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First Lady Michelle Obama made two stops in Colorado yesterday – first in Centennial in the morning and then in Pueblo in the afternoon. She gave the same speech at both events, but like a veteran campaigner, she made the message sound passionate to the crowd of about 1,000 supporters at the state fairgrounds in Pueblo. The 30-minute speech was not much different from the one that President Barack Obama gives on his campaign stops: a recounting of accomplishments intended to mobilize democratic volunteers to register more voters and to work harder for the campaign. The first lady credited her husband with passing health care reform, for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, and for changing immigration policy to allow undocumented young people with no criminal record to stay in the U.S. through work permits. But, she also challenged the crowd, reminding them that registering new voters was the key to winning in 2008. The first lady didn’t attack republicans in her speech. Instead, she focused on her husband’s administration as well as her own personal story.

Alamosa voters will once again be asked to decide the fate of a new high school athletic facility in Alamosa during this fall’s general election. The Alamosa Board of Education this week unanimously passed a resolution to pursue an athletic complex and the relocation of vocational education facilities through a bond question in the November 2012 election. The board of education now must notify the city of their intent to place the bond question on the November ballot by July 27th. The official bond question must be submitted by September 17th. The board has not yet decided whether or not to change or keep the bond question the same as last year’s measure 3B, which was defeated by 443 votes. 3B was a proposed debt service that extended the district bond service incurred 15 years ago to build the new Alamosa High School in 1996.

The Otero County Health Department has confirmed rabies in a cow from the Las Animas area. It is very rare to see rabies in cows, according to Mike Miller, the southeast region epidemiologist with the Otero County Public Health Department. It is not yet known what caused the rabies. The cow might have contracted the rabies anywhere from a month to a few weeks ago, according to Miller. The disease takes a while to work its way to the brain and there’s no telling exactly when it takes effect. The cow was killed after it was determined that it had rabies and its head was shipped to Denver for study. Due to exposure to the rabid cow, four individuals are receiving a 14-day treatment for rabies.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials yesterday closed U.S. 50 in both directions about 14 miles west of Canon City at mile marker 262 because of a wildfire in the area. The road was closed at 3:20pm and remained closed last night. Denise Adamic, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management said that the road is expected to reopen by 1pm today.

The Huerfano County Fair and Rodeo Queen Contest will be held this Saturday, June 23rd, beginning at 2pm at the Huerfano County Fair Grounds in La Veta. For more information, contact Jessica at 719-989-0707.