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The Colorado General Assembly yesterday adopted a resolution that recognizes the wind-energy industry in Colorado, on the heels of a vote in the U.S. Senate that threatens to cripple it. The resolution acknowledges that wind energy and associated industries provide 6,000 jobs in Colorado and generate $10 million in property taxes for Colorado counties annually. Rural landowners in the state receive more than $5.4 million in lease payments for the wind-energy projects on their property. The sponsors of the resolution are Representative Wes McKinley, of Cokedale, and Senators Gail Schwartz, of Snowmass Village, and Greg Brophy, of Wray. All represent southern Colorado counties. The resolution passed 53 to 10 in the house with only republicans voting against it to show their support for traditional energy sources.
Ty Noga, 22, of Walsenburg, was reportedly sighting in a new gun yesterday at the John Mall High School football field in Walsenburg when the gun went off and shot Noga in the leg. A report of the shooting was called in to authorities at 4:19pm yesterday and law enforcement from the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado State Patrol responded to the football field. Noga was transported by ambulance to the Spanish Peaks Regional Medical Center and was then transferred by Flight for Life to Pueblo where he was reportedly in surgery last night. The full extent of Noga’s injury is not known. The initial investigation into the incident indicates that the gun discharge was likely accidental in nature, however, the investigation is continuing.
Misdemeanor charges against Trinidad City Councilwoman Linda Velasquez were dropped yesterday in connection with alleged gambling violations at a bar she co-owns with her brother in Trinidad. Velasquez had faced misdemeanor counts of obstructing a government official and harassment after a July raid at Gino’s Sports Bar. She is still facing two felony charges of unlawfully permitting gambling on premises with a liquor license and one felony count of attempting to influence a public servant. District Attorney Frank Ruybalid argued that a liquor license holder has the responsibility to be aware of what is going on at an establishment at all times. He also claimed that Velasquez used her clout as a city councilmember to intimidate an appointed official. District Judge Leslie Gerbracht dismissed the misdemeanor charges. Another hearing in the case has been scheduled for May 21st.
The POW-MIA Committee of the San Luis Valley will hold a St. Patrick’s corn beef and cabbage or beef stew fundraiser at the Alamosa VFW at 519 Main Street in Alamosa, tonight, from 5pm to 8pm. This fund raiser helps support their annual 132 mile relay walk that is done on the third Friday and Saturday in September every year for National POW-MIA Day.
Joan M. Golenda, 51, the woman who was hit after running into traffic on Interstate 25 in Pueblo, was being treated yesterday in a Denver hospital in critical condition. According to authorities, Golenda grew ill initially and asked a man she was riding with to pull over. After the northbound car stopped, Golenda got out and ran into traffic and was run over by a truck hauling a trailer of cinder blocks. The driver of the truck swerved to miss Golenda and struck another northbound car, which forced that car into the median. The other drivers in the incident were not injured.