Lawmakers notified of immigrant benefits
DENVER (AP) The head of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says state lawmakers were notified in January that the department shut down computers designed to prevent payment of unemployment benefits to illegal immigrants.
Don Mares says the state verified citizenship using documents and sworn statements to prevent abuse, but he cant guarantee that no money went to undocumented aliens. He says the shutdown was ordered because a backlog of claims was delaying benefits for legal workers.
Republicans are calling for a state audit to determine if the department broke laws requiring verification of citizenship before benefits are paid.
Flooding in Chinle washes out roads
CHINLE, Ariz. (AP) The Navajo Nation is assessing and repairing roads damaged by flooding in northeastern Arizona.
Officials advise the public to watch weather conditions and be on the look out for flash flooding or washed out roads.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs reports BIA road 8066, 1.5 miles north of Black Mesa Community School, is impassible because of erosion and debris.
A report from Chinle Unified School District said buses will not be running on unpaved routes until further notice. Operational bus route information will be sent home with students.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service has reopened the campground at the mouth of Canyon De Chelly, and overnight campers have returned.
Colo. rodeo promoters cancel steer event
GOLDEN (AP) The promoters of a rodeo accused of animal cruelty have canceled an event in which contestants grab the tails of steers to bring them to the ground.
Jefferson County sheriffs spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Friday that rodeo promoter David Martinez canceled the so-called steer-tailing, or coleadero, at the Mexican rodeo planned Sunday at the county fairgrounds near Golden.
The rodeo promoters agreed to have a veterinarian on site.
The American Humane Association and county animal control planned to file an emergency injunction to stop the event.
The sheriffs office has issued summons to the father-son team promoting the rodeo for allegedly failing to provide veterinary care to animals injured in a July 18 steer-tailing. Officials say two of the steers were euthanized.