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Aguilar voters voted 180 to 92 against the Aguilar School District RE-6 recall election yesterday which will allow board Treasurer Louis Malinchak to keep his seat for another two years. 45% of the town's 600 registered voters voted in the recall election, the first in the district's recent history. Recall candidate jack carpenter has been critical of how the school district spends money saying that it is not giving its students the best education for the dollar. Malinchak maintained that the district is on solid financial ground under the leadership of Lloyd Gjovik. Malinchak and others in support of the board countered carpenter's attacks by showing budget figures that indicated the district was spending money wisely. Malinchak said that with the 2-1 margin, the school district can now move ahead with Aguilar residents rallying behind the district's leadership.
Charges were dismissed last week against Raymond Franklin Lay, 41, of Rye. Lay was charged with two counts of possession of metamphetamine with intent to distribute. He was accused of aiding in the operation of a metamphetamine ring. The Pueblo Police Department's swat team raided a home on Dick Trefz Street in Rye back on May 1st, which uncovered large quantities of suspected metamphetamine and cocaine, a rifle, several gram scales and about $5,000 in cash. Lay was arrested as part of the raid, along with Florencio Pena, 51, Debra Marie Franco, 34, and Michael Vaso Zigich, 45. The other three suspects are all charged the same as lay and their cases remain open. Pena and Franco are currently free on bail. Zigich is serving a jail sentence in another case.
Gov. Bill Owens announced yesterday that Colorado would receive almost $9.5 million in federal homeland security grants for local, county and state first emergency responders. About $6.6 million of that will go to purchase equipment, such as personal protective gear, vehicles and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive search and rescue equipment. Grants include $625,500 for Conejos County, $101,000 for Las Animas County, $55,000 for Custer County and $137,000 for the Colorado Department of Corrections.
The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension biennial field day will be held at the research center in Center tomorrow. Lunch will be provided, and tours will be offered at 9 and 10:30am. Farmers, consultants, fieldmen, bankers, USDA personnel and others interested are invited to attend. New potato varieties, several new "Coors Barley" lines and one new wheat variety will be on display. Call the extension office for more information at 754-3494.
The Fisher's Peak Fire Protection District has received almost $147,000 in a federal emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grant money will be used to purchase firefighting equipment, for firefighters' health and safety training programs and for emergency medical treatment. Also, groundbreaking for the new Santa Fe Trail substation will take place at 11am Saturday about a mile and a half from I-25's exit 6, near the old mission ridge road.
The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission will hold a special meeting at 9am on August 14th at the Chama Village Hall, located at 299 west 4th street in Chama, NM. Various reports will be given; the hiring of an independent attorney and resolutions regarding open meetings will be discussed. The four-member commission with representatives from Colorado and New Mexico operates the 64-mile narrow-gauge tourist train that runs between Antonito and Chama, NM.