CHECK OUT WWW.KSPK.COM FOR NEWS, SPORTS & EVERYTHING SOUTHERN COLORADO!! KSPK-TV Channel 34 in Trinidad KSPK-FM is 104.1 in Trinidad, Alamosa and the San Luis Valley, 102.3 FM in Pueblo & Walsenburg & 103.5 FM in Del Norte and South Fork
or stream KSPK live in your computer anywhere in the world at: www.kspk.com
Today is the day that Trinidad voters will go to the polls to decide if Trinidad City Councilman Al Pando will be removed from office. The recall election follows the city council’s decision in April to fire former City Manager Ed Gil De Rubio. Mayor John Rino and council members Pando, Linda Velasquez and Joe Bonato all voted to fire Gil De Rubio. Bernadett Baca-Gonzales, Frank Shew and Carol Bolton voted against the firing. Al Pando said yesterday that the recall was the work of “a small group of people… who have been here less than five years.” He said that he has a lot of supporters and feels really confident that he is going to win. Steve Bolton of the Trinidad Recall Action Committee, the group supporting the recall of Pando, said that the recall was prompted by Pando’s “arrogance”. 1,782 mail ballots were mailed out to people who signed up to be on the permanent mailing list. About 50% of those ballots have been returned so far. Voters can also cast their vote at Sebastiani Gym in Trinidad today from 7am to 7pm. And, if you haven’t returned your mail-in ballot as of yet, don’t mail it. Instead, be sure to take it to the Trinidad City Clerk’s office by 7pm today in order for it to be counted.
A 59-year-old Fremont County woman, who was not identified, is listed as the first to contract the West Nile Virus in Colorado this summer. After showing symptoms, the woman was initially hospitalized earlier this month, but has since been discharged for recovery at home. Most cases of the virus are reported in Colorado in late July through early September. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes who bite during evening and nighttime hours. Hot and dry weather conditions increase the risk for the infection in people, and those aged 55 and older are more susceptible. Refraining from being outside in the evening hours and using an insect repellent that contains DEET are suggested as precautions against being infected with the disease.
The City of Monte Vista recognizes the importance of the vitality of the downtown to a community. In an effort to help economic development, the city began to look at ways to make the street-scape around downtown more attractive. The project also includes underground utility replacement. The underground utilities are old and in many cases are undersized. The current storm drain also doesn’t work well. The utility project will replace the aging water and sewer mains and services and will upgrade the storm drain. Construction will take place on First Avenue from Madison Street to Batterson Street, and work is expected to begin the week of August 13th. A public meeting will be held tonight to discuss particulars of the project. The meeting will take place at the Monte Vista information center at 947 First Avenue from 6:30 to 7:30pm tonight. For more information, call 719-852-2692. Everyone is welcome.
The Saguache and Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committees are seeking proposals for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on the Rio Grande, San Juan and Gunnison National Forests and other nearby lands in Saguache, Rio Grande, Mineral, Hinsdale and Conejos counties. Project proposals must be submitted by August 17th. Funding for proposed projects may be available through the recent reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Proposed projects must benefit the resources on the national forests and must go through an environmental analysis as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. For more information or to learn about proposing projects, please contact Mike Blakeman, RAC coordinator, at 719-852-6212.
Come one, come all, to a fundraiser for Bantam and Craver cheerleaders at the Colorado City Park this Friday, August 3rd, from 5 to 9pm. There will be family fun and live entertainment by sonny hood and the outlaws. Cost is $3 per person, and be sure to bring a chair.