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Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern Colorado will be strictly enforcing Colorado‚€™s seat belt laws during the Thanksgiving holiday. Officers will pay particular attention to the child passenger safety law. Failure to have a child properly restrained is a primary offense, which means officers, can stop a vehicle for that violation alone. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, of the 10 drivers and passengers who were killed in Colorado during the 2002 Thanksgiving holiday period, 7 were not using seat belts.

300 people joined together on Sunday for the opening of the new Senior Citizens Center in Alamosa. The new building next to Cole Park in Alamosa is about 6500 square feet and cost about $600,000 was funded half from the City of Alamosa and half from federal grant money. Another $200,000 came from fundraisers and contributions and Alamosa County supplied $50,000 to furnish the kitchen. Besides a state of the art kitchen the center has a computer room with free computer classes and a medical room.

A Union with the Trinidad and Pueblo YMCA Chapters and the Raton Basin Chapter of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association is in the works. The new director of the Fishers Peak YMCA Karen Sandbeck and the Pueblo YMCA Director Terry Lockwood spoke at a meeting sponsored by the oil and gas association about the success of their youth programs. Lockwood outlined his Y‚€™s plans for a 150 acre $24 million campus in Pueblo, which was developed by 13 partnerships, over 18 months with first phase construction beginning Dec. 2. A $5000 check was presented to the Trinidad YMCA at the meeting. Stephanie Basey of Evergreen resources said the association would like to establish a partnership to support Fishers Peak YMCA.

After almost 30 years of service, Ben Rizzi of La Jara Colorado, a worker with the natural resources conservation service will retire Jan. 4. During is almost 30 years he has been able to work with individual ranchers and farmers on contracting, planning and designing. He says ‚€œit has been an exceptionally great career because he‚€™s been able to meet people of the San Luis Valley and he‚€™s had diversity in his job‚€�. Mr. Rizzi and his wife Evelyn plan to raise cows and alfalfa on there farm just South of Alamosa, along with a possible part-time job.

The Las Animas County Road and Bridge Department has received a cash boost worth approximately $3 million just in time for wintry weather. The state‚€™s largest county maintains hundreds of miles of dirt roads. Major funding was provided by the state‚€™s energy impact and mineral assistance program, which assesses fees on mineral extraction companies. The funding was used to purchase two motor graders; five belly dumps, a 4,000 gallon water truck, and a snowplow. Also in the works is a $600,000 grant for a road pavement overlay project in addition to $175,000 to purchase one of the two new graders, $125,000 for the belly dumps and $81,725 for the water truck. 60 percent of a state energy impact grant with 40 percent from the county was used for a new bulldozer and a loader worth $493,000. Currently the county blades dirt roads in Branson, Segundo, Aguilar Hoehne and the Kim areas.