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A measure introduced by Sen. Ken Kester of Las Animas to help erect power transmission lines in rural Colorado to connect renewable energy power plants to the state‚€™s power grid won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate yesterday, after more than two months of debate, compromise and rewritings. The bill, which cleared the Colorado House in February by a 65-0 vote, would create a special authority with the ability to issue bonds to help utilities get the financing they need to build high-voltage electric transmission lines in parts of Colorado that are too remote to easily access the power grid. The measure, which still requires a final senate vote, would create the Colorado Clean Energy Development Authority. The 7-member board would do for renewable energy transmission lines what the Colorado Power and Water Development Authority does for water projects.
Rep. Dorothy Butcher of Pueblo is working on a measure that would help rural Coloradoans who can‚€™t afford health insurance get the coverage they need. Butcher is working on a pilot program in Pueblo County based on a similar program in Michigan that is designed to fill the gap between those who can afford their own insurance and those who already qualify for public programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. Under her measure, HB1022, which has been languishing in the House Appropriations Committee for more than two months, Butcher hopes to create a non-profit organization that would be operated by the Pueblo County Commissioners. That organization would operate similar to a multiple employer welfare arrangement, something that the legislature has struggled for years to make viable. Butcher said the measure would not take money away from other county programs, nor leave the county liable in operating it.
Marcia Valdez, 36, of Monte Vista, has been charged with forging about $27,000 worth of checks on a business account owned by her husband and father-in-law. Valdez was the bookkeeper for V&V True Value Hardware in Monte Vista when she allegedly forged numerous checks on personal and business accounts at Sunflower Bank between last June and September. Valdez was also allegedly involved in a check-kiting venture, which involves writing checks between accounts when there aren‚€™t sufficient funds in one account to cover the checks. Valdez is charged with seven counts of forgery and one count of fraud by check, all felonies, but more charges are possible. Valdez allegedly used the money for gifts and vacations.
Colorado Department of Wildlife Director Bruce McCloskey announced that he will retire after more than 33 years of service at the Colorado Wildlife Commission Workshop that took place yesterday in Alamosa. McClosky has served in a variety of positions at the CDOW from game warden to supervisor. He also served as deputy director for 17 years until he was appointed to director of the CDOW on June 16th of 2004. McCloskey said that his work has been ‚€œa lifelong dream‚€Ě.
Representatives of Adams State College will be on the Trinidad State Junior College campus in Trinidad on Monday to present information about how you can complete a bachelor‚€™s degree without leaving Trinidad. A general information session will take place from 6 to 7pm Monday, with individual advisement sessions from 3 to 6pm and from 7 to 8pm. For more information on location, or to make an appointment for advising, call Carol Patrick at 846-5454.