Walsenburg

Walsenburg Mayor Eccher faces opposition in run for third term

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: August 31, 2017) Candidates for Walsenburg City Council returned their petitions to the City Clerk this week, and there will be a race for mayor. Incumbent Mayor Jim Eccher, who has served four years over two terms will run for a third and final term this November. Eccher is challenged by Craig Lessar, who serves on Council representing Ward 2, and is now term-limited from his council seat. Council seats in…

Candidates needed to run for school boards, city council

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: August 10, 2017) Candidates are needed to fill seats on school boards and city council and nomination petitions are now available for those interested in running for a local office. The election will be held November 7, 2017. La Veta Re-2 Board of Education has three Director seats open to serve a four-year term. Incumbents Ed Donovan and Eleanor Foley have served one term and may decide to run for a…

Walsenburg to ask voters to impose excise tax on marijuana

By David Rinehart –(Published: August 3, 2017) Walsenburg Wild Waters and other city parks may see a cash infusion if voters approve a ballot question this November placing a five percent excise tax on commercial marijuana cultivation. City Council approved Ordinance 1102 at their regular meeting Tuesday night that includes the actual ballot question. Local cultivators should be unaffected. They are already paying a five percent excise tax to Huerfano County. For those cultivators located…

Walsenburg refinancing 2007 bond issue will save ratepayers thousands

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 20, 2017) The City of Walsenburg will be saving about $550,000 in loan payments over the next 15 years after council approved Ordinance 1101 at their regular meeting Tuesday. The Ordinance governs the issuance of new bonds at a lower interest rate to pay off the old bonds. “We are not extending maturity dates,” Finance Director Mark Ellis told council. The original $9,700,000 bonds, issued in 2007, were not set…

City approves marijuana grow license for High Country Ranch

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 13, 2017) Walsenburg City Council approved a tier one (up to 1,800 plants) commercial marijuana grow at their regular meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Jim Eccher was absent. High Country Ranch, LLC, owners Oliver Scaife III, Robert Hake and William Hake appeared at the public hearing called for their license application and described the operation as a 3,000 square foot greenhouse and a 4.1 acre field. “We’ll start the plants in…

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