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10-21-2003, 08:53 PM
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Saying that we don't need to give a $2 billion pot of money to any governor, former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm joined the anti- Referendum a forces yesterday. Referendum A is the $2 billion water bonding issue that will appear on Colorado's November 4th Ballot that is being backed by current Governor Bill Owens. Lamm said that Referendum A would rekindle the water wars between the Front Range and the Western Slope as the Western Slope has much of the state's water supply that the Front Range needs. Attorney General Ken Salazar and former Governors Republican John Vanderhoof and Democrat Roy Romer have also all come out against Referendum A. Gov. Owens office, in response to Lamm's statements, said yesterday that the Referendum is not for a "pot of money for any governor" but that it is a financing mechanism for projects conceived at the local level.

Anthony Bekinnie, 19, of Walsenburg, died early Sunday morning after apparently falling off of a dormitory roof or possibly through a 5th-floor window at a Yale University dorm. The death has been ruled accidental by the Connecticut State Medical Examiner. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple blunt force traumas. Whether or not drugs or alcohol was involved will not be known for about a month when blood tests will be completed. Bekinnie was reportedly visiting his girlfriend, who is attending Yale University. Police were called about 3am on Sunday. They found Bekinnie unresponsive outside Durfee Hall and paramedics could not revive him.

Allen Davey, Engineer for the Rio Grande Water Conservation District and the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, spoke at the Rio Grande Museum last week about the water situation in the San Luis Valley. The talk was the first in a series entitled "San Luis Valley water - lifeblood of our communities" that is being presented by the museum. Davey told those in attendance that it will take 19 years of average diversions just to bring the aquifers back to sustainable levels. He said that if 50,000 acres of irrigated land could be cut, the time to restore the aquifers could be cut to about 5 years. He said that the problem is not the drought as much as it is that the valley is using more water than is being replaced. He said over the past two years, the unconfined aquifer storage dropped by about 640,000 acre-feet. He said that the valley needs to live within its means and manage consumption of water in the aquifers.

Except for the summer season of May through September, the Raton, NM, Amtrak Station will no longer offer advance ticket purchases. The facility became unmanned last Sunday. The train will continue to stop in Raton and will take on passengers in both directions, however, passengers will not be able to purchase tickets before boarding the train. The bus service to link Denver to Raton will continue according to an Amtrak spokesman.

The Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a meet the candidates/ballot forum at 7pm Thursday at the American Legion Hall in Alamosa. City council candidates have been invited to present their views and a panel will discuss the pros and cons of the state and local ballot issues. The public is invited to attend.

The Huerfano County Action 22 Committee will hold a planning meeting at 9am on Thursday at the Rambler Restaurant on the North side of Walsenburg. The meeting is for members, however, anyone interested is welcome to attend.