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Despite the nice weather at the lower elevations, there‚€™s been plenty of snow at the higher elevations at Monarch Pass for the ski resort to open. Located west of Salida on Hwy 50, Monarch has received a foot of snow with more expected this weekend. For those loving to ski or snowboard, it‚€™s the perfect opportunity to hit the slopes. 3 of the 5 lifts will be in operation.
The weather is expected to make a drastic change this weekend. From temperatures in the 50‚€™s and 60‚€™s, highs will only be in the 30‚€™s for Saturday and Sunday with the chance of the first snowfalls possible in the lower elevations.
Grand Junction Mayor, Jim Spehar, 57, is expiring the possibility of running for the third congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Scott McGinnis. Spehar is a well-known Democrat who could pose competion for John Salazar of Alamosa who announced his intentions last week along Anthony Martinez of Antonito. Numerous Republicans are trying for the seat too.
By selling Christmas trees and champagne, an Alamosa group hopes to raise $20,000 today to fight domestic violence and sexual assault. Tu Casa will present their festival of trees today. The money raised will go toward building a new shelter in the Alamosa area. The group hopes the hand decorated trees will bring $500 each plus the 300 glasses of champagne will find that one of the glasses has a half carat diamond in it from Jones Jewelers, valued at $2500. The event and auction will be held at the Family Recreation Center with a $4 charge for adults to go plus $2 for children. There will be music, dancing, food and a visit from Santa for the kids.
The West Nile Virus has claimed its 52nd victim in Colorado, the most in the nation. A 73 year-old Larimer County man died from the mosquito caused virus. Another 100 new cases have also been reported. The new cases reported are from August and September. The virus season is over for West Nile in Colorado but these residual cases crop up from the 30 to 60 day prior period meaning the death toll could go higher.
The building that housed the Senior Citizen Center for the past 20 years is going to be demolished in Alamosa. The historic Hunt House was going to be rescued from the wrecking ball by a group wanting to move and restore the building but they could not meet the Nov. 15th deadline set by the city council that voted 5-2 to demolish it. The new senior citizen center was built next door and is having its big grand opening this Sunday. The Senior Citizen Center will determine when the building will be demolished. The Alamosa Uptown and River Association feels the house should be preserved because it's the only one left that shows the Victorian architecture of the 1870's in Alamosa. It was named after the territorial governor, Alexander Hunt from the late 1860s.