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Saying that his office had an idea that they wanted to have an innovation office, Governor John Hickenlooper announced an initiative yesterday that aims to connect innovators with entrepreneurs in order to convert ideas into products more quickly. The governor said that he hopes the idea will result in more manufacturing jobs in Colorado. The Colorado Innovation Network will be folded into the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. It aims to link public and private researchers with development groups with an eye on quickly getting new ideas to market, creating jobs along the way. The cooperative, also known as COIN, builds on two themes of the governor’s bottom-up economic plan, namely: fostering innovation and creating an image of Colorado outside the state that projects economic prosperity. The goal of linking discoveries to the businesses that can get them to market builds on a report that Colorado’s U.S. Senator Michael Bennet presented earlier this year to President Barack Obama.

3rd Judicial District Chief Judge Claude Appel yesterday decided to grant a 63-day stay in proceedings against Ryan Dougherty, 21, and Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 26, to determine what federal and Florida prosecutors intend to do in the case. A possible plea deal for the two brothers was discussed in Huerfano County District Court yesterday, prompting the request for a stay in proceedings until January 30th. Defense attorneys also want to wait for DNA and forensic test results from the weapons allegedly used in the crime spree. They said they need more time to better advise their clients. Prosecutors said the stay in proceedings was unnecessary and that test results may be available as early as this week. The brothers, along with their sister Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, were caught in a high-speed chase on August 10th on Interstate 25 that ended on the north side of Walsenburg. Charges against the siblings are also pending in Florida. The trio is also suspected of stealing two cars in Utah.

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission yesterday discussed two proposals that could have Las Animas County sharing a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives with Pueblo County, with the eastern plains, or with parts of both. The Colorado State Supreme Court rejected maps submitted by the commission. In its ruling, the court cited insufficient attention to avoiding splitting counties into more than one legislative district. Democrats on the reapportionment commission yesterday proposed a geographically sprawling house district that would pair Las Animas County with the eastern plains counties of Baca, Bent, Prowers, Kiowa, Crowley, Lincoln, Elbert and Washington. Commission member Arnold Salazar, a democrat from Alamosa, said that the proposal links counties with rural lifestyles and economies that also have the shared trait of small populations. Republican proposals for Las Animas County include keeping it whole but tethering it to Pueblo County, or placing the entire county in a district with part of Pueblo County and all of Bent County. The commission’s deadline to present another plan to the supreme court is December 6th.

The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss a proposal to move mail processing operations from the Alamosa Customer Service Mail Processing Center into the Denver Processing and Distribution Center. The meeting to explain the proposed changes will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, December 13th, at Alamosa High School, 805 Craft Drive in Alamosa. The changes would not affect the post office, window, retail or delivery functions, but would only affect where the mail would be sorted. With the deep decline in mail volume due to current economic conditions and continuing electronic diversion, the postal service has an excess of employees and equipment in some mail processing operations. A net decrease of approximately five positions at the Alamosa facility is projected.

Semillas De La Tierra invites you to their annual December Fiesta Friday, December 9th, and Saturday, December 10th. Enjoy Folklorico dancing at Richardson Hall Auditorium on the Adams State campus with guest performers Las Mariposas dance ensemble from New Mexico. General admission is $10, with discounts for kids and free admission for AS&F with ID. Ticket proceeds will benefit Semillas De La Tierra’s mission to celebrate and preserve Hispanic culture through music and dance. Call 719-589-9000 for more information.