Walsenburg

New Interim Administrator hired for City of Walsenburg

By David Rinehart –(Published: June 8, 2017) Walsenburg City Council offered a contract to Steven G. Rabe as Interim City Administrator at their regular meeting Tuesday. Rabe, who did not attend the meeting, is expected to accept the offer and begin work immediately. Rabe has extensive municipal experience including, City Administrator of Cañon City from 1998–2012 and served as Interim City Administrator for Paonia in 2014 and Salida in 2016. “Everyone I’ve talked to said…

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…

Still no public discussion about future of Peakview School

By David Rinehart –(Published: May 25, 2017) “We are not going to be discussing Peakview tonight,” Huerfano Re-1 School Board President Jaye Sudar told the concerned parents who showed at Tuesday night’s regular meeting. Although the board is currently tasked with the serious issue of determining the immediate future of Peakview School, the seven members of the Huerfano Re-1 School Board, were unable to schedule a public workshop at their regular meeting Tuesday. Other dates…

Walsenburg City Council terminates City Administrator Klusmire

By David Rinehart –(Published: May 18, 2017) One constant in the City of Walsenburg is turnover at the top spot, and that pattern continued Tuesday night when City Council terminated City Administrator Leslie Klusmire. She had served in the post for just over a year. Council approved the motion on a 5-2 vote with Mayor Jim Eccher and Council Member Charlie Montoya voting against the action. Klusmire is the sixth administrator in the past decade,…

Burglars strike county gravel pit operation, take copper and equipment

By David Rinehart –(Published: May 18, 2017) Approving up to $14,257 for electrical repairs, and preparing for thousands more for equipment replacement, the Board of Huerfano County Commissioners (BOCC) reported the county’s equipment at the City Ranch Pit, east of Walsenburg, was burglarized a couple of weeks ago. According to County Administrator John Galusha the vandals stole a welder and trailer, copper cable, tools and repair parts. The county can perform some of the work,…

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