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10-03-2003, 05:32 AM
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Colorado State Health Officials yesterday reported that a woman from Thornton is the latest victim to die of West Nile Virus, bringing the state's death total to 43. The Adams County woman, who was suffering from Meningitis, died on September 8th. Herrā€™s is the fourth West Nile Virus-related death for Adams County. 26 new human cases of West Nile Virus were also reported in Colorado yesterday, brining the state's total to 2,134 human cases. More information on West Nile Virus can be obtained by calling the Colorado Health Education line for the public at 1-877-462-2911.

The arguments on Capitol Hill over the 87 billion dollar request to aid Iraq. U.S. Senator Wayne Allard told KSPK that he believes the figure is reasonable to get Iraq operating on its own. Asked if the U.S. was winning the peace in Iraq, Sen. Allard said that 75% of the Iraqi people support the U.S. but that the rest are fostering terrorism. The U.S. continues losing soldiers to terrorism in Iraq, even though the war has been declared officially over by the U.S.

Brad Edward Johnson, 20, of Ault, Colorado, will stand trial on March 15th in Trinidad. Johnson is accused of abducting transportation service owner Florence Barajas on December 3rd, and taking her on a 60-mile police chase along Interstate 25. Barajas picked up Johnson at the Trinidad Walmart on a possible fare to Pueblo, then was allegedly threatened with a gun and made to drive towards pueblo. Police and the state patrol flattened the tires on Barajas' van near Colorado City where Johnson was eventually apprehended. Johnson also plead guilty Wednesday to assaulting fellow inmate Daniel Quintero in May in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a felony sexual assault charge against him. He faces 18 months in jail and a $1,000 fine for that assault.

Conejos County Fugitive Clarence Candelaria, 43, was apprehended in Pueblo on Monday night thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip. Candelaria escaped from authorities on August 29th about 9:10pm while he was being transported to Park County by a Conejos County Sheriff's Deputy. The vehicle came to a stop near a South Alamosa residence, and Candelaria, who was not cuffed or shackled, jumped out of the car and fled into the night. He had been sentenced to three years in prison on August 28th for selling $100 of cocaine to an undercover officer. Candelaria was admitted to Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, which is where he was captured.

Las Animas County's assessed valuation jumped 8% this year over last year thanks in large part to methane gas production in the county. Last year's assessed valuation was $250 million. This year has risen to $270 million. According to County Administrator Bill Cordova, the oil and gas industry in Las Animas County now makes up 51.8% of the county's total assessed valuation. That number was 50% last year.

Jeffery Scott Pallo, 35, and Brad Bennett, 29, both of Alamosa, were arrested early this week in connection with a string of burglaries, arsons and criminal mischief incidents. A tip from a concerned citizen helped in the investigation into the incidents and broke up a criminal ring that was responsible for losses in excess of $350,000, occurring over the past 7 years.

The Alamosa City Council has joined the opposition to Referendum A saying that there are other measures available to address the drought instead of the proposed $2 billion "blank check". Council said that Referendum A "seems like a very bad deal for the citizens of Alamosa".