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Even though U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar has declined to join other senators in calling for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign over the justice departmentâ€™s firing of several U.S. attorneys, Salazar said he is concerned about Gonzalesâ€™ lack of oversight over the FBI and the process of hiring and firing federal prosecutors. A justice department audit made public last week revealed that the FBI has been dramatically underreporting to congress how often it has used national security letters to obtain financial, business and other personal records, sometimes illegally. That report, plus new allegations that the justice department may have fired a list of U.S. attorneys for political reasons, has led to calls for Gonzalesâ€™ resignation. Salazar said he was concerned that the FBI was issuing national security letters without the knowledge of congress or the apparent knowledge of the attorney general. He said he wants a full senate investigation into what happened, but did not agree that Gonzales should resign.
The Colorado Senate, State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee yesterday approved an Iraq war measure on a 3-2 party-line vote. Critics and supporters of the Iraq war both testified before the committee over the non-binding resolution that opposes an escalation of the war. The resolution calls on congress and President Bush not to allow more U.S. troops to be deployed to Iraq. Though the resolution honors U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, opponents say it demoralizes them and empowers Iraqi insurgents against them. The measure, introduced by Democrats, now heads to the full senate. Meanwhile, two Republican lawmakers have also introduced an Iraqi resolution of their own.
The next Trinidad Health Care collaborative meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22nd, from 6 to 8pm, in the Leone Lounge at Trinidad State Junior College. Items on the agenda include a recap of what was accomplished last fall, to create a district committee and create a resource guide committee. All interested persons are welcome to attend.
Alamosa County will soon be advertising requests for proposals for a design and build contract for a new social services building for the county. The new building will be located adjacent to the new county administrative/nursing service building just south of Alamosa. The current social services building which is the old Alamosa Train Depot, will be used as a passenger train depot once again, as well as economic development and chamber offices. The new building will almost double the space that the Alamosa County Department of Social Services currently has. A two story, 18,900 square foot structure is planned that will look similar in appearance to the existing county buildings on the site. It is expected that the project can be completed in about 8 months.
The Rio Grande Inter-Basin Roundtable refused to commit any financial support for a water treatment project using potato slurry at the Summitville Gold Mine site on Tuesday. An informational program about using the slurry to treat water laden with heavy metals was presented to the roundtable by Joe Harrington who created the technology. Harrington also made a pitch for the groupâ€™s support to secure federal funds for the project. Harrington said the patented technology has worked elsewhere with great success and has been the recipient of environmental awards.