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May looks certain for making primary ballot

DA challenger collects far more signatures than needed

There were those who said Dan May couldn't do it. There was no way he could collect 1,000 valid Republican signatures in less than two weeks to make the Aug. 12 Republican primary ballot as a candidate for 4th Judicial District Attorney.

Boy, were they wrong.

On Wednesday morning, a day before the signatures were due, May had collected 2,862 signatures. The signatures, when verified, will earn him a place in the August primary against incumbent John Newsome. The Colorado Secretary of State's office will check the validity of the signatures before making a final determination.

May isn't worried.

"I'm told by an expert that you want 50 percent more than what you need," May said.

May decided to petition onto the ballot to challenge Newsome, who was running for re-election unopposed. May's last-minute run was a direct result of a recent investigative report by KOAA Channels 5/30, in which hidden cameras revealed Newsome gulping down the equivalent of 11 beers in five hours, then driving his county-owned vehicle.

"You have to earn the public's trust, and they feel like that's been lost," May said as he stood in front of his downtown campaign headquarters Tuesday night.

Newsome beat May in the 2004 Republican primary for the seat. JAS

Udall back in the Springs

U.S. Rep. Mark Udall swept back through Colorado Springs Tuesday morning as he launched a dizzying tour of the state to officially kick off his campaign for U.S. Senate.

The Eldorado Springs Democrat accepted his party's nomination at the state convention and assembly May 17 in Colorado Springs, emphasizing goals to end the war in Iraq and to encourage renewable energy sources.

Udall planned more than a dozen stops across Colorado on a campaign tour continuing through Friday. The fifth-term congressman will face Republican Bob Schaffer in November's election to replace retiring Sen. Wayne Allard. AL

Press not welcome at event with Lamborn, manufacturers

The National Association of Manufacturers is hosting a "dialogue" in Colorado Springs Friday morning between U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn and his constituents (in the manufacturing industry).

Asked if a reporter from the Independent who happens to be one of Lamborn's constituents could attend, NAM spokeswoman Tara Smith, well, laughed.

Members of the press are not invited, she explained.

Bob Powell, a local management consultant who is critical of NAM, says that makes sense: "They don't want people to know what's going on."

He argues that policies favored by large manufacturers (and many of NAM's members) are part of the reason smaller manufacturers in Colorado Springs and elsewhere are vanishing. AL

A whole new KVUU

In case you haven't noticed, the radio station KVUU-FM (99.9), better known as MY 99.9, has undergone some changes recently.

The morning show with Darren and Coba? Gone. Popular DJs George McFly and CK? Into the sunset faster than a DeLorean.

But this wasn't a tear-your-hair-out, T.P.-your-house breakup. Nobody got fired. Everyone just decided to leave at the same time.

Darren McKee and Coba Hoban (their real names!) went to KDZA-FM (JET 107.9). Long a Pueblo station, the signal now reaches into Colorado Springs. Darren said moving meant a chance to take part in rebuilding the station, and also going back to the classic hits format that he's more comfortable with. CK came with them.

"It was all settled over lunches, beers and engineers," McKee says.

Meanwhile, George McFly went to a sister station in Denver a promotion of sorts.

KVUU program director Chris Pickett has brought in new DJs and a new morning show, Johnjay and Rich. The show is based out of Phoenix but will travel, spending time in each of the cities that puts it on the air, including Colorado Springs, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. JAS

Bridges: Good news and, well, not-so-good news

Yes! Traffic is moving once again on the Cimarron Street bridge. But drivers beware: It ain't over yet.

Work will continue on Cimarron bridge through August to add bike lanes, sidewalks, railings and traffic signals like the one that's finally going back in at Sierra Madre and Cimarron streets.

Cimarron isn't the only downtown access point sporting orange cones. Near the Bijou Street bridge, workers have been widening a small section of Kiowa and Bijou streets. The change is intended to help drivers navigate with more ease as two-way traffic on the bridge funnels onto separate one-way streets.

The widening is expected to be completed today, but crews will be doing milling and paving work from June 6-9. Double-lane closures are anticipated. JAS

Compiled by Anthony Lane and J. Adrian Stanley.

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