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The Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce will award the 2008 Chenoweth Public Service Award at their annual meeting and casino night at Aultman Hall on Saturday, February 21st. The Chenowith award honors an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the Trinidad and Las Animas County Community as a result of the nominee‚€™s efforts to make the area a better place to live and do business. The deadline to submit applications is February 4th. For an application, call the chamber at 719-846-9285.
U.S. Representative John Salazar yesterday was named to the House Appropriations Committee in congress, and he will serve on two key subcommittees that affect southern Colorado: namely the military construction panel as well as the subcommittee overseeing energy and water projects. Salazar, whose district includes the 238,000-Pinon Canyon training area, co-sponsored a funding ban that was put in the 2008 and 2009 federal budgets that prohibits the army from spending any money on the expansion. Landowners opposed to the army‚€™s expansion have been waiting for President-Elect Barack Obama‚€™s administration to take office, hoping that that will lead to different priorities at the defense department. Salazar also reintroduced the ‚€œsave the family farm and ranch act‚€Ě yesterday. The act, which was introduced during the last legislative session, would defer inheritance taxes so heirs to farms and ranches would not have to literally sell off the family farm to pay the taxes on it. Salazar said the house co-sponsors are hoping for a large measure of support from members of the agricultural committee in the senate and have already talked with newly elected Senator Mark Udall.
Colorado state lawmakers yesterday began their 2009 legislative session promising to work together and warning each other if they don‚€™t. Democrats and republicans both vowed to work together to address Colorado‚€™s economic problems and the cuts needed to balance the state‚€™s budget. Democrats say the state needs to find ways to stimulate the economy by getting new companies to locate in Colorado and ensuring that existing businesses don‚€™t cut the jobs they already have. Republicans said the legislature should do no harm to Colorado businesses either from existing taxes or new regulations. Denver democrat Terrance Carroll, who made history when he was named the first black Speaker of the Colorado House, called on lawmakers to approve Governor Bill Ritter‚€™s package designed to spur economic development, which includes a proposed new tax rebate for companies that create 20 or more jobs in the state, and a measure that would help small companies secure the loans they need to stay in business.
Assistant professor and director of the holistic health and massage therapy programs at Trinidad State Junior College Marcia Heusted, gave a lecture yesterday that outlined the benefits of holistic medicine for everyday aches and pains. Huested said that to keep immunity strong, drink lots of water. She said ‚€œto determine how many ounces per day, take your body weight and divide it by two. [and] drink most of your water early in the day‚€Ě. She said that caffeine has a tendency to make people lose water. It is also necessary for the human body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. Water also has detoxification benefits by cleaning out the liver and kidneys, carrying waste out of the body. Huested also stressed that people keep their blood PH alkaline by thinking green ‚€“ in other words, by eating green vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce or cabbage.
January is National Radon Action Month and your Las Animas and Huerfano Counties District Health Department is working to increase awareness of the health effects of radon gas exposure, promote radon testing and radon mitigation. To learn more about radon, the health department is sponsoring a free radon class to be held on Tuesday, January 20th, from 9am to noon at Walsenburg‚€™s City Hall. Builders, contractors and homeowners are invited to attend. The health department is also handing out free radon test kits. For more information, or to obtain a test kit, call 719-738-6659 in Walsenburg or 719-846-2213 in Trinidad.