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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.

We will continue to concentrate our efforts on gathering the news and reporting it in the weekly printed newspaper edition. Here you will find recent news items and this space will be used for breaking news coverage as well.

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Effort underway to create Recreation Director position

(By David Rinehart –Published: June 11, 2015) — A decade ago the voters in Huerfano County approved a measure to create a Parks and Recreation District, and at the same time rejected the tax proposal to fund it. Now volunteers have been called upon to organize and administer several uncoordinated and sometimes uncooperative recreational entities. Many in the community have experienced the shortcomings of this system and are organizing an effort to create a Recreation…

Nine marijuana grow operations approved in county, so far

(By David Rinehart –Published: June 4, 2015) Huerfano County has joined with other Colorado counties to welcome the multi-billion dollar marijuana industry. While Walsenburg has the only retail outlet, The Bud Hut, which is still waiting for a state license to begin operations, the county has approved seven permits for growing weed in the county. Green houses are springing up all around the county: Wahatoya Farms was the first approval and has commenced construction of…

Enter La Veta’s annual July 4 parade

(Published: June 4, 2015) — The La Veta-Cuchara Chamber of Commerce is seeking those interested in showing off their stars and stripes in this year’s annual July 4th celebration. The theme of this year’s parade is “The American Dream”. Participate by sharing your interpretation of the American Dream in costume, contraption, or a traditional float. Parade begins at 2 p.m. on a Main Street route. We welcome individuals, organizations, agencies, and civic, church and school…

Town hires former Police Chief as new Deputy Marshal

(By Renee Rinehart –Published: June 4, 2015)— Backup has arrived for Marshal Harold Willburn, with the Town Board hiring James Chamberlain as Deputy Marshal Tuesday night. Chamberlain is the former Walsenburg Police Chief and an Air Force veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also instrumental in the capture of national fugitives, the Dougherty gang, in Walsenburg in August 2011. Chamberlain is a 1988 graduate of La Veta High School and…

District Attorney’s Office found to be in disarray

Audit Report completed as part of DA’s probation agreement for misconduct

(By Renee Rinehart –Published: May 28, 2015) — Data entry issues, technological challenges, voluminous stacks of files, lack of notes, ad hoc supervision and training, are just some of the problems identified in an audit of District Attorney Frank Ruybalid’s office. As part of Ruybalid’s stipulation agreement with the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel—where he plead guilty to 13 of 35 charges of misconduct last year—his office was to undergo an audit of the practices,…