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02-09-2004, 12:45 PM
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Rep. John Salazar, of Manassa, has asked Colorado House Speaker Lola Spradley to hold his HB1040, his water basin-of-origin bill, so that he has time to combat opposition from Denver before the bill comes to a vote of the full house. HB1040 passed the Agriculture Committee last week by a vote of 7 to 6 and would normally have been scheduled for debate in the full house this week. Salazar said Friday that he wants to talk to Denver and Aurora before the bill proceeds to the full house as both opposed a similar bill last year and were successful in killing it in the full house. Salazar was warned of the opposition by Rep. Anne Mcgihon of Denver who received a letter from the Denver Water District stating its opposition. Opponents of Salazar's bill warned that the bill would protect the six river basins in Southern and Western Colorado from transfers of water to the Denver Metro Area.

One of the five republicans running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Scott Mcinnis was in Walsenburg on Friday. Doug Sitter will use the petition method to get on the ballot. He says the flat tax issue needs to be revisited. Sitter says he doesn't want to be a career politician. He wants to go to Washington, correct some things and get back to Durango. Health care and water issues are other concerns that sitter has for Colorado.

Around 100 people attended sessions in Alamosa to question the two candidates for President of Adams State College last Thursday and Friday. Richard A. Wueste, 54, of Yakima, Washington, had his public session last Thursday. He has spent 26 years in higher education administration. He believes that there is a good fit between himself and Adams State. He said that he wants to be engaged with something that matters. Marc A. Nigliazzo, 59, of Temple, Texas, said that his visit to ASC on Friday was like old home week. He taught English at ASC for three years early in his career and said that he has been trying to get back to Adams State for 31 years. The ASC trustees hope to appoint a new president by late this month in the hopes that the new president will begin his post no later than July 1st.

Antonito Mayor Rafael Gallegos, a candidate for the democratic nomination for House District 62, and his wife were left homeless last Wednesday night when a fire destroyed their home. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the origin of the fire because Gallegos is an elected official and because there is some speculation as to how the fire began. Gallegos and his wife were not home at the time of the fire. The house was reportedly fully engulfed when the fire department arrived and is a total loss.

The Monte Vista Police Department is asking for the public's help to locate and prosecute a male suspect in an assault case that took place at about 5pm on January 4th near the 500 block of 1st Avenue in Monte Vista. The suspect has brown eyes, is of average height, and weighs about 200 pounds. Anyone with information about the assault or who may have seen anything suspicious should call SLV Crimestoppers at 589-4111. Remember, you may remain anonymous and you may earn cash reward.