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11-04-2003, 05:29 PM
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A low turnout for today's election is expected due to the lack of state or national candidate races, in fact, Secretary of State Donetta Davidson is only predicting a 20% turnout. There are no high-stakes elections for president, the legislature or congress in odd-numbered years, so the only statewide contests this year are for three ballot issues. Referendum A, to issue up to $4 billion in water development bonds, Amendment 32 to raise the homeowner property tax assessment rate, and amendment 33 to legalize video lottery gambling at Front Range Racetracks. Half of Colorado's 64 counties have opted for mail in ballots for this election, the rest will cast ballots in their local precincts at regular polling places. So, don't forget to get out today and vote, and if you have a mail in ballot and haven't mailed it yet, fill it out and then take it to the county clerk's office in your county. Any ballots not making it to the clerk's office before 7pm tonight won't be counted.

The Colorado State Patrol and 38 police and sheriff's departments made 279 DUI arrests during the Halloween weekend according to preliminary results, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Halloween enforcement lasted from 6pm last Friday through 3am Sunday morning this year. Last year, when Halloween fell on a Thursday night, the DUI enforcement period was 48 hours longer and agencies made 361 DUI arrests. The Colorado State Patrol made 49 DUI arrests this year with local police and sheriff's departments making up the rest of the total 279 arrests.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mark Hillman of Burlington and State Representative Shawn Mitchell of Broomfield have signed on as the sponsors of State Treasurer Mike Coffman's proposal to eliminate the embattled Certified Capital Corporation (or Capco) program, lending further support to eliminating what Coffman calls a state-sponsored corporate welfare subsidy. Coffman said that "The Capco Program has provided no tangible economic development benefit to the state, and Coloradans deserve better". Created in 2001 by state legislators, the Capco program was designed to spur economic development in the state by providing investment capital for Colorado businesses. The funding for the program comes from a premium tax imposed on insurance policy holders in Colorado to the tune of $200 million over ten years.

The Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce will present "Around The World In Fashion" on Thursday at the Inn of the Rio Grande with a buffet dinner beginning at 6:30pm. The 19th annual fashion show will showcase local models in an array of clothing and accessories from around the world. Tickets are $17 each with corporate tables of 10 just $180 and are available at the Chamber office in Cole Park. Seating is limited. Call 589-3681 for more information.

David Zehring has announced his resignation from the Board of the Huerfano County Hospital District, the board that operates the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center. Zehring had applied for and was offered the position of medical clinic manager, directly responsible to manage the Spanish Peaks Family Clinic. Zehring told the board that he became interested when the opportunity to directly participate in the operations of the Spanish Peaks Family Clinic became available. He had already decided not to run for re-election to the hospital board in May of next year.

Adams State College's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Cross-Cultural Center are co-sponsoring a forum on the racist literature that was recently distributed in several Alamosa neighborhoods. The forum will take place tomorrow at 7pm in Carson Auditorium on the ASC Campus. The event is free and open to the public.