Julie Worley brought Ogallala Commons interns Marlene Garcia of Manzanola and Sophia Alvarez of Rocky Ford, plus Ogallala Commons officials Craig Schroeder and Darryl Birkenfeld, to meet the Otero County Commissioners on Monday. The girls are two of the five interns who will be working with the Youth Engagement Project in this area.

Julie Worley brought Ogallala Commons interns Marlene Garcia of Manzanola and Sophia Alvarez of Rocky Ford, plus Ogallala Commons officials Craig Schroeder and Darryl Birkenfeld, to meet the Otero County Commissioners on Monday. The girls are two of the five interns who will be working with the Youth Engagement Project in this area.

Human Services Director Donna Rohde presented a letter to the governor for the approval of the commissioners. She is protesting the cutting of funds for training programs in rural areas, making the case that it is in the areas of most poverty and unemployment that these programs are most needed. The commissioners agreed and the letter was sent to Gov. Hickenlooper. The programs will continue, but at more expense to the counties if the federal funds are cut.

County Administrator Jean Hinkle announced only one bidder attended the mandatory pre-bid meeting for the driver's license office remodel. He is Ralph Gjertsen, who bid $13,158 to install a new counter that will be handicapped-accessible. The state rents the area and will also reimburse the cost of the remodel. While the job is under way, those seeking a driver's license will need to go to Hugo, Pueblo, Trinidad or Lamar. The updating is necessary to maintain the present Monday, Wednesday, Friday service in La Junta.

Hinkle also announced the receipt of a $3,271 grant from History Colorado. It will be used to provide funding for printing a brochure, web design, 106 training (archeological preservation), and Saving Places Conference.

A 106 Review request from Fort Carson for the elimination of invasive plants was granted.

Otero County Economic Coordinator Danelle Berg toured the Morningside Heights Project with Tri-County Housing and said the handicapped and one bedroom units are well decorated and designed. She was also happy to report that the South Central Economic District has given the green light to Bent County to work on a grant for necessary $2 million to bring their electrical work up to date. Las Animas is all right for water and sewer, but their electrical system needs attention.