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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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County funding for new judicial center remains questionable

By David Rinehart –(Published: April 20, 2017)  County Administrator John Galusha and Court Administrator Bob Krieman are meeting with the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) today to determine how the county will proceed with paying for the designs of the new judicial center. The state’s Underfunded Court Program (UFCP) denied the county’s request to change the use of $325,000 in recently granted funds away from site development to design. Huerfano County is short funds needed…

Walsenburg Council receives final version of city’s Strategic Plan

By David Rinehart –(Published: April 20, 2017) While still taking modifications from council at their work session Tuesday, Barb Cole of Community Matters, Inc. presented the nearly final version of the Strategic Plan for the city. The work completed by the company encapsulates the feedback and conclusions from many community surveys and other economic development studies over the decade. The plan includes detailed analysis of seven different growth areas, providing at-a-glance answers to infrastructure, zoning…

Business owner cautioned by mayor to “do homework”

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: April 20, 2017) The La Veta Town Board attempted to move a business forward on Tuesday night by approving a simple request for change of location on a liquor license and a renewal, however the owners placed too many obstacles in their way. A public hearing on the topic was held before the meeting, and when the board took up the topic on the agenda they had a lengthy discussion after…

Cucharas water district hires professional for rate study

By David Rinehart –(Published: April 20, 2017) Noting they had not done a professional rate study in over 21 years, the Cucharas Sanitation and Water District (CSWD) Board hired Stantec to perform a rate study of the water and sewer rates currently charged by the district. The district received three responses to a request for proposal. Stantec was approved for no more than $15,000. Operations Superintendent Shannon Shrout indicated the rate study would be completed…

Storage collaborative develops short list of five potential reservoirs

By David Rinehart –(Published: April 13, 2017) The Cucharas River Storage Collaborative met March 30 and developed a short list of five potential water storage projects along the Cucharas River. The projects making the short list are, Maria Stevens Reservoir enlargement, South Baker Creek Reservoir, Bruce Canyon Reservoir, Britton Reservoir and enlargement of La Veta’s South Lake . Consultant for the project, Rick Parsons of Parsons Water Consulting, LLC. will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of…