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Colorado State Legislators were advised on Friday that no more budget cuts will have to be made this fiscal year for the state to make it to the first of the next fiscal year, which just happens to be July 1st. However, the report also said that cuts may need to be made in next year's budget. Now that the legislature is out of session, budget-balancing decisions will be left up to Gov. Bill Owens. Owens could call a special session of the legislature, if necessary, but he is not expected to do so. The legislature adjourned for the year on May 7th and won't return until January unless a special session is called. The federal jobs and growth tax relief reconciliation act of 2003, recently signed by president George Bush, will distribute $238.5 million to Colorado over the next several months. More than $146 million can go to the State's General Fund Budget. $92 million is mandated for Medicaid.
Evergreen resources' proposal to tap Las Animas County's mineral rights in the Wet Canyon Area of Western Las Animas County was accepted by county commissioners in a 3-0 vote last Tuesday. The agreement is a five-year, $75,000 lease that allows for drilling of methane gas wells under about 542 tracts of land in Western Las Animas County on which the county owns 50% of the mineral rights. The county will receive all rights to any water produced as a byproduct to the drilling of the wells.
Gov. Bill Owens has named the new members of the Adams State College Board of Trustees. They are: Vickie Ford of center, a 1971 ASC graduate, and former member of the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges in Colorado; Leroy Salazar of Manassa, brother of Attorney General Ken Salazar and Rep. John Salazar; Tim Walters, a 1973 ASC graduate and currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges in Colorado; Charles Scoggin of Boulder; Mark Cavanaugh of Denver; Kathleen Eck of Vail; Juan Daniel Rodriguez of Colorado Springs; Peggy Lamm of Superior; and Meyer Solzman of Denver. As of next month, each of the state colleges will have separate governing boards and each college will be independent even though each will still be a public, state funded institution.
The Guy Lombardo Orchestra will perform at the Fox Theater in Walsenburg on Friday, July 11th, at 7pm. If you love big band music, you will love the Guy Lombardo Orchestra. Social hour will take place at 5:30pm. Tickets are $20 and are available from both banks in Walsenburg.
500 participants are expected to visit the Ludlow Massacre Memorial Monument on June 29th. That's the day that the United Mine Workers of America will hold its annual memorial service at the Ludlow Massacre Site. The memorial service will take place inspite of the fact that about $250,000 in damage was done to the memorial sometime between May 7th and May 8th of this year. Anyone with any information regarding the vandalism should call the Trinidad Police Department at 846-4441, or write to 2309 e. Main Street, Trinidad, 81082. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible could earn you a $5,000 reward.
The Aguilar Days Celebration is set for August 16th and 17th in Aguilar. Live entertainment along with a street dance, booths, a car show, parade and more are scheduled. Entries for the parade, car and bike show and individuals interested in having a booth are currently being taken. Entry deadline is August 1st. Those interested in a booth should call Colleen Williams at 941-9987. Those interested in being in the parade should call Kim Lucero at 941-4518. And, those interested in the car show should call Garry Ringo at 941-4450.