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PRESORT STD US POSTAGE PAID CRESTONE, CO PERMIT #8 81131 Crestone, Colorado Volume 24, Number 3 March, 2013 $1 Change Service Requested 24 years serving the Northern San Luis Valley Sandhill cranes. photo by Ken Archer Special Crestone Emergency Services District election to be held March 5 On March 5, 2013 a special election will be held on whether or not to dissolve the Crestone Emergency Services District. Eligible voters for this election are all those people who are registered to vote in Colorado and who own property in the recently formed Crestone Fire Protection District, dba Crestone Emergency Services District. The election will be held on March 5, 2013, to consider whether the Crestone Fire Protection District shall be dissolved. Vote at the polls at the Crestone Community Center on north Cottonwood Street (old school house) on March 5 from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Mail-in ballots were not automatically sent to local voters who usually vote by mail-in ballot. If you had not specifically requested a mail-ballot for this election, you must vote in person. Mail-in ballots had been available upon request, but the deadline to request one has passed. In November 2011, voters ap- To see this photo and more in color, visit our website at proved the formation of an Emergency Services District. However, a mill levy was not approved by the voters, leaving the new district unfunded. In a vote in May 2012, the mill levy again failed to pass. Subsequently, a petition was circulated requesting the termination of the district and the election to do so approved by the court. The past three district elections were all decided by fewer than 25 votes. Please participate in this important election. Vote “NO” on dissolution to retain the district. Vote “YES” on dissolution to dissolve the district. Colorado Legislature to consider universal healthcare by Lisa Cyriacks A supporter of universal care and one of the founders of the Foundation for Universal Healthcare, Colorado State Senator Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) introduced a bill February 22 in the state legislature that would create the Colorado Health Care Cooperative. The cooperative would be a nonprofit benefits administrator and payer for health-care services, acting much like an insurance company, making payments directly to health-care providers. If Aguilar’s bill moves forward, it would go to voters for approval at the soonest in November, and it would be implemented by 2016. But it faces huge hurdles. Two-thirds of each chamber of the legislature would have to approve it, and then a majority of voters would have to approve it. The cooperative would rely on state taxing structures for collecting premiums. The Cooperative would be established by an amendment to the Colorado Constitution as an independent business owned by Coloradans and run by Coloradans. Currently, according to the Colorado Health Access Survey, about 830,000 Coloradans have no health insurance. The Colorado Trust funds the survey and the Colorado Health Institute conducts it. Aguilar said universal care does not mean a government-run system. Under Colorado Health Care Cooperative, Aguilar’s non-partisan bill, employers would pay a 6% payroll tax for each worker, while employees would pay a 3% share. Self-employed people and investors would pay a 9% tax on income and continued on page 24 Raven Cabeza and Travel Cole share a jacket and a smile.  photo by Lori Nagel Inside: Community Calendar����������� 12 Who We Are, Architect Michael Bertin������������������ 15 Oil & gas drilling regs stir debate in Colorado������������ 24 The Harts’ cold frame gets a jump on growing greensB-1 RGRT report on snowpack & water impacts������������������ B-4

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