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11-15-2003, 03:32 PM
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One additional Coloradan has died from West Nile Virus, bringing the state's death total to 51. The death involved a 63-year-old woman from Pueblo County who was suffering from Meningitis. She died on November 6th. Also reported yesterday were 56 new human cases of West Nile Virus, brining the state's total to 2,646 for this year. State health officials said that the new human cases are for individuals who were infected with West Nile Virus from late - August through the end of September. Eventhough West Nile Virus season is over in Colorado, such residual cases will continue to be reported as the health department's investigations are completed.
Anthony Martinez of Antonito has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to seek the 3rd Congressional District Seat being given up by U.S. Rep. Scott Mcinnis. Martinez, a Democrat, will make the formal announcement in January. He previously ran for Colorado Secretary of State. He is the only Democrat in the race so far. Former South Conejos Schools Superintendent Dolores Garcia will lead Martinez's Campaign Team. Martinez, an Air Force Academy Graduate, was recently promoted to Major in the reserves. He has a Master's Degree in Management and is currently working on a second Master's Degree in Public Administration at Harvard University.

Heavy, wet snow in the San Luis Valley yesterday was the cause for a number of power outages in the valley. Both Public Service Company and San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative reported outages due to the snow on power lines. Keith Mullenix, Operations Superintendent for SLV-REC said that the wet snow sticks to power lines and causes them to sag. As temperatures warmed yesterday, the snow slips off of the lines and causes them to slap together. When the lines contact each other, breakers at substations trip open, causing the outages. Crews worked all day yesterday to correct the problems.

About 100 people showed up to a public forum on Wednesday night in Walsenburg to discuss concerns about changes that may be proposed by the RE-1 School Board. The board is looking at the possibilities of closing the Walsenburg Middle School or Washington Elementary. The idea of putting 7th and 8th Grade students together with high school students didn't sit well with many parents in attendance. Several alternative situations were also presented. The number of students attending school in Walsenburg has dropped and the district is losing money and trying to take action to balance their budget. No decisions have been made as of yet. An advisory committee has been set up to make recommendations to the board in late January. Anyone interested in being on the board should contact the school district.

Seven Sixth-Graders at Ortega Middle School in Alamosa have been suspended after a gun and live ammunition were found at the school. The matter continues under investigation, however, the gun, a small 22-caliber pistol and seven rounds of ammunition were discovered Tuesday. On Wednesday, another 50 rounds of 22-caliber bullets were found at the school. A Second, 25-caliber pistol, was found in the possession of one of the children at his home by the Alamosa Police. The youths have been suspended for 20 days. Expulsion hearings will be held after that time period.

The Fishers Peak Horse Association will hold its annual awards banquet and potluck dinner at 1pm on Sunday in the Hoehne Community Center. More information about the banquet can be obtained by calling Frank Sciacca at 846-8488.