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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Friday said that Denver Lawyer William Danks is to blame, not the FBI, for allegedly damaging the reputation of Huerfano County Court Judge Robert Haeger. The FBI made the accusation in a court filing made on Friday. Judge Haeger is suing the FBI for allegedly disclosing information that he says damaged his reputation. The FBI, under subpoena, provided the agency that investigates the conduct of lawyers in the State of Colorado, with a confidential report about what Haeger says was an FBI investigation from 1994 to 1997 of 3rd Judicial District Judge Claude Appel. Danks was being investigated for allegedly spreading information that Haeger and Appel had used cocaine at the time. After receiving the confidential reports, Danks allegedly filed it in courts where it became a public record. Haeger is seeking unspecified monetary damages from the FBI.

Terry Whelan, South Fork's Town Manager, said Thursday that he will remain in his position at least until South Fork's Geothermal project is in place. The town board reportedly convinced Whelan to stay and also to take a 10% cut in pay. Whelan has had a salary of $60,840 a year. That salary will now be reduced to $54,000 a year. Whelan said that he wants to help complete the project, and help South Fork become the first town in Colorado to generate electric power from geothermal pools that are believed to lie beneath the area around South Fork. Whelan also said that he disagrees with the town board about laying off the town's public works director, especially in light of anticipated development for the town. The public works director makes a salary of $35,000 a year.

John Gilbert Herrera JR, 55, of San Isabel, has been charged with theft of government property for allegedly stealing almost $5,000 worth of fire-fighting equipment from a fire command center in San Bernadino, California, and a week ago yesterday. Herrera, who is Chief of the San Isabel Volunteer Fire Department, allegedly drove a fire truck into the command center where he allegedly removed shovels, fireproof clothing and tents and put the equipment in his truck. He was stopped by a California Highway Patrol Officer while still on the command center property and could not produce any paperwork related to the government equipment. Herrera made an initial court appearance in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles last Monday and is being held without bail. A psychological and medical evaluation has also been ordered. Herrera's preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 18th.

Alamosa's Annual Veterans Day Parade will take place tomorrow. The parade line-up will take place at 9:30am on Alamosa Avenue and 6th street, behind Mrs. Rivera's Restaurant. The community is asked to get involved by marching, or entering a band or a float. Call 589-9629 for more information.

All Las Animas County Veterans and their families are invited to attend a Veterans Day lunch celebration from noon to 2pm tomorrow. The lunch will take place at the Trinidad Elks Lodge on Maple Street in Trinidad.

Bonfils Blood Center will host a blood drive tomorrow from noon to 4:30pm at the Knights of Columbus hall at 1112 E. Eighth Avenue in Alamosa. Walk-Ins are welcome; however for more information or to make an appointment, call Suzanne at 587-1075.