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Two more measures made the Colorado ballot on Friday, one to require employers to provide safe working environments, and the other to eliminate a tax credit for oil and gas drillers. Amendment 57 was the final of four pro-worker initiatives that place new mandates on employers. The other three measures include Amendment 53, which cracks down on corporate fraud; Amendment 55, which calls for just cause before firing a worker and Amendment 56, which mandates health insurance for employees.
Ballot initiative 113 was one of the topics on the agenda at the Adam State College Board of Trustee meeting on Friday. The board of trustees passed a resolution endorsing ballot initiative 113 that proposes to create the Colorado Promise Scholarship by eliminating a tax credit for large oil and gas companies. If approved by Colorado voters in November, the initiative would double the number of need-based scholarships available to resident students attending public colleges and universities. According to the Colorado Department of Higher Education, average Colorado Promise Scholarship awards at Adam‚€™s State College could range from $2000 to $2750 with a maximum award of $5500 available in the lowest income category.
There is good news for potato growers throughout the country including the San Luis Valley. Total U.S. potato exports for frozen, fresh, dehydrated, chips and seed potatoes were up 11.35 percent over the same period of time in 2007. Although the largest export category was frozen, with a 12 percent growth spurt, exports of fresh potatoes (table stock and chip stock) increased by 15 percent. Growth mainly came from exports to Mexico and Canada.
Voters in Monte Vista will be asked to vote on a ballot resolution for the November election that will ask for approval of a bond issue and a mill levy override. The bond issue provides one-time money for construction, while the mill levy override provides additional money each year to help pay for increased transportation and utility costs and technology upgrades and maintenance. The school board spokesman believes that the future of Monte Vista depends on continuing to improve its schools.
Speed and alcohol were not factors in an accident on Friday on U.S. Highway 160. Susan Loveland age 45 of Alamosa, Colorado who was driving a 2000 red Toyota sedan was struck by John Charles Kuchta of Dayton, Texas who was driving a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Kuchta, the driver of the motorcycle, who was not wearing a helmet was ejected from the motorcycle and struck the hood of vehicle one. Kuchta was transported to SLV Regional Medical Center because of his injuries.