La Veta

Grandote Peaks: from premier golf course to illegal dump site?

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: June 29, 2017) Residents at the now-closed Grandote Peaks Golf Course and Country Club are questioning why there is a dump in their midst. Evidently illegal dumping has been going on for some time in an area of the former golf course that’s not visible from Highway 12, or from the residences at the golf course. There are mattresses, assorted building debris; barrels of plastic fencing and other detritus strewn between…

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…

Town’s water not needed for fracking

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: June 15, 2017) The issue that had people packing town hall last week is now moot; another water source has been found by the energy company and their plans continue. So, La Veta won’t be receiving $75,000 for selling three million gallons of water to Alta Mesa Holdings, an energy exploration company. But Mayor Doug Brgoch told members of La Veta’s town board at Tuesday night’s all-committee meeting he has not…

An indecent proposal? La Veta proposes selling water for fracking

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: June 8, 2017)  Tuesday night’s town board meeting was packed. While not well publicized, there was an issue on the agenda that garnered a lot of interest in town. It was under the water and sewer department and it simply read: executive session. But fracking (hydraulic fracturing) was on the minds of those who crowded into the room and they were right. After a 30-minute executive session, Mayor Doug Brgoch told…

Widening project on U.S. Hwy 160 to last all summer

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: June 1, 2017)  Locals have likely been stopped on Highway 160 in the past two weeks due to construction. The Colorado Department of Transportation has started a roadway improvement project on U.S. Highway 160 at the intersection with CO 12, and the I-25 ramps north of Walsenburg, in Huerfano County. During construction, traffic will be stopped for up to 15 minutes for crew workers to set up barriers, as well as…

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