. house in La Veta on May 23. The…

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