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02-25-2004, 12:25 AM
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A third opinion is being sought by the Alamosa District Attorney's Office before they argue against the conditional release of Carolyn Gloria Blanton, 50. Blanton has been living in the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo for the last 10 years or so after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity for the death and dismemberment of Alamosa Artist Peter Michael Green, 51, back in late 1993. Staff at the Mental Health Institute are recommending the conditional release of Blanton. District Judge Pattie Swift has already ordered a second opinion, which was just recently completed. According to the DA's office, the DA would like a third opinion but must first find the money to pay for it. A hearing in the case originally set for Friday has been postponed. Judge Swift has set another status hearing on the case for March 8th. The DA's office should know by then whether or not it will have the funding for the third evaluation.

One of the seven students from Ortega Middle School that are facing felony charges appeared in court in Alamosa yesterday. The charges against the seven arose after a gun was brought to the middle school last year. The 12-year-old appeared before County Judge Martin Gonzales and said that she had stored the handgun in her locker for 10 to 20 minutes last November 11th. The girl said a friend of hers asked her to hold it while she talked to a teacher. She said that one of the boys involved took the gun from her locker. Deputy District Attorney Mike Gonzales is recommending a deferred sentence and one year's supervised probation for the girl. He said he thought at least 300 hours of community service should also be completed. Judge Gonzales ordered a probation officer's report in the case. Three other youths appeared in court Monday in connection with the same incident but their cases have been continued pending possible plea agreements.

The regular board of directors meeting of the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce will be held this Thursday at noon at Alys' Restaurant in Walsenburg. Please RSVP by leaving a message on the chamber's answering machine if you plan to attend this open meeting. Dates and committees for upcoming yearly chamber events will be set up during the meeting. Everyone is welcome for input and ideas. Call 738-1065 to RSVP or for more information.

Richard A. Wueste, 54, of Yakima, Washington, has been named the new president of Adams State College. Adams State's Board of Trustees said that Wueste is a good match for the college with his combination of academic and business experience. Wueste has 26 years' experience in higher education administration and has headed his own management-consulting firm. The board said that they believe that Wueste will provide Adams State with the dynamic leadership necessary to help it thrive and grow. Wueste will begin his tenure as Adams State's 8th president on April 1st.

The last Trinidad State Junior College home basketball game this year will take place on Thursday at 7pm in Scott Gymnasium. The sophomore players will be honored and there will be a special performance at halftime by the Trinidad Children's Chorale. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend.

A benefit concert for Yolanda Swatko-O'Brien, in memory of her son Brendon, will take place at the Fox Theater in Walsenburg beginning at 2pm on Saturday. The concert will feature music of "Mahal", "D & A", Jaquie Gipson, nature hill and more. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $10 with children under 12 $5. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 250-2253.