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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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City of Walsenburg considers consolidating wards

(By David Rinehart –Published: March 12, 2015) —Walsenburg City Council is studying a change in the political structure of the city by consolidating from four wards to three wards. The proposal would reduce the size of council from nine to seven representatives – two from each ward and the mayor. “This is the perfect year to do it,” Mayor Jim Eccher told council at the March 2 Finance Committee meeting. City Council has three members…

Return of recycling service to serve city and county residents

(By David Rinehart –Published: March 12, 2015) —After a two-year hiatus, county residents have the ability to drop-off recyclable material in Walsenburg. Five bins for recyclable material have been delivered to the Huerfano County Waste Transfer Station, located east of Interstate 25 from Exit 49 near the vacant prison. The City of Walsenburg has contracted with South East and East Central Recycling Association to bring back the recycling bins that were removed in January of…

Town Board awards $500,000 contract for sewer improvement

(By Cathy Mullens–Published: March 5, 2015)— La Veta Town Board members pulled the trigger Tuesday night for a $1.12 million sewer improvement project that will do only 20 percent of the work the sewer system really needs. Mayor Doug Brgoch says the bids came in low and that’s a good thing for the town as they can keep several needed items in the original plan. If an additional $200,000 in grant money from the Department…

Walsenburg approves retail marijuana

(By David Rinehart –Published: March 5, 2015) —The City of Walsenburg opened its doors to the booming recreational marijuana trade after council approved the first reading of Ordinance 1057 Tuesday night. Only council members Silvana Lind and Craig Lessar voted against the measure (Rick Jennings was absent). The ordinance allows a retail marijuana establishment in the city, but specifies it must be 1,000 feet from any school or residential child care facility existing prior to…

Owner confirms closure of Grandote Peaks Golf Course for 2015, looks to add pot farm

(By David Rinehart –Published: March 5, 2015) — In an informal meeting with the Board of Huerfano County Commissioners Tuesday, Dr. Randy Briggs, owner of Grandote Peaks Golf Course, confirmed the course will be closed this year. “It’s not fair to my family to continue to lose this kind of money every year,” Briggs told the Commissioners. Briggs produced financials showing a loss for 2014 over $300,000. “I’m losing a third of a million dollars…