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Colorado State University spokesman Brad Bohlander said yesterday that veterinarians and researchers at CSU continue to recommend that horses be vaccinated against West Nile Virus. Earlier this week it was reported that CSU Veterinarians had forwarded accounts of problem births by pregnant mares who received the West Nile Virus vaccine to the USDA, the State Veterinarian and Fort Dodge, the manufacturer of the vaccine. No such accounts have been forwarded, according to Bohlander, nor has CSU provided or approved the incorrect information. Bohlander said their have been concerns from mare owners who feel the vaccine has caused abortions and deformations in foals, and an investigation has been launched into the reports, however, the investigation is not complete as of yet. Anyone with concerns about West Nile Virus vaccines should contact the USDA at 800-752-6255.
David Lee Gibson, 52, has pleaded guilty to using a controlled substance and to using a controlled substance and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit. Both are felonies. Gibson was previously a Nurse and Anesthetist at Mount San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad. He was arrested back in January after receiving a package of illegal codeine tablets that he had ordered from out of the country. Gibson's former wife had tipped off police after she had received one of the packages that had been inadvertently forwarded to her that contained illegal codeine tablets. District Attorney Frank Ruybalid had referred the case to district court with a recommendation for probation instead of a prison term. District Court Judge George Newnam has scheduled sentencing for July 17th.
Timothy Renshaw, 42, of Carrolton, Texas, plead guilty yesterday in Alamosa to two counts of sexual assault on a child stemming from incidents in July of 2000. Renshaw could face up to 16 years in prison due to aggravated circumstances, according to District Judge Pattie Swift. Renshaw admitted to molesting two young men who were part of a church group that stayed in an Alamosa Motel and then the Great Sand Dunes National Monument back in the summer of 2000. Sentencing was set for the case on July 14th.
The recall election to oust Aguilar School Board Member Louis Malinchak will take place on July 29th. According to Las Animas County Clerk Bernard Gonzales, Jack Carpenter will be the only candidate in the election to replace Malinchak if the recall succeeds. Gonzales certified 37 valid signatures this week on Carpenter's recall petition. Only 25 valid signatures were necessary. Malinchak has been targeted for the recall because he was the one who made the motion to retain superintendent Lloyd Gjovik. Recall organizers are saying that many in Aguilar are dissatisfied with the quality of education in the district under Gjovik.
The Fourth Annual Train Day Celebration will take place tomorrow from 9am to 5pm in downtown Alamosa. Alamosa will also celebrate its 125th birthday during the celebration. Events will include a railroad memorabilia swap, entertainment, an Elks barbecue, a vintage fashion show, hay wagon and buggy rides and more. Call 589-3681, extension 103, for more information.
Events taking place this weekend at Lathrop State Park west of Walsenburg include a presentation by Pat Huhn on the Hopi Tribes at the Pinon Campground amphitheater tonight at 7pm. tomorrow; the Colorado astronomical society will set up telescopes so attendees can view the night sky at the hogback trailhead at 9:30pm. And, on Sunday at 7:45pm, a sunset hike will take place beginning at the hogback trailhead. Call 738-2376 for more information.