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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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New problems for liquor license at Valley Legends in La Veta

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: Jan. 5, 2017) The liquor license has expired for Valley Legends and the owner has yet to surrender it, Town Clerk Laurie Erwin told the town board on Tuesday night. Brenda McKinley, current holder of the license, told Erwin she knew the license had expired on Dec. 15 and she does not plan to renew it but she failed to complete the necessary paperwork to surrender the license as required by…

Walsenburg Police Department signs off on New Year’s Eve


By Cathy Mullens –(Published: Jan. 5, 2017) At midnight Dec. 31, the local Dispatch Center sent out a “final call” for the Walsenburg Police Department. The department ended its 148 years of duty that night as the voters decided in November to have the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office take over municipal law enforcement. The dispatcher read the names of each officer with their call numbers and they each replied as “off duty.” The dispatcher said…

La Veta Trails wants study of trail along railroad between La Veta and hospital

By David Rinehart–(Published: Jan. 5, 2017) If a trail is possible between La Veta and the hospital along the railroad right-of-way then La Veta Trails wants to know how to do it and how much it would cost. To accomplish this goal, the nonprofit organization is seeking a pair of grants to fund a feasibility study.  According to La Veta Trails Board President Marilyn Russell, the organization has applied for a $64,000 planning grant from…

Walsenburg may benefit from Petroglyph’s 21 mile gas pipeline

By David Rinehart–(Published: Jan. 5, 2017) The City of Walsenburg may have stumbled upon a new way to connect to natural gas without a multi-million dollar replacement of the 50 year-old pipeline currently in use. Petroglyph Energy owns 21.6 miles of six-inch steel pipeline, called the Spanish Peaks Gathering System and originally installed in 1984. The company offered to transfer ownership to the city last year. The city asked GMS, Inc. to perform a study…

Emergency Services Director Don Mercier resigns post

By David Rinehart–(Published: Dec. 22, 2016) The county will be reconfiguring emergency services next year and the changes did not sit well with Emergency Services Director Don Mercier, who has tendered his resignation effective January 2, 2017. A request for a copy of the letter was refused. “It’s a personnel matter,” County Administrator John Galusha said. “He says the direction is not compatible,” Commissioner Max Vezzani said about Mercier’s resignation letter. “The direction the county…