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Jun 16 2009

More Valley Cell Coverage?

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A new cell phone tower?  For Cuchara?  After several years of asking for improved cell phone signal coverage we may soon have our wishes granted three-fold.  Six months ago La Veta approved cell antenna panels from CommNet.  That mostly helped our AT&T coverage. Then just 10 days ago the Mayor announced that Alltel has been granted similar antennas approval.  Now how about  Verizon?

 Well last week, the Huerfano County Planning Commission approved a 60 ft. mono-pole cell tower by CommNet Wireless to be located adjacent to the Cuchara Water Sanitation District tank in Pinehaven.  Business leaders,  Emergency Agencies and Cuchara residents applauded the Planning Commission approval.  The Signature reports that it will handle multiple signals for Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T.   Final approval is expected to be granted this week by the County Commissioners at their June 17 Meeting.    

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May 11 2009

Railroad Memorial Weekend Special

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 Remember the good ‘ole days when a buck really meant something? Well, vacationers can find it all again riding across Colorado’s San Luis Valley on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.

Kicking off the 2009 season over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 – 25, the train is offering a special daily ticket price that harkens back to 1878, the year the train’s route to La Veta, Colo. was first established.

Throughout opening weekend, roundtrip tickets are just $18.78 per person.  Passengers can board the train in either La Veta or Alamosa.  The $18.78 ticket price is good for adults, seniors or children and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Other restrictions do apply.
To purchase tickets, visit or call 877-726-RAIL.

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Apr 04 2009

Back to Work

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We enjoyed a wonderful week in Washington and right back to work.  Then had a very busy week back here with 2 Closings on Friday.  Congrats. to the Eddys, the Halls, the Rundells and Sarah G.

Our trip was a great break.  We stayed near Georgetown in a small vintage historical hotel and enjoyed fantastic meals all week.  Toured about everything that you can see in 7 days.  It was really special, but it’s always good to come home too.

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Mar 25 2009

We’re off to Washington

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For our Spring Break week, Liz and I are headed off to our Nation’s Capitol.  We have never spent time there and are looking forward to taking this trip rather than our usual spring romp on some Mexico beach drinking bottled water.   They say that when you drink from the Potomac you are never quite the same.  But I think that just applies to the politicians. 

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Mar 22 2009

The Summit at UpTop

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About 8 miles west of La Veta as you head up US 160 to La Veta Pass, there is an old road exit to the south, named Old La Veta Pass.  Well, it’s not really the Old Pass but the Old Road over the Pass. A beautiful drive climbs to the top where there  are relics of an old abandoned community.  Sisters Sam Law and Deb Lathrop own the property  up top there and have been slowly stabilizing and improving the site.  They intend to have drive-thru tours available to the public by this summer. 

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Feb 17 2009

Open Mic

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Open Mic Night will be this Friday, Feb.20, 7:00 pm at the Parkside Gallery.  Our local and regional talent is amazing.  If you haven’t been to one of these, don’t miss out. Other meetings this week include Town Board, Bridge Club, Rotary and Tai Chi.

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Feb 10 2009

Grandote Replat Approved

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La Veta Town Board has given final approval to the requested replat of lots at Grandote Peaks Golf Club.  The new Plat provides for 10 Lots to be located between the entrance road and the driving range.  The lots are for single family homes and two duplex lots. 

In other news, Grandote also announced a significant increase in the annual membership dues for golf.  Minimum membership fee went from $675 to $1,350 per year and full unlimited membership can cost up to $2,500.  Yikes!  The Club defended the increase saying dues have not been increased in 13 years.  But neither has the Clubhouse facility improved much in 13 years either.  We feel fortunate to have such a great local course but considering the economic times, the fee increase has met with resistance. Regular green fees increased $10 to $65 during the week and $75 on weekends.  Let’s hope for some weekday afternoon Specials.

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Feb 05 2009

Master Gardening

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Our local area libraries, in conjunction with C.S.U., are offering a Master Gardner of Huerfano County series of classes.  Mountain food gardeners Penn and Cord Parmenter host the vegetable garden workshop on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg.  Come join them to learn mountain gardening tips on plants and temperatures, wind, deer and bear as they impact your gardening.

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Feb 02 2009


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Our February real estate Newsletter is now posted on the website.  A good place to find the recent news, views and gossip of the Cuchara Valley along with great real estate articles too.  See it at

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Jan 29 2009

Fire Destroys Cabin

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Fire totally destroyed the Paradise Acres mountain cabin of Jerry & Cheryl Park last week.  The Parks were at their winter home in Arkansas at the time of the fire.  Firefighters from La Veta Fire Protection District responded but the cabin was a total loss.  Cause of the evening blaze has yet to be determined. 

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