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Colorado‚€™s senatorial delegation could easily sway a vote in the U.S. Senate when it comes to approving funding for the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site east of Trinidad. Back in 1981 when Pinon Canyon was first created, then Colorado Senators Bill Armstrong and Gary Hart were both for the idea, and so funding for the land grab was easily passed. However, if either Sen. Wayne Allard or Sen. Ken Salazar were to come out against funding the current plans for expansion, it is most likely that the remainder of the senate would refuse to fund the expansion because of one or both of the senators‚€™ refusal to go along with the expansion. However, neither senator has taken a position on the expansion. Both senators do oppose the army taking land through eminent domain or condemnation. Both have also said that they want to see what other alternatives the army has looked at in deciding that PCMS needs to be expanded. Allard, who has announced that he will retire next year, may not even be around when and if a vote comes before the senate. Salazar, a freshman Democrat, says he wants to support the army‚€™s training needs and the future mission of Fort Carson, saying it is also important to the state of Colorado.
More than 200 people attended a meeting on Friday night regarding the proposed Village at Wolf Creek at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. Speaking to the standing-room-only crowd, developer Bob Honts told the crowd that the village could house up to 12,000 people, but that would be if every bed was filled. He said that at full build-out, the village could contain up to 1,200 hotel rooms, 222,000 square-feet of commercial space, 129 lots for single family units, and 1,643 multi-family units, 2,172 units in all. There seemed to be slightly more attendees in support of the project than those against it, however, those opposed to the village were vocal at the meeting. Concerns were raised over water, wetlands, the burden of services to counties, the ability of the ski area to support a major increase in skiers on any given day, wastewater treatment and effluent, and altitude sickness.
Josephine C. Barela, a former Center town employee, filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver against the town. In her lawsuit, Barela says she went to work for the town in February of 1987 as a secretary. She says she was fired last April after she and her family moved from town, even though the family keeps a house and business in the town. Barela also says the town has violated the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, citing musculo-skeletal impairments, carpal tunnel syndrome and depression that she suffers from. No individuals are named as defendants in the suit. Barela is seeking damages from loss of earnings, wrongful termination, and a permanent injunction preventing the town from engaging in any employment practice that discriminates on the basis of disability.
Manuel Banderas, 30, who has been with the Alamosa Police Department since last June, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation over allegations that he assaulted his wife just over a week ago. Officers were reportedly called to Banderas‚€™ home during a domestic disturbance. The sheriff‚€™s department is asking that Banderas be charged with 3rd degree assault, a misdemeanor, and domestic violence, a sentence enhancer. Banderas, who was arrested, is free currently on $1,000 bail.
The next AARP Driver Safety Class will take place Monday and Tuesday, February 26th and 27th, from 1 to 5pm each day in Trinidad. Cost is $10 per student and AARP membership is not required. The course is designed for those aged 50 and over, but anyone is welcome to take the class. For more information, or to pre-enroll in the class, call Gary Williams at 846-3214.