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Two streets will be closed in Trinidad this week to allow for the demolition of the northbound Interstate 25 viaduct to prepare for the new Interstate 25 alignment through Trinidad. Commercial Street will be closed from Colorado Avenue and Pine Street today and won‚€™t reopen to traffic until 7pm tomorrow. The University Street portion of Colorado 12 will be closed in the vicinity of Interstate 25 from 7am Thursday until 7pm on Friday. Detours will be marked. More information on the closures can be obtained by calling 846-4961.
Lon Robertson, president of the Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition, wants to know who Colorado‚€™s senators are working for and who is going to benefit from their efforts to ignore the will of the people on the issue. Robertson said yesterday that attempts by democrat Ken Salazar and republican Wayne Allard to limit the use of condemnation but still allow the 414,000-acre expansion to proceed are unworkable. Robertson said that such a course of action would guarantee that southern Colorado ranches would eventually be seized by the military. ‚€œOpposition to the Pentagon‚€™s plan has been overwhelming and bipartisan at every level‚€Ě, Robertson said. Robertson said that while the senators might be willing to talk about protecting Colorado‚€™s agricultural economy, their legislative actions would produce the opposite effect. Speaking of Sen. Ken Salazar‚€™s lack of willingness to support his brother John‚€™s amendment to the 2007 Military Construction Bill, Robertson said that ‚€œit should be obvious to the senator that the state doesn‚€™t want this project. The vast majority of state lawmakers and congressional representatives and the people of Colorado agree there should be no expansion and no money spent on expansion of the Pinon Canyon site‚€Ě, Robertson said.
Diana Yallanardo, 55, and a man believed to be from Colorado Springs, died early yesterday morning in Pueblo in what is being investigated as a murder-suicide. Police believe that Yallanardo was shot outside her residence in the 1200 block of South Santa Fe Avenue at about 1:20am yesterday. The suspect, whose name has not been released pending a positive identification, briefly eluded police before turning the gun on himself. Yallanardo was taken to Parkview Medical Center where she died in the emergency room at about 2am. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Pueblo County Coroner James Kramer. Kramer said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The man is believed to be Yallanardo‚€™s estranged boyfriend. The investigation into the shooting is continuing.
A major segment of the $8 million realignment of U.S. 160 through Alamosa may be completed by Labor Day when crews from Castle Rock Construction hope to open 6th Street to traffic. The new alignment will send westbound traffic on U.S. 160 down Main Street. Eastbound traffic will travel down 6th Street, which is one block to the south of Main. Construction crews are reportedly nearly finished with work on the east side of U.S. 285 south of its intersection with U.S. 160. Today, crews are expected to move over to the middle of the road to put in an additional 12 feet of pavement before wrapping up work on the west side of the road by Labor Day. Business owners got more good news when they found out that a separate paving project on Main Street might not take place next summer.
Gov. Bill Ritter honored three San Luis Valley schools for showing consistent outstanding improvement in their C-SAP scores over the past two years during a ceremony releasing the 2007 C-SAP results earlier this month. The schools recognized were Del Norte Middle School, Guadalupe Elementary School and Sierra Grande Elementary School. The valley schools were 3 of 18 schools statewide honored at the ceremony for their outstanding accomplishments.