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Las Animas County Sheriff‚€™s Deputies found 293 budding marijuana plants on Tuesday. Deputies found the plants after a call reporting that sewage was being dumped on the property illegally. County health inspectors were the first to visit the property. A white male told the inspectors to leave, and inspectors did after noting a rifle inside the door of a recreational trailer on the property. However, an inspector later returned with two sheriff's deputies because the inspectors had also noticed suspicious plants growing outside of the trailer. Deputies confiscated the marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia and weapons inside the trailer. Deputies detained Michael Macmanus, 21, and also a 15-year-old girl who was apparently living with him in the trailer. Macmanus faces charges of unlawful distribution or possession of a controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is being held on $25,000 bond. The juvenile was taken to the pueblo youth center and also faces charges.
Alamosa Schools Superintendent Henry Herrera was renewed for another three years on Tuesday night. He also received a positive evaluation from school board members. Board members credited Herrera with restoring the district's financial health and building up a reserve of almost $1.3 million. The district was basically broke three years ago when Herrera was hired. The school board also said that Herrera works well with district administrators and teachers. Criticism given to Herrera was that more communication needs to take place between he and the board and also with the public, and that board meetings need to be limited in length. The evaluation is available for public inspection at the district administration office.
The Trinidad City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday night to ban the parking of designated commercial and recreational vehicles and utility trailers on public streets, alleys or highways for more than 48 hours or anytime when they are obstructing traffic. The ordinance states that no vehicle may be parked on a public street, alley or highway without leaving a minimum of 12 feet of roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic. The ordinance will also apply to any public right of way.
Jonathon Medina, 17, of Sanford, was killed in a high-speed crash early yesterday morning, according to the Colorado State Patrol Report. Medina was driving a 1999 Chevy Camaro northbound on county road 20 in Conejos County at about 100 miles per hour when the car ran off the right side of the road. Medina overcorrected and the car came back on the road, then hit a fence and a tree. Medina was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Over 1,000 firemen are attending the Colorado Wildfire Academy at Adams State College in Alamosa this week. Mark Degregario says that there are still wildfire dangers out there because of last years' drought. Alamosa is getting a big boost for the economy with the one week fire academy. The academy goes through June 8th in Alamosa.
The hearing on a Biodiesel Plant in Costilla County has been continued until July 8th at 10am by Costilla County Commissioners. The county planning commission has already denied a request for the plant, however, commissioners can ignore the planning commission's recommendation if they so choose. The plant would supplement county fuel supplies.