Stand off between city and sheriff reaches tipping point

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: March 16, 2017) City Administrator Leslie Klusmire was nearly arrested last week after she reportedly denied access to Walsenburg Police records. Klusmire said Capt. Ray Walsh, HCSO, accompanied by Jeff Byland, came to city hall to meet with former Capt. Vince Suarez to download files that need to be transferred to the sheriff’s office. She asked Byland to leave and said the city has had problems with him in the past…

Prisoner makes brazen escape from Huerfano County jail

(Published: March 9, 2017) A brazen escape led to a quick capture of an inmate at the Huerfano County Jail on Friday night. Sheriff Bruce Newman said inmate Randy Roybal, 25, saw an opportunity to escape from the recreation yard at about 8 p.m., and went for it. He climbed two chain link fences and two razor wire fences before making a run for it through the City of Walsenburg. Newman said six officers were…

Local landowners suing railroad to cleanup mess on the mountain

By David Rinehart –(Published: March 9, 2017) Fifteen months after a train derailment left 21 cars scattered down the side of a mountain, landowners around the accident site in Middle Creek, west of La Veta, have filed a lawsuit against Iowa Pacific Railroad for damages. The railroad operates a freight line as well as a seasonal tourist train under the name San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad, Inc. The South Middle Creek Road Association and…

“Difficult discussions” happening at Walsenburg’s Peakview School

By David Rinehart –(Published: March 2, 2017) Peakview School Principal Brenda Duran announced disappointing scores on recent standardized tests, with some grades only achieving 19-20 percent proficiency, that will result in some teachers facing nonrenewal for next year. “I’m having heavy conversations with staff right now. I don’t want to hear about the culture or the parents. I’ve got some grade levels that I’ve got to do something about – and quick,” Duran told the…

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