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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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Town Board appoints Marilyn Russell new Trustee

By Cathy Mullens Published: January 22, 2015


A new board member was appointed and seated at Tuesday night’s meeting. Marilyn Russell, who has lived in La Veta for 15 months. “This is home,” she told the board before being chosen for an open seat caused by the resignation of Cathy Manzanares. Russell, who worked at the University of Southern Maine for 30 years says she “knows how to get things done” and how to work in groups. She received four votes to…

Local chamber re-organized, revived and re-energized

By Renee Rinehart Published: January 22, 2015

La Veta is getting back to business. New leadership has arrived to take on the business of promoting business in La Veta. In recent weeks, the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce has been revitalized with new visions, new energy and new leadership. Kerrie Meyler, of Two Peaks Fitness, saw the need for the chamber to be more active in providing networking opportunities, promotion, business development and advocating on behalf of local businesses. Meyler started by…

Cucharas River watershed protection report lists 91 potential projects

Year-long study identifies flood protection after wildfire

Wildfire is a destructive force, not only as the fire burns, but for years the forest is susceptible to damaging erosion during rain events. The scarred forest lets loose its soil as the canopy of trees no longer slows the beating rain. The resulting debris flows can wipe out water facilities in its path. Protecting Huerfano County assets from the potential flooding after a wildfire has gotten easier as the Cucharas River Watershed Group has…

Town may be looking at new water plant sooner than later

By Cathy Mullens Published: January 22, 2015

For the want of a nail, a kingdom was lost. In La Veta, it may be that for the want of a gasket, a water treatment plant was lost. Mayor Doug Brgoch asked town board members Tuesday night to approve an emergency expenditure for $2,328 for a gasket for the water plant. He said there was a problem at the plant last week when the backwash washed out much more than dirt. Half of the…

Elected officials take Oath of Office

By David Rinehart Published: January 15, 2015


Winners of last November’s election gathered Tuesday to take the oath of office. From left: Sheriff Bruce Newman, Coroner Vonnie Maier-Valdez, Assessor Louise “Chuky” Sandoval, Clerk Nancy Cruz, Treasurer Debra Reynolds and Commissioner Gerald Cisneros. “I’m going to work to keep Huerfano County a great place to live and work,” Cisneros said.