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U.S. Senators Wayne Allard and Ken Salazar have been fighting over filling three federal judgeships in Denver however, so far not one of the seven persons that Senator Allard has recommended to President Bush for the coveted jobs resides south of Denver. Salazar has said that he will forward his list to President Bush by March 15th. Who may be on his list is not known as of yet, however, none of the 8 persons helping Salazar pick who he will recommend for the lifetime positions is a southern Colorado resident. Salazar‚€™s office did say that Salazar wants his advisory selection commission to consider persons ‚€œfrom all regions of the state‚€Ě and that the final list of names are a good representation of Colorado. The closest involved to a southern Colorado connection are Francis Koncilja, a Denver attorney, is one of those helping Salazar compile his list. She is a Pueblo native. William Leone, a Denver attorney on Allard‚€™s list, grew up in Trinidad. And, Christine Arguello, a Denver attorney, is a native of Thatcher.
In an apparent move to justify its need for the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site northeast of Trinidad, the army has announced that 1,500 soldiers belonging to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division will convoy to Pinon Canyon beginning today. The troops will take part in ‚€œWarhorse Gauntlet I‚€Ě, a field exercise in counter-insurgency that will continue until February 22nd. This will be the first time the army has sent a large unit to train at the 238,000-acre site in almost 2 years. The army says it wants to expand the training area by 414,000 acres, however, ranchers and others who opposed the expansion have been saying how little the army has actually used Pinon Canyon since if first acquired the land back in 1985. Fort Carson officials do admit that the army has only used the training ground about 30 times since 1985, or only a little more than once a year, for large-unit maneuvers.
‚€œSuper Tuesday‚€Ě is tomorrow, and the caucuses in Colorado will provide a crucial opportunity for all Coloradoans to participate in government. Tomorrow is the only chance that Colorado voters will have the chance to select delegates to vote for their chosen candidate for president in their party. Both democrats and republicans will hold caucuses tomorrow. There will not be a presidential candidate on the given party‚€™s primary ballot in August, so tomorrow is important for anyone wanting to participate in selecting their party‚€™s candidate for president. All caucuses in Colorado will be held at 7pm tomorrow, however, anyone wishing to attend is advised to arrive early. Call your county clerk‚€™s office for the location of the caucuses taking place in your county and for more information.
An onslaught of candidates has announced their candidacies for various offices in southern Colorado in the past week or so. Here are those that we are aware of: David Mahonee, 57, a deputy prosecutor in the 12th judicial district, has announced for the position of district attorney to replace the term-limited Peter Comar. Frank Ruybalid, 48, has announced his intention to run for the office of district attorney for the third judicial district that includes Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. Ruybalid was previously D.A. from 2001 to 2005.
Charles Griego, a long-time Alamosa City Councilor, has announced that he will run for Alamosa County Commissioner in District 3. Griego is a San Luis Valley native. Conejos County District 1 incumbent Commissioner John Sandoval, 41, has announced that he is running for re-election. Sandoval is currently unopposed. Conejos County District III incumbent Commissioner Steve McCarroll has announced that he will also seek re-election for his seat. McCarroll replaced his father, Robert McCarroll when he died in office. McCarroll is being challenged by Maurice Gibson, of La Jara, who has announced that he is also seeking the district III seat. Gibson is a native of Conejos County.