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Bert Lucero Jr., 23, of Monte Vista, was driving under the influence when the 1992 Chevy Lumina he was driving, westbound on U.S. 160, crossed over the line and hit a 2001 Subaru last Wednesday night, according to a report from the Colorado State Patrol. The accident, which occurred just west of the Alamosa-Costilla County Line, killed all four persons involved. Riding with Lucero was Timimila Palsy, 21, also of Monte Vista. After the head-on crash, the Lucero vehicle spun around and burst into flames. Both Lucero and Palsy were badly burned and died at the scene. The Lucero vehicle hit the Subaru on the south shoulder of the highway. Driving the Subaru was Shannon Eader, 31, of Castle Rock. The car's owner was the passenger, Sharon Nolan, 48, of Colorado Springs. After the crash, the Subaru ran off the south side of the highway and rolled once, killing both inside. Both vehicles were traveling the posted speed limit of 65 mph.
Polls will be open in Aguilar tomorrow from 7am to 7pm in the Aguilar School District Re-6 School Board Member Recall Election. Voters will have the opportunity to decide whether or not school board member Luis Malinchak should be recalled because he made the motion to continue Aguilar Superintendent Lloyd Gjovik's contract for another 4 years. Jack carpenter, who is leading the recall campaign, would replace Malinchak on the board if the recall were successful. Carpenter has been critical of the board and Gjovik saying the administration is wasteful in spending and that many residents lack confidence in the school district. Malinchak said he believes that he and the school administration have the support of most Aguilar residents.
A plan to replenish water supplies in the San Luis Valley would call for several hundred farmers in the 200,000-acre center of the valley to pay a fee based on acreage and water use. The fee would be paid to a Sub district of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District. Rio Grande water conservation district president Ray Wright announced the plan Thursday at the Colorado Water workshop that took place at Western State College in Gunnison. The money raised would go to farmers who Idle Cropland, and thereby use less water, according to Wright. The plan would help replenish the valley's aquifer more quickly.
Jennie Garduno, the president of the Trinidad-Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has announced that she will run for Trinidad City Council. Garduno says she wants to make Trinidad an even better place to live and that she wants to work toward maintaining the lifestyle benefits Trinidad offers. She believes the key issues facing the city are water, the city's pool, historic preservation, health care, capital improvement, economic development and jobs.
Julie Geiser, Alamosa County's Public Health Nurse, announced Friday that a magpie found East of Alamosa has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The bird was found near U.S. 160 and 3l Rancho Lane. It is the first bird to be identified in Alamosa County as having West Nile Virus. All area residents are urged to take precautions against the disease and to reduce mosquito-breeding sites around their homes.
Evergreen resources have donated $120,000 to the Colorado Energy Assistance Foundation. The monies will be distributed exclusively to Las Animas County Residents through four Trinidad agencies to help low-income families pay their energy bills and weatherize their homes. Citing the company's current prosperity, evergreen resources said that it wants to continue to give something back to the county.