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01-07-2004, 12:53 AM
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115 people were cited for drunken driving across the State of Colorado on New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The number of arrests accounts for a drop from 135 arrests made during the same period in 2002. The Department of Transportation officially ended its holiday mobilization campaign yesterday. The campaign began on December 19th with law enforcement agencies around the state having increased their DUI patrols. As of Friday, 912 people had been arrested statewide on suspected DUI or DUI-drugs. More than 1,300 people were arrested during the same holiday period last year.

This past weekend's winter storm brought up to 3 feet of snow in parts of Colorado and was to blame for an avalanche that shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Vail Pass. The avalanche left about 6 feet of snow on the road. No one was caught in the slide. It took about three hours for the lanes to be cleared and re-opened to traffic. The storm was also to blame for a twin-engine plane that crashed on approach to the Cortez- Montezuma County Airport. The west side of U.S. 160 on Wolf Creek Pass was also closed on Saturday after multiple avalanches were reported. Over 100 avalanches have been reported in the Central Mountains and the San Juan Mountains since the storm moved into Colorado on Friday.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation finished its investigative work on Wednesday at the Rialto Theater in downtown Alamosa. The theater was destroyed by fire on Tuesday. The Citi Financial office and Something Handmade, both located at the front of the theater building were also heavily damaged. Oscar's Restaurant on the east side of the theater building also sustained damage, reportedly where the roof of the restaurant joined the theater building. While it is believed that CBI has determined the cause of the fire, official comment is being withheld until the CBI report is issued some time this week. Vectra Bank, located to the west of the theater was not damaged. The small alleyway between the bank and the theater is being credited with saving the bank building.

Danae Smith, born at 7:20am on January 1st in the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center is the first baby to be born in the valley in 2004. Danae's parents are Andrea Marquez and Butch Smith, both of Monte Vista. Danae was 6lbs, 3-1/2 ounces and was 19 inches long. She was actually not expected to arrive until January 8th. Danae has one brother, 5-year-old Joseph Sierra.

There will be a mandatory organizational meeting for anyone interested in playing competitive or recreational volleyball tonight at 6pm at the Alamosa Family Recreation Center. Team fees are due at the meeting. Cost is $50 per team plus $20 for non-member participants and $15 for member participants. Days and times for the practices will be announced. Call 589-2105 for more information.