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Colorado Lawmakers, especially those from rural areas, are greatly opposed to term limits. They say that their political influence is being lost to the faster-growing cities of Denver and Colorado Springs. Each decade, rural areas are losing House and Senate Seats to the Urban Corridor between Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, because each new census confirms continuing population shifts to the cities. House Speaker Lola Spradley, the first woman speaker of the house in Colorado's 128-year history, is term limited this year. She said that rural areas need all of the clout they can get to counterbalance the larger numbers of legislators elected along the Northern Front Range. Sen. Lewis Entz also hates term limits. He says that you have to have historical knowledge. Entz says he can relate back 35 years to when he was a County Commissioner. Lawmakers in their final year this year include Rep. Lola Spradley, Rep. Brad Young, Sen. Ken Chlouber and Rep. Carl Miller.
Trinidad City Councilman Carmen Sandoval has announced that he will run for Las Animas County Commission Seat from District 2. Sandoval said that being retired, he could devote a lot of time to the commissioners' responsibilities. He said he would work in harmony with the city on city and county issues, most importantly water issues. Sandoval has lived in Trinidad for 39 years and has served on the Trinidad Ambulance District Board and the Emergency 911 Response Board. He said that if he were elected to the County Commission Board, he would immediately resign from his city council seat. County Commission incumbents Robert Valdez and Ken Torres both announced two weeks ago that they will both seek re-election this year.
San Luis Valley Ranchers with senior water rights say that their water is being stolen by well pumpers. Kelly Sowards of Manassa told the Rio Grande Water Conservation District Directors this week that he thinks they "only want to keep the wells pumping". Sowards said that the district needs to take an active role in recharging the aquifer and getting the state engineer to impose rules for well users. David Robbins, the District's Attorney, said that the board has to remain neutral on the needs of the many competing water interests. Well rules must be economically feasible and the Colorado State Supreme Court has told the state engineer that rules cannot be imposed until a study of ground and surface water has been completed.
The City of Trinidad and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad is in the process of repairing the railroad tracks at the intersection of Commercial and Pine Streets in Trinidad. Commercial Street will be closed to all traffic at the intersection all week next week for track and street repair. Traffic should use animas and plum streets in the interim. More information about the project can be obtained by calling the public works director at 846-9843.
Alamosa District Judge O. John Kuenhold has set the trial dates for Krystal Lee Voss for June 14th through the 18th. Voss is charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse resulting in death. Voss is accused of the death of her 19-month-old son Kyran who died last March 24th from head injuries associated with shaken baby syndrome.