by Larry Patrick
WALSENBURG — Jessica Newton of Huerfano Valley Estates (HVE) gave the Huerfano County Commissioners an update on their water situation and plans. Newton said the subdivision has changed its priority from water system improvements, to water rights acquisition.
The HVE is working to acquire six acre feet of water to handle some of their water needs. Three acre feet are in the process of being finalized in the near future. The subdivision hopes to begin negotiations for an additional three acre feet of water from another source.
Newton says the HVE water system is doing well right now and they have a good relationship in leasing water from Navajo Estates.
In other news, the commissioners received a report from the La Veta Fire Protection District that their wildfire mitigation plan is progressing well.
County Administrator John Galusha is still working on securing funds for the new ambulance building to be built in the Northlands area of Walsenburg. Negotiations are with Bank of the West in Pueblo. The project may break ground by mid July.
Plans are being formulated at Lathrop State Park for its 50th anniversary celebration on June 9th. Commissioners and other dignitaries received invitations for the event.
Gary M. Vezzani was elected Walsenburg’s mayor in Tuesday’s special mayoral election/recall vote. Preliminary results announced Tuesday night show that both Nick Vigil in Ward