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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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Tax sale means Grandote streets could be privatized

No services from town if tax deed is received

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: July 21, 2016) Mayor Doug Brgoch told town board members tax certificates for the streets of Grandote Golf Course and Country Club have been purchased and could go into the hands of a private owner. In Tuesday night’s meeting Mayor Brgoch said a tax sale for streets in the development has created a situation in which a private landowner might own all the Grandote streets if he applies for a tax…

Taxpayers won’t foot the bill for District Attorney’s defense fees

Case of wrongful misconduct racked up $200,000

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: July 21, 2016) Saying the taxpayers “should not have to pay for the admittedly wrongful conduct” of the sitting District Attorney, a District Court Judge dismissed Frank Ruybalid’s case against the two counties of the Third Judicial District last Wednesday. Ruybalid, who admitted to 69 separate counts of wrongful conduct, rule violations and violations of the Colorado Code of Professional Responsibility in January 2015, had sued the two counties for his…

County adds new Bed and Breakfast after BOCC grants conditional use

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 21, 2016) The Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a Conditional Use Permit so a new Bed and Breakfast, named Pennington Place, can begin operating. Owners Donna Pennington and Richard Birkmann appeared at the regular BOCC meeting Tuesday to answer any questions about the business that is located within the gates of, and just east of, Black Diamond Park. “It’s taken 11 years getting the Pintyes situation straightened out,”…

More talk, less action on Walsenburg giving up their Police Department

(Published: July 14, 2016) Walsenburg City Council now wants to have a joint meeting with county officials to further the discussion about the possibility of the city contracting with the county for Police services. The new meeting would be on the heels of the second meeting council has held in the last two weeks on the topic. At the end of Tuesday night’s two hour meeting, City Administrator Leslie Klusmire still had to ask for…

Stage II fire ban enacted in Huerfano County Tuesday

By David Rinehart–(Published: July 14, 2016) With hot summer wind and temperatures reducing moisture content in trees and grasses, the fire danger has escalated quickly causing the Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to declare a Stage II fire ban in the county. “We normally start with a Stage I ban,” Commissioner Max Vezzani said at Tuesday’s regular BOCC meeting. However, because of how quickly the other fires are starting and spreading in the state,…