Fishers Peak

The current group of Las Animas County Commissioners comprised of Luis Lopez II, Felix Lopez and Tony Haas covers many fields of interest to the county and is involved on many levels within the structure of our overall government.

“This group of commissioners here is [seated] at every table we can possibly be and it’s good to see and hear how involved this board is at the local, state and federal level,” said Commissioner Luis Lopez II at the Las Animas County regular board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

In the commissioner committee reports Lopez II announced that Tony Hass has been appointed as chairman for the Agriculture, Wildlife and Rural Affairs Committee for Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI).

Meanwhile Commissioner Felix Lopez will take a seat at the Board of National Association of Counties (NACO) representing Colorado and Las Animas County.

The commissioners voted to appoint commissioner Tony Hass to become a partner representative for the county for Fishers Peak State Park.

Hass will represent the county joining Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the City of Trinidad, Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land on the board for the park.

“It is nice to finally see that coming to fruition for Las Animas County,” said Lopez II.

“In my humble opinion since Commissioner Hass has vast knowledge of this ranch which he gave us las summer on the fires and the tours of the park. As well as being on the Agriculture, Wildlife and Rural Affairs committee for CCI, it is my opinion to appoint Commissioner Hass to the partnership.”

The commissioners also approved the bids for Las Animas County aggregate crushing services for the three gravel pits outside of Branson, Kim and Trinidad.

Each bid would be to crush 30,000 tons of gravel per pit throughout the county to maintain the upkeep of gravel-paved county roads.

The commissioners approved the bid from Colorado Crushing at $279,000 edging out Leone Sand and Gravel as well as ANS Construction for the project outsourcing.

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