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02-01-2004, 10:59 PM
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Colorado State Attorney General Ken Salazar filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, asking the court to deny the review of the legislature's appeal in the congressional redistricting case. Republicans authorized the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week in an effort to have the GOP redistricting map approved by the legislature last year, reinstated instead of the democratic map that was approved by the Colorado Courts in 2002. Republicans had asked for a stay of the Colorado State Supreme Court decision from the high court. That stay has been denied, however. Salazar said that "in seeking federal court intervention to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court's ruling, the general assembly is challenging a keystone of American jurisprudence - the authority of a state's highest court to rule on that state's own laws." he said that this "is a matter concerning the sovereignty of the state".

The Intensive Care Unit at Mount San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad has reopened and a general surgeon in New Jersey has expressed a strong interest in moving to the hospital. The reopened ICU is fully functioning again, according to hospital Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Riley. She said newly trained nurses are monitoring the ICU beds. Riley also said that the hospital is still working through contract provisions with the prospective general surgeon. The surgeon would have to have his Colorado License reactivated and approved by the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners before his hiring can be complete. The hospital is hoping for a March 1st start date for the new surgeon.

Alamosa District Attorney Peter Comar, along with the Rio Grande, Alamosa and Saguache County Sheriffs held a press conference last night to announce that the body of Brad Metzger, 19, of Del Norte, was discovered early yesterday morning in a remote area between Mosca and Hooper. Metzger has been missing since January 14th. Two suspects have been arrested in the case. They are Robert Dale Wolfe, 32, of Rio Grande County. He was arrested about 11am Wednesday morning at his job near Sargent. Gregory Maez, 21, of Monte Vista, was arrested about 4am on Wednesday morning at his home. Maez is currently being held in Rio Grande County on unrelated charges of marijuana cultivation and illegal weapons. Wolfe is being held on Saguache County on suspicion of first- degree murder. Comar said that he has 10 days to file charges. He said that more information would be revealed next week.

A rally for Huerfano County residents in the tourism and travel field has been scheduled for 9:30am on February 7th at the Lathrop State Park visitor's center. The rally theme is "Experience the Spirit of Huerfano County" and organizers will offer ideas and marketing tools to help businesses attract and retain visitors in the county. For more information, call 742-3305.

The Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust will hold a program on the grazing planning module, the third in its holistic management series entitled farming and ranching for prosperity and posterity from 8:30am to 5pm on February 20th and 21st at the Carnegie Public Library in Monte Vista. Cost is $50 and lunch is included. There is a $30 charge for each additional family member. Scholarships and volunteer work exchanges are also available. To register, or for more information, call 852-4015.