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U.S. Representative Scott Tipton, who represents the 3rd congressional district, testified yesterday at a house small business subcommittee hearing and called for extending a federal wind-power tax credit that is set to expire this December. Vestas-American Wind Technologies, which operates a plant just south of Pueblo, and other wind turbine manufacturers insist that they need that credit to avoid laying off thousands of workers. Tipton told the subcommittee that “Vestas… has warned that it could lay off as many as 1,600 Colorado workers and wind project developers have essentially put their plans on hold until the federal government acts”. He said that he would “continue to support these jobs and push for this timely [extension]”. Tipton is being challenged for re-election by State Representative Sal Pace of Pueblo who has criticized the republican for not offering amendments to house legislation or even sponsoring legislation to extend the credit. Tipton did, however, co-author a letter earlier this year from nearly all of the Colorado delegation to house and senate leaders urging the extension of the wind-power credit.

HB1068, a measure designed to increase transparency at nonprofit cemeteries, is now ready to move to the floor of the state senate after passing the senate committee on local government this week. State Senator Kevin Grantham, of Canon City, said yesterday that the committee strengthened the bill by ensuring that copies of financial records and bylaws would be available to the owner of a lot, grave space, niche or crypt. Witnesses testified at hearings earlier this year of problems with maintenance at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery and problems with the board of directors at Pueblo’s Roselawn Cemetery. He said the measure would also give such stakeholders access to board meetings. And, the measure is no longer facing opposition from Attorney General John Suthers after a provision was removed that would have required the attorney general to conduct hearings on a complaint. Just when the full senate will take up the measure isn’t known, but could be as soon as today.

Trinidad Schools Superintendent Manuel Rodriguez received a death threat from a woman calling the school district office on Monday afternoon. According to Trinidad Police, the woman spoke to the school secretary and said, “Your superintendent is being watched at all times. He is really being watched and is going to be shot.” Police were able to trace the call and obtained a search warrant. The call was traced back to Helen Cordova, 65, of Trinidad. Cordova has been formally charged with harassment, menacing and interference with staff, faculty or students of an educational institution, all misdemeanors. She will make her first court appearance on May 31st. Many Trinidad residents have been vocal about wanting Rodriguez to resign from his position, saying that they are unhappy with how he has handled his job since beginning last July.

Alamosa Police Chief Craig Dodd on Wednesday released the names of the three officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of Tran Davis, 40, of Alamosa, last weekend. The officers were Captain Robert Jackson, a 28-year veteran of the department, Corporal John Vasquez, who has served 8 years in Alamosa, and officer Brian Cooper, who has 4 years with the department. All three were placed on administrative leave following the shooting. The leave is part of a departmental policy for officers involved in traumatic events. Davis was shot after he came out of the bedroom where he had barricaded himself and challenged the officers. The shooting remains under investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 27, and Ryan Dougherty, 22, have all been ordered to Georgia to face federal bank robbery charges in U.S. District Court in Albany on May 15th. The trio were all indicted on bank robbery and firearm charges stemming from an August 2nd, 2011, bank robbery in Valdosta, Georgia. The three also face charges in Florida for allegedly shooting at an officer during a high- speed chase in Zephyrhills, Florida. The trio is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday in Walsenburg for a high-speed chase and shootout that occurred on the north side of Walsenburg. All three accepted plea deals earlier this year. Lee Grace Dougherty and Ryan Dougherty are being held without bail in the Huerfano County Jail. Dylan Stanley-Dougherty remains in custody at the Pueblo County Jail.