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AVON, Colorado – Tisha Casida, an Avon marketing consultant and real estate agent, has officially qualified to be on the ballot as an independent candidate for the Third Congressional District seat in the U.S. House.

She will face incumbent Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and fellow challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, in the Nov. 6 election. The three are slated to have a debate on Sept. 8 – hosted by Club 20 – in Grand Junction.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Casida stated that she is “an advocate of pushing many functions of the federal government down to the state and local level, where there is more transparency and accountability” with elected officials.



“My candidacy is about representing the voice of many people who are either not affiliated with a political party or who are frustrated with their political party. Our platform is aimed at creating solutions for many people who desperately need freedom, economic prosperity and peace in their lives,” she stated in the release.

RIFLE, Colorado – The beaches at Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap state parks were closed to swimming on Tuesday due to low water levels in the reservoirs.



Senior Ranger Brian Palcer said the shoreline has receded during the summer and both swim beaches have moved with the water.

Both Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap water levels are well below normal, with Rifle Gap reservoir 30 feet down from capacity.

“Now we are at a point where there is more mud than sand, making the area unpleasant as well as unsafe,” said Palcer. “Because of health concerns due to the low water levels, the swim beaches at both Harvey Gap and Rifle Gap will remain closed for the remainder of the summer.”

Both reservoirs remain open for boating and fishing.


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