In the only item of new business at the regular meeting of the Otero County Commissioners, a request by the Otero County Clerk's Office was approved. The request was to close the office for all business except the election on Nov. 8.

In the only item of new business at the regular meeting of the Otero County Commissioners, a request by the Otero County Clerk's Office was approved. The request was to close the office for all business except the election on Nov. 8. "It helps out a lot," said County Clerk Sharon Sisnroy. She said two or three hundred ballots came in Monday after the judges had been sent home, but will be processed on Tuesday. The ballots were sent from Denver, and did not arrive all on the same day. If you have not received your ballot by Thursday, you can go and get a replacement.

In response to further questions, Sisnroy explained there will be three drop boxes at three locations for the general election, and they are operable now. One is in the South Parking lot of the Otero County Courthouse in La Junta, one is at the city clerk's office in Rocky Ford, 203 South Main Street, and one is at the clerk's office at 317 Main Street in Fowler. If you mail your ballot, put two stamps on it and mail it by Nov. 1, said Sisnroy. It will have to go to Denver and come back.

Those who wish to submit their ballots in person may come to the clerk's office, and full election gear will be in operation on election day. The election judges have been trained. Watchers for the polls must register and be trained also.

Otero County Economic Development Coordinator Danelle Berg reported the Health Care Partnership K-12 with the Board of Cooperative Services, Bent, Crowley and Otero Counties, is working on a program encouraging careers in health services. The broadband proposal is ready for presentation. Senator Cory Gardner's liaison, Cathy Garcia, said he is working with rules and regulations regarding asbestos removal and removal of derelict buildings.

In other reports, County Administrator Jean Hinkle said she and the commissioners have been preparing to give depositions on the lawsuit concerning the failure of the old courthouse roof and will be going to Denver this week to give their depositions. Commissioner Kevin Karney met with the Southeast Water Conservancy Board in Lamar, observed the remodeling of the SECOM Building at the Industrial Park, and worked on the Southeast Water Conservancy District budget. Commissioner Jim Baldwin met with the SAGE food plan directors. Contributions are much below actual costs, but with government subsidies the program is in good financial shape.