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New year brings new district

WALSENBURG– The Huerfano County Commissioners, with Ray Garcia sitting as the new chairman, took care of paperwork and name-changing, designating Garcia as the contact in place of former chairman Art Bobian. With the new year comes a new district in Huerfano County- the Federal Mine Lease District, which will bring up to $35,000 in ‘new’ money to Huerfano County, by maximizing the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) received annually through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). The to-be-appointed three person board (one of whom will be a commissioner) will oversee how these new funds will be used, under the mandate of ‘helping the communities’ of Huerfano County. When asked what that might entail, Garcia said one possible use would be to use the funds as matching grant money for future projects in the county, where the county is required put up an equal amount of money to get complete funding for said project. In other news, the commissioners are considering a bid to do the final HVAC system at the new ambulance barn on Main Street in Walsenburg. The bid, from TJ’s Refrigeration in Aguilar,

is for $10,900, excluding the electrical work, gas pipe and crane to move the unit in place. CSU Extension Agent Carl Beeman met with the commissioners to talk about what he’s done with 4-H in the six months he’s been on the job. One big push Beeman is making is trying to revitalize shooting sports for 4-H kids in Huerfano, but is having trouble finding an instructor willing to take all of 4-H’s safety requirements. He found the old shooting sports trailer and had it towed to the 4-H arena in La Veta, where it is now being fumigated. Beeman also invited the commissioners the annual 4-H spaghetti dinner on April 12.