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Colorado State Attorney General Ken Salazar has received support from 44 attorneys general across the United States in his challenge to the legislature's new Congressional Redistricting Plan. Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat, and South Dakota Attorney General Lawrence Long, a Republican prepared a friend of the court brief for the 44 attorneys general. The brief says in part "The exercise of these powers permits the attorney general to independently assess the public's interest in any particular matter of law (and) act on behalf of that interest without parochial or partisan interference". Salazar argued before the Colorado Supreme Court yesterday that the Attorney General could sue on behalf of the people in pursuit of the public interest, not just the interests of the Secretary of State, Governor or other elected officials. Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson has asked the court to disqualify Salazar on the grounds that the attorney general lacks the legal authority to bring a constitutional challenge by himself.
A public reception for Southern Peaks Public Library Director Margaret Morris will be held from 4:30 to 6pm today at the library. Morris is leaving the library after 11 years of service to move to New Orleans with her husband, Jack. Morris was named interim library director after the death of library director Sarah Trim in the fall of 1995. In 1996, Morris was named director by the library board. She began working at the library in September of 1992. Bobbie Chapman will serve as the interim director at the library until a replacement is named.
Bernice Renner, an Income Maintenance Technician with the Trinidad Office of the Colorado Department of Human Services has been named the 2003 Case Manager of the year. Renner was selected for the honor based on her outstanding performance in the prevention of public assistance and food benefit fraud. She received her award at last month's Colorado Welfare Fraud Conference in Breckenridge and was honored by the Las Animas County Commissioners last Tuesday. Renner has been with the department for 15 years.
The City of Alamosa is pleased to announce the highly anticipated opening of the Alamosa Family Recreation Center. Hours at the center are Monday through Friday from 6am to 10pm and on Saturday from 9am to 6pm. The facility has a cardiovascular room, an open gym, and a running track. The new center also has a children's room where kids can play while their parents work out. The center has meeting rooms for rent for organizations or businesses. There will be no fee to use the facility until July 25th, so the public is invited to visit the center and have fun. For more information, call the Alamosa Parks and Recreation Department at 589-2105.
The Guy Lombardo Orchestra will perform at the Fox Theater in Walsenburg on Friday, July 11th, at 7pm. If you love big band music, then you'll love the Guy Lombardo Orchestra. Social hour begins at 5:30pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at both banks in Walsenburg.
The Conejos medical clinic will be doing sport physicals all summer long. Cost is $20 with a donation going to your booster club. Call 274-6000 and set up an appointment at your convenience. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.