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The Space to Create Trinidad project will move forward toward completion after Trinidad’s City Council unanimously approved three agreements at a Special Meeting held on Thursday, March 7 at City Hall. These included a Development Agreement, an Option to Purchase and a Commercial Master Leas…

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Following public reaction to a mailing from Southern Colorado Family Center (SCFC) in recent weeks, no vote will be held in the Tuesday, November 5 election on the possible creation of a Parks and Recreation Special District to generate a mill levy in support of a new recreational facility.

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The City of Trinidad recently received a $20,000 Energy Impact Assistance Fund (EIAF) grant award from the state Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to assist with the implementation of year two of the city’s Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) program, according to a February 21 letter from DOLA’…

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The fate of County Road 85.5 was finally decided Tuesday during the regular Las Animas County Board of Commissioners meeting with a unanimous vote from commissioners to seasonally close the most dangerous section of the road to motor vehicle traffic from September 15 up to Memorial Day (May …

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The City of Trinidad Tourism Board recently announced that they are accepting grant applications for 2019. These grants must be used exclusively for advertising and marketing tourism events that serve Trinidad.

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Trinidad’s Autism Awareness organization had some exciting news to share at the Tuesday, February 5 City Council meeting as its leader, Mary Jo Baudino announced that Consultants for Children from Lakewood had purchased the Carlisle Building at 201 E. Main St. Its intention is to use it as a…

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Knowledge is power was the key point brought up by Tammie Mack, Adult Education Services Director at Trinidad State Junior College, speaking at the Tuesday, February 5 meeting of the County Board of Commissioners. Getting a General Education Diploma (GED) was just the first step in securing …

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Following news in December that conservation groups had completed the purchase of a large section of Crazy French Ranch, which included Fisher’s Peak, creating Fisher’s Peak Ranch, Trinidad found itself in the state and national spotlight.

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Just down the road from Trinidad lies the community of Raton, New Mexico, which faces many of the same challenges other rural communities do across the United States. Raton’s City Manager Scott Berry said he found plenty of reasons for optimism about the city’s future in a Monday, January 28…

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Despite the blustery weather on Tuesday, January 22 the County Board of Commissioners went ahead with its scheduled Special Meeting and Work Session at the county courthouse. During the Special meeting, the Board unanimously approved entering into a contract with Armstrong Consultants to com…

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Laurel Young said she was excited about the future of protecting animals in Trinidad. The executive director of the Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association  (NAAWA), Young told City Council members at their Tuesday, January 15 meeting that a new sign would soon be going up next to the city pow…

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Dealing with challenges and working to resolve problems were cited as the reasons he likes his job by recently hired County Administrator Phil Dorenkamp, speaking in a Thursday, January 10 interview in his office at the County Courthouse. He’s also served as the county’s Road and Bridge Depa…

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A devoted husband and father and an avid outdoorsman is Las Animas County’s newest County Court Judge. John D. Mochel was sworn into office by Third Judicial District Chief Judge Leslie J. Gerbracht at a ceremony held in the County Courtroom on Monday, January 7, and will take over from form…

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It was time for a changing of the guard on the Las Animas County Board of Commissioners as two new commissioners, Tony Hass from District Three and Felix Lopez from District One, were sworn into office in the courtroom of Third District Court Chief Judge Leslie J. Gerbracht on Tuesday, Janua…

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Onboard Diagnostics: New systems to report maintenance issues,

idle time, movement, unnecessary use of vehicles by city employees

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There was plenty of information shared at the third Trinidad & Las Animas County Legislative Roundtable held on Wednesday, January 2 in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Student Center at Trinidad State Junior College.  State legislators, Congressional representatives, public health leade…

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 Trinidad’s Mayor Phil Rico announced on Thursday, December 27 that the city had purchased the historic Fox – West Theatre, located at 423 W. Main St.

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To improve Internet service in Trinidad, the City’s Information Technology Director Monica Schaaf announced that the city would soon have more dependable Wi-Fi service in the downtown area. Schaaf spoke about the subject at the Tuesday, December 18 City Council meeting.  

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U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) announced Thursday, December 20 that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) had awarded a $9 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant to help with the installation of Positive Train C…

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The Las Animas County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved its 2019 fiscal year budget at its Tuesday, December 18 regular meeting. Commissioners had some questions about monies from the Jail Improvement Fund scheduled for projects at the County jail, but the County Board has to give …

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Fisher’s Peak just south of Trinidad is a legendary landmark in Southern Colorado, and is located on the privately owned Crazy French Ranch. With the 30 square mile property up for sale, The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have announced that they have jointly reached …

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise until sunset Thursday, December 20, to honor Las Animas County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Matthew Moreno.

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Final certification of assessed valuation is $118,364,060 resulting in a mill levy of 17.052 for area property taxes

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As part of its ongoing efforts to address aging park infrastructure and improve the visitor experience, Capulin Volcano announces an entrance fee increase beginning January 1, 2019. The changes, which come in response to public comments on a fee proposal released in October 2017 resulted in …

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After a public hearing and two readings, Trinidad’s City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting an ordinance for a budget appropriation calling for expenditures of $51,149,175 for Fiscal Year 2019 at a Special Meeting held on Monday, December 10 at City Hall.

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Local entities often need state grant funding to complete important projects that provide jobs and important community benefits. On Friday, December 7 the state Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) announced new grant funding for two Las Animas County entities. The grants require equal amounts…

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The stretch of Interstate 25 between Trinidad and Walsenburg is very familiar to new Chief District Court Judge Leslie J. Gerbracht because she started her legal career as a Deputy Public Defender in Walsenburg in 1995, before being named a District Court Judge in January of 2007. With a new…

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It’s always great to see hardworking people get rewarded for their efforts, and that was the case at the Tuesday, December 4 meeting of the Las Animas County Board of Commissioners as the County received the 2018 Most Improved Award from County Technical Services, Inc. (CTSI) at the annual s…

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DENVER – Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats has appointed District Court Judge Leslie J. Gerbracht to serve as Chief Judge of the 3rd Judicial District (Huerfano and Las Animas counties).

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No longer will retiring Chief District Court Judge Claude W. Appel have to blast away at those pesky squirrels with an air rifle to keep the darn critters from invading his bird feeders. Judge Appel received a squirrel-proof bird feeder as one of his retirement gifts after serving 34 years o…

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