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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 taxpayers take over ownership of Fox Theatre

Tightly packaged deal handed to Community Foundation

(By David Rinehart –Published: April 2, 2015) —The Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) accepted the ownership of the Fox Theatre from current owners the Huerfano Youth and Arts Foundation, Inc., (HYAF) at their regular meeting Tuesday. “I can’t think of a better way than to turn it over to the county… I don’t think the county will sell it,” HYAF Treasurer George Birrer said. “We’re absolutely committed to making it work and keeping it…

“The Teflon DA” continues to avoid consequences

Judge allows DA Ruybalid to apologize for “whoops”

(By Renee Rinehart and Cathy Mullens–Published: March 26, 2015)— Once again District Attorney Frank Ruybalid is cited with misconduct—and once again it is resolved without consequence. Facing Contempt of Court charges from Chief District Court Judge Claude Appel, Ruybalid appeared in Huerfano County District Court last Thursday to Show Cause after failing to appear in court on three cases back in December 2014. With visiting Senior Judge Vince Phelps of Adams County presiding and Ray…

Commissioners OK second marijuana grow operation

(By David Rinehart –Published: March 26, 2015) —SCG Services LLC has been granted a Conditional Use Permit to grow marijuana commercially on their lot in the Colorado Buffalo Ranch subdivision. SCG plans to erect a 5,400 square foot warehouse a 4,200 square foot greenhouse as well as creating areas for outdoor grows on the property. The Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the permit at their regular meeting Tuesday with 10 conditions and unresolved…

La Veta Redskins mascot may be affected by statewide legislation

(By Cathy Mullens –Published: March 26, 2015) —Last year La Veta residents were hotly debating the Redskins mascot, finally deciding to keep it. But this week activities at the statehouse in Denver may change that decision. House Bill 1165, sponsored by Joe Salazar, (D-Thornton) would create a subcommittee to decide whether a school is using a Native American mascot in a respectful way and whether it can continue to use it. The panel would be…

Experienced attorney will monitor work of disgraced DA Ruybalid

Agreement with state avoids suspension of law license

(By Renee Rinehart –Published: March 19, 2015) —Third Judicial District Attorney Frank Ruybalid will undergo monitoring by experienced attorney Terry Ruckriegle as part of his agreement with the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel (OARC) to avoid suspension. Ruckriegle was appointed Monday after weeks of delays in finding an attorney to monitor Ruybalid for the remaining two years of his elected term. While Ruckriegle will oversee the monitoring, other District Attorneys around Colorado may also assist…