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"Colorado 100", a Summit Meeting of Business, political and public policy leaders will convene tomorrow in Denver. The aim of the summit is to examine possible state budget reforms and the extent of influence that overlapping fiscal policies have on the state budget will be considered. Issues will also include three sections of the Colorado Constitution, specifically the taxpayer's bill of rights limits on state taxes and revenues, the Gallagher Amendment restrictions on residential property taxes, and amendment 23, which guarantees funding increases for public school every year. It is hoped that the summit will be an open exchange of ideas instead of an attempt to push through one particular proposal or set of proposals. Attendees will have the chance to voice whether or not they think that constitutional amendments like tabor and amendment 23 are working as intended or if they think they are contributing to fiscal problems.
A 40-year-old Pueblo woman has been hospitalized and is recovering from West Nile Virus. She is the fifth human diagnosed in Colorado, according to State Health Department spokeswoman Lori Maldonando. Maldonado said that the woman became ill on July 19th. Where the woman contracted the virus is not known. Four additional suspect cases involving humans are currently being investigated. Health officials are urging people to take precautions against West Nile Virus infection. When outdoors, people should wear clothing that covers as much exposed skin as possible. Insect repellant with 20 to 30% Deet should also be worn. And, activities outside during the early morning or late evening hours when mosquitoes are the most active should be limited as much as possible. More information on West Nile Virus can be obtained by calling 1-877-462-2911.
Isaiah Abeyta, 19, of Colorado Springs, is wanted in Trinidad in connection with two violent incidents that took place last Tuesday. Abeyta is wanted in connection with the stabbing of Gilbert Lopez, 23, Carlos Lopez, 21, and Philip Lopez, 16, and an attack on a bicyclist that all took place on the night of July 22nd. A stab wound to the head that punctured his skull and severed a cranial artery sent Gilbert Lopez to the hospital in Pueblo where he underwent surgery. Michael Armijo, 19, and Ken Lovato, 20, both of Trinidad, were arrested the night of the incident.
Rio Grande County Sheriff Brian Norton has announced the following fire restrictions for Rio Grande County. No controlled burns will be allowed, no open pit burning and no fireworks will be allowed. Trash burning in barrels only and charcoal and gas grills may still be used. All burning restrictions will be strictly enforced. Call the sheriff's office for more information at 657-4000.
The intersection of Convent and Cedar Streets in Trinidad will be closed to allow for installation of main line utilities as part of the brick street restoration. The closure is expected to last 3 to 4 weeks. The commercial and cedar street intersection will be graveled and opened during this period and access to all businesses in the area will be maintained throughout the construction period. For more information, call 846-9843.
The Fisher's Peak Fire Protection District Auxiliary Annual Spaghetti Dinner will take place this Sunday at the El Rancho Bar and Cafe in Trinidad. Dinner will be served from 11am to 5pm and carry out orders will be available. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance by calling 846-1515. All proceeds will benefit the fire protection district.