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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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Town sued for illegal arrest and trial of man for DUI

Town Board votes to work towards settlement in case (By Cathy Mullens–Published: February 19, 2015)— A La Veta man who was illegally arrested, tried and sentenced for DUI is suing the Town of La Veta, the municipal judge, the town marshal and deputy marshal. Will Barber, 38, was arrested In December 2013 for a DUI some three days after there was a hit and run accident in town. Barber was stopped for public intoxication when…

Walsenburg considers recreational marijuana

(By David Rinehart –Published: February 19, 2015) — Walsenburg City Council has instructed City Attorney Dan Hyatt to draft an ordinance allowing the sale of retail recreational marijuana to be discussed at the next meeting March 3. Urban Smoken owners Barbara Johnson and Jim Hillaker requested council change the current situation where only medical marijuana sales are allowed in city limits. “We request council look at approving recreational sales,” Johnson said.

Murder trial of Ralph Candelario set for July in Walsenburg

(By Cathy Mullens–Published: February 19, 2015)– A motion for bond reduction was denied and a July 27 trial date was set Monday in Huerfano District Court for accused murderer Ralph Candelario, 51 of Walsenburg. Candelario, who is charged with First Degree Murder for killing his wife, Pam, in January 2014 remains in custody with a $1 million bond. The trial is set for two weeks. Two dates were set aside for motions: May 18 and…

Grandote Golf Course shuttered for 2015 season

(By David Rinehart–Published: February 12, 2015)– “Closed for the season” has apparently changed to “Closed for the year” at Grandote Peaks Golf and Country Club. “Dr. Briggs (owner) is not interested in meeting with the Commissioners or selling the course. It will be closed this year,” County Administrator John Galusha told the Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at their regular meeting Wednesday. “He does say he’s going to open again next year (2016),” Galusha…

Pueblo man is sentenced to four years for Cuchara fatal crash following Country Music Fest last June

(By Cathy Mullens–Published: February 12, 2015)– Quiet sobs punctuated the still courtroom Monday morning as Eleanor Cassio spoke of the anguish of losing her daughter, Ambre, 25 in a fatal car crash. Tyler Spinuzzi, 25, was facing sentencing in Huerfano District Court for vehicular homicide. He was driving the truck Cassio was riding in. He ran away from the scene in order to prevent law enforcement from finding out he’d been drinking and driving. Again….