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Colorado State Representative Sal Pace resigned his leadership role on Friday to concentrate on his congressional campaign. Pace will remain in the state legislature, but he will no longer be the house minority leader. Pace and his fellow house democrats chose Representative Mark Ferrandino, of Denver, as the new minority leader. Pace was elected to the legislature in 2008. He was elected minority leader last year. Pace is challenging incumbent republican U.S. Representative Scott Tipton of Cortez for his seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. Ferrandino brings the experience of having served on the Joint Budget Committee. He says he intends to reach across the aisle in the hopes of accomplishing meaningful job-creating legislation with republicans, but said he has reason to believe that the GOP in the Colorado House is assuming an obstructionist posture. Republicans hold a 33-32 advantage in the house after taking the majority from democrats in last year’s election.
Rory David Rodriguez, 24, of Denver, was shot and killed early Saturday morning when he and 2 other men entered a Trinidad residence for what is believed to have been a robbery attempt. Rodriguez was taken by ambulance to Mount San Rafael Hospital and then to Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo. He died at about 2:30pm Saturday from a gunshot wound to the head. The other two suspects fled the scene and were at large Saturday night. Arrest warrants have been issued for Alejandro Antonio Rodriguez, 21, of Trinidad, and Mario Dean Chavez, 21, of Denver. Trinidad Police arrived at the home on Spruce Street at 2:17am on Saturday on a report of a burglary in progress with shots fired. When officers arrived, they found an unresponsive man, later identified as Rory David Rodriguez, face down on the front lawn with an apparent gunshot wound. The residents of the home, who were not identified, told police they were asleep in a bedroom when they heard a knock at the front door and then heard the door being forced open. The female resident reportedly hid in the bathroom while the male resident confronted the intruders with a handgun.
Without naming the potential new business, the Alamosa City Council last week voted unanimously to direct city staff to enter negotiations to provide incentives for a major hotel and restaurant franchise to build in Alamosa. City Manager Nathan Cherpeski says that while he is approached regularly by people looking to develop business in town, they ask for incentives from the city, but he does not have the authority to talk about such incentives. Cherpeski said the most recent inquiry came from a major hotel franchise interested in building a hotel and separate restaurant on the same property in Alamosa and the developer has asked for “assistance to the project to move him forward”. Cherpeski said the development would benefit the city in increased property tax, use tax and sales tax. The project is expected to employ about 60 people with an annual payroll of $900,000. Cherpeski said the city council will first have to decide if it’s interested in providing some sort of incentives, and then decide what, if so.
The South Central Council of Governments main office in Trinidad and Walsenburg, Early Learning Center, Corazon Kitchen, Harry Sayre Center Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, and all outlying nutrition sites will be closed on Thursday, November 24th, and on Friday, November 25th, in observance of Thanksgiving. Transit in Trinidad and Walsenburg will provide limited service on Friday. Anyone interested in a ride on Friday or on Monday, November 28th, call the Rideline at 719-845-1127 no later than 3:30pm on Wednesday, November 23rd.
The San Luis Valley Public Lands Center is now selling Christmas tree cutting permits. The permits are $8 each with a limit of 5 permits per household. Trees must be growing on land managed by the Rio Grande National Forest or the Bureau of Land Management’s San Luis Valley field office. Christmas tree permits may be purchased at any of the SLV Public Lands Center offices in Del Norte, Creede, Monte Vista, La Jara and Saguache. For more information, call 719-852-5941.