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Colorado voters will be asked this fall whether or not marijuana should be legalized for recreational use. Specifically, voters will be asked whether adults older than 21 should be allowed to use the drug even without a doctor’s recommendation, making Colorado the second state in the nation to put such a proposal on ballots this year. Washington State is the other state in the nation with such a proposal on the ballot this year. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said yesterday that the legalization initiative has cleared the 86,000 signatures necessary to appear on the statewide ballot. Legalization supporters in the state were given additional time to collect signatures because too many were recently deemed invalid. So, the initiative was given a second, smaller window to produce additional signatures. Voters in Colorado rejected a recreational legalization measure in 2006.

Water and public health officials in San Luis are awaiting the results of a series of tests to determine if the town’s water system has been cleared of E. coli bacteria. If the tests come back negative, it would then be up to officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as to whether or not to lift the boiled water advisory. Following discovery of E. coli bacteria in the town’s water supply last Wednesday, residents have been unable to consume tap water and have even been advised against bathing. City crews worked through the weekend to flush chlorinated water through the town’s pipes. There have been no reported illnesses because of the contamination, however, the town’s schools have been closed this week and residents have had to seek water from an emergency distribution center being run out of the fire station in San Luis. Should the advisory be lifted this week, it is not known if the San Luis Water and Sanitation District will immediately begin chlorinating the town’s water.

The water is on once again in the northlands area of Walsenburg following work over the weekend to replace a blown water gasket that caused businesses on the north end of the city to go without water once again. Crews will reportedly continue to replace pressure valves in the northlands area in an effort to correct issues that the area has been facing since the beginning of the month. That means, however, that the water will again be turned off at a reasonable time later this week for the repairs to be made to the system. The recent problems with the water system in Walsenburg has frustrated business owners and residents alike.

The San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight at 7pm at the Inn of the Rio Grande. Jim Loud and Jan Crawford will present a program on fishing in Mongolia where they fished for Taimen, Lenox and Grayling. Jim and Jan have fished all over the world in many amazing places and this is sure to be an exciting program with great pictures and stories. The meeting is free of charge and is open to the public. Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their water sheds. For more information, call 719-378-2751.

A member of Representative Scott Tipton’s staff will be in Walsenburg to assist constituents with casework as well as to provide information on representative Tipton’s work in Washington and legislative activity tomorrow, February 29th, at the Spanish Peaks Public Library at 415 Walsen Avenue in Walsenburg, from 11am to 1pm. Everyone is welcome.