Salazar to make Steamboat stop

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Democratic congressional candidate John Salazar is expected to touch on health care, the economy and Western Slope water when he speaks at 5 p.m. Friday at the commissioners hearing room in the Routt County Courthouse.

Salazar, a state representative from Manassa, is seeking the Third Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican Scott McInnis.

Salazar spokesman Brian Ross said the candidate advocates expanding access to prescription drugs for middle class Americans.

"It's not just an issue for the poor," Ross said. "Working families making $25,000 to $50,000 can't afford health care."

Salazar is co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill in the Colorado Legislature this session with State Sen. Jack Taylor R-Steamboat Springs, intended to put in place protections for Western Slope water. It would require that water developers offer mitigation plans before they would be allowed to transfer water out of its basin of origin. Protection of water resources is an issue that transcends partisan politics in Colorado, Ross said.

Salazar is not on a tight schedule during his visit to Steamboat, and will be available to take questions until as late as 7 p.m.


-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205 or

e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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