Walsenburg

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…

Spanish Peaks Community Foundation to dissolve, leaving Fox Theater in limbo

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 13, 2017) The remaining board members of the nearly seven year old Spanish Peaks Community Foundation has decided to cease operations after determining what to do with their assets. The foundation recently contracted with the county to take over operating the Fox Theater in Walsenburg.  The task has proven daunting for the volunteers – because the theater cannot resume operations, generating income, without a new projector. The cost of a…

Walsenburg city council approves Martra’s first marijuana growing tenant

By David Rinehart –(Published: June 22, 2017) The first greenhouse to be built on Martra Operating Partnership LP (Martra) property in Walsenburg was approved by council at their regular meeting Tuesday. Spanish Peaks Growth Alliance, LLC Owner Judy Marquez attended the public hearing Tuesday night to answer any questions about her development. “We’ve applied for a commercial green house and auxiliary building,” Marquez said. Martra purchased 332.54 acres of the Walsenburg East Ranch, all north…

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