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The Colorado State Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the state's redistricting case for 1:30pm on September 8th. Colorado's Democratic Attorney General Ken Salazar sued Secretary of State Donetta Davidson to prevent her from using the new republican map in Colorado's 2004 Congressional Elections. Republicans passed the new redistricting plan in the legislature during the last three days of the legislative session this year. Salazar's suit petitions the court to order that the map drawn in 2002 should stand as it constitutes the one and only time following the 2000 census that the state could redistrict congressional boundaries. Arguments will begin in Salazar's case at 1:30pm on September 8th with 45 minutes afforded to each side. Then, arguments for the Secretary of State's Counter suit seeking to dismiss Salazar's suit, will begin at 3pm, also on the 8th, again with 45 minutes afforded to arguments from each side.

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority announced at a press conference at the State Capitol yesterday that it is committing $50 million to small business, rural and manufacturing loans to help spur economic development. The moves will double the $50 million in business loans given out last year. The total will include $10 million for manufacturing facilities, $10 million for expanding existing loans, $10 million for rural businesses, farmers and ranchers, $5 million for nonprofit real estate and $5 million for small business loans of up to $150,000, primarily for women- and minority-owned businesses.

Saying that probation was not appropriate in the case, district Judge Pattie Swift yesterday sentenced Larry Keith Taylor, 54, of Alamosa, to 8 years in prison for felony sexual assault on a child, and 3 years in prison for felony attempted sexual assault on a child. The sentences will be served consecutively. Taylor admitted to over 200 sexual contacts over a 3-year period with a girl who was between 7 and 10 years of age at the time. Even though this is Taylor's first felony conviction, he has also admitted a previous sexual contact with someone under 18. Taylor briefly addressed the court during yesterday's hearing saying he wanted to apologize to his family, the victim and the court.

United Mine Workers of America Local 2856 officials and area residents are considering repairing instead of replacing the Vandalized Ludlow Massacre Monument North of Trinidad. The final decision is expected to be made within two weeks after a Smithsonian institute monument expert visits the Ludlow site to determine the best course of action. The monument, which honors 13 miners, women and children killed during the April 20th, 1914, Ludlow Massacre, was vandalized on May 8th. There are still no reliable leads in the case in spite of a $5,000 reward that is being offered.

Mike Gibson, of Alamosa, will become the new manager of the San Luis Valley Water Conservation District on August 1st. He will replace Carol Redding, the current manager, who is retiring, and has already been on the job, training for several weeks now. Gibson is originally from Derby, England. He has also lived and worked in West Africa, and Gallup, New Mexico, before moving to the San Luis Valley in 1999.

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell's Pueblo District Director will hold office hours from 11am to noon on Monday in the Alamosa County Service Center conference room; from 3 to 4pm Monday at the Antonito Town Hall conference room; and from 11am to noon on Tuesday at the Saguache County Courthouse Commissioners' conference room. No appointments are necessary and everyone is welcome.