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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.

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State allowing changes to City Lake Dam compliance plan

By David Rinehart –(Published: October 20, 2016) Walsenburg can keep City Lake full, despite falling behind on the state’s compliance plan requiring rehabilitation of the dam or lowering the lake City Administrator Leslie Klusmire told City Council at their regular meeting Tuesday night. In fact, Klusmire said recent negotiations with Dam Inspector Mark Perry will produce an amended plan that includes starting construction on the enlargement of the dam by next November. “The timeline is…

Cucharas Sanitation & Water Dist. appoints Art Pierce to board

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: October 20, 2016) Members of the Cucharas Sanitation & Water District (CS&WD) board appointed Art Pierce as a director at their monthly meeting last Friday. Pierce will fill the seat vacated by Jim Ludwick last month. The appointment comes after the board posted the notice of vacancy and requested letters of interest from candidates. They received letters from Pierce, James Littlefield and James Alt. The three letters were opened and read…

County commission enacts new regulations for growing hemp

By David Rinehart –(Published: October 20, 2016) Industrial hemp growers now have requirements to meet before starting operations in Huerfano County after the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved adding Section 19 to the Land Use Guide at their regular meeting Tuesday. The new rules require five miles distance in between a commercial hemp operation and a commercial marijuana grow. Growers can get around this requirement if they only grow female plants or get a…

Huerfano County budget outlook for 2017 taps reserve funds

Marijuana revenue may not support new Judicial Center

By David Rinehart–(Published: October 13, 2016) The county is only budgeting $100,000 in excise tax revenue on commercial marijuana next year, down from County Administrator John Galusha’s first estimate of about $520,000. “I would not look to move forward on the (Judicial Center) project if the revenue is not there to service the debt,” Galusha told the County Commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday. Galusha presented a 2017 draft budget that predicts the General Fund’s…

Preliminary hearing set in Child Sex Assault case against former Sheriff’s Captain

By Cathy Mullens–(Published: October 13, 2016) A preliminary hearing is set Nov. 23 in Huerfano District Court for Kevin Vallejos, 47, for felony child sex assault charges dating back to 1998. Vallejos, who served as a Captain for the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office until these charges were filed, is charged with three sexual assault counts: Sexual Assault by one in a Position of Trust – victim under 15 years of age, this allegedly occurred between…