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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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Walsenburg receives preliminary economic development report

By David Rinehart –(Published: Feb. 9, 2017) Walsenburg City Council received a detailed list of actions that could be taken to strengthen economic development of the city from their consultant Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) at their regular meeting Tuesday. Principal Dan Guimond and Vice President Brian Duffany presented an overview of the 71 page draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, developed by EPS. “You need to focus on your strengths and existing assets,” Duffany…

County fills committee, commission and boards

By David Rinehart –(Published: Feb. 9, 2017) Multiple appointments to various boards were made by the Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at their regular meeting Tuesday. Dale Lyons and Sandy White were each appointed to the Huerfano Planning Commission with terms expiring December 31, 2019. Lewis Edmundson, Myrna Falk and Robert Martin were appointed to the Huerfano Board of Adjustments with terms expiring December 31, 2018. Initial members of the Cuchara Mountain Park Advisory…

Hospital budget for 2017 shows positive trend

By Renee Rinehart–(Published: Feb. 2, 2017) A $34 million budget was approved for 2017 by the Huerfano County Hospital District Board of Directors at their regular meeting last Thursday, with projections for positive trends in the coming years. Chief Financial Officer Lionel Montoya told the board the projections are conservative, with 2017 showing revenue over expenses by $41,697. Preliminary numbers reflect 2016 will close $58,935 to the good. The hospital district collects about $440,000 annually…

More recreational marijuana to be growing in Huerfano County

By David Rinehart–(Published: Feb. 2, 2017) The Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a Conditional Use Permit for Monte Fiore LLC and Spanish Peaks JV LLC to begin construction of a recreational marijuana grow operation at their meeting Tuesday. The first phase will consist of a 36,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and 6,650 sq. ft. office/processing building on a 53-acre parcel three miles off Highway 69 on County Road 616. The land purchase came with…

Armed robbers hit 7-11 in Walsenburg last week

By Cathy Mullens–(Published: Feb. 2, 2017)  Two armed men in ski masks and gloves escaped with money from the register last Wednesday just before midnight at the 7-11 in Walsenburg. According to reports by the HCSO, the pair left the area on foot and no one in the convenience store, located on W. Seventh St., was injured. The pair was captured on video tape but there is not much identifying information at this time. Sheriff’s…