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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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Arrest warrant issued for former Huerfano County Detention Officer

Sheriff Captain placed on paid administrative leave

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: May 19, 2016) Former Sgt. Jerry Vallejos, 37, Huerfano County Sheriff detention officer, is being sought for an alleged domestic violence incident Saturday, May 7 in Walsenburg. Vallejos, who has been a detention officer for 18 years, has not been located, according to Walsenburg Police Chief Tommie McLallen. Reportedly, there was a party at the home of Capt. Kevin Vallejos, Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office on that Saturday. At the party, Kevin…

Brunner honored for decade of service to La Veta Fire board

New officers for La Veta Fire Protection Dist.

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By Renee Rinehart –(Published: May 19, 2016) Mark Brunner was celebrated Monday evening for his service as a board member of the La Veta Fire Protection District. Brunner served on the board for over a decade, most recently as Chairman. He is credited for working hard to accomplish a new firehouse, from conception to planning, financing and construction. Brunner will stay involved in the coming weeks as the firehouse is completed. Board member Jim Littlefield…

Walsenburg council approves big rules for tiny homes

By David Rinehart –(Published: May 19, 2016) Walsenburg City Council approved the first reading of Ordinance 1092, which creates building regulations that accommodate the specifications for Tiny Homes at their regular meeting Tuesday. “There are some issues with Tiny Homes not meeting IBC (International Building Code) standards. The Ordinance takes liability off the city,” City Attorney Dan Hyatt said. “We know some Tiny Home manufacturers will meet these standards,” Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman David…

La Veta to pave the way for summer visitors, starting with an alley

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: May 19, 2016) At Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting, trustees agreed to allow business owners and residents to pave the alley that runs beside Charlie’s Market. David Messier, owner of Charlie’s and representing others interested in paving the alley between his business and the art gallery as well as the one from Ryus St. behind the La Veta Inn, appeared before the board to make the request. Mayor Doug Brgoch said…

Barclay drops out of race, Solano will be new District Attorney

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By Cathy Mullens –(Published: May 12, 2016) His name will be on the ballot but he’s not running. That’s the news from Jon Neil Barclay. Barclay, who served as District Attorney for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties 20 years ago, has dropped out of the race. That means Henry Solano, former U.S. Attorney, making his first bid for elected office, will be the top prosecutor for the Third Judicial District. The two were on the…