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The Signature Newspaper is your source for Huerfano County, Colorado, news and events.

Based in La Veta, Colorado, The Signature is owned by Rinehart Publishing, Inc. and operated by David and Renee Rinehart. The paper is published on Thursdays.

We will continue to concentrate our efforts on gathering the news and reporting it in the weekly printed newspaper edition. Here you will find recent news items and this space will be used for breaking news coverage as well.

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County approves amended wind farm application

By David Rinehart– (Published: October1, 2015) Huerfano County will see 20 more wind turbines installed in 2016 if the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approves Black Hills Energy revised application for a wind farm in eastern Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. Formerly called the Cordova Wind Farm, which was denied by the PUC, the revised Peak View Wind Farm stands a better shot at PUC approval because of a much shorter transmission line. The Huerfano Board…

Two Walsenburg residents seriously injured in one car crash Tuesday near Cuchara

(Published: October 1, 2015) Alcohol and speeding are suspected causes of a single car crash, in which the car rolled and went airborne, Tuesday night in Huerfano County according to Colorado State Patrol reports. Benito Jiron, 21, was the driver of a car that crashed on a Forest Service Road Tuesday evening. Jiron received serious injuries and was transported to the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center in Walsenburg. Madelyn Summers, 39, of Walsenburg, a front…

First Degree Murder trial for Ralph Candelario scheduled for two weeks

By Cathy Mullens – (Published: September 17, 2015) Ralph Candelario, 51, of Walsenburg, who is accused of murdering his wife, Pam, will stand trial for First Degree Murder in a two-week trial to begin October 13. The trial will be without courtroom coverage from the CBS news program “48 Hours”. In a Sept. 15 ruling Chief District Court Judge Claude Appel of the Third Judicial District denied a request from the news program to film…

Incumbents returned to San Isabel Electric board

By David Rinehart – (Published: September 24, 2015) Members of San Isabel Electric Association re-elected Ray Garcia, Jacque Sikes and Doris Morgan to their seats on the Board of Directors. Results were announced after the annual meeting at John Mall High School Saturday. Sikes, who represents Walsenburg in SIEA District 5, returns for her second term. “It’s been a pleasure to serve the last three years. I’ve spent a lot of time on education and…

Cucharas River Storage Collaborative receives grant funding for study

By David Rinehart – (Published: September 24, 2015) Huerfano County Water Conservancy District (HCWCD) Board President Sandy White confirmed Monday the Cucharas River Storage Collaborative has been awarded a $220,000 grant to study water storage on the Cucharas River. Funding comes from the Colorado Water Conservation Board through the recommendation from the Arkansas Basin Roundtable. The Town of La Veta, City of Walsenburg, Cucharas Sanitation and Water District and Huerfano County have each pledged $5,000…