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Jul 31 2009

Colorado Hunting Licenses

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DENVER, Colo.–The Colorado Division of Wildlife today announced that all “leftover” big game and turkey licenses will go on sale Aug. 11.   Leftover licenses are limited elk, deer, pronghorn, bear and turkey licenses that did not sell during the spring drawing/application process.

“There are a good variety of licenses this year,” said Henrietta Turner, DOW license administration manager.  “We have over 9,000 deer, 3,000 pronghorn and over 42,000 elk licenses still available.”  Hunters may purchase leftover licenses on a first-come, first-served basis at statewide license agents, Division of Wildlife offices and by phone (1-800-244-5613).
Online purchases will be available at 8:00 a.m. Aug. 12, on the Division of Wildlife Web site.  Internet sales are postponed one day to eliminate competition with in-person sales. 

Hunters purchasing private-land-only licenses (PLOs) must obtain permission from landowners before they can hunt on any private land.  Limited licenses are valid only in specific game management units (GMUs) and are available to resident and nonresident hunters.

A list of all available leftover licenses is now available on the Division’s Web site at:

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:

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Jul 23 2009

Francisco Fort Day

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This Saturday is Francisco Fort Day in La Veta.  Celebrating the founding of La Veta, The Fort Day activities include a pancake breakfast, a parade, barbeque lunch, music, song and free Fort Musuem Tours.  And this is Opening Weekend of the annual frolicking  melodrama put on by the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts.  “The Great Ice Cream Scheme” will also be performed the following weekend as well.   

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Jul 21 2009

Cuchara cell tower Up

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The new cell tower in Pinehaven is reported to now be up and cell-ing.  T-Mobile and AT&T are both providing signal.  The Verizon is still working on theirs.  Officials indicated that a repeater may be still be necessary at the ski area in order to achieve greatest coverage for the entire area.

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Jul 18 2009

Colorado Hunting Guides-On Line

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Hunters who stalk big game in western Colorado can find valuable information in the 2009 hunting guides that are now posted on the Colorado Division of Wildlife web site.
The 2009 versions of Big Game Hunting in Northwest Colorado and Big Game Hunting in Southwest Colorado can be found in the “Hunting” section at
Included in the guides are hunting statistics from the 2008 seasons, hunting tips, regulation advisories, important dates, phone numbers for DOW and federal agency offices, descriptions of terrain,  hunting outlook information and more. The Northwest Guide also includes information on bear and moose hunting.
Hunters can also obtain printed versions of the guide. For the Northwest guide, send an e-mail with your mailing address to:, or call (970)255-6162; for the Southwest guide,, or call (970)375-6708.

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Jul 17 2009

Haying Time

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Recent clear, dry weather has produced good conditions to bring in the hay crop.  Everyone in the valley is reporting better than average yields.

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Jul 17 2009

Interest Rate Report

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Mortgage Rates Fall for Third Consecutive Week

McLean, VA – Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.14 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending July 16, 2009, down from last week when it averaged 5.20 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 6.26 percent.

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Jul 10 2009

SPACe Gallery Expansion

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The Signature reports that the Gates Family Foundation has awarded a $25,000 Challenge Matching Grant to our local Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe).  President Cathy Hill and Chief Fundraiser John Manos both expressed confidence that the matching funds could indeed by raised.  Next Fundraiser is set for a July 26 gala at the Parkside. If you can’t attend, just remember that donations and pledges are also cheerfully accepted any time.  

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Jul 10 2009

Jumbo Loans

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Jumbos Getting Easier to Find, Negotiate
It’s still difficult for buyers to get jumbo mortgages, but it appears to be easier than it was six months ago.

Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are cutting rates somewhat, buying jumbo loans made by other lenders and purchasing them from brokers. One factor is that jumbo loans are not subject to new appraisal rules that are slowing much of the lending market. Jumbos typically run about one percentage point higher than smaller conforming loans.  

“The whole jumbo market has improved in the last 90 days,” says Terry Erwin, chief lending officer for KeyPoint Credit Union, a jumbo lender founded in 1979 to serve electronics industry workers in California’s Silicon Valley. Erwin says the most frequently selected loans at his company are 5/1 hybrid ARMs, which carry a fixed rate for five years before converting to a loan that adjusts annually.

Source: Inman News, Matt Carter (07/06/2009)

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Jul 10 2009

Mortgage Rates Down

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McLean, VA – Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM)averaged 5.20 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending July 9, 2009, down slightly from last week when it averaged 5.32 percent.

“Interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell for the second week in a row to the lowest level in six weeks amid market concerns over a weakening labor market,” said Frank Nothaft, Feddie Mac vice president and chief economist.”

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Jul 03 2009

Events and Contacts

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For even more local information, activities and schedules for the July 4 th weekend activities, click here for links to sites such as La Veta Chamber of Commerce, Lodging and many others.

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