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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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Freeman well fracked over holiday weekend

Company conducts aerial survey in western county

2017-07-07 News-Frack

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 6, 2017) Oil and gas exploration has been active in Huerfano County in recent weeks. Alta Mesa Services LP hydraulically fractured the Freeman 3-24 well in Huerfano County last Saturday. The well was originally operated by Shell Western Exploration and Production in 2011. According to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s Field Operations notice, the company pumped the fracturing fluids from the well July 3. It can take up…

Grandote Peaks: from premier golf course to illegal dump site?

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: June 29, 2017) Residents at the now-closed Grandote Peaks Golf Course and Country Club are questioning why there is a dump in their midst. Evidently illegal dumping has been going on for some time in an area of the former golf course that’s not visible from Highway 12, or from the residences at the golf course. There are mattresses, assorted building debris; barrels of plastic fencing and other detritus strewn between…

DA calls in federal reinforcements

Solano and team of feds to tackle drugs and crime in county

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: June 29, 2017) Henry Solano, District Attorney for the Third Judicial District, called in federal reinforcements to help combat crime in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. At a public meeting in Walsenburg Monday night Solano introduced U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and a team from various agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Postal Service and treatment centers to the members of the public and elected officials in…

SPRHC getting caught up with patient billing

Facility sets record with 25,284 lab tests in May

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: June 29, 2017) Finances are “on the road to recovery” at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center (SPRHC). Members of the Huerfano County Hospital Dist. board heard several “wins” from administrators at their regular meeting last week. Chief Financial Officer Lionel Montoya said accounts receivable (billing for services) are getting caught up and some patients are receiving bills within 60 days of service. Billing has been backlogged for years due to several…

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…