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10-12-2003, 11:06 PM
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The body of Gabriel "Clark" Archuleta, 79, of Del Norte, who walked away from the San Juan Care Center in Del Norte a week ago Saturday night, was found just after noon on Friday. The Rio Grande County Sheriff's Office received a call at 12:05pm on Friday from the Colorado State Patrol, saying that the body had been found by a local resident in a field across from the U.S. Forest Service office on the East edge of Del Norte, on the North side of U.S. 160. No foul play is suspected in Archuleta's death. Archuleta often left the nursing home but was never considered a risk. A week ago Saturday, Archuleta left the nursing home and then returned for supper, but then left again and never came back. He was suffering from diabetes and dementia.

About 30 residents of Conejos County showed up at a public meeting last Tuesday regarding the proposed placement of a water treatment plant at the contaminated Summitville Gold Mine Site in the San Juan's. The Colorado Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency want to put a $14 million treatment plant near the current water treatment plant, uphill from the Summitville dam impoundment. The location would require that the water for treatment would have to be pumped up to the plant. Residents would like to see the plant placed downstream instead, however, officials say the plant in the location would cost $1 million more to build. Although a heated debate on the issue ensued at the meeting, funding the project and the need to trim the cost of the project seemed to be at the forefront for officials.

Trinidad Mayor Joseph Reorda and the Trinidad City Council will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the City Hall Annex, located next door to the existing city hall, tomorrow at 1pm. The City Hall Annex will be the new home of the building inspection department, public works director, city engineer, engineering department, and a new downtown police substation. Hours of operation will be 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday for the Annex. The police substation hours have not yet been determined, however, an emergency call box during unstaffed hours will be available at the front of the building. The public is welcome to attend the ribbon cutting.

The Alamosa School District Board, last week, adopted a resolution to retain the bond firm of U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, to explore refinancing the district's $8.5 million debt. The original bond amount was $11 million and that money was used to build the new high school in Alamosa. The debt has been paid down to the current $8.5 million over the past 7 years or so. Rates on the bonds need to fall below 3% before a refinance will reportedly help the district. It will cost the district about $120,000 to refinance the bonds if that is what the board decides to do.

Adams State College has been accepted by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council as a candidate for accreditation of its graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs. The college is reportedly planning to drop its current accreditation with the national council for the accreditation of teacher education at the end of the semester and move to TEAC instead as its program will be more compatible with the college's efforts and assessment policies.

The South Central Council of Governments in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties would like to remind you that they would be closed today in observance of Columbus Day. The closure includes the main office, HCBS, Transit, Housing, Meals on Wheels and the meal program at the Harry Sayre Senior Center in Trinidad.