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Transfer station moving forward

by Larry Patrick


   Plans for a May 1st opening of the waste transfer station in Walsenburg are continuing. The Huerfano County Commissioners have accepted a bid of $86,500 for a truck to handle hauling projects to and from the site. It is a 2006 truck with 30,000 miles and has two years left on the warranty. The waste collected will be hauled to the landfill in Otero County.

    Commissioners have received prices on a huge compactor, hopper cars and channel guides for the facility at a price of around $58,000. The facility is for use by everyone in Huerfano County while hopefully reducing the amount of dumping going on in rural areas.

   Jose Mercado asked the Commissioners for use of the Huerfano County Community Center to allow for troubled youth to have a basketball team. Mercado said many of the boys that could be involved are not being served by other programs in Walsenburg and his hope is to get these youth on the right path. The Commissioners asked Mercado to come up with a more definite plan.

   Brent Berger of the Museum of Friends said that renowned artist, Eddie Dominguez, has agreed to bring his art to be shared at the museum and county courthouse. He asked the Commissioners for money to support the program. The Commissioners agreed to $750. The total money needed is around $9,000. Berger says the exhibit should draw people from Denver to Albuquerque.