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Dick Mestas, 65, of Trinidad, the former head custodian at the Las Animas County Courthouse, was arrested and booked into Las Animas County Jail last Thursday. Mestas has been charged with six counts of felony stalking and inflicting emotional distress on six female victims. Mestas allegedly made 28 separate mailings to the 6 females of sexually graphic pictures that were accompanied by suggestive letters over a period of about 5 years. A search warrant was obtained last Wednesday, and Mestas' apartment was searched. Police discovered a camera and other items, including places in the apartment where the alleged photographs were taken. Mestas was released after he posted $3,000 bond.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun improvements to the two main intersections in Walsenburg this week. Upgrades include new traffic signals, curb ramps and corners. The work got underway yesterday at the corner of 5th and Main Street. The work will begin at the corner of 7th and Main Streets next Monday. Normal project hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, however, work may also take place after 3:30pm and on weekends if necessary. Only minor delays are anticipated. Eastbound 7th Street traffic may be directed to a short detour while crews are working on the intersection's traffic lanes. The entire project is scheduled for completion by mid-October at a total cost of $278,000.
The San Luis Valley now has three confirmed human West Nile Virus cases. The Colorado Department of Public Health has confirmed one human West Nile Virus case in the valley, a man in Saguache County. His age is not known. The Rio Grande County Nursing Service has confirmed two more in Rio Grande County, a man age 74, and a woman age 84. The disease came on about August 14th for both Rio Grande County victims. One of the victims is still hospitalized, however, none of the cases appear to be life-threatening at this point. There are other pending West Nile Virus cases in the San Luis Valley, but only the three so far have been confirmed.
The Las Animas County Board of Commissioners yesterday extended the public health emergency due to the threat of West Nile Virus in the County. The board also approved $10,000 from its contingency fund to continue combating the disease. The first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Las Animas County was announced last week as a man in the western part of the county around 50 years old. Huerfano County now has six confirmed West Nile Virus Cases. Yesterday's extension means that Las Animas County will continue treating West Nile Virus as a public health emergency until it no longer is considered a significant health risk.
The Alamosa City Council will recognize former Alamosa Mayor Cliff Hartman at its meeting tonight at 7pm. The agenda for the meeting also includes a request for consideration of a sales tax exemption for food, transfer of ownership of the Grizzly Inn back to Nacho Martinez, relocation of the Hunt House, and finalization of the annexation of quail meadows. The public is welcome to attend.
The 30th annual La Plaza De Los Leones Fiesta will take place in Walsenburg this weekend. A parade will take place in downtown at 9:30am Saturday, followed by baseball, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, a classic car show, beer garden, numerous arts and crafts, food and refreshment booths. A dance on Saturday night will take place featuring 'bravo' from Albuquerque. And, a mass will take place at 10am on Sunday.