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Speaker of the Colorado House, Andrew Romanoff, of Denver, ordered an investigation into the kicking of a photographer on Monday by Representative Douglas Bruce. Romanoff, along with House Minority Leader Mike May of Parker, announced that a special legislative committee has been created to examine the incident and to recommend what action should be taken, if any. A few hours before Bruce was sworn into office on Monday, the new Colorado Springs legislator reportedly kicked Rocky Mountain News photographer Javier Manzano in the knee as Manzano was taking a picture of Bruce during the morning prayer. A Denver television cameraman captured much of the event. Bruce says he merely tapped Manzano on the knee with the bottom of his shoe and that the incident has been blown out of proportion. Both Romanoff and May said it was a serious matter that warranted further investigation.
Representative David Balmer, of Centennial, and Senator Ken Gordon, of Denver, who were expected to introduce a measure this week that is designed to help secretary of state Mike Coffman better deal with voting machine problems in the state, have not yet introduced the bill. Balmer said yesterday that the measure is still undergoing some tweaking. He said, ‚€œThere are some improvements that are being added to the bill by various legislators‚€Ě. Balmer said he is ‚€œtrying to get a consensus bill that can move quickly through the house‚€Ě. The measure is to be designed to give Coffman more flexibility in handling appeals to his December decision to decertify several voting machines and ballot readers, including most of those used in southern Colorado.
The Colorado State Department of Local Affairs has approved a grant to help pay for a $600,000 waste transfer station in Huerfano County that would handle trash from outlying regions of the county besides from Walsenburg and La Veta. The trash collected at the transfer station would be hauled to a Pueblo landfill. The grant of $300,000 would pay about half the cost with the county paying the remaining $300,000. Plans are to build the transfer station on 3.5 acres of land near the Huerfano County Correctional Facility. The property is owned by the City of Walsenburg and would be purchased by the county for $17,000. Representatives from the three governments met on Monday night to discuss the proposed transfer station and recycling center.
Allen Davey, water district engineer, told the Rio Grande Water Conservation District at their first meeting of the year this month that the San Luis Valley‚€™s aquifer may be on the rise. Davey said from the fall of 2006 to the fall of 2007, the unconfined aquifer experienced a recovery of more than 242,000 acre feet according to data collected from multiple monitoring wells in a longitudinal study area in the west central part of the valley. Michael Sullivan, Colorado Division of Water Resources Division III Engineer, also told the board that the Rio Grande Basin ranks first in the state for snow pack with 158% of average for the Upper Rio Grande Basin.
The Arkansas River Power Authority has sued the city of Raton, New Mexico, in a dispute over higher costs for a generating plant in Lamar. The lawsuit was filed against Raton, one of the authority‚€™s seven member cities, on Friday, and seeks a court order that Raton is obligated by contract to purchase its electricity from the authority at wholesale prices established by the authority. The lawsuit also seeks a court order that Raton is required to set its retail electrical rates at a level sufficient to pay its share of the costs of the Lamar plant.
Crestina Martinez, 25, a Costilla County resident, has announced her candidacy for the county‚€™s district three county commissioner seat. The seat is currently held by Joe Gallegos who is term-limited and cannot run again. Martinez is running as a democrat. She graduated from Alamosa High School and Colorado College where she double majored in sociology and Spanish. She is currently pursuing a master‚€™s degree from the University of Colorado in Denver. She has worked for the county for the past few years as its protection and preservation coordinator.