NEWS: Wednesday March 31, 2010

Mar 31st @ 8:50 am in News by Scott Staley

A fifth person is in the running for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. The Daily Sentinel writes that John Hargis Sr., a disabled Vietnam-era Navy veteran, is running as an Independent for the seat currently held by John Salazar. The article claims the Del Norte man would represent the Constitution and Colorado in Congress. Hargis Sr. is up against another Independent, Jake Segrest of Fruita, and Republicans Bob McConnell and Scott Tipton.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 8:48a)

Well, it’s settled then, for another year at least. Current Delta County Schools Superintendent, Mike McMillan is keeping his current position for another year after announcing not only his retirement, but a replacement.  Both have since fallen through. Mountain Valley News says that the school district violated it’s own policies when they accepted a replacement, who was to be former Assistant Superintendent Ed Longfield, without launching a search. Longfield since has said he’s going to decline the offer and stay Superintendent in Manitou Springs. McMillan’s decision to remain with Delta County Schools was made Monday.
Source: Mountain Valley News (Posted 8:47a)

A Senate committee is holding hearings on plans to keep a tighter rein on Colorado’s workers’ compensation program. KJCT says the Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing legislation Wednesday that would change the makeup of the board of directors, cap the company’s surplus and limit surveillance. Lawmakers say the company needs tighter regulation to ensure workers get the treatment they need and the treatment companies paid for.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 8:47a)

The recession has dealt some tough challenges to Hispanics in Colorado and the rest of the nation, according to a survey released this week by AARP. More than 400 Hispanics over age 45 were polled. The results – Hispanics are more than twice as likely to have lost a job and, over 40 percent had problems paying for essential items, such as food and utilities, over the last year. Rocky Egusquiza with AARP says many Hispanics in the so-called “sandwich generation” are stretched especially thin. She says that financial squeeze can lead some to borrow against their retirement and make other decisions that come with long-term consequences. She adds that there are tools for financial planning, retirement and help enrolling in government programs that Hispanics can access online: aarp.org/realrelief.
Source: Colorado News Connection   (Posted 8:46a)