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Citing ongoing recall efforts against him and negativity toward him and other council members, Trinidad Mayor John Rino resigned his position yesterday, effective immediately. Rino turned in a letter yesterday to Trinidad City Clerk Audra Garrett and interim city manager Ralph Gagliardi that details his reasons for leaving. The letter reads in part, “The last seven months have been a drain on me and my family, and it’s been very difficult to swallow all of the negativity presented by our local press”. Rino said he has experienced a complete “character assassination” in the form of editorials and letters to the editor that have had a profound impact on him, his son and his sisters. Rino also apologized in his letter to the people who have supported him, but said that concern for his own well-being and his family’s well-being must come first. Rino said that he hopes Trinidad can become less divisive and toxic. Rino said that he doesn’t want to continue to see this division in our community continue.

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas yesterday confirmed that an undisclosed number of workers at its Pueblo tower plant received layoff notices as the company begins a pullback due to slumping orders in the United States. Vestas did not give a specific number of job cuts but it is believed that the layoffs could affect about 90 of the plant’s 450 workers. In a written statement, Vestas said that the “workforce reduction in the tower factory represents approximately 3% of Vestas’ total workforce in the U.S. and Canada, which is estimated to be around 3,000 workers. Vestas tied the layoffs directly to the failure of congress to extend a wind energy tax credit set to expire this year in the statement. The statement did not address any possible layoffs at the company’s other plants in northern Colorado or whether or not additional layoffs could take place at the pueblo plant in the future.

Rene Ramos, 42, of Walsenburg, was reported missing by family members on August 5th. She was last seen in Walsenburg on July 28th and 29th, and did not report to work on Monday, July 30th. It is believed that Ramos may have recently been in the Gunnison, Denver or Midway, Colorado, area, but family members, friends and co-workers have been unable to reach her and are concerned about her well-being. Rene Ramos is about 5’3” tall, 170 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last known to be driving a 2004 silver Ford Taurus with Colorado license plate 060 LNI. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Ramos, please contact the Walsenburg Police Department at 719-738-1044.

Thousands of big game hunting licenses that did not sell during the license application and draw process will go on sale to the public this morning at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and more than 700 hunting license retailers statewide. In addition to the approximately 34,000 elk licenses, 6,300 deer licenses and 6,300 pronghorn licenses that will be available, more than 900 bear licenses and 120 leftover fall turkey licenses will also go on sale to the public this morning. Leftover license day is one of the biggest hunting license sales days for many hunting license sales locations. Hunters can find a complete list of leftover licenses online at www.wildlife.state.co.us. Internet sales of leftover licenses will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, August 15th.

An eclectic collection of artwork crafted from a unique group of artists will be the next art show to be sponsored by the Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center in Del Norte. The art thing artist group will open a three week show with a reception with refreshments on Sunday, August 19th, from 1 to 4pm. The show will feature artwork in various mediums including wood, clay, textiles, painting of various kinds, and paper. For more information, call the museum at 719-657-2847. The museum is located at 580 Oak Street in Del Norte and is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.