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Alex Martinez, a Colorado State Supreme Court justice and former Pueblo district judge, was named Denver’s new manager of safety yesterday. Martinez will begin his new job on November 1st and will inherit oversight of a police department wrought with brutality complaints and without a chief of police. Martinez said that high-profile incidents have eroded the perception of Denver Police in the community, but he hopes that trust will be restored through their interactions in day-to-day contacts with citizens. Martinez also wants to be a part of choosing Denver’s next chief of police. Martinez worked as a public defender in Pueblo before being appointed by Governor Richard Lamm to the Pueblo County Court bench in 1983. Governor Roy Romer appointed him to the district court bench in Pueblo five years later. Romer appointed Martinez to the Colorado State Supreme Court in 1996 and voters have twice retained him, most recently last year.

The “Sneak Peak” at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo takes place tonight with opening day tomorrow. Chris Wiseman with the state fair told us about the sneak peak night… (VISIT THE NEWS PAGE ON www.kspk.com AND CLICK ON AUDIO AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE TO HEAR INTERVIEW). Wiseman also told us about some of the music entertainment at the fair this year… (INTERVIEW PART 2). Wiseman also talked about some of the free attractions this year… (INTERVIEW PART 3). And how can the public purchase tickets… (INTERVIEW PART 4). Visit www.coloradostatefair.com for complete details on this year’s fair.

Citizens of Jaroso held the first of two community meetings regarding the possible closing of the Jaroso Post Office last Sunday to build an action plan to oppose the closing. The law requires the postal service to provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services in rural areas, however the postal service is targeting downsizing small post offices. 77% of the post offices that are planned to close are in rural areas. 65 Colorado post offices are on that list. The meeting was used to gather community members to fight a closing. Preparations for a meeting with the postal service are also being made.

The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta announces the opening reception for the 2011 “Transitions” show this Saturday, August 27th, from 5 to 7pm. Fourteen area artists plus guest artist Lynn Chapman have filled the galleries with stunning original art in a variety of media. Chapman’s colorful and energetic pastels fill the original gallery, while the new John and Jeannie Fuller Gallery showcases works in oils, watercolor, acrylic, photography and glass. The show will be on display until September 17th. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 3pm, and Sundays from noon to 3. The galleries are located at 132 W. Ryus in the La Veta Town Park. Call 719-742-3074 for more information.

The Las Animas County Department of Human Services will issue commodity foods today from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds in Trinidad. This issue will be for individuals who have completed an application card. No applications will be taken during the issuance. The commodity food program is extended to all eligible households without regard to race, color, sex, religion, natural origin or political beliefs. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.