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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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String of spring storms leaves area in the dark

93-inches of snow tallied in Cuchara over 12 days

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By Renee Rinehart –(Published: April 6, 2017) Spring storms ripped through Huerfano County over the last 12 days leaving over 90-inches in the Cuchara area, with heavy snow taking down power lines and leaving thousands without power for days. San Isabel Electric Assoc. (SIEA) linemen are calling this the “worst outage in over 20 years,” according to officials. The first hit arrived on Friday, March 24 with winter roaring back into Huerfano County, after several…

Trustee Molyneux resigns from Town Board

(Published: April 6, 2017) Trustee Dave Molyneux tendered his resignation Tuesday night to the La Veta Town Board. The board will be accepting letters of interest from citizens. Molyneux cited health reasons for his resignation. He has served since April 2012 on the board.

Manuel Lujan appointed to fill Walsenburg Council vacancy

By David Rinehart –(Published: March 23, 2017) Long-time resident of Walsenburg, Manuel Lujan, was appointed by Walsenburg City Council at their regular meeting Tuesday night to fill the vacant Ward 3 seat, left empty when John Salazar moved away. “I believe that I can help bring new ideas to the Walsenburg City Council,” Lujan said in his letter of intent. “I believe it is my duty to help our community and to ensure that other…

Council reconsiders sale of water

By David Rinehart –(Published: March 23, 2017) Council reconsidered their vote from the last meeting to authorize the sale of one million gallons of water to M&M Trucking and decided not to agree to the sale. “It turned out to be a fracking project,” City Administrator Leslie Klusmire reported. “I think we were led down the wrong path from the get-go,” Mayor Pro-Tem Craig Lessar said. “It was poor business practice to leave out the…

Vallejos to stand trial on sex assault charges

By Renee Rinehart (Published: March 23, 2017) Kevin Vallejos, 47, former Huerfano County Sheriff’s Captain, will go to trial on charges of felony child sex assault in September after rejecting a plea agreement. Vallejos was set to appear in court last Friday to accept a plea agreement offered by special prosecutors Jim Bullock and Jack Roth, or go to trial. Vallejos rejected the plea deal and opted for a jury trial in Huerfano County District…