Vest recovered from Rio Grande

SOUTH FORK — On June 21, at approximately 3:23 p.m. South Fork Fire Rescue Received a report of a life vest in the Rio Grande River just north of Masonic Park.

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Alamosa Round-UP begins

Alamosa Round-UP Rodeo is underway in Alamosa this week.

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Sexual assault suspect hangs himself in jail

DEL NORTE — A suspect in a multi-defendant sexual assault case hung himself in his jail cell Tuesday morning, according to the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office.

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Staff stays in school

Two Alamosa teachers earned "perfect attendance" awards.

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Will Weatherford maintains faith during time of illness

Adams State University student and Center graduate Will Weatherford, diagnosed last fall with T-cell lymphoma, has been moved from the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver to his father’s home in Lexington, Oklahoma.

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Cyclists gear up and rest up during stop in Alamosa

Peter Martin from New Castle shaves outside at a mobile bathroom at the 23rd annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado rest stop at the Nielsen Library parking lot Monday afternoon.

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Governor candidates speak at Republican fundraiser

The annual Spring Fling Republican fundraiser held this year at Moffat Schools brought out several gubernatorial candidates from the Front Range to acquaint local voters with the issues and ask them for their support.

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State treasurer/trustee conference begins

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley will host the summer conference for county treasurers and public trustees from throughout the state this week.

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Del Norte, Mountain Valley to get the BEST

The Colorado State Board of Education at its regular June board meeting on Thursday approved Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant awards for Del Norte and Mountain Valley Schools.

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Kids cast away

Glen Abeyta assists his granddaughter Sarah Covington, 3, with practicing reeling in her fishing pole at the Blanca Vista Ponds in Alamosa on Thursday.

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New Starbucks planned near Alamosa Sonic

ALAMOSA — Coffee lovers will have another place to pick up their morning coffee in Alamosa, with the proposed construction of a Starbucks coffee shop next to Sonic.

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Hikers rescued from Little Bear

ALAMOSA COUNTY — Three people have been safely rescued after spending almost 24 hours on top of Little Bear Peak.

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Chief honored for lifesaving effort

A local man is still alive due to the swift action of La Jara Police Chief Jerry Lujan, who was honored during the La Jara Town Board meeting on June 8.

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Alamosa approves ice rink bid

By January Alamosa will have a new and improved ice rink, which will also serve as a multipurpose pavilion.

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Creede celebrates 125th

Reenacting the pie-eating contests of old, Ralph Brooks III, of Jefferson, Georgia (in the hat), beat out the other 10 or so contestants to win the Creede 125th anniversary pie eating contest Saturday.

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Sign will highlight ASU track record

Alamosa will soon be acknowledged as the “City of Champions, Home of Adams State Cross Country Track & Field.”

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San Luis Valley welcomes Ride the Rockies

Alamosa greeted Ride the Rockies participants and community members with a concert Friday evening.

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Cancer center breaks ground

After raising funds for over three years, San Luis Valley Health and its foundation broke ground for the new cancer and infusion center Tuesday morning. The 5,000 square foot expansion will allow for up to 10 patients to be treated simultaneously.

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Questions arise over TSJC GED

TSJC’s adult education program will not look the same after this weekend when 17 students will graduate with their General Education Development (GED) diplomas in the final commencement under long-time Director Anna Mae Rael-Lindsay.

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Flipping for SummerFest

Sonya Snyder, 14, flips on the bungee trampoline at Summerfest on the Rio at Cole Park on Saturday. Other available activities included a bouncy house, obstacle course, water hamster balls and more.

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Artist in action

Works of 33 different artists, along with two musical performances, were shown at 16 locations for the walk’s 15th year.

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Dutton appointed to CWCB

VALLEY — Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Heather Dutton of Del Norte to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

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Fire destroys cabins

Multiple fire departments responded to a fire involving cabins at Rocky Mountain Lodge in the Conejos Canyon early Friday morning, June 2

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Marijuana issues stir the ‘pot’

ALAMOSA — Alamosa city councilors will have to answer some marijuana questions before voters do this fall.

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Hospital provider fee bill signed

Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill (SB) 17-267, the Colorado Rural Sustainability Act, into law, creating the Hospital Provider Fee enterprise and providing much needed transportation and education funding for rural Colorado.

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Alamosa launches first ArtScape

ALAMOSA — Alamosa officials and artists introduced the city’s first ArtScape exhibit on Friday evening.

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Moffat school superintendent resigns

MOFFAT — The Moffat School Board met Monday evening and in the course of business accepted the resignation of district Superintendent Kirk Banghart.

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West Avenue and Sixth Street accident

Paramedic Ted Anderson and Alamosa Fire Department Chief Don Chapman load an injured driver into an ambulance at the intersection of West Avenue and Sixth Street at approximately 12:40 p.m. Thursday.

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UPDATED: Highway 160 and 105S accident

ALAMOSA COUNTY — Leobardo Ortega Anaya, a 22-year-old from Center, was cited for careless driving and taken to the hospital after his 2002 Acura sedan hit an oncoming 2018 Volvo semi-truck at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Camping open at San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area

San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area is open for camping and those planning to use the area should be aware of a few changes made this year at the popular spot.

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Memorial Day crash

A Washington couple was transported to the Rio Grande Hospital with serious injuries following a three-vehicle Memorial Day crash on Highway 160 between Del Norte and South Fork.

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Teen missing

Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies located missing teenager Romey Dutton of Alamosa on Tuesday night during a traffic stop.

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History recorded again

CRT unveils its original painting/print for 2017.

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Drug suspects from Alamosa

Four suspects from Alamosa have been arrested on drug charges in Cañon City.

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Crowder speaks for Homelake ceremony

The Memorial Day ceremonies at the Colorado State Veterans Cemetery are arguably some of the best in the area.

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Centauri High School 2017 Graduation

Ariel Sandoval and Brandon Middlemist speak to their fellow students about hope at the 2017 Centauri High School graduation on Saturday.

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Memorial Day: A time to remember

“This day is sacred with the almost visible presence of those who have gone before us.”

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Alamosa High School 2017 Graduation

Members of the Alamosa High School Class of 2017 laughed a bit as ceremonies progressed Saturday.

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Robinson advised in murder case

Michael John Robinson, 32, was advised last Friday of seven criminal counts in connection with the suspected murder of his step-grandfather, James H. Sprouse, 77, sometime between June 3 and 12, 2016.

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Sangre de Cristo confers degrees

Sangre de Cristo celebrated the graduation of 18 on Friday evening.

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County commissioners recognize Mental Health Month

The Alamosa County commissioners stand with Clarissa Woodworth of San Luis Valley Behavioral Health after signing a proclamation that declares May as Mental Health Month during their Wednesday meeting.

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Search for missing hiker at Great Sand Dunes continues in limited mode

SAND DUNES — After more than a week of intense effort, the National Park Service is reducing the scale of the search and rescue effort initiated on Sunday, May 14, for a presumed missing hiker at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

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New super named

Emma Rae Martinez, right, has been hired as the new Superintendent of Schools in South Conejos.

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Take precautions for bed bug 'hitchhikers'

ALAMOSA — With a recent report of bed bugs in a local motel, the Alamosa County Public Health Department shared its protocol for responding to such reports and helpful tips for those encountering or trying to prevent the problem.

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School board recognizes retirees

Members of the Alamosa School District Board of Education recognize retiring district teachers.

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Lifesaving awards given

Dave Medina, 71, owes his life to the Alamosa police officers who responded and acted quickly when he suffered medical problems earlier this year.

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Governor signs HB17-1077 in Alamosa

Governor John Hickenlooper was in Alamosa on Sunday to sign one of State Representative Donald Valdez’s bills, HB17-1077.

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SLV Medical Hall of Fame inducts seven caregivers into 2017 class

Three nurses and four doctors were recognized on Friday, May 19, at SLV Health Education and Conference Center, Alamosa, for their leadership and years of service in the second annual SLV Medical Hall of Fame ceremony.

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Creede man dies in Willow Creek

Creede resident James Filipy, 51, was found dead in Willow Creek about half a mile south of Creede on Wednesday afternoon.

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Wolk presents state of health for Colorado

"I see my role and our role to be supportive, enabling, and facilitating the 53 local public health agencies that we have around the state," said Dr. Larry Wolk, the executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health

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Police Week honors peace officers

Alamosa Police Officer Ronnie Hadley, center, holds the City of Alamosa’s proclamation for Police Week, issued during the city council’s May 17 meeting

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City proclaims May as Mental Health Month

Alamosa City Council this week proclaimed May as Mental Health Month. “Everyone in this room can touch somebody that’s affected by this,” said Clarissa Woodworth, program director for SLV Behavioral Health.

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Board of health hears local issues

Local health care providers and officials from around the Valley had the rare opportunity to speak face-to-face to the Colorado Board of Health yesterday. Usually the board conducts their monthly meetings in Denver. However, they occasionally tour the sta

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Community honors peace officers

“Tell them thank you,” Alamosa Mayor Pro Tem Ty Coleman encouraged those attending the 10th Annual San Luis Valley Peace Officer Memorial Wednesday evening in Alamosa.

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Old El Charro building is scene of fire

The Alamosa Fire Department worked for approximately three hours Sunday night containing a fire at 421 Sixth Avenue, the previous location of El Charro Cafe.

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Double murder leads to SLV

ALAMOSA — A retired schoolteacher living in rural Alamosa for the past 10 years has been charged with a double homicide occurring in California — 23 years ago.

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Adams State trustees on Friday pass resolution, minus ‘sanctuary’

ALAMOSA —Instead of adopting a sanctuary campus resolution, the Board of Trustees for Adams State University adopted a resolution of equity during their Friday meeting. Essentiality, the resolution reaffirms diversity practices already in place rather tha

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Possible fire fatality investigated

Costilla County authorities investigate the scene of an apparently fatal fire on Wednesday in a remote area of the county outside of Mesita off Seminole Road on War Eagle Road.

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San Luis Valley water: Beneath the surface

VALLEY — Water is the glue that holds the San Luis Valley together. It is vital to the people, the economy, lifestyle and even the physical landscape of the Valley itself.

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Legislators save local hospitals

After it passed in the Senate on Monday by 25-10 votes, the House passed Senate Bill 17-267 by 49-16 votes on the last of the Colorado General Assembly's session yesterday. Called "Concerning the Sustainability of Rural Colorado," the large bill reclassif

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City hears marijuana messages

ALAMOSA — Most of those who shared their thoughts with the Alamosa city council this week on a proposed marijuana ordinance suggested the city loosen it up or ditch it altogether.

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Adams State seeks input on proposed sanctuary campus resolution

The Board of Trustees for Adams State University will consider a resolution to declare Adams State a Sanctuary Campus.

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Defendant attacks sheriff's deputies

An Alamosa inmate on trial for an officer assault racked up more charges Tuesday afternoon when he assaulted sheriff’s deputies on hand for his trial at the Alamosa County courthouse.

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OMS students shadow local businesses

ALAMOSA — This week Ortega Middle School has sent their eighth grade students across Alamosa to operate in local enterprises and companies in the San Luis Valley.

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Fire hits local restaurant

A Wednesday morning fire at El Super Taco in Alamosa caused fire and smoke damage to the eatery at 415 Main Street as well as some smoke damage to a storeroom in the adjacent Hunan Restaurant.

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McDonald charged with sex assault

SAN LUIS — On May 4, Costilla County Deputies along with the help of other agencies conducted a thorough investigation involving Zanis McDonald, 43.

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FLOOD WARNING

Flood Warning National Weather Service Pueblo CO

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SLV Health celebrates 90 years and National Hospital Week

San Luis Valley Health pediatrician Dr. Thom Miller shows his sons Linus, 4, and Corbin, 6, a pair of glass eyes during the opening reception of SLV Health's history exhibit at their second floor Artrium on Tuesday afternoon.

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Rainfall causes localized flooding

As rain continues to fall, water washes onto Road G in Conejos County on Wednesday afternoon.

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USDA Rural Development aids Alamosa FD with new radios

USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Tedd Buelow joined Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks, Fire Chief Don Chapman and others at the Alamosa Fire Department on May 4 to view new radios purchased for the fire department through a grant from USDA.

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Best in Show artist from Del Norte

Del Norte High School student Laura Williams’ portrait “Arin” won Best in Show in the San Luis Valley Museum’s 16th Annual All Valley Art Show.

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Beaver Creek Reservoir filled

Beaver Creek Reservoir is finally being filled after being out of commission for more than three years.

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West and Sixth accident

The front bumper hangs off a car after colliding with another vehicle at the intersection of West Avenue and Sixth Street at approximately 2:25 p.m. on Thursday.

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Man wanted for attempted murder

The Alamosa Police Department is requesting the assistance of citizens across the San Luis Valley in locating James Mitchell McNeill, a 31-year-old San Luis Valley resident.

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Veterans celebrate Brandt 90th

Veterans from left John Betz, Dorothy Brandt, Mac McFadden and Richard Gottlieb celebrate Dorothy’s 90th birthday on Friday.

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Careers day offers a variety for AES students

One of the more popular booths with grades K-5 at Alamosa Elementary School’s careers day on Friday was ValleyWide Health Systems program on dental health and hygiene.

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Firefighters called out Thursday evening

Alamosa firefighters douse a controlled burn that was getting out of control off 7678 Harmony Road east of Alamosa about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Melody Lipke and Raquel Kunugi, both tenth graders at Alamosa High School, perform on their flutes during the Alamosa Education Foundation staff appreciation dinner held at Ortega Middle School on Tuesday.

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Lift your glasses

During the city’s May 3rd council meeting, Alamosa Mayor Josef Lucero proclaimed May 7-13 Drinking Water Week in recognition of the city staff who ensure safe drinking water for residents as well as a sufficient water supply for fire protection and a mult

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Municipal clerks recognized

During its May 3rd city council meeting the Alamosa city council proclaimed May 7-13 Municipal Clerks Week.

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Adams State refinances debt

ALAMOSA — The Adams State Board of Trustees unanimously approved a debt restructuring proposal at a special teleconference meeting on Tuesday.

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Stampede committee addresses MV council

Karla Willschau, president of the Ski Hi Stampede Committee, attended the Thursday, March 1 Monte Vista City Council meeting. Willschau’s main topic of conversation was to seek the city’s approval and help regarding improvements the committee would like t

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Grass fire at Six South and County Road 114 South

Members of the Alamosa County Fire Department extinguish multiple small grass fires at the intersection of Six South and County Road 114 South on Monday.

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Murder suspect arrested

A man wanted in connection with a homicide in Romeo was arrested last week in Indio, California.

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Aaron Abeyta named Creative Leader

Adams State University Professor of English and Mayor of Antonito Aaron Abeyta is one of three recipients of the 2017 Governor's Creative Leadership Awards, to be presented by Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) at a May 5 awards luncheon in Breckenridge.

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Lt. governor to deliver ASU commencement

Dr. Donna Lynne, Colorado Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Office, will give the undergraduate commencement address at Adams State University in Alamosa on May 13. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Plachy Hall. Adams State will award 314 degrees, i

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Climate marches handle unfavorable weather

Event organizer Jenna Zak explains the logistics of the People's Climate March to participants on Saturday outside of Adams State University's Carson Auditorium.

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SLV Health celebrates 90-year history

On December 7, 1927, the Lutheran Hospital Association of the San Luis Valley and its board of directors was officially formed.

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Costilla County man charged in sex assault

Costilla County resident Jeremy Costley, 38, was arrested on Tuesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. on multiple child sexual assault charges.

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McDonald arrested on multiple charges

On May 2 at approximately 11:11 a.m. deputies with the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested Zanis McDonald, 43, on an outstanding warrant on Main Street and Gasper St. in the town of San Luis.

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Branded!

San Luis Valley residents chose a Valley-wide brand Thursday night.

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Cheri Jones is Educator of the Year

Jones has taught science at Alamosa School District's Ortega Middle School for five years, with an additional 17 years of prior teaching experience.

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Hospitals urge deal at capitol

Colorado hospitals face a half billion dollar cut in this year’s state budget, yet a legislative solution is at hand.

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Courier wins press awards

Valley Courier Editor Ruth Heide and Staff Writer Jefferson Geiger received awards during the Colorado Press Association convention this past weekend.

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BOLO issued for murder suspect

Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for a man wanted out of Conejos County for first-degree murder with intent after deliberation.

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Montoya recalls night of triple tragedy

ALAMOSA — This spring, Anisa might have been a missionary in Africa. Serina and Selena might have been finishing their first year of college, studying to be doctors.

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Wiescamp found

DEL NORTE — Del Norte resident Dale Wiescamp, who had been missing from the Del Norte area since April 17, was found deceased in Gunnison County on April 27.

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Adams State professor contributed to ground breaking research

ALAMOSA — An Ice Age paleontological-turned-archaeological site in San Diego, California, preserves 130,000-year-old bones and teeth of a mastodon that show evidence of modification by early humans

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Love overflows at 'Reedo's' celebration of life

The sun blazed bright shining down from a brilliant blue sky and the majestic mountains glistened in the background.

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'Sip and Paint' coming to SLV

The Wet Paintbrush presents a new kind of business for Alamosa.

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Alamosa: No pot club for now

ALAMOSA — Citing concerns with zoning and code compliance, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday night unanimously denied the city’s first pot club request.

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Romeo may be scene of homicide

Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) activity took place all day Wednesday at Romeo’s Little Market.

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For Mr. Reed with love

Local students showed their love for longtime Alamosa educator Jerry Reed who passed away Monday

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Constituents challenge Tipton at town hall

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton was greeted with many boos and little applause during his town hall held at Alamosa City Hall on Tuesday evening. The standing-room-only event lasted a little over an hour and Tipton began by discussing his legislation.

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Reed is loved

Hundreds came to remember long-time Alamosa educator Jerry Reed Monday evening at the AHS stadium bricks.

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Man takes own life outside SLV Health Emergency Room

An unidentified man, believed to be elderly, apparently shot himself just outside the emergency room of San Luis Valley Health hospital about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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ASU Hall of Fame educators chosen

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University Sixth Annual Educator Hall of Fame Celebration will honor outstanding individuals whose chosen profession created opportunities for students to achieve academic and professional success.

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SLV Health makes the ‘Healthgrades’ — again

VALLEY — Healthgrades is pleased to announce recipients of the 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award (TM) where SLV Health is listed as one of three hospitals in Colorado to receive this award.

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Resident questions sub-district cash stash

San Luis Valley farmer Dave Warsh questioned water leaders about a possible fee increase for Sub-District 1 irrigators when the sub-district has millions of dollars in the bank already.

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Cheri Jones is Teacher of the Year for Alamosa School District

Ortega Middle School Science Teacher Cheri Jones, left, stands with Alamosa School District Board President Erica Romero after being named Teacher of the Year for Alamosa School District at Monday's school board meeting.

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Martinez shares journey of leadership

ALAMOSA — Emelin Martinez, Valley-Wide’s assistant chief medical officer, shared a personal story of perseverance and leadership at the SLV Health Education and Conference Center on Thursday as part of a Lean In Lunch.

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Children enjoy annual tradition

Youngster find the brightly colored eggs left in Boyd Park by American Legion members and volunteers during the Legion’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. The annual Easter Egg Hunt has been sponsored by the American Legion Post 113 since 1938.

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Driver gets jail time on fourth Valley fatality

Calling him “an absolute nightmare on the roads,” District Judge Michael Gonzales sentenced Carl Lane, 70, of Byers, to jail time for causing the death of Texas man Larry Howey, 76, last year at Highway 17 and Stanley Road.

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Square Peg proposes brew tasting room

Alamosa city council unanimously supported a liquor sales room license for Square Peg Brewerks LLC at 625 Main Street, Alamosa, two doors from San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

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Pike journal donated to SLV Museum

Zebulon Montgomery Pike was a prolific writer, documenting everything from his foray into unknown territory.

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Teacher dies in Monday crash

Center resident Gerald Thomas Archuleta, 32, a sixth grade teacher and coach with the South Conejos School District, died Monday night in a crash two miles east of Center on Highway 112.

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Saw dust fire creates a scare

The smell of smoke is one of the biggest fears for owner Randy Jackson and his crew at Rustic Log Furniture just west of Alamosa.

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Valley to begin irrigation season soon

Water will soon start running in San Luis Valley ditches and canals.

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Rio Grande County hires new coroner

In a special meeting on March 27, Rio Grande County Commissioners announced Stephen Hunzeker as the new county coroner.

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Fourth arrest in sex assault

An additional arrest has been made involving the alleged sexual assault of an 8-year-old South Fork girl dating back to late 2015.

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Trump budget would affect KRZA, airport, seniors, others

On March 16 President Donald Trump released his proposed preliminary budget for the 2018 fiscal year. If enacted today as is, however, this is how the budget would directly affect the San Luis Valley.

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No large trucks allowed in East Alamosa neighborhoods

Five-axle trucks will be able to drive around East Alamosa but they can no longer cut through the neighborhoods.

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Grass fire at dusk

A truck from the Mosca-Hooper volunteer fire department works on extinguishing embers of a grass fire at the intersection of Stanley Road and County Road 102 at approximately 7 Monday night.

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Creede Variety Show plays to near full house

More than 200 people attended the 25th annual Creede Variety Show at the Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre on Saturday night.

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Friday fire destroys apartment

A Friday afternoon fire left an Alamosa woman homeless and her neighbor temporarily evacuated.

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Alamosa School representatives attend CASB Day at the Capitol

Erica Romero, president of the Alamosa Board of Education, Arlan VanRy, BOE member and Alamosa School District Superintendent Rob Alejo spent Wednesday, April 5 at the Colorado capitol.

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Hantavirus: When to be concerned

Most years, the San Luis Valley sees at least one case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), which is carried by deer mice.

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Pot: not just another houseplant

In line with other communities in Colorado’s pot-legal state, the City of Alamosa is considering an ordinance limiting the number of marijuana plants in any one residence to 12.

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Alamosa recognizes child abuse issues

Acknowledging the problem of child abuse and the need for the entire community to address it, Alamosa Mayor Josef Lucero proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month during the April 5th city council meeting.

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Carnival provides safe and fun games

Sponsored by Alamosa County Department of Human Services, Tu Casa and the Children's Advocacy Center for the San Luis Valley, the carnival was to raise awareness for child abuse.

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Alamosa library celebrates 115 years

Alamosa Mayor Josef Lucero reads a proclamation in recognition of the Alamosa Public Library's 115th anniversary.

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Meeting the Moose

Moose gently greets young library patrons during the Alamosa Public Library’s 115th anniversary celebration on Sunday afternoon.

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Locals drink in water information

For 22 interested in water and environmental issues concerning the San Luis Valley, the 20th annual five-day spring Rio Grande Leaders Course had no shortage of presentation of history and ins-and-outs regarding the local economy and solving the problems

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Preparing for justice

Site work is underway on the new Alamosa County justice center south of town near the county administration building.

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Lobato, first Center Boettcher Scholar in 34 years

Center High School senior Jordan Lobato is one of 42 seniors statewide to receive this year’s round of Boettcher Foundation Scholarships. The last Center senior to receive the scholarship graduated in 1983.

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Coleman urges Washington lawmakers to invest in kids

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alamosa Mayor Pro Tem Ty Coleman, a Save the Children Action Network community advocate, traveled to Washington, D.C. from March 26 - 28 to participate in the annual Invest In Kids Advocacy Summit, hosted by Save the Children and Save t

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Ken Salazar not running for gov

San Luis Valley native Ken Salazar won't toss his hat in the ring for the 2018 gubernatorial election.

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Caton's plans move to Alamosa Lumber

Alamosa Lumber, which has been vacant recently, will see a new owner with a different business in the near future.

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Death due to cold, drugs, alcohol

Marisa Wilson, 19, died from environmental exposure in the setting of methamphetamine and alcohol intoxication on February 15, according to Alamosa County Coroner Kevin Rogers.

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Ride the rails for good cause this year

Planning a trip on the train this year? Buy a ticket now at a reduced price — and help the Boy Scouts at the same time.

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Airport works to improve runway and parking lot

This summer the San Luis Valley Regional Airport should have a new parking lot and runway. However, the airport is waiting on grant money to make that possible. Once they have the funds from the Federal Aviation Administration they can award the bid to a

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Joy Mejia is Youth of the Year

Joy Mejia will be attending Adams State University on a full-ride scholarship thanks to the generosity and support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley and ASU. The scholarship was part of the BGCSLV's annual Celebration of Youth breakfast a

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Crane festival soars into 34th year

This year’s 34th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival March 10-12 includes sunrise and sunset tours, photography workshops, raptor tours, field trips to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Penitente Canyon and more.

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Homelake: Proud of past service

Serving those who served our country, the Colorado State Veterans Community Living Center (VCLC) at Homelake celebrated its 125th birthday in 2016 and has become a State Register Historic District with funds controlled by the Homelake Historic Preservatio

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Three arrested for sex assault

Multiple arrests have been made involving the alleged sexual assault of an 8-year-old South Fork girl dating back to late 2015.

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Commissioners declare April Child Abuse Prevention Month

Last year Alamosa County's Department of Human Services opened 120 child abuse cases. That high number is why the commissioners declared April 2017 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month at Wednesday's meeting.

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Swinging into Spring

Achisha, right, pushes her son Malachi Montoya, 3, center, and daughter Lexi Montoya, 5, left, of Alamosa on the swings in the Cole Park playground in Alamosa on Monday, the first day of Spring.

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Rio Grande County coroner resigns

Saying Rio Grande County Commissioners were not providing an adequate budget for the office—and he could no longer personally subsidize it—long-time Rio Grande County Coroner Rusty Strohmayer resigned on Friday.

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Sunday fire destroys shed

Alamosa firefighters knock down a blaze Sunday afternoon that burned this shed and some fencing after embers from a trash barrel started weeds on fire, which spread to a fence and shed.

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Trump budget, healthcare focus of Bennet town hall

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet visited Alamosa for what was his third town hall on Thursday, after speaking in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. For one hour it was standing room only at the Rio Grande Water Conservation District.

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Connie Childers named althetic administrative assistant of the year

Alamosa High School Athletic Director Josh Trahan, AHS Athletic Assistant Connie Childers, and Alamosa School District Board of Education President Erica Romero stand together at the board meeting Monday night.

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Firefighters fight brush fire

Alamosa firefighter Cody Van Ry sprays water at an uncontrolled brush fire at 3:45 off of Road Four South on Tuesday. No structures or people were harmed.

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AHS hears court of appeals cases

Students at Alamosa High School got a visit from the Colorado Court of Appeals on Tuesday morning as part of their Courts in the Community outreach program. The audience witnessed lawyers giving their side of the story during two real court cases in the s

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Three-car collision

Alamosa Fire Department and San Luis Valley Health personnel assist a woman into an ambulance after a three-car collision at the intersection of Main Street and Bell Avenue at 1:15 p.m. on Monday.

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Comic brings 'Laugh for Life' to SLV

Comedy is serious business for Mike G. Williams. It’s about saving lives.

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Alamosa Elementary tries Goldilocks

Hung jury. That was the verdict of the all-female jury in the case of People vs. Goldilocks on Monday at Alamosa Elementary.

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Annual Chamber Art Gala held

ALAMOSA—Luke Yoder and Kathy Rogers talks about print he donated made by photographer David Ross at the Second Annual Chamber of Commerce Art Gala on Friday night at the Grove Theater. The print was auctioned for $300. Sixteen different works of art made

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Ashes in the wind

The Alamosa County Fire Department makes sure that the fire is 100 percent extinguished at 3542 County Road 111 South at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

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S.F. Community Center receiving face lift

The public works department in South Fork has been working over the last several weeks, revamping and revitalizing the community building located on Highway 149. The building was originally built in the early 1960s, when a fire took the old establishment

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Milagros features San Luis Valley Painters

Colorful and diverse paintings by the San Luis Valley Painters group are displayed this month at Milagros Coffee House on the corner of Main and State streets in Alamosa. Thirteen featured artists are presenting works in oil and acrylic — plein air landsc

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Song is Rookie of the Year

Colorado Division of Homeland Security And Emergency Management Regional Field Manager David Osborn stands with Alamosa County Emergency Manager Francis Song holding his Rookie of the Year award at the Alamosa County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday.

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OMS SADD kicks butss on Wednesday

Members of the Ortega Middle School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and their adult sponsors show the cigarette butts they picked up just between the middle school and Carroll Park on Wednesday afternoon, Kick Butts Day, in Alamosa. School C

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2017 San Luis Valley Science Fair

Molly Nehring and Alyssa Rawinski stand with Loree Harvey, their biology teacher at Monte Vista High School, at the awards ceremony for 68th San Luis Valley Science Fair on Friday night. Along with qualifying for the state competition, Nehring and Rawinsk

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Pot on the ballot petition drive begins

A move is underway to place marijuana questions on the City of Alamosa ballot this fall.

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Uncontrolled burn on 160

The Alamosa Fire Department douses a fire at 20257 Highway 160 at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. High winds transformed the controlled burn into an uncontrolled burn.

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Courier receives Excellence in Media Award

The Valley Courier received the Excellence in Media Award on Monday during the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s annual Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon in downtown Denver.

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Protests peaceful at GOP dinner

Security was high—as were spirits—both inside and outside the venue of the annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Alamosa on Saturday night.

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State engineer addresses 'use it or lose it'

Colorado Division of Water Resources State Engineer Dick Wolfe tackled the “use it or lose it” concern during the Rio Grande Basin Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshop in Alamosa on Tuesday.

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Murder suspect hearing continued

Santos Navares, 25,of La Jara, who also goes by the name Santos Rameriz along with other aliases, was set for a status hearing Monday on an array of charges relating to the deaths of three people January 15 at Capulin. The matter was continued due to proc

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ATM's might be part of SLV ag future

Dozens of local agricultural producers attended the Rio Grande Basin Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshop on Tuesday to learn about a different kind of ATM — Alternative Transfer Methods — such as leasing water rather than “buying and drying” options that

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The science of judging

Science fair judge Scott Miller scores an elementary zoology display at the 68th San Luis Valley Science Fair held at Plachy Hall on Thursday.

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Additional Articles

  • Seniors targeted in Medicare scam

    VALLEY — A major scamming effort is underway targeting Medicare recipients and those eligible for services.

  • National Heritage Areas have economic impact

    VALLEY — National Heritage Areas expand on traditional conservation approaches by supporting large-scale, community-driven initiatives that engage communities in heritage preservation activities.

  • Center murder suspect in court

    SAGUACHE — Jose Hugo Perez appeared before District Judge Patrick Hayes in Saguache District Court on Tuesday with attorney Riley Selleck of Salida for a motions hearing to determine if Judge Hayes would agree to review potential evidence in his case in c

  • Hearing continued in murder case

    CONEJOS — A two-day preliminary hearing scheduled this week for Santos Nevares, 25, charged in a triple homicide in Capulin on January 15, has been postponed, with no new date set.

  • No tuition increase at ASU for 2017-18

    ALAMOSA — Undergraduate students at Adams State University will not see a tuition increase next year, according to the budget for fiscal year 2017-18 approved by the university’s Board of Trustees June 22.

  • CU Boulder study bears out Valley water success

    VALLEY — With record high temperatures scorching the Southwest this week, farmers were quickly reminded of the severe droughts that threatened their crops and livelihood in recent years.

  • Murder conspiracy case continued, pending husband's guilty plea

    ALAMOSA — A pending murder conspiracy case is on hold — and may be dismissed entirely — against Shannon Cooper, 35, who was implicated with other members of the Cooper family in the death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52, nearly a year ago on June 23, 2016.

  • Hearing begins today in triple homicide case

    CONEJOS — A two-day preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin today for Santos Nevares, 25, charged in a triple homicide in Capulin on January 15.

  • Smoke from NM fire still visible in Valley

    VALLEY — Smoke from a northern New Mexico fire is still visible to San Luis Valley residents, as the Bonita Fire concludes its third week of burning lands administered by the Carson National Forest on the El Rito Ranger District.

  • Hotz murder trial set for 2018

    ALAMOSA — Even before entering a plea, his attorney asked District Judge Michael Gonzales on Tuesday to set a trial for Perry Hotz, 20, charged with the October 2016 death of his 5 1/2-month-old daughter.

  • School board sets graduation requirements

    ALAMOSA — Beginning with the graduating class of 2021, all Alamosa High School and Alamosa Ombudsman School of Excellence students need 25.5 credits to graduate.

  • McBee retires, Ortega transfers to OMS

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa Elementary 3-5 Principal Christy McBee will retire at the end of the month and will proceed with a transitional year for 2017-2018 after 28 years of teaching.

  • Meetings to address waste, recycling issues

    VALLEY —The public will have the opportunity to contribute ideas of how to create a Regional Waste Diversion Plan for the SLV, including infrastructure, policy, and programs which support recycling and composting across the region.

  • Two injured, one dead in Monday crash

    A Creede resident died and her husband was seriously injured Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 160 a mile west of Monte Vista.

  • Judge tells dad to 'wake up'

    A day after Father’s Day, District Court Judge Michael Gonzales added a message about fatherhood to his sentencing of a 24-year-old with two preschoolers at home.

  • County selects courthouse contractor

    ALAMOSA — Two days after opening the bids the Alamosa County commissioners selected GH Phipps Construction Companies for the new courthouse and probation building during a special meeting Friday morning.

  • Cooper to plead in McBride murder

    Lonnie Cooper, 43, will be pleading to second-degree murder in the 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52, his attorney Tina Tussay told Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Thursday.

  • City approves First Street bid, closure

    ALAMOSA — In a special meeting Wednesday evening, the Alamosa city council approved a bid for First Street reconstruction, which will begin with intersection work at Mullins Avenue possibly within the next 10 days.

  • Justice center may cost $13 million

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa County commissioners opened the bids for the new courthouse and probation building on Wednesday, two months after opening the bids for the detention center expansion and jail remodel.

  • Valley receives lottery proceeds allotments

    VALLEY — The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) announced the distribution of $13,108,436 in Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) dollars to 477 counties, cities, towns, and Title 32 special districts that provide parks and recreation services in their service

  • Ditches seek funding for multipurpose project

    ALAMOSA — If “two head(gates) are better than one,” five will be even better.

  • Technical glitches postpone hearing in McBride case

    ALAMOSA — Technological glitches delayed a Tuesday hearing in a case related to the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride murder in Alamosa — and may interfere with a July 10th trial.

  • Hwy 160 work underway at Walsenburg

    HUERFANO COUNTY—Crews are currently working on roadway improvements to US Highway 160 and will continue on a regular schedule from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, throughout June.

  • Sub-district 2 board presents water plan

    ALAMOSA — Since November of 2016, the board of managers of Special Improvement District No. 2 of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District (Subdistrict No. 2) has held numerous public meetings to prepare a detailed Plan of Water Management (the “plan”) b

  • Friday Health Plans acquires Colorado Choice Health Plans, serving Valley

    VALLEY — Friday Health Plans, formerly known as Melody Health Insurance, recently completed the acquisition of Alamosa-based Colorado Choice Health Plans, enabling Colorado Choice to continue serving the San Luis Valley and other rural areas.

  • Silvas in court on McBride case

    David Silvas, one of the last defendants implicated in the 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride to appear in court, waived a preliminary hearing in Alamosa County Court on Monday.

  • Marijuana issue splits council vote

    ALAMOSA — After much public input, meetings and revisions, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday approved in a 5-2 vote an ordinance regulating marijuana growing for personal use.

  • Assessor shares personal property tax remedies

    ALAMOSA — From June 15 to June 30 owners of taxable personal property (e.g., furniture, equipment, etc.) may challenge the county assessor’s valuation of their property

  • Citizens assist in capturing burglary suspect

    A man suspected of burglarizing a motor home in the Lazy KV Estates subdivision was quickly apprehended last week after victims and a witness collaborated to quickly identify and arrest him.

  • Coach Siemering's contract not renewed

    Following a five-plus-hour special session on Thursday, June 1, the Monte Vista school board voted 4-1 to not renew the contract for high school boys basketball coach Robert Siemering.

  • Alamosa hosts fire academy

    ALAMOSA – As Colorado continues to be one of the most wildland fire hazardous states, the Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy (CWFIMA) continued on Monday with 16 classes at Adams State University in Alamosa.

  • Crowder bill protects vulnerable adults

    DENVER — Governor Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 17-1253, known as the “Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation Act.”

  • Military and Veterans Programs website launched

    The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) announces that it has launched a new Military and Veterans Programs website dedicated to career transition and professional credentialing for Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, military spouses and veterans

  • River claims Valley visitor

    Albuquerque man Kenneth Vandermey, 78, died on Tuesday after falling from his boat into the Rio Grande.

  • Pot petition drive underway

    With a deadline of July 7, a petition drive is underway to place recreational and medical marijuana questions on the City of Alamosa ballot this fall.

  • Snow blocks road to Trujillo Meadows

    The road to the reservoir in Conejos County where Colorado Parks and Wildlife has authorized a fish salvage is still blocked by snow. It will probably be two or three weeks before the road is opened by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Hondito wildfire meeting planned June 3

    Fire managers on the Carson National Forest are inviting the public to a community meeting 9 a.m. Saturday, June 3rd, at the Tres Piedras Ranger Station located at 22280 US Highway 64, Tres Piedras. The meeting will discuss the results from the Hondito wi

  • City holds work session on marijuana

    Alamosa city council will hold a work session regarding marijuana, including an update on a petition drive, general marijuana discussion, sample election questions and local control considerations at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at city hall, 300 Hunt Ave

  • Alamosa keeps bus station

    ALAMOSA — Although it appeared Alamosa would no longer have access to a bus line, Arrow Stage Lines was able to get permission from the Loaf ‘N Jug in Alamosa to serve as a bus stop.

  • Quintana cited for Wednesday accident

    ALAMOSA — One driver was cited and another injured in a two-vehicle crash at Highway 370 and Road 106 on Wednesday afternoon, March 10.

  • Rostad in court on 2015 homicide

    SAN LUIS — The case has run slowly through the court system for George Richard Rostad, 45, accused of shooting and killing his uncle, Randolph Thatcher on June 23, 2015 in Mesita.

  • City considers solar gardens

    ALAMOSA — Preparing to “plant” community solar gardens in time to “bloom” next year, an energy firm contracting with Xcel Energy approached the City of Alamosa about leasing two city-owned sites for 12-acre solar projects that would produce 2 megawatts of

  • County reestablishes Northwest Weed District board

    ALAMOSA — After an eight-year hiatus Alamosa County’s Northwest Weed District will have an advisory board again.

  • Most campgrounds, roads now open

    It’s shaping up to be a beautiful and busy Memorial Day weekend on the Rio Grande National Forest! Here are some things to consider before heading to the mountains.

  • Raley faces attempted murder charge

    A motel handyman was taken into custody May 15 and held in lieu of $50,000 following an incident with a female companion that led the District Attorney to consider a charge of second-degree attempted murder.

  • Saguache County lists marijuana grows; more approvals expected

    At last week’s Saguache County commissioner’s meeting, commissioners approved additional conditional use permits to allow applicants to cultivate and extract cannabis, also to seed outside grows.

  • Beware of jury duty scam

    ALAMOSA — Several citizens have been getting calls about owing Alamosa County money due to missing jury duty. Though the caller uses the name of a real deputy, Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office wants people to know that it is a scam.

  • Democrats meet in Saguache

    The Saguache County Democratic Party Central Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Saguache Road & Bridge Meeting Room, 305 3rd St. to fill Precinct Committee Person vacancies.

  • County officials meet May 24

    Public hearings are scheduled on minor subdivisions for James and Carolyn Kay Meadows; Dan L. Sandoval/H. Marie Henderson; and Ryan Trujillo.

  • Park will go wireless

    Folks will soon be able to access the internet in Alamosa’s Cole Park.

  • Still no success in dunes search

    SAND DUNES — In spite of aerial and on-the-ground searches, including canine teams, an unaccounted-for Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve visitor was still missing on Friday.

  • City compromises on cannabis

    ALAMOSA — Taking public comments into consideration, the Alamosa city council decided this week to revise the ordinance it proposes to regulate marijuana cultivation for personal recreational and medical use.

  • New ATV crossings designated in South Fork

    After almost three years of obstacles and changes to state legislature, South Fork has finally come to an end in their pursuit to make the town ATV/OHV-friendly.

  • Romeo wins state waiver, water good to drink

    Three months after all documentation was in, the town May 4 received a disinfection waiver, lifting chlorination that began after a “boil water” advisory was issued in November 2016.

  • McBride murder case progresses

    If Brian Cooper had let authorities know who stabbed him on the morning of June 23, 2016, Floyd Dale McBride would have been arrested on assault charges — instead of dead.

  • Search underway for missing park visitor

    SAND DUNES — A search and rescue effort for a missing park visitor was initiated Monday, May 15, at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

  • Motions pending in murder case

    ALAMOSA — Three of the numerous codefendants charged in the June 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52, appeared in court at various stages of their respective cases on Tuesday.

  • Nieto pleads not guilty in fatal crash

    ALAMOSA — Angel Nieto, 31, Alamosa, entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday in connection with a January 16 fatal hit and run.

  • Devin Cooper now faces murder charges

    ALAMOSA — Another member of the Cooper family is now charged with first-degree murder for the 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.

  • Possible fatal fire victim identity still unknown

    COSTILLA COUNTY — As of Friday afternoon, the identity was still unknown of an individual apparently victim to a fatal fire in Costilla County Wednesday afternoon.

  • Alamosa County preemptively cuts from judicial center; bid form going out soon

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa County commissioners hammered out a list of alternates for the judicial center’s bid sheet during a work session Wednesday afternoon. After almost 90 minutes of deliberation, a list of 18 alternates was narrowed down to six.

  • Rescue crew and tools at work

    Alamosa firefighters used the Jaws of Life and other tools to remove the roof of a car in a matter of minutes after a rear-end collision at the corner of the 10 South and Road 106 about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Valley enjoys above average water forecast

    ALAMOSA — With rain coming down outside and basin snowpack levels around 100 percent of normal or better, Kip Canty of the Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 office told Rio Grande Roundtable leaders on Tuesday that the water year is looking

  • Cloud seeding could provide water solution

    ALAMOSA — Although there are currently no cloud seeding operations in the San Luis Valley, some folks believe this might be a good place for it.

  • Stagner to make Moffat decision

    Moffat school board members voted that newly appointed Interim Superintendent Linda Stagner should decide what measures should be taken regarding Principal Michelle Hashbarger.

  • Marijuana meeting is Wenesday

    The public is encouraged to attend this meeting to give input on the draft ordinance, which council will take into consideration before voting on in a later meeting.

  • County officials meet May 10

    Agenda items include a public hearing on blight ordinance.

  • Trains to cause traffic delays through April 24

    ALAMOSA — The San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad will be moving hundreds of train cars beginning Friday, April 21, beginning at 12 p.m. from west of Monte Vista through Alamosa and then south to Antonito

  • Proposed ordinance contains 'claws'

    Alamosa city council may literally be trying to herd cats with a proposed ordinance amendment coming before the council for public hearing and action on Wednesday.

  • Suspect in murder faces drug trial first

    With a 2016 murder case far from being resolved, Lonnie Cooper, 43, Alamosa, will be tried on a 2015 drug case first.

  • Production error causes misprint on Colorado driver licenses and identification cards

    The Division of Motor Vehicles discovered a minor vendor production error which resulted in the listed height to be misprinted on driver licenses and identification cards renewed online between February 20 and March 6.

  • Sargent names super finalists

    SARGENT — Sargent School District has successfully chosen three finalists from 10 applicants for the superintendent position.

  • ASU maintains A3 bond rating

    ALAMOSA — Adams State University maintained an A3 bond rating as established by Moody’s Investors Service, which released the rating May 4.

  • Task force takes down major gang

    A federal grand jury in Denver has returned eight separate indictments charging a total of 52 individuals with trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine in the Denver metro area, Acting United States Attorney Bob Troyer, FBI Denver Division Special Agent in C

  • Forest releases La Garita Hills final analysis

    The Saguache Ranger District of the Rio Grande National Forest has released the final environmental impact statement and draft record of decision for the La Garita Hills Restoration Project.

  • Governor orders flags lowered for Kogovsek

    Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, May 4, on all public buildings statewide in honor of former Colorado lawmaker and U.S. Congressman Ray Kogovsek, who died this past Sunday.

  • Valley projects awarded severance tax dollars

    The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) this week announced the award of $17,301,698 to 57 local governments as part of the Tier I and II Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Funds (EIAF) program.

  • Alamosa disc golf course to add nine holes

    Alamosa’s disc golf course will be adding nine holes.

  • Alamosa police seek suspect in May 1 shooting

    Alamosa police are seeking a suspect in the shooting of a male victim on Monday afternoon, May 1, in south Alamosa.

  • Rio Grande Farm Park recieves art grant

    Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center announced the first generation of grant recipients for the Arts in Society Program, which included the Rio Grande Farm Park

  • Alamosa officials hash out the jail

    Alamosa city and county officials cleared the air over jail overcrowding misunderstandings during a recent work session.

  • County cuts from detention center, still over budget

    Alamosa County was more than $4.5 million over budget to build the new courthouse and expand the detention center, so almost $300,000 was cut from the jail. The commissioners approved the cut and allowed Van Iwaarden Builders Inc. to proceed with

  • Shots reported, no weapon found

    MOFFAT — A report of shots fired in Moffat Tuesday afternoon resulted in a lock-in at the school and ongoing investigation by the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Sand Dunes tourism creates $28 million

    MOSCA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 388,807 visitors to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in 2016 spent $23,701,000 in communities near the park.

  • Hunger Education Week highlights advocacy

    VALLEY — This week is Hunger Education Week, an annual event hosted by La Puente meant to educate the community on this issue in the community.

  • Alamosa passes feline friendly ordinance amendment

    ALAMOSA — To the applause of the audience, the Alamosa city council on April 19 approved an animal ordinance amendment that included provisions for feral cats.

  • Alamosa supports farmers' market

    ALAMOSA — Helping to keep vendor fees low and local produce affordable, the Alamosa city council is supporting the Alamosa Farmers’ Market this summer.

  • Hunger Education Week gives solutions, hope

    Food. Shelter. Clothing. Cell phones. Humans used to have three basic needs but it seems that society has added a fourth — instant communication via cell phones, computers, email, television and social media.

  • Sunday fires draw on mutual aid

    Area firefighters displayed cooperation and dedication Sunday afternoon as they battled two fires called in within nine minutes of each other.

  • Cannabis consumption club denied

    During Wednesday night’s Alamosa city council meeting, which drew a standing-room-only crowd, the council unanimously voted to deny the city’s first request for a cannabis consumption club.

  • Acosta sentenced for sex assault

    ALAMOSA — District Judge Michael Gonzales on Friday afternoon sentenced Adam Acosta, 40, to a total of 27 years to life in prison on multiple charges including sexual assault on a child.

  • Triple homicide suspect's hearing continued

    CAPULIN — Santos Nevares, 25, of La Jara, who also goes by the name Santos Rameriz along with other aliases, was set for a preliminary hearing this week on an array of charges relating to the deaths of three persons January 15, but his case will not be he

  • Recreation and the Roundtable: a good team

    Fishing: a vital part of life on the Rio Grande. While this is seemingly an obvious fact, what is not always seen are the benefits that come with this enjoyable and long-standing piece of recreation.

  • Fatal hit and run suspect appears in court Tuesday

    Still awaiting autopsy results on the victim in the vehicular homicide case against him, Angel Nieto’s attorney asked to continue his first appearance in district court on Tuesday.

  • Leaders gather to discuss Brownfields

    Local officials from around the Valley gathered on Friday, April 7 to listen to a program provided by Community Builders of Colorado.

  • SLV counties consider radar

    "Radar is the 21st century technology to help us with public safety, early warning and stream forecasting for river administration," said Travis Smith at Monday's San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association meeting.

  • DeLaCerda sentenced on Monday

    ALAMOSA — Isaiah DeLaCerda, 18, Alamosa, pleaded guilty on Monday in Alamosa County Court to misdemeanor harassment with a domestic violence sentencing enhancer regarding a 2016 incident involving a former girlfriend at the Alamosa High School.

  • Hearing held in homicide case

    ALAMOSA — Alleged to have helped move Floyd Dale McBride when he was still alive and bury him after he bled to death from a gunshot wound, Kelvin “K-Dog” Ruybal, 34, of Manassa, appeared for a preliminary hearing before Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl o

  • Rodeo 'rounds up' economic impact

    ALAMOSA — Acknowledging its economic impact to the Alamosa and San Luis Valley area, the Alamosa city council has again decided to sponsor Alamosa Round-UP.

  • Senator Crowder shares update from state capitol

    DENVER — These past few weeks Sen. Larry Crowder (R-District 35) has continued to actively promote veterans interests, uphold and advance the health and safety of Colorado citizens (specifically seniors), and has fought to protect the state’s environment

  • County allows malting company expansion

    In November Alamosa may be home to Colorado's first farm brewery.

  • CDOT begins fiber optic project on US 160 east of Wolf Creek

    The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Main Electric will begin a fiber optic installation project on US Highway (US) 160 east of Wolf Creek Pass beginning Monday, April 17.

  • Brand the San Luis Valley

    Valley Initiative Partners, an Ad-Hoc group of local participants from all walks of Valley life have been working on an economic development exercise to develop a single San Luis Valley Brand.

  • Van Iwaarden awarded jail project

    Though the lowest bidder is still higher than they anticipated, Alamosa County Commissioners awarded the bid for the detention center expansion and jail remodel to Van Iwaarden Builders Inc.

  • Crowder works on behalf of veterans

    This spring Sen. Larry Crowder (R-District 35) has continued to actively promote veterans interests, uphold and advance the health and safety of Colorado citizens and improve rural telecom communications.

  • Valdez, Crowder protect the elderly

    HB17-1253 is aimed to safeguard the elderly in by ensuring they are not exploited financially by nefarious individuals.

  • Seventh contempt of court earns jail time

    Robert Gregg Sease was sentenced to jail time and a fine yet to be determined in Chief District Judge Pattie Swift’s court on Monday.

  • City ranch backs up water financing

    The City of Alamosa moved forward this week with measures to comply with pending groundwater regulations.

  • Center may go to four-day school week

    Following a survey conducted last month online, 80 percent of parents and others responding have approved a proposition by Center Schools to go to a four–day school week.

  • Home rule will be placed on July ballot

    South Fork is currently a statutory town and is subject to regulation following state statute, but becoming a home rule charter municipality would allow the town to have more control over its own local governance and adapt to local issues as they pertain

  • Bennet warns of changing senate rules

    Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet spoke on Wednesday on the Senate floor to discourage his colleagues from changing the senate rules on filibusters of Supreme Court nominees.

  • Assessor shares property value process

    For tax years 2017 and 2018, the county assessor is required by law to appraise all real property at a June 30, 2016 level of value.

  • Crime leaves county with large bill

    Four different bids were opened at a special Alamosa County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, each totaling more than $10 million for the detention center expansion and jail remodel. The commissioners also granted Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson t

  • Murder co-defendant enters plea

    Theodora Travers, 29, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to felony tampering with evidence in connection to the 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.

  • City receives feline friendly input

    Local animal lovers are leaving their paw prints on a city ordinance amendment primarily dealing with feral cats.

  • School buses get high tech upgrades

    New software and hardware systems will soon bring Alamosa's school buses into the 21st century. Transportation Director Glenn Sykes shared the technology's multiple features at Monday's Alamosa School District Board of Education meeting.

  • McBride murder codefendant in court

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Monday bound over to district court a case against Naomi Olguin, 22, who is one of several codefendants charged with conspiracy in the 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.

  • Malouff dies in Denver

    DENVER — Thornton resident Travis Malouff, 42, formerly from Alamosa, died as a result of a tragic accident in Denver early Sunday morning.

  • Trial set in officer assault case

    ALAMOSA — After watching a police car dash cam recording of the arrest, District Judge Michael Gonzales on Wednesday denied a motion to suppress the arrest of Jamie Trujillo, 34, Alamosa, accused of hitting a police officer in the mouth when she was detai

  • Celebrate library birthday Sunday

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Public Library is having a public celebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, to mark its 115th anniversary,

  • SLV sub-district deadlines near

    VALLEY — Under the Division of Water Resources proposed groundwater rules which were filed with the court in September of 2015, non-exempt wells in Division No. 3 will be required to either join a subdistrict, obtain an individual augmentation plan or cea

  • AgriSummit scheduled in Salida on April 21

    In celebration of local foods and agritourism, the community is invited to the 2nd Annual AgriSummit. This community event is being held at Salida’s SteamPlant on Friday, April 21. Attendees will participate in educational sessions, opportunities for netw

  • Alamosa armed robber apprehended

    Alamosa resident Jeremiah Kennedy, 24, was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly robbing 412 Denver Avenue at approximately 7:36 p.m.

  • Western Caucus members celebrate Energy Independence Executive Order

    Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (AZ-04), Executive Vice-Chairman Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03), Chairman Emeritus Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01), Chairman Emeritus Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) and Western Caucus member Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-0

  • Bennet to hold Farm Bill listening sessions

    Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced the next round of Farm Bill listening sessions with his staff, which will be held in April in the San Luis Valley and other areas of the state.

  • Bennet introduces bill to rescind president's executive order

    Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet led more than 30 U.S. Senators on Wednesday in the introduction of legislation to rescind President Trump’s executive order to reverse several landmark U.S. initiatives to combat climate change.

  • 'Bounty hunter' sent to prison

    Cases ranging from forged checks to bounty hunting gone wrong came before District Judge Michael Gonzales’ bench in Alamosa on Wednesday.

  • Acosta takes plea; Ferrell trial rescheduled

    Convicted by a jury earlier this month of sex assault on a child, Adam Acosta, 40, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony burglary and violating a restraining order in a separate but related case.

  • Hotz murder case continued

    Saying he understood how victims could be frustrated with how slowly the court process moves, District Judge Michael Gonzales on Tuesday continued “one last time” the first appearance in district court for Perry Hotz, 20, charged with the death of his 5 1

  • Firefighters respond to haystack blaze

    Firefighters from multiple departments worked all afternoon and into the evening Saturday to contain a blaze that destroyed numerous haystacks near Estrella.

  • Murder conspiracy hearing reset

    Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Monday continued the preliminary hearing for Brian Cooper, 24, Alamosa, charged in connection with the June 23, 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.

  • Archuleta not rehired

    Claiming she was caught by surprise by the South Conejos Board of Education’s (BOE) non-renewal of her contract, Superintendent Carla Archuleta is exploring her options.

  • Church is all paid up

    After three years of payments, the Alamosa Pentecostal Church owes no back taxes to Alamosa County.

  • No cannabis club recommended

    Alamosa planning commission members Wednesday evening unanimously recommended denial of a special use application for a cannabis consumption club at 507 Bell Avenue.

  • City makes the best of water rules

    Alamosa plans to order water with a twist of lemon, since it has to make lemonade anyway.

  • Man stabbed trying to break up argument

    A bystander trying to break up an argument between a couple outside the Purple Pig Pub early Saturday morning received a stab wound in the leg for his efforts.

  • Broadband in SLV could be better

    Better broadband for the San Luis Valley will require cooperation, consultant Paul Recanzone said Thursday night during a public forum on the San Luis Valley Regional Broadband Plan.

  • Hearing set in triple homicide

    Santos Navares, 25,of La Jara, who also goes by the name, Santos Rameriz, is scheduled for a two-day preliminary hearing April 19-20 on an array of charges relating to the Jan. 15 deaths of three persons.

  • Jury finds Acosta guilty

    A jury this week found Adam Acosta, 40, Alamosa, guilty of sexual assault on a child.

  • Five minutes with Bennet

    Before U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet held his town hall at the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, the Valley Courier had the opportunity to speak with Bennet in a one-on-one interview. The conservation was limited to five minutes.

  • Homeless report shared

    La Puente sheltered 707 individuals in the 2016 calendar year, according to their recently released report. Though homelessness decreased in Colorado, La Puente hasn't seen any significant changes and maintained an average level.

  • City hits 'paws' on cat ordinance

    Alamosa city council is taking a “paws” from its cat ordinance amendment to give time to absorb and incorporate suggestions from the community.

  • A white Wolfe wedding

    Abigail Burrows walks down the aisle with her father before marrying Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe on Feb. 25.

  • River, dam funding approved Tuesday

    Water leaders on Tuesday approved funding for two projects that will improve local reservoir and river operations.

  • Moratorium set on marijuana clubs

    Alamosa city council Wednesday night unanimously passed a six-month moratorium on marijuana consumption clubs in the city limits.

  • Mean Moose down sweep Tigers in doubleheader

    The Alamosa Mean Moose baseball team had a dominant sweep of the Del Norte Tigers in an odd midday doubleheader at the Adams State University Baseball Field on Tuesday. The Mean Moose, who opened the season this past Saturday with a 17-4 loss to the Lamar

  • Sex assault trial underway

    A jury trial enters its third day today for Adam Acosta, 40, Alamosa, who is charged with sexual assault on a child.

  • ASU considers sanctuary campus

    After tabling a sanctuary campus resolution during an Adams State University Board of Trustees meeting in Denver in February, the board listened to public comments during a special work session Monday morning. If enacted, the policy would protect students

  • No recreational pot on county ballot

    Depending on petition results, this year's ballots for Alamosa County and the City of Alamosa could look very different.

  • Carpenter appearance postponed in court

    Carol Carpenter, 70, Blanca, made a first appearance on a first-degree murder charge Wednesday, March 1.

  • Lazy KV Estates fires total structures

    Local firefighters were called out twice in the space of 30 hours this week to fires in northern Saguache County’s Lazy KV Estates that in each case resulted in the total loss of the buildings.

  • DN board approves BEST grant support

    The Del Norte Board of Education continues to take steps towards their hopes of acquiring a BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) Grant after a previous application was denied. During the Thursday, Feb. 23 meeting the board heard an update on the proces

  • Legion celebrates birthday

    The members of the American Legion, Post 113 are celebrating their 98th birthday on Saturday, March 18. Legion members and their guests are invited to a potluck dinner in the Legion Hall. Legionnaires are encouraged to bring their favorite dish to share.

  • Colorado Court of Appeals to hear arguments in Alamosa

    A division of the Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at Alamosa High School on Tuesday, March 14, and at Salida High School on March 16, before audiences of students. While space will be limited at both schools, the public also is invited

  • MVPD makes five drug arrests

    The Monte Vista Police Department (MVPD) made five drug arrests in late February and early March. Stemming from a routine traffic stop, warrant for failure to appear, to an execution of a search warrant several people have been cited and arrested on drug

  • Alamosa adopts SLV Code of Ethics

    Alamosa has joined other San Luis Valley groups in deciding to “play nice in the same sandbox,” as Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks described it.

  • Commissioners support provider fee

    Colorado's hospital provider fee, which reimburses hospitals based on the number of uninsured and Medicaid patients, is currently part of the state's general fund and subject to the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR). San Luis Valley Health, with the suppo

  • Gardner welcomes deployment of Missile Defense System to counter N Korean aggression

    Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke about the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea. After North Korea fired multiple missiles into the Sea of Japan on March 5, Gardner released a statement condemning Pyongyang

  • Bennet cosponsors bill to protect access to reproductive care

    Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined his colleagues in introducing a bill to protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion by blocking restrictive regulations and laws intended to curtail reproductive health services.

  • March is packed with fun at Alamosa senior center

    Don’t let the March winds keep you from enjoying all that the Alamosa Senior Citizens have to offer! Health, wellness and lots of fun are on the schedule.

  • RG National Forest seeks input on proposed action for domestic sheep allotments

    he Rio Grande National Forest’s Divide Ranger District is seeking comment on a new proposed action for the environmental analysis of the Snow Mesa and Wishbone sheep allotments. The Forest is proposing to create a new domestic sheep grazing allotment in

  • Defendant requests prison sentence instead of jail

    While her case is pending on her involvement in the 2016 Floyd McBride homicide, Theodora Travers, 29, will be spending time in prison on another case — at her request.

  • Salazar potential governor candidate

    San Luis Valley native Ken Salazar could be a contender for governor in 2018.

  • Crowder shares capitol updates

    In the last two weeks Senator Larry Crowder (R-District 35) has continued to be active on a number of fronts to advance and uphold the health and safety of Colorado citizens.

  • Bennet reintroduces Independence at Home Bill

    Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and John Cornyn (R-TX) on Friday reintroduced legislation to convert the Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration into a permanent, national program.

  • Local officials seek state multimodal funding

    Sixty-four local elected officials from across Colorado—including two Alamosa city councilors—released a letter sent on March 1 to leadership in the Colorado General Assembly calling for “significant dedicated funding for multimodal transportation options

  • Alamosa leaves room for East Alamosa in water planning

    With the possibility the East Alamosa Water and Sanitation District may want to participate in the City of Alamosa’s water augmentation plan, the Alamosa city council this week set a higher augmentation plan spending cap.

  • Murder co-defendant hearing set

    Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Thursday set a preliminary hearing for one of the defendants charged with conspiracy in the 2016 murder of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.

  • Valley schools recieve state awards

    The Colorado Department of Education celebrated the 2016 district and school performance results in an awards ceremony on Wednesday at the Colorado Department of Education.

  • City plans pot club moratorium

    Alamosa will not be opening any marijuana clubs anytime soon.

  • Second graders taken from South Conejos

    The South Conejos School District is working with Conejos County law enforcement to locate two second graders who were taken from the elementary school shortly before school started on Wednesday, March 1.