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04-02-2004, 06:51 AM
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After being contacted by a person in Pueblo about confessed killer Carolyn Gloria Blanton, 50, Alamosa District Attorney Peter Comar wants any information that Pueblo residents may have about Blanton. Blanton, who legally changed her name to Jane Lynn Woodry in 1999, is seeking release from the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo where she has been institutionalized since the slaying of Alamosa Artist Peter Michael Green in 1994. Comar said that the Pueblo resident who came forward painted a much different picture of Blanton that the one that is being supplied by the hospital which supports her release. Pueblo residents, or anyone with current information about Blanton, may contact D.A. Investigator Shawn Woods at 719-589-3691. A motions hearing has been set for April 19th in the case. The hearing on Blanton‚€™s release has been set for July 15th and 16th.

Sen. Norma Anderson, of Lakewood, won preliminary approval for SB189 yesterday. The bill would offer high school graduates stipends, or college vouchers, for higher education, and tuition payments and other state aid would be counted as the students‚€™ money rather than the state‚€™s money for purposes of the taxpayers‚€™ bill of rights limits. The idea is to lower the official public share of college and university budgets to less than 10%, and therefore, qualify them for enterprise status and freedom from tabor revenue limits. It is estimated that each student stipend would be $2,400 annually; however, no exact amount is specified in the bill. Half-stipends, or about $1,200, would be given to students wishing to attend private colleges and universities. Anderson said that the point of her bill is to fund students, not colleges and universities directly.

Amy Medina, 15, of Costilla County, was killed at 7:35am yesterday when she lost control of the car she was driving on a curve about 2 miles east of Colorado 159. The 1999 mercury cougar was westbound on County Road R when Medina lost control. According to the Colorado State Patrol report, the vehicle rotate clockwise, ran off the right side of the road, rolled one and a half times and came to rest on its top. Medina, who was on her way to school and driving with a learner‚€™s permit, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. She died at the scene. Alcohol was not involved in the accident. Medina was driving an estimated 57 miles per hour in a posted 35 mile per hour stretch of road.

San Luis Valley Republicans will roast retiring U.S. Rep. Scott Mcinnis at their annual Lincoln Day Dinner to be held on Saturday, April 10th, at the Clarion Inn of the Rio Grande beginning at 6pm. Tickets for the roast are $20 and can be obtained by calling Lynn Sutherland at 256-4279 or Sandy Tonso at 754-2413.

The Creede Repertory Theater will host a four-day puppetry workshop from 4:30 to 6:30pm this Monday through Thursday. Puppet Master Ryan Prince of Chicago will give the workshop. The free workshop is open to all students, grades 6 to 12 and will be held at Baxter Hall in the theater housing complex. For more information, call the theater at 658-2540.