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Rainbow trout added to Blanca Vista Pond

Rainbow trout were added to Blanca Vista Pond.

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Monsoon season in the Valley

Our high alpine desert does get water, our yearly amount is 11.2 inches.

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Town honors retiring Center Postmaster Arellano

In a ceremony that was held on June 25, at a Center Board of Trustee meeting, beloved recently retired United States Postmaster Paul Arellano received a plaque and was thanked by the town for his years of dedicated service.

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Celebrating 50 years in Creede

Thousands of parade fans lined both sides of Creede’s Main Street Thursday for the annual Independence Day parade, some taking to the roofs of downtown businesses. Among the entries was this float celebrating 50 years of adventure there for San Juan Sports. To see more photos, pick up a copy of today's print edition.

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StoryWalk updated at Alamosa City Hall

The Alamosa Public Library’s Friends of the Library volunteers partnered with Rotary Club of Alamosa and Alamosa Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board to update the StoryWalk at City Hall.

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Bike 2 Build raises funds for homes

About 25 bicycle riders participated in a Bike 2 Build fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity on June 29.

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Solstice celebrates creativity in music and art

This year’s Solstice in Center was an enlightening and creative experience. Alluvium Studio organized this imaginative event on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22.

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ASU hires Vilá as new VPAA

ALAMOSA – Adams State University has hired Joaquin Vilá, Ph.D., as its Vice President for Academic Affairs, ASU Interim President Matt Nehring announced Wednesday.

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Baca National Wildlife Refuge to be opened for elk hunting

VALLEY — Beginning this fall, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge in the San Luis Valley will be open to hunters with a valid public-land elk license for Game Management Unit 82.

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May is Mental Health Month: Mental health in SLV Schools

VALLEY — Childhood is a confusing and a challenging time. When you add in life stressors from family, mental illness, or school related pressures, there are many reasons that students may need someone to talk to.

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Kennedy returns to meet with constituents

ALAMOSA — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy returned to Milagros Coffee House on Tuesday for a community conversation and reiterated her platform.

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Fence catches on fire in Alamosa

Members of the Alamosa Fire Department hose down a burnt backyard fence at approximately noon on Wednesday.

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Field on fire by cemetery

Alamosa firefighters respond Wednesday afternoon to a brush fire in an unoccupied area just north of the Alamosa Cemetery.

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Peace officer memorial services held

“Today we are here to pay tribute to law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to show our appreciation for all those who continually serve on the front lines of this battle against crime,” Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman said during the 11th Annual San Luis Valley Peace Officer Memorial on Wednesday evening.

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Grain spilled in train derailment

A few days ago the freight train from the San Luis Valley east over La Veta Pass experienced a derailment at the crossing of Sangre de Cristo Creek where five rail cars carrying grain derailed onto their side.

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Alamosa honors history of local Bain Building

ALAMOSA — It’s only fitting that a building constructed with recycled parts using Depression era labor would now be selling recycled items through a thrift store benefitting the local homeless shelter and associated services.

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Steve Carroll shares CIA story

ALAMOSA — Retired CIA agent and current Alamosa resident Steve Carroll spoke to guests about his history in the organization during Alamosa Rotary Club’s meeting on Monday.

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Sober living houses under new management

ALAMOSA — Under new management and with a new name, the Potter’s House is a place where new lives — and hope — are created.

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Alamosa proclaims Historic Preservation Month

Alamosa City Councilor Jan Vigil, center, presents the city’s proclamation for May as Historic Preservation Month to Alamosa Historic Preservation Advisory Committee Chairman Ralph Symbleme and committee member Don Thompson.

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Alamosa proclaims Police Week

Alamosa City Councilor Liz Thomas Hensley presents a Police Week proclamation to Officer William Squires, center.

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Urgent: Follow water mandate

Colorado Division of Water Resources State Engineer Kevin Rein in a community meeting Friday addressed the question of what happens if the Rio Grande Basin’s aquifer is not recovered to the mandated level by the 20-year deadline, which is now 13 years away.

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Anticipating the finale at TSJC

More than 120 students earned diplomas and certificates during TSJC's May 11th graduation ceremonies.

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ASU makes history with first Ph.D. degrees

ALAMOSA —”First things happen only once,” said Dr. Ira Richardson upon awarding Adams State’s first degree in August of 1926.

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Driving track dedicated

Surrounded by members of local law enforcement agencies and representatives of the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST), Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman, center, cuts the ribbon on the mile-long law enforcement driving track located at the shooting range east of Alamosa.

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Theresa Rudder is new state GFWC president

Theresa Rudder of Alamosa is “stepping” into the role of Colorado Federation of Women's Clubs president, and she has the shoes for it.

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Ortega Middle School eighth grade students enjoy Job Days in Alamosa community

ALAMOSA — Every year eighth grade students at OMS are given the chance to get a taste of their future.

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Proposed management plan shared for elk, bison at Great Sand Dunes

ALAMOSA — Elk and bison herd management is necessary to maintain the landscape at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve and expanded former Medano Zapata Ranch area, dunes staff and contractors reported during a Wednesday evening meeting concerning the proposed management plan.

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School board honors Baker, all teachers

ALAMOSA — Though Alamosa High School English teacher Maxine Baker wasn’t named San Luis Valley’s Educator of the Year, she was honored as Alamosa School District’s Teacher of the Year during the board of education’s meeting on Monday.

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Full steam ahead for Narrow Gauge fundraiser

Marlena Antonucci, president of the Narrow Gauge Book Co-op’s board of directors, explains ownership and membership levels on Friday during the kickoff fundraiser event to reopen the store.

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Community celebrates Cinco de Mayo

ALAMOSA—The block of San Juan Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa was overflowing with colorful decorations, inviting smells of freshly cooked street food, lively music and cultural dancing this past Saturday for the first Cinco de Mayo Cultural Block Party.

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Planting for the future

Area residents help plant trees by the Alamosa Cemetery on Friday.

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Alamosa recognizes area nurses

In type big enough for everyone to read, area nurses receive due recognition during the May 2nd Alamosa city council meeting.

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Alamosa ArtScape program sells ‘Running Girl’

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa is excited to announce that the ArtScape Program has sold the sculpture “Running Girl” by Harold Linke.

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Highway 142 work to begin

COSTILLA & CONEJOS COUNTIES — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and United SW Group will start work on Monday, May 7, along Colorado Highway (CO) 142, from the Town of Romeo to the Town of San Luis.

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Sanford welcomes new police chief

SANFORD — James Spratt is the new police chief in a small town and he likes it that way.

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SLV holds Regional Branding Workshops

On April 25, the Alamosa Convention and Visitors Bureau assisted the Colorado Tourism Office with hosting two of 20 Regional Branding Workshops.

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Alamosa proclaims Municipal Clerks Week May 6-12

Alamosa city council proclaims May 6-12 Municipal Clerks Week in recognition of the many duties they perform in city government including providing a professional link between government and the community.

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Water Smart shares ideas for city improvements

Changes to city parks, gateways and municipal building landscaping can improve Alamosa’s appearances but still be “water smart.”

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Autopsy set; no foul play suspected in woman's death

A visitor to the Zapata Falls area whose body was recovered Tuesday evening after she had been missing for two days has been identified as Selene Jara, not Lara as initially reported.

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Public gives new ideas for old courthouse

"The county shouldn't be in the business of owning and operating property," said Alamosa County Commissioner Michael Yohn to a small group gathered at the Alamosa County Courthouse on Tuesday.

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Second Employees of the Quarter honored

Alamosa County Commissioner Michael Yohn, Alamosa County Executive Assistant Belina Ramirez, Alamosa County Commissioner Helen Sigmond and Alamosa County Department of Public Health employee Margie Martinez stand together after the pair were recognized for the second Employee of the Quarter awards at Wednesday's county commissioners meeting.

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New bus line begins service

Bustang Outrider began bus service on May 1 out of Alamosa.

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English Language Learners Family Night

Adams State University elementary education junior Natalie Wheelock, right, goes over a "Mad Libs" exercise with Alfredo Gaspar, 11, and Daniel Lauro, 10, during the annual K-5 English Language Learner Family Night at Alamosa Elementary School on Monday.

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Body recovered of missing woman

Search and rescue personnel recovered the body of missing visitor Selene Jara, 29, Tuesday afternoon in the vicinity of South Zapata Lake.

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Quilts donated for trauma victims

Members of the SLV Quilt Guild present beautiful and comforting quilts to those dealing with victims of assault and trauma.

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Visitor missing in Zapata Falls area

Search and rescue personnel from multiple counties are expected to continue the search this morning for a missing visitor to the Zapata Falls area.

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Fires strike structures in Alamosa County on Friday

ALAMOSA — Alamosa firefighters responded to two structure fires on Friday afternoon, one that destroyed an abandoned structure on the 2 South and another that damaged the art studio and home of the Jim Gilmore family.

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Controlled burn spreads to structure

An Alamosa County firefighter douses smoldering brush with a hose as his fellow firefighters tend to burning debris on County Road Two South at roughly 3 p.m. Friday.

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Semi rolls on Highway 17

In this accident occurring at approximately 10:13 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, a semi truck, driven by 57-year-old Thomas Stamm of Denver, was traveling southbound on Highway 17 hauling chicken fertilizer.

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Adams State ready to post president's job

Adams State University is officially looking for its next leader — at least its next interim one.

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Alamosa County Sheriff's Office staffer charged

ALAMOSA — Carol Orton, 54, office manager of the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office, has resigned her position and has been charged with theft.

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Graham granddaughter shares story of choices

ALAMOSA — It was a cartoon that saved the life of Windsor Bauders’ first child.

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Tracy Simon is Educator of the Year for San Luis Valley

Teaching is often a thankless job, however 14 educators from around the San Luis Valley were recognized for their hard work and dedication on Wednesday night.

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Water managers encourage conservation measures

VALLEY — The 2018 water year began with lackluster snowfall. While the snowmelt and irrigation season have begun, the basin-wide estimate of snow water equivalent sat at just 42 percent of average on April 10th, which is normally the date of peak snowpack in the Rio Grande Basin.

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Standing for life

Windsor Bauders, left, stands with SLV Life Center Director Debora Black following the center’s annual fund-raiser Tuesday night in Alamosa.

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SLV Hazmat truck tour

Jim Clare talks to the San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association on Monday about the self-contained breathing apparatus on the relatively new hazmat truck that the San Luis Valley Hazardous Material Team purchased in 2005.

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Local kids think potatoes are tubular

ALAMOSA — A day after Monte Vista School District enjoyed quinoa, Sanford School was served a special treat on Thursday as their food service staff and members of the Farm to School Task Force doled out roasted local fingerling potatoes while dressed in vegetable costumes.

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9Health Fair saves lives

Alamosa's health fair on Friday served hundreds of area residents.

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Compromise key to city land swap

Working up a compromise the council said would probably never satisfy everyone, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday authorized the city manager to sign a land exchange agreement with Rio Bravo RV Resort developers.

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Arrest made in Tuesday Alamosa structure fire

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest on suspicion of arson in connection with one of the multiple fires occurring in the Alamosa area on Tuesday.

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ASU settled with McClure for $250,000

ALAMOSA — According to public settlement documents, the Adams State University Board of Trustees agreed to jointly pay former ASU President Beverlee McClure and her attorneys, King & Greisen, LLP, a $250,000 lump sum on March 27 before her resignation on March 31.

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Vehicles pile up in windstorm

Although still under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol, the extreme wind conditions on Tuesday, April 17, apparently were to blame so no one was cited, and fortunately there were no serious injuries, in this multi-vehicle pile up on Highway 17 south of Saguache County Road G.

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South River Road evacuated

Amid high winds, Alamosa and supporting fire departments fought back a brush fire on Tuesday that consumed nearly 300 acres and evacuated area residents.

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Governor proclaims Colorado Journalism Week at convention

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper proclaimed April 16-22 as Colorado Journalism Week at the Colorado Press Association’s annual convention in Colorado Springs on Friday.

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Geiger receives awards for photos at Colorado Press Association convention

This photo by Valley Courier staff writer Jefferson Geiger, featuring Peter Martin from New Castle shaving at a mobile bathroom during the 23rd annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado rest stop in Alamosa in June 2017 was one of a group of photos winning first place in the best photo essay category for newspapers of similar circulation during the Colorado Press Association convention this past weekend in Colorado Springs.

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Wind whips welder spark-ignited fire

Alamosa firefighters were on the scene of a wind-driven fire all afternoon and well into the evening on Monday after sparks from a welder ignited brush off County Road 109 South (Old Sanford Road.)

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Fees to increase at sand dunes

MOSCA – The National Park Service (NPS) announced on April 12 that Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve will modify its entrance fees to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs.

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Library hosts carnival

Alamosa Public Library hosted a carnival in honor of National Library Week on Friday.

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Rio Bravo RV resort land swap on city agenda

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa City Council has an agenda item scheduled for the April 18th regular council meeting at 7 p.m. at city hall regarding a potential land swap with Rio Bravo RV Resort.

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ASU begins president search

ALAMOSA — “We are at a crossroads … We may find we don’t need a railroad conductor. We need a spaceship driver.” — Reeves Brown, Adams State University trustee.

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Crews fight blaze in Sanford

Firefighters from multiple departments join Sanford Thursday evening in attacking a wind-whipped fire on 10th Street in Sanford.

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Valdez answers residency question

Responding to an article in “Colorado Politics” that raises questions about whether he still resides in the state house district he represents, Rep. Donald Valdez stated that La Jara was and continues to be his place of residence.

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Commissioners sign National Child Abuse Prevention Month proclamation

Alamosa County Commissioner Helen Sigmond, Department of Human Services Director Catherine Salazar, County Commissioner Michael Yohn and County Commissioner Darius Allen pose with a signed proclamation declaring April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month at Wednesday's meeting.

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Garcia appointed to advisory committee

Alamosa County Home Health Clinical Manager Tammy Garcia, center, holds an award with Home Health Administrator Jordan Kemp, County Commissioner Helen Sigmond, County Commissioner Michael Yohn, Public Health Director Della Cox-Vieira and County Commissioner Darius Allen during Wednesday's commissioner meeting after being appointed to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s home care advisory committee.

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Find farcical fun with ‘Noises Off’ at AHS

ALAMOSA — Be prepared for sore sides, slammed doors and too many plates of sardines tomorrow night at Alamosa High School during the premiere of “Noises Off.”

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SLV water outlook still abysmal

ALAMOSA — Major streams in the San Luis Valley will be running with less than half their average flows, and some spots will dry up this season.

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Bench dedication, run to remember Reedo

ALAMOSA— On Saturday, April 14 the Alamosa-Alumni Association will host the first annual “Run for Reedo” in memory of beloved Alamosa teacher Jerry Reed at the Alamosa High School Stadium.

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Leadership vital to water organizations

VALLEY — The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is the leading water policy agency in the State of Colorado.

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Tipton visits with hemp leaders

DEL NORTE — On Thursday US Representative Scott Tipton (R-Colorado) spent time at the new “Trading Post” store located at 505 Grande Avenue, Del Norte.

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Congressional candidate visits Alamosa

Congressional candidate Karl Hanlon visited in the San Luis Valley on Monday.

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Colorado Farm Brewery celebrates grand opening

The Colorado Malting Company cut the ribbon on its Farm Brewery on Saturday.

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Murder suspect pursued in Valley

COSTILLA COUNTY — Colorado and New Mexico authorities are searching for murder suspect Charles Lobato, 30, who allegedly shot at Costilla County code enforcement officers who tried to stop him before possibly crossing the New Mexico border on Thursday morning.

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Awareness, prevention keys in April

VALLEY — April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and Tu Casa, Inc. would like to invite everyone to support the cause.

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ASU eliminates 27 positions, reduces pay for 22 others

ALAMOSA — After a two-and-a-half-hour executive session, and months of analyzing data, the Adams State Board of Trustees unanimously approved eliminating 27 positions and reducing salary of 22 employees during their meeting on Friday as part of their financial action plan to get the university on track monetarily.

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Alamosa combines prosecutor, city attorney jobs

ALAMOSA — Although not unanimous, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday decided to combine its prosecutorial and city attorney positions into one.

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Trustees approve tenure, sabbaticals

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Board of Trustees approved six faculty for tenure and emeritus positions and two sabbatical leaves during their meeting on Thursday.

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New wildlife area added

COSTILLA COUNTY — In the heart of the San Luis Valley, a new state wildlife area now protects 17,019 acres of public open space along the Rio Grande, as well as outstanding habitat for fish and wildlife, thanks to the efforts of Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) and its partners Costilla County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the LOR Foundation and Colorado Open Lands.

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Reservoir rehab project goes to Phase 2

CENTER — The San Luis Valley Irrigation District Board of Directors on Wednesday, April 4, voted to award Moltz Civil LLC: Moltz Contractors and Moltz Construction, as principal contractor for the completion of Phase 2 of the Rio Grande Reservoir Rehabilitation Project located above Creede in the upper Rio Grande.

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Outdoor foundation director: Colorado loves the outdoors but could love it more

ALAMOSA — “All people, particularly all children, deserve nature and the outdoors,” said Outdoor Foundation Executive Director Lise Aangeenbrug at San Luis Valley Great Outdoors’ conference on Wednesday.

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ASU trustees accept McClure's resignation

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of ASU President Dr. Beverlee McClure, effective March 31.

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Suspect arrested after short pursuit

ALAMOSA — Alamosa and Adams State University police arrested a burglary suspect and his teenage accomplice on Tuesday afternoon following a short pursuit.

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SANE nurses assist sex assault victims

ALAMOSA — Sandi Beheiry and Melissa Dominguez are making sure no sexual assault victim has to face the aftermath alone.

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Weakening falls

Warmer weather and an abundance of water is keeping a large area open at North Clear Creek Falls west of Creede.

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Trooper Tips: 'Turn to your right, turn to your left'

Usually when I finish writing one of my articles I read back over it and hope that I don’t sound as if I give a lecture every month. My hope is to help us remember some of those driving tips we got back when we were 16 and bring it to the forefront of our minds.

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Termain commends veterans center at annual meeting

MONTE VISTA — Aaron Termain has seen first-hand the life of a veteran and recently expressed amazement at what the Colorado Veterans Community Living Center (CVCLC) at Homelake has done — and is doing — for veterans.

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Afternoon of Easter fun in Creede

About 40 youngsters participated in an afternoon of Easter fun at the Creede Recreation Center (former school gym) Friday including an energetic egg and balloon toss with a giant parachute.

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Winds fan the flames

Alamosa firefighters knock down Friday afternoon fire.

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Stations of the Cross come to life

Alamosa youth portray Stations of the Cross for Easter.

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Motorway building tours held

Gene Williams of the San Luis Valley Antique Iron Club, left, discusses his museum idea with Alamosa County Local Marketing District member Matt Abbey during a tour of the Rio Grande Motorway Building at the corner of Sixth Street and Hunt Avenue on Thursday.

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Candidates face off in Antonito election

A group of candidates on this April’s ballot say it’s time for a change.

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Senator hears about opioid solutions

Meeting with staff and guests at SLV Health in Alamosa on Thursday, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner said he wanted to hear what is happening locally with the opioid crisis and how his office might be able to help.

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Worley shares story of perseverance

First Southwest Bank Senior Vice President Delzia Worley shared her personal story of overcoming obstacles at Adams State University on Wednesday as part of the regular Lean In Lunch events.

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Winter snow in the springtime

The bronze statue of Old Moose, Colorado's last grizzly bear that died in 1904, wears a new white coat along First Street as Alamosa sees much-needed snow on Tuesday.

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Gallegos seeks San Luis mayoral position

Tiffany Gallegos is running for mayor of the town of San Luis.

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Counties urged to support scholarships

Counties have a unique opportunity to help students obtain scholarships for Adams State University and Trinidad State Junior College, Lori Laske recently reminded Alamosa County commissioners.

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Quiller awarded Silver Medal of Honor

Stephen Quiller, a painter who lives in Creede, has been selected for the Silver Medal of Honor at the 151st American Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition.

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Averette enters Mineral County Treasurer race

CREEDE — A fresh set of eyes and a unique perspective are just two qualities that Michael Averette believes will help him win the Mineral County treasurer seat during the November election.

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Outcalt Foundation donates to SLV Crimestoppers

Karla Shriver, trustee of the Outcalt Foundation, hands Alamosa County Undersheriff Shawn Woods, the SLV Crimestoppers chairman, a $10,000 check to help the organization with increased cash rewards and community involvement on Friday.

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Esquibel runs for Costilla County commissioner

SAN LUIS — Noting that the chosen candidate will change the landscape of Costilla County for generations, Augustine “Roy” Esquibel has thrown his hat into the ring as District 3 County Commissioner.

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City of Alamosa sponsors Society Hall event

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa became a sponsor this week of the Society Hall’s annual fundraiser, billed as a “burn the mortgage” event.

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Motorway building proposal process clarified

ALAMOSA — After publishing a request for proposals to redevelop the Rio Grande Motorway Building, the Alamosa County Local Marketing District met with interested parties to go over what they want out of the process Thursday night.

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Courthouse assessment grant sought

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County commissioners this week authorized intern David Strawn to apply for a $15,000 grant from the State Historical Fund for an assessment of the old courthouse that will be vacated when the new justice center is completed.

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Johnson arrested

SAN LUIS – At approximately 3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 22, Costilla County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jack David Johnson, 37.

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Greenlee sentenced for Lucero death

During his Thursday sentencing hearing former Boulder Mayor Bob Greenlee, 78, listened as members of Pat Lucero’s family members talked of their irreparable loss Dec. 28, 2016 when Greenlee’s vehicle caused a five-car crash that took the 70-year-old woman’s life.

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Wanted man apprehended in Alamosa

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Wednesday evening safely apprehended a man wanted by the Department of Corrections for escape.

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Alamosa council endorses proclamations

Recognizing the serious issues of child abuse and sexual assault, and expressing gratitude to those who work to prevent and treat victims of these abuses, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday issued proclamations for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, both in April.

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Courthouse design flaw costs $36,000

Using a pre-engineered metal building for the new Alamosa County judicial complex was supposed to save the county money, however, it may become more expensive than originally anticipated.

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At-risk adult missing from San Luis

The Costilla County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a missing at-risk adult.

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Miltenberger is new B&G Clubs director

Having worked with youth all of his career, Aaron Miltenberger is excited to rejoin the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley as executive director.

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Controlled burn goes out of control

A member of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control extinguishes a controlled burn that grew too big at 12047 U.S. Highway 285 on Wednesday morning.

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Preliminary DN school plan released

Residents of Del Norte and surrounding communities gathered at the Tiger Field House Tuesday, March 13 to see preliminary plans for the new school.

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Citations issued in Monday collision

According to the Alamosa Police Department, the 2014 Toyota 4 Runner pictured below driven by Dyan Anderson, 45, Alamosa, was traveling westbound in the 2200 block of Vigil on Monday afternoon and left the right side of the roadway impacting a wood fence, above, causing extreme damage to her vehicle and to the fence.

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Officials attend USS Colorado commissioning

Colorado’s state and national delegation was well represented on Saturday for the commissioning of the fourth naval vessel to operate under the USS Colorado name.

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Alpine Achievers visit Valley Courier

Eli Sexton shows Mountain Valley School District students Keladrae Brooks, 13, Elise Volkman, 14, and Joshua Box, 13, how the printing press works during a tour of the Valley Courier on Monday.

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Bill Ellithorpe recalls mining days in SLV

Bill Ellithorpe knows “there’s gold in them hills.”

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'Fast Five' build dreams

ALAMOSA — They’re not called the “Fast Five” for nothing.

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Proposals sought for Motorway

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa County Local Marketing District (LMD) has issued a Request for Proposals to redevelop the Rio Grande Motorway Building located adjacent to The Depot on Sixth Street.

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Funding awarded for Valley projects

The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) board on Thursday announced funding awards for two San Luis Valley projects.

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ASU board reviews budget cuts

Adams State University Board of Trustees has $506,732 worth of non-personnel cuts to consider between now and April.

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Alamosa petitions invalid

Alamosa City Clerk Holly Martinez determined that petitions seeking to amend the city’s ordinance regarding outside marijuana grows were invalid this week.

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Students walk out to remember Parkland

Joining thousands of demonstrations across the country, more than 50 Alamosa High School students gather in the stadium Wednesday morning after walking out of school to protest gun violence and urge Congress to pass gun control legislation.

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BLM oil/gas leases draw concerns

The potential for oil and gas leases in Huerfano County is too close for comfort for San Luis Valley residents concerned about how such activity might affect the Valley — particularly the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

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Roybal announces candidacy in Costilla County

Emma Roybal of Fort Garland has announced her candidacy for Costilla County Clerk and Recorder in the 2018 election.

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Cranes on cue

Right on cue cranes pose for photographers near Monte Vista during the 35th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival.

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Alamosa council considers attorney changes

ALAMOSA — Faces and roles may be changing in Alamosa’s municipal court.

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Center housing director faces felony charges

Center Housing Authority Director Theresa (Audrey) Chavez, 61, appeared for a Saguache County Court hearing last week to answer charges of second degree burglary, a class three felony and criminal mischief, a class one misdemeanor, for allegedly failing to use the proper eviction procedure to eject a tenant.

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Martin’s rebuilt ’57 Chevy takes top honors at Detroit Autorama

A 1957 Chevrolet 150 hardtop owned by former Alamosa residents Greg and Judy Hrehovcsik and built by Johnny’s Auto Trim and Rod Shop, Inc. of Alamosa collected the Don Ridler Memorial Award at the 2018 Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama this past weekend.

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Snowpack still well below normal

Assuming normal precipitation this spring and summer, the Rio Grande near Del Norte is likely to produce about 60 percent of its normal flow during the irrigation season, Pat McDermott, Colorado Division of Water Resources, told Rio Grande Water Users Association members during their annual meeting on Thursday.

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No injuries in downtown collision

Alamosa firefighter Devon Haynie applies oil dry at the scene of a two-car accident early Wednesday afternoon in the 600 block of Fourth Street.

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NRG plans new RV park in Alamosa

While Alamosa city council and staff continue conversations concerning the 325-space Rio Bravo RV resort that may include a portion of the city’s ranch property, the council placed its stamp of approval on another 40-space RV park during Wednesday night’s city council meeting.

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Just what the arborist ordered

Smoke plumes in the air during a prescribed burn near the Alamosa Refuge east of the San Luis Valley Regional Airport on Tuesday.

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Community comes to caucus

John Kretsinger speaks on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy at the Alamosa County Democratic Caucus at the Alamosa Recreation Center on Tuesday.

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Former city worker pleads guilty

A former City of Alamosa finance director pled guilty Tuesday to felony unauthorized use of a transaction device and an added count of misdemeanor theft and was tentatively ordered to pay over $69,000 in restitution to the city.

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Pauley caught

Fugitive Kyle Pauley was arrested early Tuesday, March 6, following a tip from a community member who saw a suspicious person walking through Sanford at approximately 7:38 a.m.

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Groups present revitalization ideas

A group of valley residents, along with representatives of local government agencies and nonprofit groups, met Monday morning at the Alamosa Recreation Center to decide what the next step was in the process of revitalizing the Rio Grande in Alamosa.

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Makerspace goes full 'STEAM' ahead

This week the community is invited to explore the new home of the SLV STEAM Shop, a makerspace facility for hobbyists to work on projects.

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San Luis Valley science fair students sent to nationals

The 2018 Junior Observer Award, and students winning trips to the 2018 International Science and Engineering Fair are all from the Monte Vista School District.

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ASU civic engagement office reaches across the SLV

"Our Mission: To promote a community of trust, respect and civility through mutually satisfying campus and community relationships."

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Gurule appointed to Conejos County Sheriff

With 37 years of law enforcement experience under his belt and after a three-year break, Robert Gurule is back in the Conejos County sheriff’s seat.

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Two inmates escape from Conejos County Jail

The Conejos County Sheriff’s Office and area law enforcement are looking for two escapees from the Conejos County Jail and are asking for help from the community.

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Judging fairly for science

Barbara Kruse, visiting assistant professor at Adams State University's Teacher Education department, judges an entry at the 69th San Luis Valley Regional Science Fair in Plachy Hall on Thursday.

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San Luis Valley Health opens cancer center

Over three years of fundraising efforts lead to the completion of San Luis Valley Health's cancer center, which opened to the public yesterday evening.

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Placek announces for Costilla County Clerk

Najondine T. Placek, announced her candidacy for Costilla County Clerk & Recorder.

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Anzalone, Rappold run for Del Norte Board of Trustees

Del Norte residents Laura Anzalone and R. Scott Rappold are pleased to announce their candidacies for Town Board on the April 3 election.

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Routledge runs for 3rd congressional district

DURANGO — Independent Progressive Democrat Root Routledge filed with the Federal Election Commission on February 22 as a candidate for the U.S. Congress in Colorado’s District 3.

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Antonito teen dies in head-on crash

ALAMOSA — Jadyn Quintana, 18, of Antonito died Monday night, February 26, in a head-on collision on Highway 285 near Estrella.

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Closing the book on Narrow Gauge Newsstand

After 40 years of serving the Valley, a chapter ends for Narrow Gauge Newsstand. The Main Street bookstore will be closing its doors Friday, March 2.

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Hill seeks re-election as county clerk

Cindy Hill has announced that she plans to run for a third term as the Rio Grande County Clerk and Recorder.

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Oakes nominated for Hero Award

ALAMOSA — Alamosa city councilors this week unanimously nominated Alamosa Police Chief Duane Oakes for the Colorado Municipal League’s Municipal Hero Award.

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Alamosa selects next ArtScape pieces

ALAMOSA — Art selected this week to grace Alamosa’s downtown area through the second annual ArtScape will range from welded aluminum and steel to bronze and glass in shapes from rocket ships and cellos to goats and polar bears.

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Montano receives statewide award

During Wednesday night’s council meeting, Alamosa city council and staff recognize Daniel Montano, center, as the recipient of the Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator of the Year.

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ASU closes in on budget shortfall

Adams State University is currently $7,300 away from eliminating a projected $800,000 general fund budget shortfall. However, the institution is still working on increasing revenue by $2.7 million.

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Brianna Gordon reported missing

Brianna Nicole Gordon, 24, originally from Mosca, has been reported missing.

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Ortiz runs for Conejos sheriff

Democrat Jacob D. Ortiz, born and raised in Conejos County, is seeking the position of Conejos County Sheriff.

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County celebrates new sewer system

MOSCA — Alamosa County staff and officials joined Mosca community members Tuesday evening to celebrate the community’s new sewer system.

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Sheriff's office recovers guns, drugs, cash

ALAMOSA — On February 14 Alamosa County Sheriff Deputies N. Smith and P. Gilleland conducted a traffic stop in which methamphetamine was located and the driver was arrested

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Habitat conservation plan breeds success

ALAMOSA — Conserving endangered species is an ongoing challenge, but the San Luis Valley Habitat Conservation Plan represents one of the Valley’s many success stories in doing so.

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Ed Vigil enters county commission race

ALAMOSA — Ed Vigil announced his candidacy for the upcoming District 2 race for Alamosa Commissioner.

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Resort developers host public meeting

ALAMOSA — Filling The Barn at La Manzanilla Farm with a crowd of around 100 people, Rio Bravo RV Resort developers presented their proposal, answered questions and took public comments Friday night.

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Van Ry enters county race

ALAMOSA — Arlan Van Ry, lifelong community member, announced his candidacy for Alamosa County commissioner.

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Boys and Girls Club awards Youth of the Year tomorrow

ALAMOSA — On Saturday the public is invited to see the Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley award 2018’s Youth of the Year and Junior Youth of the Year.

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Water rules trial concludes on Wednesday

A water trial originally scheduled for eight weeks wrapped up in less than three on Wednesday afternoon.

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Snowpack still far below normal

ALAMOSA — Recent snowfall has helped the water outlook for the Rio Grande Basin, but this year is going to be far from normal.

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Treasurer Payne seeks re-election

Patti Payne, has announced her candidacy for re-election to the office of Mineral County treasurer/public trustee.

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Mondragon running for assessor

JJ Mondragon has announced her candidacy for the Rio Grande County assessor position that she has held now for four years.

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Free notification service available to victims

During a training session for new and seasoned victims advocates from across the San Luis Valley, Sharon Villanueva from County Sheriffs of Colorado taught them on how people can stay informed and protected about an offender's custody status.

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Adams State trustees place President McClure on leave

In a statement posted by Adams State University on Monday, the ASU trustees announced that ASU President Beverlee McClure is on leave, pending "a mutually agreeable resolution."

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Water rules trial begins third week

Engineer Gregory Sullivan, expert witness for the objectors, was on the stand as the Rio Grande Basin well rules trial entered its third and possibly final week on Monday.

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Rodriguez runs for Costilla County sheriff

SAN LUIS — Costilla County Undersheriff Ricky Rodriguez is running for Costilla County sheriff and bringing with him nine years of law enforcement experience, along with current Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certification.

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Sen. Crowder responds to sex harassment claims

VALLEY — State Senator Larry Crowder, a Republican who represents the San Luis Valley and other southern Colorado counties in Senate District 35, on Friday responded to Democratic State Representative Susan Lontine’s allegations of sexual harassment and her belief he did not take sufficient responsibility for his actions.

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Sowards testifies in well regulation trial

ALAMOSA — Ahead of schedule, the trial on groundwater regulations for the Rio Grande Basin concluded its second week with proponents finishing their testimony and objectors introducing their witnesses.

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Suspect arrested for La Jara robbery, other thefts

CONEJOS COUNTY — Kyle Cornett Pauley 31, of Sanford, was arrested on Wednesday, January 31, as a result of an investigation led by the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office into an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday, January 30th around 7:20 p.m. at County Line Liquor in La Jara.

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Larson running for Alamosa coroner

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County resident and life-long San Luis Valley resident Trace Larson has announced his candidacy for Alamosa County Coroner.

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ARC bringing animal rescue to the Valley

Colorado Animal Rescue Center (ARC) is the seven-year-old brainchild of Drew Nelson, director and animal rescue enthusiast, who said he’s been in the field for about 20 years but is “a newbie” next to his partners.

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Hunzeker announces candidacy for coroner

Rio Grande County Coroner Stephen Hunzeker announced his intention to run for re-election in the upcoming election.

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Residents comment on RV resort

A proposed RV resort on a portion of the Alamosa Ranch drew numerous comments during Wednesday’s city council meeting.

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Medina runs for commissioner

Leroy Medina announced his candidacy for commissioner of Costilla County’s Second District.

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Assessor seeks re-election

Naomi Martinez-Keys has announced her intent to seek re-election as the Conejos County Assessor.

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Hemp draws a crowd at agricultural conference

Hemp is a viable alternative crop for the San Luis Valley but not without its challenges, presenters told attendees Wednesday morning at the 2018 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference and Trade Fair in Monte Vista.

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Alamosa school board recognizes National School Counseling Week

Alamosa School District Board of Education members and Alamosa Elementary School counselors stand together after the board proclaimed Feb. 5-9 to be National School Counseling Week during their meeting Monday evening.

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Potatoes, politics kick off conference

A year after predicting how the new Trump Administration might affect agriculture, National Potato Council Executive Vice President John Keeling was back to give an update on politics and agriculture during the first day of the 2018 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference and Trade Fair.

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DeLeon announces for Costilla County sheriff

Carlos DeLeon announced his candidacy for the office of Costilla County Sheriff.

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Sheriff Warwick seeks re-election

Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick recently announced he is running for re-election this November, urged on by the encouragement of family and friends.

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Gilbert running for Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

Interim Saguache County Clerk and Recorder Trish Gilbert has announced she will run for election as the county’s clerk and recorder.

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Justice center is taking shape

The walls of justice are taking shape against the San Luis Valley skyline as work progresses on the new Alamosa courthouse on the southern edge of Alamosa.

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Governor candidate speaks in Alamosa

Businessman and former State Representative Victor Mitchell visited with area residents about his goals as candidate for governor during a recent stop in Alamosa.

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Water rules trial enters second week

A trial over groundwater regulations for the Rio Grande Basin entered its second week on Monday with Assistant Division Engineer for Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 James Heath on the stand.

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Incentive to read

The Shop on Alamosa’s Main Street has come up with an innovative method to get students to read.

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Crowther seeks re-election as treasurer

CONEJOS COUNTY — Mack M. Crowther has announced his intention to seek re-election as Conejos County Treasurer.

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Crowther runs for Conejos County sheriff

CONEJOS — Garth Crowther has devoted most of his life to serving and protecting the people of Colorado; now, he wants to do the same for the people of Conejos County.

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Commissioner Shriver seeks third term

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — “I want to continue to serve the residents of Rio Grande County,” said Karla Shriver announcing her candidacy for a third term as commissioner for District 2.

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Water trial concludes first week

ALAMOSA — As the groundwater rules trial wraps up its first of what could be four weeks, witnesses are describing to presiding Chief District/Water Judge Pattie Swift the complexities of the San Luis Valley’s hydrology and the groundwater model developed to help the state enforce its proposed well rules.

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Ex-undersheriff gets 30 days, hefty fines

Former Costilla County Undersheriff Andrew Espinoza will spend 30 days in the jail where he once worked.

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'Super Blue Blood Moon'

The moon shines a bright red early Wednesday morning in Alamosa during a rare super blue blood moon.

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Keep Valley Courier in your Facebook feed

Earlier this month social media site Facebook changed the way they deliver content to readers.

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Montoya announces for Alamosa County Treasurer

On Tuesday Alamosa resident Jerald Montoya announced his candidacy for Alamosa County Treasurer.

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Farmers take the stand in water trial

Although pending well rules and the downward trend of San Luis Valley water resources are no laughing matters, farmer Nathan Coombs brought levity to the courtroom on Tuesday when he admitted to Water Judge Pattie Swift “I’m as nervous as a prostitute in church.”

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Ice creations

Some estimated 200-plus braved frigid temperatures to witness the annual “fire in ice” bonfire Saturday evening on San Juan Avenue as a highlight of the ninth annual Rio Frio Ice Festival.

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Dougherty affirms goals for SLV

Attorney General candidate Michael Dougherty is maintaining a presence in the San Luis Valley during his campaign and plans to locate an office here if elected.

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Alamosa airport threatened by bomb call

A flight was diverted and passengers evacuated Sunday morning at the SLV Regional Airport while authorities investigated a bomb threat at the airport.

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Waiting for a Super Hero

Like a canvass before experiencing the painter’s brush, ice blocks await the professionals ice carvers’ touch, to be transformed by the theme “Super Heroes” for the 2018 Rio Frio Ice Fest in Alamosa.

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Cattle losses costing SLV ranchers

LA JARA — In 1867, nine years before Colorado became a state, ranchers formed the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) — the nation’s first cattlemen’s association.

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Alamosa to cut ribbon on new rink/pavilion

ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa and project partners invite the public to a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Multi-Purpose Pavilion/Ice Rink at 2242 Old Sanford Road, Alamosa (next to the Alamosa Family Rec Center) on Wednesday, January 31 at 1 p.m.

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Thomas runs for Conejos County sheriff

Marvin Thomas, a longtime resident of Conejos County, was born in Manassa and graduated from Centauri High School.

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Romero-Otero to be recognized in NM

Shirley Romero-Otero, chairwoman of the Land Rights Council, will receive a Lifetime Achievement award during a celebration Feb. 2 at the State Capitol in New Mexico commemorating the 170th Anniversary of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

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Solar panel tariff may not affect Valley

On Monday President Trump approved a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels in an attempt to boost domestic manufacturers.

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City wrestles with legal options

Long-time city prosecutor Gene Farish weighed in on proposed municipal court and code changes during a work session with the Alamosa city council on Wednesday evening.

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Tuesday panel shares alternatives to jail

It takes more than an individual to tackle the opioid epidemic, which is why an 11-person panel shared their holistic initiatives at Communities That Care's substance abuse forum at Ortega Middle School on Tuesday evening.

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Gear Up, Dell's Insurance are good neighbors

The awards were for Dell's Insurance and Gear Up reaching out to DHS to assist with the department's annual toy drive.

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RV resort proposed at golf course

During a work session Wednesday night Alamosa city councilors appeared receptive to a proposal to locate an RV resort by the Cattails Golf Course.

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ASU professor’s research named one of top 100 science stories by Discover Magazine

ALAMOSA — Adams State University professor of physical geography Jared Beeton contributed to a study that was named one of the 2017 Top 100 Science Stories from across the globe by Discover Magazine in its January/February 2018 issue.

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Program to help reduce wildfire risks, costs

ALAMOSA – The Colorado State Forest Service announced today that the San Luis Valley has been selected as one of eight new “communities” from across the country that will receive technical assistance in 2018 under a national program that helps reduce the impacts from wildfires.

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Ruybal fills Conejos County Clerk & Recorder vacancy

With deep roots in Conejos County, Nathan Ruybal has undertaken a role of service to the people with whom he grew up.

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MV hosts first potato business summit

In the first San Luis Valley Potato Business Summit on Monday in Monte Vista, topics focused more on economics, future strategies and technology than varieties, diseases and rotations.

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Fresh snow at Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek received 23 inches of fresh powder over the weekend.

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Photo lineup questioned in homicide

ALAMOSA — In district court on Friday District Judge Michael Gonzales denied a motion to exclude a photo lineup from trial evidence and is considering another similar motion regarding a single photo used to identify the suspect of a fatal hit and run in January 2017.

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Crown announces candidacy for RG sheriff

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Christopher Crown, current undersheriff for Conejos County, is announcing his candidacy for Rio Grande County Sheriff in the upcoming election.

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LRC attorney reaffirms local land rights

Another battle seems to have been won, but the war rages on.

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ASU heading back on academic track

Though Adams State University's financials and low enrollment are still an issue, the institution can take a quick breather knowing its efforts are working.

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Sand dunes park sets attendance record in 2017

Setting an attendance record, nearly half a million people visited the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in 2017, Resource Management Chief Fred Bunch reported to the Rio Grande Water Conservation District board on Tuesday.

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January is School Board Appreciation Month

Alamosa School District Board of Education members Mandy Jackson, Erica Romero, Arlan Van Ry, Jan De Sautell, Christine Haslett and Dr. Thomas Miller stand with a celebratory cake on Monday after reading a proclamation from Alamosa School District that declares January School Board Appreciation Month.

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Joe Schlabach announces candidacy

Joe Schlabach, councilman for the City of Monte Vista, has announced his intention to run for county commissioner in District Two of Rio Grande County.

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Restitution still pending in city theft

District Judge Michael Gonzales on Tuesday granted one further extension of the plea hearing for former City of Alamosa Finance Director Amanda McDonald, 41.

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Water projects: From dam to falling trees

Water efficiency and public safety are goals of water projects approved for funding this month from one side of the San Luis Valley to the other.

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Idaho Pacific expands plant

A newly recently completed expansion of the Idaho Pacific Colorado potato dehydration operation in Center has nearly doubled the plant’s production of potato flakes and flour – and added 35 new full-time jobs to the local workforce.

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Kale Mortensen is new CVB executive director

ALAMOSA — Kale Mortensen was named the new executive director of Alamosa’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Thursday evening during the Alamosa County Marketing District Board meeting following a lengthy selection process. Mortensen replaces Jamie Greeman, who left in September to start her own candy store.

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‘Find your because’

Guest speaker Josh Drean shares an anti-bullying message about empathy to students at Ortega Middle School in Alamosa on Friday.

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Wildlife fence proposed around airport

Just like on a highway, a deer is not a welcomed sight on a runway.

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Greenlee pleads in Lucero fatal

Former Boulder Mayor Bob Greenlee, 76, pleaded guilty to four of nine original criminal counts for his role in a fatal five-car crash that claimed popular SLV resident Pat Lucero, 70, on La Veta Pass last December 28.

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Public plans to revitalize community, naturally

ALAMOSA — While Colorado and the Valley as a whole have abundant access to outdoor recreation, Alamosa proper lacks immediate local resources to promote wellness.

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Water outlook is not yet promising

ALAMOSA — With a basin-wide snowpack sitting at 31 percent of normal and the National Weather Service calling for dry conditions in coming months, “It’s not looking real great for us right now,” Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten said during a water meeting in Alamosa on Tuesday.

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An estimated 1,850 SLV children could lose health insurance after March

VALLEY — Soon, more than a thousand children in the San Luis Valley could be without health insurance.

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Innocent and indigent: Sen. Gardner’s office listens to jail healthcare concerns

ALAMOSA — Jails across the San Luis Valley are struggling to keep up with the medical needs of their inmates.

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Griego announces for Alamosa County treasurer

ALAMOSA COUNTY – Alamosa resident Donna Griego has announced her candidacy for Alamosa County treasurer.

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CML reports on police, fire efficiency

VALLEY — The Colorado Municipal League’s (CML) 2018 State of Our Cities & Towns Report looks at the essential services of municipalities that ensure public safety.

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Kennedy hosts community conversation

ALAMOSA — A packed Milagros Coffee House greeted one of the members of the equally packed gubernatorial race.

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SLV Federal Bank shares Spirit of Giving Program

VALLEY — San Luis Valley Federal Bank announced its top recipients from the 2017 Spirit of Giving holiday donation program.

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Cattleman of the Year

Lee and Grace Bagwell are recipients of the Cattleman of the Year for 2017 for the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association at the Cattlemen’s annual meeting held in Alamosa.

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Valdez Rio Culebra Ranch is conserved

VALLEY — The conservation easement of the Valdez Rio Culebra Ranch in San Luis is a significant convergence of natural, historical and cultural resources in the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA).

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Regional airport gets EAS subsidy

ALAMOSA — Like last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted the San Luis Valley Regional Airport an Essential Air Service (EAS) waiver.

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Liz Hensley is new mayor pro tem

ALAMOSA — Alamosa city councilors selected Councilor Liz Thomas Hensley as mayor pro tem during their meeting Wednesday night.

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Robbery suspect apprehended

ALAMOSA — On Jan. 3 at approximately 11:48 p.m. Alamosa County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to Discount Liquor at 151 Broadway Avenue in East Alamosa on the report of an armed robbery in progress.

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City considers taking jail off the table for most offenses

ALAMOSA — In an attempt to improve the municipal court system and save the city money, the Alamosa city council is considering an ordinance that would “decriminalize” many municipal offenses.

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Clerk and recorder, assessor, sheriff announce reelection

ALAMOSA — In a show of nonpartisanship, the Alamosa County Clerk and Recorder, Alamosa County Assessor and Alamosa County Sheriff announced their campaigns for reelection simultaneously on Thursday.

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Cielo Vista: New land owner, old tricks

Observing that owners of land rights on the Cielo Vista Ranch may have not been taking advantage of those rights, the new owner of the ranch has offered to buy them back for $300 each.

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Pot clubs prohibited

After hearing from 15 Alamosa residents urging them to pass the ordinance and one against it, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday night unanimously approved an ordinance permanently prohibiting marijuana consumption clubs in the city limits.

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East Alamosa tree accident

First responders assist the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a tree on Minter Avenue on a gurney to be loaded onto an ambulance on Wednesday at approximately 10:48 a.m.

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San Luis Valley welcomes first baby of 2018

Theresa Trujillo, far right, lovingly cradles the San Luis Valley’s first baby of 2018, Daniel Lee Coblentz, whom she has helped care for since his birth at SLV Health Monday night.

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McKinley announces for Alamosa County treasurer

With more than 20 years working for Alamosa County until recently taking a job with the City of Alamosa, Mosca resident Amy McKinley announced her candidacy for Alamosa County Treasurer.

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Survey shows economic boon of trail users

A one-of-a-kind survey of small business owners in 16 communities near the Continental Divide Trail throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho and Wyoming shows the trail, the public lands it travels through and the hikers that use it are a vital and growing part of the economic activity in those towns.

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Alamosa: 2017 was warmest on record

It was a warm, wet year for residents of the San Luis Valley. In Alamosa, it was the warmest year on record, a mark that was just set two years ago.

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A look back at 2017 in the Valley

VALLEY — The San Luis Valley concluded another year of milestones. Following are some subjects that stood out this year:

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Local artifact named one of top 10 in state

MONTE VISTA — An artifact from the Monte Vista Historical Society and Museum (MVHS) was one of one of 10 voted by the general public throughout the state to be Colorado’s 2017 Most Significant Artifacts.

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Ice rink/pavilion nearer completion

Work continues to progress on the new ice rink/multipurpose pavilion next to the Alamosa Family Recreation Center in southern Alamosa.

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Treasurer Widhalm will not seek re-election

Alamosa County Treasurer and Public Trustee Lois Widhalm announced Wednesday that she will not seek re-election for a fourth term.

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Alamosa firefighters tackle Wednesday brush fire

Alamosa Firefighter Tyler Cerny works the fire line of a brush fire east of Alamosa on Wednesday afternoon.

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Pot club permanent ban proposed

During their first meeting in the new year next Wednesday, Alamosa city council will likely act on an ordinance proposed the end of 2017 to enact a permanent ban on marijuana consumption clubs.

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Judge honored for service

District Judge Michael Gonzales, right, presents a plaque recognizing his years of service to District Judge Martin Gonzales who has provided 20 years of dedicated service to the Colorado Judicial Branch.

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Drug Court holds first graduation

Perry Authelet and Arturo Garcia earned their Christmas presents this year.

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Alamosa Christmas dinner for Pat

Free Community Christmas Dinner Chairperson Debi Parr Yund and long-time committee member Rick Esquibel, right, present a plaque to the family of Patricia Lucero, left, to honor her memory and dedicated service with the Christmas dinner, the last several years as committee chairperson.

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Alamosa County wins first place in light parade

Alamosa County won the first place belt buckle at the Christmas Light Parade on Dec. 23 for Alamosa County's large "Frozen" and Whoville inspired creation.

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Lieutenant Colonel Randy Velasquez honored

United States Marine, reserve Lieutenant Colonel Randy Velasquez, a native of Alamosa, suddenly passed away Monday while working in Stuttgart, Germany, as a contractor for a defense contractor.

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Rollover on Highway 285

Members of the Alamosa Fire Department inspect an SUV that rolled over onto the side of U.S. Highway 285 roughly a mile south of Alamosa at approximately 3:14 p.m. on Friday.

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Brad Levin visits SLV

Democratic Attorney General candidate Brad Levin, right, discusses local issues with Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson, left, such as the county jail and courthouse along with the national opioid epidemic during a meet and greet at The Roast on Thursday.

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Hospital receives four-star rating

This week San Luis Valley Health has entered one of the top tiers for hospitals when it received a four-star rating on Thursday.

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Michael Yohn runs for reelection

Republican Alamosa County Commissioner Michael Yohn announced that he is running for reelection for District 2 during the commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday.

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Council welcomes Daniel back

During Wednesday’s Alamosa city council meeting Deputy Alamosa City Clerk Lochelle Montano, right, administers the oath of office to Kristina Daniel, left, who was appointed Tuesday night to serve the remainder of Ty Coleman’s at-large term.

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City recognizes Powell

City officials and staff recognized Alamosa Municipal Judge Daniel Powell on his final day of court before retirement on Wednesday.

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Griego appointed to ASU trustees

ALAMOSA — Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed Alamosa resident Donna Griego to the Board of Trustees for Adams State University.

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Daniel fills at-large term on council

ALAMOSA — Kristina Daniel will rejoin the Alamosa city council tonight but in a different post.

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Fort Garland Food Bank officially opens

ALAMOSA — One in four people in the San Luis Valley face food insecurity at least once a year. To help make sure no one goes hungry the new Fort Garland Food Bank opened Monday to serve the community.

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AE shares winter program

Students shared a special holiday program at Alamosa Elementary.

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Sierra Grande hosts meeting on new school

BLANCA — On Wednesday, December 13th, Sierra Grande School District Design Advisory Group along with the architectural firms of CSHQA and Aland Ford hosted the second community meeting to discuss the facility master plan, which includes a new PreK-12 School Facility.

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Holiday spirit fills local banks

Local banks hosted holiday open houses on Friday.

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SLV Ecosystem Council defines goals, projects

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council is wrapping up one of its major projects with the waste reduction study and has decreased its budget for 2017/2018, but continues to focus on land and resource protection in the San Luis Valley.

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Adams State Trustees recognize Salazar, Bobicki

ALAMOSA — Arnold Salazar was honored by the Board of Trustees of Adams State University upon the conclusion of his service as a trustee and board chair.

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School design helps build Creede community

CREEDE— When the community met with owner representatives through the BEST program to begin the process of designing the new school in Creede, one of the main focuses was to make the building more community friendly than the previous school.

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Colorado ABOTA Chapter honors Judge Pattie Swift

DENVER — The Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates presented 12th Judicial District Chief Judge Pattie P. Swift with the 2017 Judicial Excellence Award on Friday, November 10.

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Zollars named municipal judge, Schroeder resigns

MONTE VISTA—The Monte Vista City Council met in its last regular session of the year on Thursday, Dec. 7.

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Community still seeking solutions

LA JARA —Eagerness to find solutions replaced anger when some 50 persons met for a community engagement meeting Tuesday night at the Centauri band room.

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Superheroes to ‘rescue’ 2018 Rio Frio Ice Fest

ALAMOSA– What was obviously popular with today’s youth at Halloween will be revitalized next month when the 9th annual Rio Frio Ice Fest unfolds here.

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City fixes water line break

The 6” cast iron water main on the 200 block of San Juan in Alamosa burst at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday evening, Dec. 10.

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Cancer center ahead of schedule

A three and a half year fundraising project will see its finished goal a lot sooner than anticipated.

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Del Norte Bank robbed

DEL NORTE— A masked male entered Del Norte Bank’s branch in Del Norte during business hours on Friday, Dec. 8. The suspect got away with an unnamed amount of money.

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Bennet honors Charlotte Bobicki

ALAMOSA — “The day that [former Governor] Bill Ritter and I first stepped off an airplane here, I knew that she would do anything for the people that she represented here,” said Senator Michael Bennet of his regional representative Charlotte Bobicki at her retirement party on Friday.

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Bennet advocates for EAS

ALAMOSA — While on his way to attend his regional representative Charlotte Bobicki’s retirement party, Senator Michael Bennet toured the recently improved San Luis Valley Regional Airport and spoke to city and county officials about how he is fighting for Essential Air Service.

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Former under sheriff guilty

SAN LUIS — It took a 12-person district court jury an estimated 12 hours to find former Costilla County Undersheriff Andrew Espinoza, 41, guilty of 10 felonies and not guilty of two misdemeanors in connection with a four-day trial on wildlife charges.

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Martinez charged in area burglaries

MANASSA — Joshua Martinez, 25, of Manassa was arrested Friday, November 17, on a burglary arrest warrant(s) and he is currently being held at the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office.

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Judge Swift to give ASU commencement

ALAMOSA — The Honorable Pattie P. Swift, Chief Judge for Colorado’s 12th Judicial District, will give the commencement address at Adams State University’s fall commencement ceremony.

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Alamosa welcomes new, thanks outgoing council

ALAMOSA — Alamosa welcomed new leadership and thanked outgoing officials as newly elected Mayor Ty Coleman moved into his new position Wednesday night.

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DeHerrera named Road and Bridge Supervisor of the Year

Alamosa County recognizes Road and Bridge Director Tiim DeHerrera

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Handel’s ‘Messiah’ returns to the Valley

ALAMOSA — Community performers reunite tonight to fill the air with holiday cheer. For the first time in eight years the San Luis Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Valley Community Chorus are performing George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at Adams State University’s Richardson Hall.

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Thursday crash results in serious injury

On Thursday, December 7, at 6:03 a.m., the Colorado State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 160 at mile marker 249, 12 miles east of Alamosa.

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New mayor takes office

Alamosa's new Mayor Ty Coleman, left, is sworn in by Alamosa City Clerk Holly Martinez, right, Wednesday night at city hall.

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El Charro comes down

A Cooley & Sons Inc. excavator demolishes a portion of the old El Charro restaurant at 421 Sixth Avenue on Tuesday.

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Karl Hanlon kicks off campaign

Karl Hanlon, third from right, stands with his wife Sheryl Barto and the employees of U.S. Tractor & Harvest in Alamosa on the morning of Dec. 4 for the first stop in his campaign tour.

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Adams State works to grow revenue, trim costs

Adams State University presented its audited financials for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 to the Colorado Legislative Audit Committee on Monday, and updated the state audit committee on the progress of the university’s overall performance.

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Candidate for governor visits Alamosa

ALAMOSA — Saying he plans on being one of the frontrunners when the field narrows in the governor’s race in coming months, Republican candidate and businessman Doug Robinson met with local residents in Alamosa on Friday afternoon.

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Chris Lopez added to Adams State staff

Alamosa native and Adams State alumnus Chris Lopez has been named director of Public Relations and Marketing at Adams State University.

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Area burglars arrested

Two individuals have been arrested on multiple burglary and theft charges related to a string of incidents in Conejos County and Archuleta County, the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday.

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Coroner testifies at murder trial

During the second day of testimony in the trial of Charles Moises Gonzales, 47, accused of murdering mountain bike crafter Michael Rust in 2009, the jury heard testimony from a host of witnesses including El Paso County Coroner Robert C. Brux, M.D.

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Alamosa hires new judge

Gunnison Municipal Judge James McDonald will soon also be serving in Alamosa’s municipal court.

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Domino's Pizza donates to Peyton Sanchez

Peyton Sanchez, 11, center, holds a check for his medical expenses alongside his brother Landon, 8, Domino's Pizza Regional Director Vince Alton, Domino's Pizza Area Supervisor Ashley Turnbow, Peyton's father Charles, Peyton's mother Sheila, Domino's Pizza Manager Jenn Gibbs and Domino's Pizza Vice President of Operations Anthony Fish at Domino's on Wednesday.

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RG National Forest still accepting input on plan

San Luis Valley residents still have a month to let Rio Grande National Forest staff know how they feel about a draft forest plan that will direct how the forest is managed in coming years.

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Swift is Colorado Supreme Court finalist

12th Judicial Chief District Judge Pattie Swift is one of three finalists for a vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court.

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Rust murder trial underway

A trial began this week in Saguache for Charles Moises Gonzales, 47, charged with the murder of Saguache area resident Mike Rust, 56.

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Broyles wins council seat

Though the raced narrowed, David Broyles will officially be the new City of Alamosa Councilor for Ward 2.

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Alamosa's light parade moves date, expands

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Round-UP is moving its annual light parade to the Saturday, December 23, and is expanding the event to include activities during the day including the 1st Annual “Round-UP Rudolph Run” 5K, run, jog, walk or stroll.

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Plans underway for treatment facility

ALAMOSA — Ascension Counseling and Transformation and The Rolling Church Ministries announced plans this fall for Healing Hearts Therapeutic Center, a Christian 198-bed center that will provide services for addiction recovery.

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Woman sought for Jaroso shooting

COSTILLA COUNTY — The Costilla County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Irma Martinez, 44.

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County clerk announces retirement

SAGUACHE — Saguache County Clerk Carla Gomez informed county commissioners earlier this month that she will be retiring in January after serving the county for six years.

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Teenager speaks to council about 'kids like me'

ALAMOSA — Putting a face with the person whose weekly newspaper column many of them had read in the past year, Alamosa city councilors recently heard from Amarah, a teenager whose mission is to reach other “kids like me,” children of addicts.

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Romeo murder case progresses

The freezer in a small, abandoned store became a sealed coffin for the remains of James H. Sprouse, 77, some time between June 3 and 12, 2016.

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Proximity Malt gives update

Upper Rio Grande Economic Development gathered at Boogies Restaurant in Del Norte for their November meeting on Tuesday and welcomed keynote speaker Jake Capron with Proximity Malt out of Monte Vista.

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Antonito town hall moves to Warshauer Mansion

The Warshauer Mansion has long been a place for Antonito visitors to view and marvel. It will soon be the heartbeat of the town.

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One good deed deserves 40 more

It started with one.

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10th Annual Celebration of Lights

Alamosa hosted the 10th annual Celebration of Lights on Friday evening.

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Friday morning crash

Alamosa firefighters assist at the scene of a two-car crash at the Highway 160 intersection into Walmart in Alamosa on Friday morning.

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Frustrated crowd fills Sanford

Residents of a small town and rural area on the verge of vigilante justice attended a public meeting with Conejos County Sheriff Howard Galvez Wednesday night and demanded answers as to why they have suffered criminal activity and burglaries with little help from law enforcement.

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Alamosa honors art winner, makes purchase

Alamosa city council on Wednesday night recognized the winners of the City of Alamosa’s first ArtScape People’s Choice Award and decided to purchase one of the ArtScape pieces.

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Meet new Alamosa police officers

New Alamosa Police Department officers were introduced Wednesday night during the city council meeting.

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Integrated health clinic opens

Modeling an example of integrated health care, Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. and the SLV Behavioral Health Group welcomed the public to their new Alamosa South Health Center on Monday.

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Ease on down to AHS for 'The Wiz'

You're not in Kansas, or Colorado, anymore. Tonight the public is invited to get swept away to Emerald City with the premiere of "The Wiz" at Alamosa High School.

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School board reorganizes

ALAMOSA — Four open school board positions are now down to one after last week’s election.

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Trooper Jennings receives Lifesaving Award

ALAMOSA — Colorado State Patrol Trooper Adam Jennings on Tuesday was awarded the Red Cross Lifesaving Award, one of the highest awards given by the American Red Cross to an individual who saves or sustains a life.

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Miss Merry Christmases announced for 2017

ALAMOSA– Alamosa high school senior Vanessa Thong is this year’s Miss Merry Christmas and will be joined by Alexia Montoya, 8, as Little Miss Merry Christmas.

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Travis Anderson honored

Patrick Mascarenas, left, and Charlie Orona, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6101 commander in San Luis, raise the flag at the memorial for Travis Anderson at the corner of Lane 12 North and Highway 17 on Nov. 11.

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Hemp symposium blossoms in second season

ALAMOSA — The hemp industry continues to grow, but a few snags remain.

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SLV Health veterans share experiences

ALAMOSA — Military veterans working in the medical field shared their experiences during a special Veterans Day event hosted by SLV Health on Friday.

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Liz Thomas Hensley joins marketing board

Adams State University marketing professor and city councilor Liz Thomas Hensley officially joined the Alamosa County Local Marketing District Board at her first meeting Thursday night after being appointed by Alamosa County Commissioners on Oct. 25.

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Waste diversion ideas proposed

ALAMOSA — Less will go into area landfills and trash barrels and more into recycling bins if plans for waste diversion are implemented in the San Luis Valley.

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ArtScape announces People’s Choice Award

ALAMOSA —The City of Alamosa’s ArtScape public art on loan program announced the 2017 People’s Choice Award Sculpture winner is “Johona-Mai” by Kasia Polkowska and Kyle Cunniff of Alamosa.

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ASU recognizes donors and students

The annual Adams State University Donor and Student Recognition Dinner provides an opportunity for students to show appreciation for the continued support and generosity of donors.

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Valley events to honor veterans

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11.

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Dr. Thom Miller elected to Alamosa school board

In the end there could only be one. Of the three candidates vying for the Alamosa School District Board of Education District 1, Dr. Thom Miller was chosen to fill the seat vacated by Charlie Sanchez.

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Alamosa: New mayor in, pot out

Alamosa has a new mayor and two new city councilors after Tuesday’s election, and ballot questions seeking approval of marijuana stores in the city limits were defeated.

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2017 Election Results

Following are the results from the 2017 election.

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Sarah Sellman premieres SLV-based pilot at Denver Film Festival

Hollywood met cottonwoods this weekend at the 40th Denver Film Festival in Denver.

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Who’s Who in Water: The SLV Irrigation District

VALLEY — The San Luis Valley Irrigation District and Rio Grande Reservoir is one of the biggest success stories to ever emerge from the Rio Grande Basin.

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Martinez, Dunne earn Valiant Woman Award

ALAMOSA — Two local women rightfully received the Valiant Woman Award during the Church Women United’s World Community Day celebration in Alamosa on Friday.

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Students invited to find the beat of their own drum

Percussion fans of all sorts are encouraged to sign up for a new program at Adams State University to grow their musical skills.

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City addresses north/south debate

Although he said the assignment was nearly offensive to him, as a result of questions raised during a recent candidate forum Alamosa City Public Works Director Pat Steenburg presented to the city council Wednesday night totals the city has spent on major projects on the north and south sides of the railroad track in recent years.

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AE aides food bank

Alamosa Elementary School students parade down the street in their Halloween costumes on Tuesday.

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Fun at Fright Fest

Christopher Salinas, 5, crosses a rickety bridge at Fright Fest in Cole Park on Tuesday.

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City opens new cemetery office

Alamosa officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on the city’s new parks/cemetery office building, complete with a much-needed restroom available to the public.

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Center town manager hired

After months of searching, Center hired a new town manager to replace Joan Mobley, who left in July.

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DeSanto family works to sift through the ashes

On Oct. 6, in the early afternoon the lives of two Creede residents changed forever.

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Don't poke the sleeping bear

A large bear takes an afternoon snooze in a tree near the Alamosa Senior Citizens Center and Cole Park.

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Foundation invests further in SLV

The Southern Colorado Community Foundation wishes to help people as much as possible.

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MVHS royalty

Monte Vista HS homecoming royalty crowned.

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No helicopter, but duty completed

Peyton Sanchez delivers the game ball for Alamosa High School’s final home football game.

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Powell responds to ACLU report

Meeting with Alamosa city councilors and staff Wednesday night, Municipal Judge Daniel Powell responded to a recent American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report.

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Former addicts share hope for the future

Three former addicts along with the father of one shared moving tales at Communities That Care's substance abuse forum at Adams State University on Tuesday evening.

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Adams State hosts executive director of Colorado Department of Higher Education

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), met with Adams State trustees, administrators, and students during a visit to the university campus October 20.

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Owsleys win 2017 Museum Giveaway

When Jeff and Hallie Owsley decided to visit all of the area’s museums this summer, they had no idea what kind of adventure they were in for.

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Getting in the spirit of homecoming

Members of the Adams State University percussion ensemble entertained a group of nearly 200 attending the homecoming tailgate party sponsored by the ASU Grizzly Club.

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Mutts strut their stuff

Valley Humane League held its inaugural Mutt Strut on Oct. 21 at Cole Park in Alamosa.

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La Puente director gives update to city

ALAMOSA — La Puente Director Lance Cheslock recently updated the Alamosa city council on La Puente’s diverse programs and thanked the city for its continued support.

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DA's funding increased in SLV budget

VALLEY — Though many agencies are receiving less than they requested, the San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association (SLVCCA) approved a 15.8 percent increase for their 2018 budget at Monday’s meeting.

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CO 112 closure begins today

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will install a new culvert on Colorado Highway (CO) 112 about one mile north of Del Norte.

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Early Iron Club thanks city for support

ALAMOSA — Members of the Early Iron Club thanked Alamosa city council and staff this week for the city’s support of the event, which brings more than 600 vehicles and their owners to town over Labor Day weekend.

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When hunting, please leave the drone at home

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement and Public Safety Assistant Director Heather Dugan says CPW is seeing more cases of Colorado hunters illegally using drones.

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Brooks addresses embezzlement case during forum

Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks addressed a question about the embezzlement case against former finance director Amanda McDonald during this week’s candidate forum.

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Museum honors volunteer Jo Bowers

Long-time museum volunteer Josephine “Jo” Bowers was the honored guest on Sunday at a reception at the SLV Museum in Alamosa.

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Candidate forum hits hot topics

Candidates for Alamosa city council dealt with some hot topics Monday evening during a candidate forum sponsored by the Valley Courier and Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce.

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Fasnacht receives top French honor

ALAMOSA — During a recent ceremony at The Bridge in Alamosa, the Honorary Consul of France in Colorado Jeffrey Richards presented the insignia of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (The National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank of Knight) to Technician 3rd Grade Samuel B. Fasnacht United States Army in recognition of his distinguished service in France during World War II.

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MV municipal judge resigns

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista Municipal Judge Daniel Powell has requested termination of his contract with the City of Monte Vista.

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Sargent crowns royalty

Alllison Harrison and Trevor Milne are crowned homecoming queen and king during Sargent’s game with Del Norte on Friday.

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Alamosa airport reopens resurfaced runway

After three weeks of accelerated work and roughly $6.7 million to resurface it, service will resume on the runway when it opens back up tomorrow.

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Manassa man charged with sex assault

CONEJOS COUNTY — Francisco Andrade, 26, Manassa, has been charged with sexual assault in Conejos County and as of Thursday was in custody in the Conejos County Jail.

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Camila Alire to receive Billy Adams Award

ALAMOSA — The institution founded by Billy Adams in 1921 has produced graduates who share his dedication to higher education. Billy Adams’ founding spirit is demonstrated by alumni like Dr. Camila Alire, who has found ways to give back to her alma mater.

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Valley-Wide, SLVBHG open new clinic

VALLEY — Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. (Valley-Wide) is pleased to announce the opening of the new Alamosa South Health Center, located on the campus of the San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group on County Road 9 South in Alamosa on October 12.

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Cranes return for kids fest

Cranes on their way south for winter stop at the Monte Vista National Wildlife refuge south of Monte Vista.

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County petitions for EAS subsidy again

Even though the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) granted an Essential Air Service (EAS) waiver for San Luis Valley Regional Airport last year, the agency is once again tentatively terminating eligibility due to low enplanement numbers in the 2016 fiscal year.

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City responds to ACLU report

During a work session Wednesday night Alamosa city council and staff responded to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report released last week regarding the Alamosa Municipal Court and specifically Municipal Judge Daniel Powell.

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Firefighters visit Gingerbread House

Alamosa firefighters visit Gingerbread House

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Vigil honors domestic violence victims

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group on Friday hosted a candlelight vigil honoring the lives of women and men who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

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Two arrested on drug, weapons charges

SAN LUIS — The Costilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men early Saturday morning on multiple charges including unlawful drug and weapon possession.

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Square Peg Brewerks brings home GABF gold

ALAMOSA — Though Square Peg Brewerks has barely been open for five months, Alamosa’s newest brewery won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Saturday for their Waverly Tulip, a Dutch-style Kuyt.

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Still no sign of missing hiker on Wolf Creek

WOLF CREEK PASS — Search and rescue crews have had little luck in locating Matthew Johnston of Rico who went missing more than a month ago near the Wolf Creek Pass lookout.

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Fire destroys Creede home

Mark and Colleen Disanto’s home in Moonshine Acres just southwest of Creede caught fire around 3 p.m. on Friday.

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Early childhood efforts pay off in SLV

Many preschoolers do not even know the words “adhesion” and “friction,” much less what they mean.

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Alamosa Municipal Court is focus of 'Justice Derailed' ACLU report

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado on Thursday released a report outlining concerns with Colorado’s more than 200 municipal courts, primarily Alamosa’s city court and Municipal Judge Daniel Powell.

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New citizens take oath at dunes

Continuing the tradition set by the National Park Service's 100th birthday last year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hosted a naturalization ceremony at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve's amphitheater on Wednesday.

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Moratorium will kick in if pot passes

With an election a month away, Alamosa city councilors Wednesday night voted unanimously to place a temporary moratorium on retail and medical marijuana businesses if voters approve them on the November 7th city ballot.

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Divine Beauty Bar joins Alamosa chamber

Desiree Pacheco, center left, and Mary Stoltzfus, center right, cut the ribbon at Divine Beauty Bar at 516 San Juan Avenue in downtown Alamosa (corner of San Juan and Sixth Street) on Friday as the business joins the Alamosa chamber.

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Efforts to help kids earns CRP El Pomar 'Award for Excellence'

As the old saying goes, “kids will be kids.” However, when those actions result in bad decisions, Center for Restorative Programs (CRP) is there to help get them back on track.

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Olympian tells kids to find their passion

Growing up with asthma in an underserved community in East St. Louis, Illinois, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee credits her local Boys and Girls Club for her success.

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Multimedia artist opens show at artrium

ALAMOSA — Alamosa artist Geri Morrison will open a display of multimedia work in the artrium by the surgery department at the Alamosa hospital where she served as a RN for several years.

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Oktobrüfest is Saturday

ALAMOSA — Enjoy Alamosa’s first Oktobrüfest and Spirits event this Saturday, September 30, from 1 p.m. until dark at Sunset Park.

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Vigil shares HOPE Week messages

Bob Philips of Lightshine Music and AmeriCorps volunteer Alex Benishek lead Wednesday's candlelight vigil outside of La Puente in "Amazing Grace" as Don Kanen and AmeriCorps volunteer Christine Greve hold an umbrella and music.

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La Puente forum panel: Work together

It will take the community working with La Puente to deal with the challenges the homeless shelter and its neighbors face, members of a panel stated during a public forum in Alamosa on Tuesday night.

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Who’s Who in Water: Conservancy districts

VALLEY — Conservancy districts are the entities that are instrumental in filling the gap between the administrative and public sides of daily water use in Colorado.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife tries again for hunting license fee increases

MONTE VISTA — Efforts last year to mitigate Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s financial issues failed last year when a bill died in committee with a 3-2 vote and didn’t reach the State Senate floor.

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Ultrarunner comes through Alamosa

ALAMOSA — Marvellous Mimi Anderson, 55-year-old granny and mother of three, from Edinburgh, Scotland arrived in Alamosa to a warm reception by the townsfolk on September 23rd en route to her bid to break the Guinness World Record by running coast-to-coast across America.

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Stephanie L. Miner 5K Walk and Run held

The 14th Annual Stephanie L. Miner 5K Walk and Run was held on Saturday, Sept. 23, in Alamosa.

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Home lost in Sunday fire

ALAMOSA — A rural Alamosa County man lost his home in a fire on Sunday morning.

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HOPE Week: La Puente is keeping hope alive

VALLEY — The effects of homelessness and poverty can be felt all across the San Luis Valley.

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Alamosa chamber welcomes Alamosa Eye Care

The Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new business Alamosa Eye Care.

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Scenes From Chalk-A-Walk

The third annual Chalk-A-Walk was held at the Colorado Welcome Center on Saturday.

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Theatre dedicated to SLV Federal Bank

San Luis Valley Federal Bank Board Chairman LeRoy Salazar, SLV Federal Bank President Duane Bussey, Adams State University Theatre Director John Taylor and ASU President Beverlee McClure stand in front of the new San Luis Valley Federal Bank Main Stage Theatre signage before the premiere of “The Diary of Anne Frank” on Friday.

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ACEDC: Economic development is good investment

ALAMOSA — Members of the Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) impressed on Alamosa city councilors during a work session Wednesday night the value of city support for the organization.

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Arson suspect apprehended

ALAMOSA — On Wednesday, September 20, at 4:24 p.m. a vigilant citizen recognized a subject that they believed was Nazzreth Michael DeLuna standing on the bridge on the east side of Alamosa.

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Quintana seeks Alamosa school board seat

Star Quintana is running for the Alamosa School Board Director-District 1 position.

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Suspect sought in arson fire

Authorities are looking for Nazzreth Michael DeLuna, 30, in connection with a residential fire late Monday evening in south Alamosa.

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Cielo Vista ranch owner revealed

A story updated on Tuesday in the Denver Post named the new owner of the 83,000-acre Cielo Vista Ranch in the San Luis Valley as Texas oil heir William Bruce Harrison.

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DA seeks justice—in funding

Along with San Luis Valley Unmanned Aircraft Systems and SLV Noxious Weed Management Association, the 12th Judicial District Attorney's Office spent their Monday asking the San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association for a budgetary increase.

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No one injured in rollover

Members of the Alamosa Fire Department watch as a tow truck rights a rolled over SUV after colliding with a truck at the intersection of Clark Street and Murphy Drive at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Johnston campaigns in Monte

MONTE VISTA—Mike Johnston, who is seeking the democratic party’s nomination for governor stopped in Monte Vista on Labor Day.

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Museum considers special events

Melodramas, duck derby, teepee tours, pressed pennies and a celebration of a pre-Pilgrims Thanksgiving are some of the ideas for drawing more visitors to the San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa.

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Pies hit mark for Thirst Project

AHS preps for Homecoming

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AHS homecoming royalty

Noah Romero and Vanessa Thong are crowned Alamosa High School’s 2017 Homecoming king and queen during Friday night’s game.

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Crash at Craft

Alamosa firefighters led by Chief Don Chapman, left, and other emergency personnel respond to a three-vehicle accident at Main and Craft in Alamosa about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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Blue Peaks holds staff appreciation day

Blue Peaks holds staff appreciation day

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Bonanza pot bust nets estimated $5 million in plants

The Saguache County Sheriff’s office and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials executed a search warrant Thursday afternoon in rural Bonanza arresting six individuals illegally growing marijuana and confiscating between 1200-1500 plants.

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Sangre recognized as District of Distinction

MOSCA — Sangre de Cristo School District administrators received word that for the second year in a row the Colorado Department of Education recognized Sangre as a District of Distinction.

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County approves community 12-acre solar farm

ALAMOSA — Alamosa residents will soon be able to tap into solar energy to lower their utility bills. Oakleaf Energy Partners’ 12-acre community-scale farm, whose special use permit Alamosa County Commissioners approved on Wednesday, will break ground in 2018.

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NGS takes gravity to new heights

ALAMOSA — Colorado’s fourteeners are losing ground and its state capital is just shy of a mile high under new standards being put into play in the U.S. to measure heights, formerly referred to as elevations.

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John DiAntonio named executive director for CRT

CREEDE — Actor, writer and director John DiAntonio, who has been Creede Repertory Theatre’s associate artistic director since September 2015, became CRT’s new executive director this week.

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Potato truck hits train, one injured

MONTE VISTA — A potato truck collided with a train on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 12 resulting in the train’s conductor complaining of injuries.

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Airport parking lot closes today

ALAMOSA — While San Luis Valley Regional Airport’s runway is being worked on, construction crews are using the closure period to also renovate the terminal’s parking lot.

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Candidate for governor speaks

ALAMOSA — This may be her first run for office, but if elected Donna Lynne will be the most familiar with her new job as governor, she explained during her inaugural campaign tour in Alamosa on Sunday.

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Donna Lynne formally announces bid for governor

With a promise to “Keep Colorado Climbing,” Colorado Lt. Governor and Chief Operating Officer Donna Lynne formally announced on Thursday she is entering the Democratic gubernatorial field.

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Colorado Cities and Towns Week proclaimed

Alamosa Mayor Josef Lucero presents a proclamation for Colorado Cities and Towns Week, September 11-17, to Alamosa City Clerk Holly Martinez, center.

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Craig Conrad shares an 'Unstoppable' message

Motivational speaker Craig Conrad spoke to a packed auditorium at Ortega Middle School on Wednesday night.

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Marijuana questions to dominate Alamosa ballot this November

Alamosa voters will face numerous questions on their city ballots this November ranging from marijuana to council compensation.

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Neighborhood park proposed

Meeting at the future site of what will likely be Alamosa’s newest park, residents in the new subdivision off south Craft Drive told city staff Tuesday night they would welcome a park in their neighborhood.

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ASU supports DACA students

Adams State University President Beverlee J. McClure said the university strongly supports continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the White House ended September 5, with a six-month delay to allow Congress to devise an alternate plan.

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Public meets South Fork town manager candidates

Two of the four finalists for the South Fork town manager position showed up for a public meet and greet at the community center on Wednesday, Aug. 23 to answer questions from the attending crowd and to introduce themselves to the residents and guests of South Fork.

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Early Iron shares top winners for 37th festival

The 37th Early Iron Festival shares the following winners and congratulates all those who entered and visited the show this year, which was another resounding success with 590 registered cars and 18 special interest vehicles for a total of 608 total cars in Alamosa’s Cole Park on Saturday.

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Candidate for governor makes Alamsoa stop

Democrat Jared Polis, prospective candidate for governor of Colorado, attracted an enthusiastic crowd of about 35 Sunday night to a “meet and greet” presentation at the Locavores restaurant in Alamosa.

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Labor Day in Antonito includes colorful parade

Catching a whopper, this woman on a float sponsored by Canon Bonito has snagged a huge trout.

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Alamosa revs up for Early Iron

Alamosa welcomes rodders for Early Iron Festival.

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Library opens PAD

Alamosa Public Library’s held an open house for its new Playful Adventure Destination (PAD) area on Friday.

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Brush fire draws mutual aid

Multiple agencies responded to this brush fire Friday evening off Highway 160 near the beginning of La Veta Pass including Costilla and Alamosa fire departments and The State Engine.

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City wellness program supports PALS

The City of Alamosa Employee Wellness Program held its first Walk/Run for a Noble Cause-a community giveback event.

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Dr. David Geiger appointed as Medical Director of Surgical Services

ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Greg McAuliffe has announced the appointment of Dr. David Geiger as Medical Director of Surgical Services effective September 1.

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Bikes and Bites

Mandy Pittman and her daughters Hannah, 2, and Bethany, 10, look at the zucchini growing at the ASU Campus Garden during Bikes and Bites on Wednesday

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First day of school

After dismounting from his motorcycle, Mario Linares embraces his daughter Ophelia, 6, as she heads to her first day at Alamosa Elementary School on Tuesday.

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Small business panel series begins

A six-person panel led by John DiAntonio, far left, presented the first of three small business panel discussions Saturday following a performance of the world premiere of “General Store” on the Creede Theatre main stage.

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ASU Community Partnerships closes its door

For more than 10 years, Adams State University’s Community Partnerships has served the San Luis Valley community through a variety of outreach and activities.

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McDonald to plead in city theft

Former Alamosa Finance Director Amanda McDonald, 41, will plead guilty to some of the charges related to alleged embezzlement during her tenure with the city, her attorney Public Defender James Valenti told Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Monday.

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Veterans Boulevard dedicated

Area residents gather on Friday for the dedication of Veterans Boulevard in Conejos County.

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Adams State graduation rates are up

ALAMOSA — Adams State University’s graduation rate for their six-year cohort for 2010 is up 1.5 percent from the 2009 data. In comparison, the state average is down .3 percent.

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ASU theater named after SLV Federal Bank

The Adams State University Board of Trustees approved the naming of The San Luis Valley Federal Bank Main Stage Theater during their Friday meeting after the bank donated $1,116,152 to the institution.

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Simpson, Rogers elected to head ASU board of trustees

ALAMOSA — The Board of Trustees for Adams State University elected new officers at its regular meeting on campus, August 25.

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Joseph Bailon wanted for felonies

ALAMOSA — The Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for Joseph “Joe” Earl Bailon, 38, who has four felony warrants out for his arrest.

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President of AAC&U addresses Adams State Faculty and staff

Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), conducted two days of workshops for Adams State University faculty and staff, August 17-18.

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Accident takes down power line

There were no injuries to the couple involved in this Wednesday accident on South River Road, Alamosa, about 1 p.m., but the crash knocked down a power line.

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Still no body found in Cizek murder

ALAMOSA — There may never be closure in the presumed homicide of a man last seen alive last summer at the McDonald’s in Alamosa and believed to have been killed shortly afterwards, Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Michael Dougherty said during a recent visit to Alamosa.

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Lucero vehicular homicide trial set

SAN LUIS — Status discussions involving former Boulder Mayor Bob Greenlee, who is charged with nine criminal counts for his role in a fatal five-car crash that claimed popular SLV resident Pat Lucero, 70, on La Veta Pass Dec. 28 of last year, have been pushed to Sept. 18, with motions being heard Dec. 8.

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Pretrial scheduled in 1994 murder case

ALAMOSA — A pretrial conference is scheduled next month for retired schoolteacher Lamberto Ricci Castillo, 65, Alamosa, who was charged earlier this year in the 1994 murders of Kenny Paul Sommers and his friend Chen ‘Cosmo’ Maui Blanchard, both 23, in California.

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Carson seeks council seat

ALAMOSA — Michael Carson announced his candidacy for Alamosa city councilor representing the 4th Ward.

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Miller runs for school board

ALAMOSA — Dr. Thom Miller, a pediatrician at San Luis Valley Health, has put his hat into the ring for this fall’s Alamosa School District Board of Education election.

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Former SLV resident charged in sex assault

AURORA — Former San Luis Valley Youth Detention Center worker Brian Vasquez, most recently a teacher at Prairie Middle School in Aurora, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of three counts of sexual assault on a child by a person of trust and five counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

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Solar eclipse captures local, national attention Monday

The stars came out in the middle of the day, zoo animals ran in agitated circles, crickets chirped, birds fell silent and a chilly darkness settled upon the land Monday as the U.S. witnessed its first full-blown, coast-to-coast solar eclipse since World War I.

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Alamosa considers curbside recycling

ALAMOSA — Alamosa city officials are considering curbside recycling and will be seeking public input on whether or not city customers would be willing to pay extra for the service.

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Eclipse 101: What you need to know about viewing the solar eclipse

VALLEY — Though solar eclipses happen roughly 18 months across the globe, the one on August 21 is unique.

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City proclaims National Health Center Week

With 1 in 12 people receiving care from community health centers like Valley-Wide Health Systems, the impact of such health care organizations is significant.

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DN hosts new Action 22 president

Colorado House District 62 Representative Donald Valdez stands with new Action 22 President Sara Blackhurst during a meet and greet at the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte on Thursday night.

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TSJC succeeding after tough times

Trinidad State Junior College has emerged from a rough patch the last few years and is now looking forward to growth and expansion, TSJC President Dr. Carmen Simone told community members in Alamosa on Tuesday night.

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'Colorado's dentist' to open facility in Alamosa

Dr. James “Jim” Harding of Harding Dental Group ceremoniously broke ground on a state-of-the-art, 2,000 square foot advanced dental facility located at 688 Del Sol, Alamosa (northwest corner of the Social Security Administration Building lot) on August 14.

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Find Your Village

Rayven Wilson, 6, blows and pops bubbles at Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.'s Find Your Village event at Cole Park on Wednesday.

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Cielo Vista Ranch purchased Monday

Cielo Vista Ranch has been sold, although the purchase price and new owner were not disclosed by Mirr Ranch Group, which announced the sale on Monday.

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Alamosa runway to temporarily close

Make sure you allocate extra airport time if you're planning on flying Boutique Air soon. San Luis Valley Regional Airport's runway will briefly close on Aug. 21.

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SLV Fair Livestock Auction

The SLV Fair closed Friday night with the livestock auction.

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Pregnancy: — Protecting baby starts now

VALLEY — National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that everyone needs vaccines throughout their lives.

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New trial in child death

ALAMOSA — Krystal Voss, 43, will get her day in court — again.

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Skeffs honored by El Pomar Foundation

MONTE VISTA– More than 20 years of “demonstrating excellent leadership and service to the community” has earned Ray and Collette Skeff an “Award for Leadership and Service” through the El Pomar Foundation.

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Wednesday crash is fatal

ALAMOSA — Monte Vista resident Charlotte Orth, 73, died as a result of injuries suffered in a two-car crash on the 8 South and the 100 South (Rio Grande/Alamosa County Line) on Wednesday evening.

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Coors cools off county jail

Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen, Alamosa County Commissioner Helen Sigmond, Gene Rodriguez of A&L Coors, Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson and Alamosa County Commissioner Michael Yohn stand together after presenting Rodriguez with the Neighbo

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Antonito depot receives state historic funds

ANTONITO — The Denver & Rio Grande depot will share in more than $4.5 million in historic preservation grant funds, the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) announced Tuesday.

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Locomotive restoration gathering steam

Engine 169 is “the little engine that could.”

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Fair judging

Livestock judge Sam Trehal, right, takes a closer look at Garrett Horning's entry for the heifer wrangle class at the 115th Annual San Luis Valley Fair held at the Ski Hi Complex on August 7.

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Clark Crew BBQ is Beat the Heat winner

Travis Clark, right, and his daughter Madison of Clark Crew BBQ proudly pose with their trophy for being the overall winner at Beat the Heat BBQ in Cole Park on August 5 out of 44 teams.

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Kids Q kicks off Beat the Heat

Alamosa welcomes Beat the Heat

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AG candidate shares vision

ALAMOSA — If elected as Colorado attorney general, Michael Dougherty would place a regional office in the San Luis Valley, the candidate said during a visit to Alamosa on Friday.

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ASU hosts SLV Economic Summit

ALAMOSA — Adams State University hosted the first San Luis Valley Economic Summit August 3, bringing together more than 100 representatives of economic development, business and government entities from across the Valley.

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Pot tax likely on city ballot

If questions make it on the City of Alamosa ballot asking voters if they want recreational and/or medical marijuana businesses in the city limits, voters will undoubtedly also be asked to tax them.

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Former city finance director in court

Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Tuesday advised Amanda McDonald, 41, of theft and embezzlement charges against her and scheduled a preliminary hearing for later this month.

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Leading the parade, a proud tradition

Parade attendees stood at attention as the color guard led the Ski Hi Stampede parade route on Saturday.

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Ranch sale comes with mountain peak

COSTILLA COUNTY — Want to buy a mountain? It costs a fee to climb it.

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Valdez looks back on legislative year

ALAMOSA — “It was a very good session and I think we accomplished a lot,” District 62 Rep. Donald Valdez said in a phone interview on Friday.

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Christian school has new name, same focus

ALAMOSA — A local Christian school has a new name but the same mission of providing quality academics with a Christian emphasis.

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CU Denver begins Valley opioid study

VALLEY — The opioid epidemic is widespread throughout the country, and rural Colorado is no different. That’s why Dr. Jack Westfall recently began conducting a study to lower opioid overdose in the San Luis Valley and the Eastern Plains.

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Slover is new Sargent super

MONTE VISTA—Sargent Schools welcomed new Superintendent Greg Slover, on July 1. Slover, who has most recently been a principal in New Mexico for the past six years, has 17 years of experience as a principal. In addition, he was a high school English teach

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New corrections owner welcomes communication

Communication is a top priority with Advantage Treatment Centers, Inc., new owner of the community corrections facility in Alamosa, staff told attendees at a community meeting on Tuesday.

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Multiple injuries in crash

Colorado State Patrol investigates a two-vehicle crash with injuries just west of Alamosa on Highway 160 midday on Wednesday.

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ASU announces hemp initiative

ALAMOSA — With the goal of supporting economic development in the San Luis Valley (SLV), Adams State University launched its Industrial Hemp Initiative July 25.

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Brandt updates city on museum issues

ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Museum Board President Dorothy Brandt shared museum issues, successes and thanks during a recent Alamosa city council meeting.

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Bolos and Boots honorees

Images shared from the annual Bolos and Boots event in Alamosa

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Esquibel cited

SAN LUIS — Costilla County Commissioner Augustine Roy Esquibel, 50, has been cited with harassment and first-degree official misconduct, according to the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office.

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Floats sparkle in annual Manassa Pioneer Days parade

Images shared from the 138th Annual Manassa Pioneer Days parade

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More affordable housing planned

ALAMOSA — Alamosa City Council this week approved a plat providing 48 more affordable home sites in Montaña Azul Estates on south Craft Drive.

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Kristina Daniel seeks re-election

ALAMOSA — Kristina Daniel is seeking re-election to represent Alamosa’s Ward 2.

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None injured in Thursday accident

A white car sits after colliding with a black truck at the intersection of Fourth Street and Ross Avenue in Alamosa on Thursday afternoon.

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City backs Eagle Scout archery project

ALAMOSA — Just as the City of Alamosa acquired a disc golf course as a result of an Eagle Scout project, the city will also welcome an archery range on the Alamosa ranch, thanks to another Eagle Scout project.

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Work begins on Alamosa judicial center

After over four years of planning, yesterday's groundbreaking has officially started the countdown towards the new Alamosa County judicial center.

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RGWCD to buy West Medano Ranch

ALAMOSA — In a 7-1 vote on Tuesday the Rio Grande Water Conservation District board voted to move forward on its Sub-District #1’s behalf with the purchase of the West Medano Ranch from The Nature Conservancy for a price not to exceed $4 million.

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Who’s who in water Part 2: The Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3

VALLEY — The Colorado Division of Water Resources is the authority behind daily water administration across the state.

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Animals rescued in Conejos County

The San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society in coordination with the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Humane Society Field Investigator Gerald Garcia and Conejos County Social Services recently removed 11 dogs from the Conejos County home of an el

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Domino's Pizza shows its heart

Jaiden Rogers, center, puts bunny ears on Domino's manager Jenn Gibbs as Ashley Turnbow, Randi Black, Natalie Rogers, Dominos Regional Director Vince Alton, Eric Velasquez, Ashleah Martin and Sam Sparrow stand with a check for Jaiden Rogers' medical expen

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SLVDRG launches new website

A new website for the San Luis Valley Development Resources Group provides easy access to the programs and services offered by the organization, as well as information about the San Luis Valley.

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Former finance director arrested

Former City of Alamosa Finance Director Amanda McDonald, 41, was arrested on Monday on theft, embezzlement and other charges related to alleged misappropriations and misconduct during her tenure with the city.

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Broyles announces for Alamosa council

ALAMOSA — David Broyles is announcing that he is running for Alamosa City Council in Ward 2 in November.

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Hunters give big game input to CPW

ALAMOSA — In order to not repeat a low elk population that was seen in the late 90s, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) met with hunters, outdoor recreationists and other members of the public to discuss herd management strategies.

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Woodward resigns over Motorway flak

ALAMOSA — Early Iron is not out of the Rio Grande Motorway picture, but Jeff Woodward is off of the Alamosa Marketing District Board.

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Attempted homicide fugitive caught

ALAMOSA – Authorities this week arrested James Mitchell McNeill, 31, who had been a fugitive for more than two months.

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Fiber optics, grant money come to airport

ALAMOSA — Pilots, travellers and airport employees will soon have high-speed access to fiber optic internet at San Luis Valley Regional Airport. Alamosa County Commissioners approved Jade Communications to use airport property to expand their network, whi

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Marguerite Salazar named new executive director for state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday announced Marguerite Salazar as the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Salazar is currently Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner.

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Early Iron to withdraw Motorway request

Following blowback from last week's city council meeting, it was announced at Wednesday's Alamosa County Commissioners meeting that the Early Iron Club would likely withdraw its request for the Rio Grande Motorway building.

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Vehicle rolls on Hwy 160

Alamosa firefighters and Colorado State Patrol respond to a one-vehicle rollover.

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Terrace Reservoir project planned

SUMMITVILLE — The dead is coming to life again as cleanup continues on damages from the cyanide leakage at the Summitville mine site.

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Storm hits Greer Roofing

Exhibiting the signs of a tornado or similar violent weather activity, Greer Roofing in south Alamosa was hit by extreme weather on Sunday, with extensive damage to the building.

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Inmate dies in Conejos County Jail

Investigation is continuing into the death of an inmate in the Conejos County Jail early Saturday.

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TSJC hosts College for Kids

Ylexiana Medina, 8, studies a replica of petroglyphs found at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah during Trinidad State Junior College's College for Kids program on Thursday.

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City questions Motorway plan

In the first public mention of the latest proposal for the long-vacant Rio Grande Motorway building, the Alamosa city council last night commented on the Alamosa Local Marketing District board’s decision to give the building to the Early Iron Club.

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Creede celebrates 125th anniversary, nation's birthday

Parade marshals for the 2017, 125th anniversary Independence Day parade in Creede were Dannie and Betsy Rogers.

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Crestone marks Fourth of July

The color guard begins the Independence Day parade in Crestone.

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Locals share trash options

With its residents generating approximately 39,000 tons of waste a year and diverting only 18 percent of that from the regional landfill, the San Luis Valley has some work ahead of it to get out of the trash pit.

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Independence Day in Alamosa

Brittany Holcomb sings the national anthem for the Fourth of July parade in Alamosa as a U.S. Navy flag held by American Legion Post 153's color guard waves in front.

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District aims at mosquito free Fourth

ALAMOSA — Staff of the Alamosa Mosquito Control District have been preparing for the Fourth of July since April.

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SLV Health hosts Lids for Kids

SLV Health sponsored the second annual Lids for Kids event on Thursday.

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Hiker lost at dunes was not first time

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve staff on Wednesday released the name of a missing man whose body was found on Monday near Milwaukee Peak — Bryan Skilinski, 40, of Phoenix, New York — the same person who had been rescued in February after five

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Alamosa breaks ground on rink/pavilion

ALAMOSA — Although ice skating seemed a distant dream in the heat of summer on Tuesday, Alamosa’s ice rink/multipurpose pavilion became more than a dream with the first ceremonial shovels full of dirt moved during the groundbreaking for the new facility.

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Rep. Tipton water bill moves to House floor

ALAMOSA — Water rights protection in Colorado and the West is not about party lines, U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton said on Tuesday as his Water Rights Protection Act prepared to move to the U.S. House of Representatives floor.

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Body of a hiker recovered from Great Sand Dunes National Preserve

On Monday, June 26, 2017, Custer County Search and Rescue, Saguache County Search and Rescue and the Western Mountain Rescue recovered the body of a hiker between Milwaukee Peak and Marble Mountain in the Great Sand Dunes National Preserve.

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Round-UP goes pink Friday

Friday was Round UP a Cure Night at the Alamosa Round UP.

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Cattle drive at high noon

A short burst of rain and wind didn't stop Honeycutt Rodeo Company from driving roughly 50 steers down Main Street at noon on Thursday.

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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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West Avenue and 10th Street Accident

Alamosa Fire Department Chief Don Chapman, far right, and other firefighters and Alamosa Police Department officers inspect a red car at approximately 10:40 after a collision at the intersection of West Avenue and 10th Street Thursday morning.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alamosa launches first ArtScape

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

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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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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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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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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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Drug suspects from Alamosa

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Sangre de Cristo confers degrees

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

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History recorded again

CRT unveils its original painting/print for 2017.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

1881     0

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.

1637     0

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.

1806     0

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

4845     0

School board recognizes retirees

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

1660     0

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.

1791     0

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.

1785     0

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.

2007     0

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.

2813     0

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

1968     0

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.

1898     0

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.

1963     0

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

1865     0

Rainfall causes localized flooding

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

1974     0

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.

1870     0

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.

1784     0

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.

1870     0

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.

2502     0


Flood Warning National Weather Service Pueblo CO

1811     0

Beaver Creek Reservoir filled

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

1938     0

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.

1610     0

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.

1808     0

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.

1886     0

Veterans celebrate Brandt 90th

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

1900     0

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.

1984     0

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

1811     0

Municipal clerks recognized

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

1932     0

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

2695     0

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.

1841     0

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.

1735     0

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.

1828     0

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.

1837     0

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.

1888     0

Murder suspect arrested

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

1954     0

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.

1915     0

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.

1819     0

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.

1991     0

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.

2706     0

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.

1767     0

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.

1957     0


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

1962     0

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.

1981     0

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.

1971     0

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

1927     0

Adams State refinances debt

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

2078     0

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.

1994     0

'Sip and Paint' coming to SLV

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

1845     0

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.

1778     0

For Mr. Reed with love

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

1953     0

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.

2025     0

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.

2628     0

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.

2833     0

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.

1842     0

Romeo may be scene of homicide

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

2058     0

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.

1985     0

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.

1804     0

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.

2779     0

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.

1950     0

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.

1890     0

Reed is loved

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

2076     0

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.

1924     0

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.

1890     0

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.

1851     0

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.

1955     0

Pike journal donated to SLV Museum

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

1900     0

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.

2075     0

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.

2104     0

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.

1862     0

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.

2150     0

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.

1829     0

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.

2038     0

Friday fire destroys apartment

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

1995     0

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.

2160     0

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.

2131     0

Meeting the Moose

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

2019     0

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

1992     0

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.

1986     0

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.

1984     0

Alamosa library celebrates 115 years

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

2011     0

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

1945     0

Preparing for justice

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

2046     0

Valley to begin irrigation season soon

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

2026     0

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.

1787     0

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.

1957     0

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.

1876     0

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.

2078     0

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.

1979     0

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.

1944     0

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.

1998     0

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

1930     0

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.

2096     0

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.

1792     0

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.

1984     0

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.

1771     0

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.

1963     0

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.

2657     0

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.

1870     0

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.

1992     0

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

2701     0

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.

1879     0

Comic brings 'Laugh for Life' to SLV

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

2037     0

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.

1831     0

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

2037     0

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.

1893     0

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

2004     0

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

1792     0

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

1776     0

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

1912     0

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.

1878     0

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

2019     0

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.

1942     0

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

1952     0

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.

1773     0

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.

1865     0

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.

1865     0

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

2011     0

Pot on the ballot petition drive begins

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

1855     0

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.

2016     0

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.

1831     0

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

2005     0

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

2764     0

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.

2060     0

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    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the 2019 Alamosa County budget on Wednesday.

  • City splits vote on smoking lounges

    ALAMOSA — In a 4-2 vote Wednesday night Alamosa city council approved an ordinance providing for smoking lounges.

  • Reward offered for elk poaching incident

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  • Fund set up for injured RG deputy

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  • Fire blazes in San Luis

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  • Orton theft case continued

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  • Governor appoints new Huerfano County judge

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  • In court Monday

    ALAMOSA — Monday was a busy day in the Alamosa courts as several sentencing hearings took place.

  • Becker names committees

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  • Lower flags to honor George H.W. Bush

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  • Town of Center receives DOLA award

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday secured $20.2 million in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funds for wildfire recovery projects in La Plata, Huerfano, Costilla, and Eagle counties.

  • Outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

    NATIONWIDE — CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce.

  • Christmas tree permits for sale

    MONTE VISTA — Christmas tree cutting permits are once again for sale at Rio Grande National Forest offices in Saguache, La Jara, Monte Vista and Del Norte.

  • Cumbres railroad earns preservation award for Engine 168

    ANTONITO — Thanks to a $10,000 “Trains Preservation Award” from Trains Magazine, fundraising for the $501,000 restoration of Engine No. 168 by the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) has been completed.

  • Alamosa school board honors athletes, hires new coaches

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa School District Board of Education got to take part in celebrating the accomplishments of the district’s athletes along with hearing other important updates during its November meeting.

  • Final district ratings shared

    VALLEY — The Colorado State Board of Education on November 15 voted unanimously to maintain the current targets for achievement, growth and postsecondary workforce readiness used to determine school and district ratings.

  • TSJC offers EMT class in Creede

    CREEDE—Trinidad State Junior College is planning on holding an EMT class in Creede

  • No charges in fatal shooting

    ANTONITO—12th Judicial District Attorney Crista Newmyer-Olsen released her office’s decision on Wednesday not to file charges against Antonito business owner Felix Gallegos for the fatal shooting of Byron Duran, 26, of Antonito at Gallegos’ business on the early morning of September 1.

  • 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office releases ruling in Antonito shooting

    ANTONITO—District Attorney Crista Newmyer-Olsen of the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office released the final finding related to a burglary and shooting occurring in Antonito on September 1.

  • Partnership addresses healthcare challenges

    ALAMOSA — One of the biggest needs in San Luis Valley healthcare is finding workers.

  • City sets utility rates

    ALAMOSA — In a 6-1 vote and with no input during a public hearing, the Alamosa city council approved utility rate increases for 2019.

  • Motorway RFP process suspended

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Local Marketing District and Tourism Board voted to officially suspend the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the motorway building at their meeting on Thursday night.

  • SLV regional airport seeks fixed base operator

    ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board approved the revised Request for Proposal for entities that are interested in bidding to become the next Fixed Base Operator (FBO) for the airport on Thursday.

  • Veterans, Military Families Month declared

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month

  • Sierra Grande School ballot issue passes

    COSTILLA COUNTY — Election results for Costilla County that were posted online and published in the Courier were partial results

  • Deputy injured during Costilla County call

    COSTILLA COUNTY — Two were arrested and a sheriff’s deputy injured during an incident that began with a burglar alarm going off in Rio Grande Ranches Monday afternoon.

  • DeLuna gets eight years in arson case

    ALAMOSA — District Judge Michael Gonzales on Monday sentenced Nazzreth DeLuna, 30, to eight years in prison on a felony arson charge dating to a Sept. 18, 2017, fire that destroyed the residence of his grandmother in south Alamosa.

  • Public input forums continue

    VALLEY — Interested in the future of the San Luis Valley’s aging community and what is available for seniors?

  • Governor proclaims vape-free month

    DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper joined some of Colorado’s leading health organizations to raise their voices in concern over Colorado’s youth vaping rate.

  • IRS Tax Tips: Tax reform changes affect farmers’ bottom line

    VALLEY — Last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made changes to how farmers and ranchers depreciate their farming business property.

  • Prescribed burn set at dunes

    MOSCA — The National Park Service plans to burn several piles of woody debris at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve this winter.

  • Murder suspects appear in court

    ALAMOSA — Two of three men facing murder charges for the August 9th death of Alamosa resident Mathias Fritz, 40, made their first appearances in court on those charges on Thursday.

  • Forum to address youth depression

    ALAMOSA — Members of Alamosa High School’s Students Against Destructive Decision (SADD) club will be tackling a difficult but potentially lifesaving subject during a community forum on Tuesday — “Depression and Anxiety in Young People, Creating Hope for Our Community.”

  • Colorado 2018 ballot measures boiled down

    VALLEY— Decoding the legal speak in Colorado’s 2018 state ballot booklet can be enough to cause brain freeze

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Observe all year

    VALLEY — October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Not only is October a time to highlight that relationship violence is not OK and it is OK to ask for help, but it should remain a focus year round.

  • Counties still undecided on final budget

    ALAMOSA — The finalization of the 2019 San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association budget has been delayed yet again.

  • Donors sought for Nov. 8 officer banquet

    ALAMOSA– Donations are being solicited for an Officer Appreciation Banquet

  • Report out on impacts of marijuana legalization in Colorado

    STATEWIDE — The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Office of Research and Statistics on Friday released “Impacts on Marijuana Legalization in Colorado,” a report that compiles and analyzes data on marijuana-related topics including crime, impaired driving, hospitalizations and ER visits, usage rates, effects on youth, and more.

  • New program brings more services to SLV

    ALAMOSA — New opportunities for the blind/deaf community of the San Luis Valley could be coming soon.

  • DN ballots are in the mail

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Cindy Hill, Rio Grande County Clerk, announced that due to an error on the part of their vendor, the ballots for residents of the Town of Del Norte were not mailed in the original batch.

  • Sandoval arraignment postponed to December

    CONEJOS — Arraignment for Conejos County Commissioner John Sandoval, 52, originally scheduled for Oct. 19, has been postponed to mid-December.

  • ‘Colorado For All’ bus tour to stop in Alamosa

    ALAMOSA — The Colorado Democratic Party on Tuesday kicked off the “Colorado For All” Bus Tour in Denver with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jared Polis, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and others.

  • County provides for emergencies

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Board of County Commissioners voted to approve a new emergency funding package/policy for the Alamosa County Department of Human Services on Wednesday.

  • Code to clarify smoking lounges

    ALAMOSA — Not that anyone has a current proposal before the Alamosa city council, but the council wants to be prepared for a smoking lounge request if it does receive an application in the future.

  • Stand off ends peacefully

    MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Police Department was dispatched to the 700 block of Washington Ave. on Monday, Oct. 22 at 5:11 p.m.

  • Commission for deaf Coloradans to hold public meetings in Alamosa

    ALAMOSA – The Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind (CCDHHDB) is holding informational meetings to let rural Coloradans know about a new pilot program that will provide sign language interpreting services outside the Front Range.

  • City of Alamosa notifies levee homeowners of dike work

    ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa is partnering with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to review the Rio Grande River Levee System through the City of Alamosa.

  • Parra sentenced for assault, drugs

    ALAMOSA — Enrique Parra, 38, Alamosa, pleaded guilty to third degree assault and possession of a drug with intent to distribute for incidents occurring in 2017 on Monday (counts 3 and 5) in district court in Alamosa.

  • 'No on 73' rep shares views

    ALAMOSA — Alan Philp, a spokesperson for the campaign against Amendment 73, was in Alamosa this week sharing details of this initiative and why he and others are in opposition to this measure.

  • Utility increase part of Alamosa budget

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa residents will see an increase in utility bills in 2019.

  • Secretary Williams reminders voters of tools available

    STATEWIDE — As Coloradans receive their ballots this week, Secretary of State Wayne Williams wants to remind them of tools available this election season.

  • Alamosa enrollment holding

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa School District Board of Education was presented with the numbers for the October enrollment count on Monday night.

  • Valley may face water export threat again

    ALAMOSA — Although no specific application has yet been filed, it appears a new proposal may be planned to export water from the San Luis Valley.

  • Bills on ballot may affect highways

    ALAMOSA — The Colorado Department of Transportation is looking for ways that it can obtain adequate funding for improvement of its services.

  • Hope: Alamosa LEADS the way

    ALAMOSA — Although not easy, working with the new Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program is worthwhile, LEAD staff told Alamosa city councilors during a recent update on the program, which began this spring.

  • Secretary of State issues election alert

    VALLEY — An organization sending mailers to Coloradans encouraging them to register for the Nov. 6 general election is contacting already registered voters, causing anger and confusion.

  • Secretary of State answers voters' election questions

    STATEWIDE — With the Nov. 6 general election around the corner, here’s a handy guide to some of the most common questions the Colorado Secretary of State’s office is fielding:

  • New aquifer study receives funding

    ALAMOSA — The Mosca-Hooper Conservation District received approval from the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable on Tuesday for the funding of the San Luis Valley Recharge Optimization Project.

  • Alamosa asks ASU for levee property

    ALAMOSA — A little bit of land could go a long way towards river levee work and trails, Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks told Adams State University trustees on Friday when she asked them to consider giving just under two acres to the city.

  • Black cited for Tuesday accident

    ALAMOSA — Driver Marissa Black, 23, was cited for careless driving causing injury on Tuesday, Oct. 9, after the vehicle she was driving struck pedestrian William Drain, 71, at Fourth Street and State Avenue, Alamosa.

  • Alamosa sets 2019 budget

    ALAMOSA — Reflecting modest but steady growth in revenues, the City of Alamosa proposes to approve a $23 million budget this month.

  • Trooper cleared in fatal shooting

    VALLEY — After reviewing all the evidence and concluding that the trooper used lethal force as a last resort, 12th Judicial District Attorney Crista Newmyer-Olsen decided not to charge Colorado State Patrol Trooper Ramiro Contreras in connection with the fatal shooting of suspect Jennifer Sharp, 37, of Lavaca, Texas on August 25 on Highway 17.

  • Enrollment count begins in Alamosa

    ALAMOSA — Enrollment counts are underway in the Alamosa school district, Superintendent Rob Alejo reported during Monday night’s school board meeting. He said the 11-day enrollment count for October has begun.

  • Saguache County Sheriff’s Office explains sales tax

    SAGUACHE — Saguache County Sheriff’s Office Jail Commander Capt. Ken Wilson addressed a crowd of about 30 attendees last Wednesday who came to hear him speak regarding the 1.5 percent sales tax proposal to fund law enforcement on this November’s ballot.

  • City modernizes codes

    ALAMOSA — During its meeting next week the Alamosa city council will modernize the language in its codes regarding gender.

  • SLV commissioners postpone 2019 budget approval

    ALAMOSA-The San Luis Valley Commissioners Association postponed the approval of their 2019 budget on Monday.

  • Alamosa opposes ballot question

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa city council this week joined many other municipalities and governing bodies in officially opposing Amendment 74, which comes before voters this November.

  • Correction on CRT

    In the article titled “CRT awarded grant for lighting upgrade” it states that the project would be to upgrade the outside lights around the theatre. The project was awarded grant funding to replace lighting in the productions areas inside the theatre.

  • Be prepared for emergencies

    ALAMOSA — Kay Crowder, director of SLV Emergency Management, gave a presentation on disaster preparedness at the Alamosa Senior Citizens Center on Thursday.

  • Accion announces investment in rural communities

    VALLEY – Accion, a nationally recognized, regional nonprofit organization, announces a $2.75 million investment from the Colorado Health Foundation to improve economic opportunities and health outcomes for populations in Colorado that face barriers to entrepreneurship.

  • Program offered for Subdistrict #1 water conservation

    ALAMOSA — The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado, in partnership with the Rio Grande Water Conservation District- Special Improvement District #1 (Subdistrict #1) recently announced funding availability to assist producers in addressing issues of drought and aquifer depletions within Subdistrict #1.

  • Secretary of State assures secure elections

    ALAMOSA—Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams made a visit to the Alamosa County Clerk’s Office on Wednesday

  • Lovato found guilty of assault

    ALAMOSA— An Alamosa jury on Wednesday found Henry Lovato, 46, guilty of first-degree assault in relation to the shooting of Mario Ortega at 1111 Railroad Ave. on December 29, 2017.

  • Spring Fire alleged arsonist in court

    SAN LUIS -- The Spring Fire, allegedly started June 27 five miles east of Fort Garland by 52-year-old Jesper Joergensen, reportedly exceeded 108,000 acres and destroyed more than 200 homes in Costilla and Huerfano Counties.

  • Schools promote drug prevention programs

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Board of Education met on Monday night to receive updates and discuss items that will be put to a vote.

  • New programs, layout planned at SLV Museum

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Marketing and Tourism Board heard an update on the San Luis Valley Museum from Joyce Gunn on Thursday night.

  • Conservation area added to refuges

    CONEJOS COUNTY – On Friday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service accepted a 12.82-acre conservation easement donation in Colorado’s San Luis Valley from Western Rivers Conservancy.

  • CRT ends season, plans upgrades

    CREEDE— The Creede Repertory Theatre is closing out the 53rd season and with that also preparing to make some upgrades to the theatre itself.

  • Project may help SLV retain water

    ALAMOSA — When every drop of water counts, a local conservation district is proposing a creative way to keep more water in the area.

  • Application period opens for Judicial Nominating Commission positions

    VALLEY– Applications are now being accepted for upcoming vacancies on Judicial District Nominating Commissions throughout Colorado.

  • MVPD, RG County settle with Delgado family

    MONTE VISTA — Rio Grande County and the City of Monte Vista have agreed to pay more than $290,000 to settle a lawsuit over a 2016 incident at the Delgado resident in Monte Vista, according to Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP, who represented the family in the lawsuit.

  • Heimberg charged with murder

    SAGUACHE —A day-long investigation by the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Safe Streets multi-agency federal task force resulted in the arrest of a Saguache business owner in a fatal shooting that occurred early Friday morning.

  • Recovered bones are not human

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Bones discovered by hunters in the Rock Creek area were determined to be animal bones, Rio Grande County Sheriff Brian Norton said on Tuesday.

  • Prescribed burns planned on RG National Forest

    MONTE VISTA – The San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit plans to conduct several prescribed burns this autumn on the Rio Grande National Forest providing there are favorable weather and fuel moisture conditions.

  • Spring Fire at 100 percent containment

    VALLEY – On Monday afternoon the Costilla County Office of Emergency Management tweeted that the Spring Fire was fully contained.

  • Highway work underway in SLV

    VALLEY — The Colorado Department of Transportation are working in the San Luis Valley this week, with some work continuing on through the month of October.

  • Romero bids Alamosa BOE farewell

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa School District Board of Education President Erica Romero has resigned.

  • Voluntary water restrictions are successful

    ALAMOSA — Voluntary watering restrictions are working in Alamosa, city staff told Alamosa city councilors Wednesday night.

  • Alamosa proclaims municipal week

    ALAMOSA — Joining municipalities around the state, Alamosa will be celebrating Colorado Cities and Towns Week September 10-16

  • Pedestrian struck in Sept. 5 incident

    ALAMOSA — According to the Alamosa Police Department

  • Alamosa County opens bids for radar

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on September 5th to open bids for the upcoming Doppler Radar project.

  • Applications open for courthouse security grants

    STATEWIDE – The Colorado Judicial Department has opened the application period for grants to help eligible counties cover costs associated with courthouse security for the first half of 2019.

  • CBI investigates burglary and shooting in Antonito

    ANTONITO — The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been requested by the Antonito Police Department to investigate a burglary and shooting occurring in Antonito in the morning hours of September 1.

  • SLV residents urged to be in court Sept. 5

    DENVER — The 37-year-old Sangre de Cristo Land Grant Case known as “Lobato v. Taylor” is going back to court.

  • Cancer patients needed for local research

    VALLEY — San Luis Valley Health and Adams State University

  • Underfunded courthouse grants are available

    STATEWIDE – The application period will open on Sept. 3, for grants to help eligible counties cover costs associated with courthouse

  • Still time to participate in community gardens throughout the Valley

    Vegetables are grown year-round in a passive solar greenhouse. 

  • Immunization protects everyone including adults

    VALLEY — In the United States, vaccines have greatly reduced infectious diseases that once routinely harmed or killed many infants, children and adults. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable disease still exist and can cause illness in people who are not protected by vaccines.

  • Fire burning in Horse Creek has grown to 90 acres

    PAGOSA SPRINGS – The Horse Fire is a lightning started fire burning in the Horse Creek drainage, approximately eight miles north of Highway 160 and Chimney Rock.

  • South Conejos School District celebrates growth

    ANTONITO — This last week South Conejos School District celebrated their 2017-2018 CMAS growth scores and accreditation rating.

  • Airport awarded $2.7 million

    ALAMOSA – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $616.9 million in airport infrastructure grants, the fourth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding.

  • Failed brakes cause of fatal crash

    WOLF CREEK — A five-vehicle accident on Monday on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass on Highway 160 resulted in the death of a New Mexico man and the closure of the highway for several hours.

  • RG National Forest releases draft timber salvage decision

    LA JARA – Conejos Peak District Ranger Andrea Jones has released the final record of decision for the CP District-wide Salvage Project.

  • Kittens need goat milk

    VALLEY — Fresh goat milk is requested to be donated

  • DA seeks budget increase

    ALAMOSA — The District Attorney’s Office for the 12th Judicial District gave its annual update and presented its budget request to the San Luis Valley Commissioners Association at their meeting on Monday.

  • Sunday event rules clarified

    CONEJOS COUNTY — Some confusion has arisen over one of the Labor Day weekend events in the San Luis Valley, and organizers of a benefit for the CannaPower Educational Foundation are addressing misinformation.

  • Wolf Creek Pass crash results in fatality, injuries

    WOLF CREEK — Wolf Creek Pass was closed Monday evening for a five-vehicle crash that included one fatality, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

  • Adams State trustees looking ahead

    ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Board of Trustees met on Friday.

  • Test results: How SLV schools compare

    VALLEY — The results of the Colorado Measures for Academic Success testing were recently released by the Colorado Department of Education.

  • Suspect wanted in bizarre thefts

    SAGUACHE — After responding to a call on a possible car theft in the town of Saguache, Sgt. Richard Pascoe discovered the suspect had allegedly stolen a second vehicle after abandoning his own vehicle which was in perfectly sound condition.

  • Saguache related tragic deaths sadden community

    SAGUACHE — According to reports from the Saguache Sheriff’s Office, two Saguache residents died under tragic circumstances in the town of Saguache on the same day last week, one of them a young adult male found hanging from playground equipment in Otto Mears Park.

  • Split vote approves Saguache County land use code

    SAGUACHE —In a two-to-one vote Tuesday, Saguache County commissioners approved amendments to the county’s Land Use Code/marijuana regulations but the exact changes to the code were not discussed, highlighted or summarized for consideration.

  • CML takes positions on ballot initiatives

    STATEWIDE — The Colorado Municipal League’s (CML) Board of Directors has taken positions on four statewide ballot initiatives.

  • Alamosa schools ready for new year

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa School District Board met on Monday night.

  • Protect preteens and teens with regular vaccines

    VALLEY — Taking them to their sports physical, making sure they eat healthy and get plenty of sleep…you know these are crucial to your child’s health.

  • Alamosa County approves medical marijuana manufacturing operation

    ALAMOSA — After much discussion, the Alamosa County commissioners on Wednesday approved a special use permit for the first medical marijuana manufacturing and cultivation operation in the county.

  • DeLuna unhappy with lawyer in arson case

    ALAMOSA — Charged with attempted first-degree murder and arson in connection with a house fire occurring nearly a year ago, Nazzreth DeLuna, 30, told District Judge Michael Gonzales on Tuesday he was not happy with his legal representation and was considering representing himself.

  • Moffat resident dies in crash

    ALAMOSA COUNTY — Moffat resident Mitzi Hunter-Young, 50, died at the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Monday evening, August 20, about 6:20 p.m. at the intersections of Alamosa County Road 4 North and County Road 6 East.

  • First Street project update given

    ALAMOSA — The project is currently 38 days behind schedule with a completion date now expected for September 19.

  • City split on liquor license vote

    ALAMOSA — Alta convenience store at 3213 Main (Highway 160) will be able to sell 3.2 percent beer, but the license approval from the Alamosa city council was not unanimous.

  • Firearm training set

    DEL NORTE — A concealed handgun firearm training course will be offered by the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office

  • State assessment report released

    STATEWIDE - Overall state-, district- and school-level results from the 2018 administration of statewide assessments were released on Thursday along with academic growth summary information, showing areas of improvement throughout the state and increases in participation.

  • Report released on Colorado economy

    STATEWIDE—Colorado’s economy is growing more quickly in 2018 than projected, according to a new report from the Leeds Business Research Division at the University of Colorado Boulder. The

  • RG National Forest to fell dead trees

    SOUTH FORK – Spruce Lakes will be closed to camping and visitation from September 6 through September 12 while the Rio Grande National Forest fells trees along the edges of the lakes with the use of explosives.

  • Nevares pleads to 2017 Capulin murders, receives life sentences

    CONEJOS —It was a matter of poor choices and resulting consequences, so Santos Nevares will spend the rest of his life behind bars for murders committed January 15, 2017 near Capulin.

  • Burn compliance makes better neighbors

    VALLEY — This has been a challenging year for those with respiratory conditions. Smoke from wildfires in Colorado and other states has impacted the air quality in the San Luis Valley.

  • Alamosa schools welcome new staff

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa School District has had several changes in leadership at Alamosa Elementary 3-5 and Alamosa High School.

  • Spring Fire arson case rescheduled

    SAN LUIS — A growing pile of documentation and more possible charges sidetracked a preliminary hearing for Jesper Joergensen, slated Aug. 16 and 17 in Costilla County Court.

  • Sand dunes shares upcoming events

    SAND DUNES — Great Sand Dunes invites visitors to participate in free events through early September.

  • Colorado baker sues state over gender transition cake

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker

  • Send children back to school protected from diseases

    VALLEY — Back-to-school season is here.

  • Send children back to school protected from diseases

    VALLEY — Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines.

  • CSU seeks to be SLV partner

    ALAMOSA — CSU Associate Director for Community and Economic Development Tom Johnson paid a visit to the San Luis Valley this week.

  • City supports Oktobrüfest

    ALAMOSA — Although out of money in their sponsorship budget, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday voted to support the second annual Oktobrüfest with $1,000 from a miscellaneous fund.

  • Irrigation district begins draining water from reservoir for rehab project

    VALLEY — Pursuant to a temporary agreement with the Rio Grande Water Users Association and the State and Division Engineers, as part of its planned rehabilitation of Rio Grande Reservoir the San Luis Valley Irrigation District has begun and will continue to evacuate water from the reservoir to ensure that by mid-October the reservoir is effectively empty except for a small quantity of water behind the temporary coffer dam.

  • Bennet, Gardner urge reauthorization of LWCF

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R), with a group of 12 bipartisan colleagues, sent a letter urging the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before it expires on September 30.

  • Budget draws comments

    ALAMOSA — Several community members joined City of Alamosa staff Tuesday evening to share comments about the proposed 2019 budget.

  • No suspects in homicide

    ALAMOSA — As of Tuesday, no suspects were yet in custody in the August 9th shooting death of Mathias “Matt” Fritz, 39, of Alamosa, and the investigation is continuing.

  • Spring Fire arson hearing set

    SAN LUIS — A preliminary hearing for Jesper Joergensen will be held Aug. 16 and 17 in Costilla County Court.

  • Handgun class scheduled

    DEL NORTE — A concealed handgun firearm training course

  • Two arrested for child sexual assault

    SAGUACHE COUNTY – According to reports from the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office, two men were arrested last month for sexual assault, one on a 4-year-old male, the other involving a 6-year-old male.

  • Moratorium passed on kennels

    CONEJOS — Conejos County’s moratorium on dog kennels will remain in place for at least six months as the county formulates regulations for that particular land use.

  • Motorway proposals are still welcome

    ALAMOSA — By late last week, the Alamosa Local Marketing District Board had not yet received any proposals for the Rio Grande Motorway building.

  • Immunization Month: Protecting your baby starts now

    VALLEY — From the moment you found out you were pregnant, you started protecting your baby.

  • National speaker presents at SLV symposium

    ALAMOSA — The 2018 Neonatal Substance Exposure Awareness Symposium was held on Thursday, August 9th and Friday August 10th at the SLV Behavioral Health Center in Alamosa.

  • Fatal shooting victim named

    ALAMOSA — Pending more information from the coroner, Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson on Friday tentatively identified an August 9th shooting death victim as Mathias “Matt” Fritz, 39, of Alamosa.

  • New solar project coming to Alamosa

    ALAMOSA — A new project is set to break ground this August in the San Luis Valley that is expected to provide power to 194 homes.

  • Reward for killing mountain goats increased to $15,000

    BRECKENRIDGE — Thanks to donations, Colorado Operation Game Thief

  • Reward offered in theft, vandalism case

    ALAMOSA — A $500 reward is being offered

  • Deadline approaches for continuous CRP enrollment

    VALLEY — Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17.

  • County changes airline request to Boutique Air

    ALAMOSA — Two weeks ago, the Alamosa County Commissioners listened to presentations from three airline services interested in the Essential Air Service contract here.

  • Dick Davidson honored at fair

    VALLEY — Conejos County Rotary of La Jara will memorialize Dick Davidson, longtime club secretary, at this year’s 4-H Livestock Auction at the upcoming San Luis Valley Fair.

  • School board seats Heredia

    ALAMOSA — After Thom Miller’s departure in July from District 1, the Alamosa Board of Education has appointed Elias Heredia to replace him.

  • Offer pending in theft case

    ALAMOSA — With an offer on the table, attorneys are waiting for a final restitution figure before entering a plea agreement in the criminal case of former long-time Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office employee Carol Orton, 54, charged with theft allegedly occurring during her employment with the sheriff’s office.

  • Alamosa granted air service waiver

    ALAMOSA — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Monday granted an Essential Air Service waiver for the SLV Regional Airport in Alamosa, meaning the airport will continue to receive subsidies to support local air service.

  • Colorado DUI offenses report shared

    STATEWIDE – The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice has published a report analyzing more than 27,000 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases that were filed in Colorado in 2016.

  • Judicial performance evaluations out

    STATEWIDE – Performance evaluations of Colorado appellate and trial court judges standing for retention in the 2018 general election will be made available at www.ojpe.org on Aug 7.

  • National Immunization Awareness Month 2018: A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations

    VALLEY — National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder children need vaccines right from the start.

  • Forest Service invites input on proposed land sale southeast of Creede

    CREEDE – The Rio Grande National Forest is inviting public comment for an environmental analysis of a proposed land sale to convey 81.25 acres of National Forest System land to Mineral County.

  • Comment on herd management in north Valley

    SAGUACHE – People who are interested in hunting and big-game in the northern San Luis Valley are invited to participate in an online survey regarding herd management.

  • Cotten named to state commission

    DENVER — Gov. Hickenlooper announced boards and commissions appointments including the appointment of Cindy Cotten of Monte Vista to the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.

  • Breastfeeding Week: For a healthier community

    VALLEY — Breastfeeding is incredibly important but not always an easily established partnership with your new baby, one that once fine tuned, creates a healthy and meaningful gift for you and your baby.

  • Covered Wagon Days begins tonight

    DEL NORTE — Summertime events in the San Luis Valley continue with Del Norte’s annual Covered Wagon Days, which kicks off tonight, Thursday, August 2, with a potluck and concludes Sunday, August 5 with a community church service in the park.

  • Breastfeeding week begins with 'big latch'

    ALAMOSA — On the 1 – 7th of August every year, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organizes World Breastfeeding Week.

  • Register for annual SLV Economic Summit

    ALAMOSA — Adams State University and Trinidad State Junior College invite the public to the second annual SLV Economic Summit, this year including the SLV Heritage Area, Rural Workforce Development, and a preview of the soon-to-be-released SLV Higher Ed Economic Impact Study.

  • Arrest warrant issued in stabbing death

    ALAMOSA — Investigation is ongoing into the stabbing death of rural Alamosa resident Lorraine Gallegos, 71, and an affidavit for an arrest warrant has been filed for her husband Elias “Lee” Narciso Gallegos, 74.

  • Alamosa resident dead, arrest warrant issued for husband

    ALAMOSA — Investigation is ongoing into the stabbing death of rural Alamosa resident Lorraine Gallegos, 72, and an affidavit for an arrest warrant has been filed for her husband Elias “Lee” Narciso Gallegos, 74.

  • Festival begins in San Luis

    SAN LUIS — Celebrated at the end of July each year to honor patron saints, the Santa Ana y Santiago Fiesta welcomes residents and visitors this weekend to the town of San Luis.

  • Motor vehicle services not available August 1-5

    VALLEY — In all of the county clerks’ offices in the San Luis Valley and throughout Colorado, title and registration services, including motor vehicle registration renewal, vehicle titling, International Registration Plan (IRP) and ownership transfers will be unavailable August 1-5 to allow for technical upgrades, which will improve the customer and employee experience in offices and online.

  • Alamosa ranch plan meetings scheduled

    ALAMOSA — Public input meetings regarding the Alamosa Ranch plan will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6 and Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Alamosa Family Recreation Center, 2222 Old Sanford Road.

  • Campaign culminates with 'Road to Recycling' and brochure

    VALLEY — Following a series of articles, ads, and radio shows, the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC) is wrapping up its campaign with a road map of the Valley’s recycling activities and fact-filled brochure which it hopes will become a major source of information and messaging tool for creating better recycling access and opportunities.

  • Valley counties hear redistricting campaign ideas

    ALAMOSA — Every 10 years after the census, the state of Colorado starts redistricting for congressional and legislative purposes.

  • Health partnership recognized

    ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership in all six counties was recognized for the creation of a regional disaster health response system.

  • Churches of Christ Disaster Relief offer aid

    FORT GARLAND — Churches of Christ Disaster Relief has been supplying emergency food boxes, water, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies and other supplies to victims of the Spring Fire between Fort Garland and Walsenburg.

  • Challenge likely to Wolf Creek decision

    VALLEY — Following the Rio Grande National Forest announcement this week of a new draft decision to provide access to the Village at Wolf Creek, conservation advocates responded that they would continue to scrutinize the project and challenge attempts to avoid public review.

  • In aftermath of Spring Fire, SLV Behavioral Health offers tips to cope with tragic events

    VALLEY — As the smoke clears and life returns to normal, many are just beginning to pick up the pieces.

  • Ordinance sign of contention

    ALAMOSA — Dividing an already diminished council Wednesday night, a 3-1 vote approved a code amendment expanding sign placement, primarily to accommodate campaign signs during election season.

  • Farm Bureau aids fire victims

    VALLEY — The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has donated $20,000 to help those affected by the Spring Creek Fire in Huerfano and Costilla counties.

  • First Street closure update

    ALAMOSA — First Street in Alamosa will be closed to all traffic between Faculty Drive and Sierra Avenue through the end of the project.

  • UPDATED: Manassa Pioneer Days schedule

    MANASSA — Following is the update schedule for Manassa Pioneer Days. See www.manassa.com

  • Fire restrictions lifted on public lands in Valley

    MONTE VISTA – Fire restrictions will be removed as of Wednesday, July 18, for all lands managed by the Rio Grande National Forest, Bureau of Land Management San Luis Valley Field Office and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

  • DeLuna pleads not guilty in arson case

    ALAMOSA — Attorney James Dostal entered not guilty pleas and requested another continuance to work out a resolution in the cases of his client Nazzreth DeLuna, 30, on Tuesday.

  • Owsley shares hemp update with Alamosa Rotary Club

    ALAMOSA – Chief Business Development Officer Jeff Owsley of San Luis Valley Hemp Co. made a presentation to the Alamosa Rotary Club about the firm’s role in hemp growth and sales on Monday at Juanito’s Restaurant.

  • Marketing district discusses motel shuttle service

    ALAMOSA — To connect area motels with downtown businesses, the Alamosa County Local Marketing District Board is considering sponsoring a shuttle service.

  • Man drowns in Rio Grande

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — A Center resident drowned in the Rio Grande River on Friday afternoon, according to Rio Grande County Sheriff Brian Norton.

  • Manassa Pioneer Days lineup set

    MANASSA — For more than a century, Manassa has reached to its very roots and celebrated them. The Pioneer Days Celebration, set July 19-21 honors its first settlers from Spanish explorers in the late 1500s, to Mormon pioneers in the 1800s.

  • Alamosa school board approves new staff hires

    ALAMOSA — In a special Alamosa school board meeting on Thursday, Superintendent Rob Alejo announced recommendations for the following hirings:

  • Former inmate sues county

    ALAMOSA — A former Alamosa County Detention Center inmate has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson over alleged mistreatment during the birth of her baby in the county jail in late 2016.

  • Basin drought persists

    ALAMOSA — Colorado Division of Water Resources Division Engineer for Division 3 Craig Cotten this week reported on the condition of area creeks and rivers, which are running far below normal levels — or not at all.

  • Information needed on impacts of the Spring Creek Fire on the SLV

    VALLEY — The Colorado Department of Local Affairs has asked San Luis Valley DRG/COG to assist in gathering information on the impacts of the Spring Creek Fire.

  • Colorado’s park maintenance backlog over $238 million

    WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) called on Congress to act on the $11 billion maintenance backlog at our national parks in an Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks hearing on Wednesday.

  • WRC, county conserving river areas

    ALAMOSA- Western Rivers Conservancy has started working with Alamosa County Land Use to protect more of the Rio Grande.

  • Alamosa lends hand in Spring Fire efforts

    ALAMOSA — Personnel and equipment from Alamosa that have been assisting with the Spring Fire are now coming home, Alamosa County Public Health Department staff told Alamosa County commissioners on Wednesday.

  • Allstate offers tips for wildfire recovery

    VALLEY– As local resident begin the cleanup process from the many wildfires across the state, Allstate Insurance recommends residents dealing with the damage carefully inspect their homes and vehicles.

  • Veteran-led Team Rubicon providing wildfire relief in Huerfano and Costilla Counties

    BLANCA – In response to requests from the State of Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the municipal government of La Veta,

  • CDOT takes input on transportation needs

    VALLEY — The southwest division of Colorado Department of Transportation held a telephone town hall Monday night for the residents from counties around the area to see what questions or concerns they have, along with project updates.

  • U.S. delays oil, gas lease decision

    DENVER (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday delayed a decision on a contentious proposal to allow oil and gas drilling near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, saying it first wants to consult with the Navajo Nation, which owns land in the area.

  • Wendy’s Wonderful Kids to help with Valley adoptions

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa County Department of Human Services works with the San Luis Valley Foster Care to help with adoptions around the county.

  • Water, recreation connected in Valley

    VALLEY — The San Luis Valley has many assets and one of the biggest is the numerous recreation opportunities that it has to offer. N

  • Higher Learning Commission removes sanction for ASU

    ALAMOSA — The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has removed the sanction of Probation for Adams State University, Adams State President Dr. Cheryl Lovell announced Monday afternoon, July 9.

  • 160 reopens

    VALLEY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will reopen US Highway (US) 160/La Veta Pass in both directions on Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m.

  • Other SLV fires are contained

    VALLEY — The U.S. Forest Service-Rio Grande National Forest reported a few small fires this week, all of which had been contained by Friday night.

  • Friday Spring Fire briefing

    FORT GARLAND — Some of the highlights of the 1 p.m. briefing Friday, July 6, at the evacuation center near Fort Garland are:

  • El Pomar supports Spring Fire efforts

    VALLEY — In response to the Spring Fire and High Chateau Fire and to support organizations responding to the immediate needs of those affected, El Pomar Trustees have provided a combined $20,000 to assist the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and the American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado.

  • Tips shared for lung health during forest fires

    VALLEY — Wildfires often cast off ash and other irritants into the air which may cause breathing problems for asthmatics of all ages, COPD, and anyone with underlying respiratory problems.

  • Insurance advice shared for Spring Fire victims

    homes have been lost or damaged by the Spring Fire.

  • Help fire victims at parade

    ALAMOSA– Those attending the annual Independence Day parade in Alamosa will have an opportunity to help the victims of the Spring Fire which continues to rage east of Fort Garland.

  • City offers free internet

    ALAMOSA– In light of the large scale, temporary loss of local internet service due to the Spring and other wildfires burning in southern Colorado, the City of Alamosa has announced that free WIFI internet service is available at several city facilities.

  • Meeting Monday evening will inform some landowners in Spring Fire whether homes have been lost

    FORT GARLAND — Some Forbes Park landowners will find out Monday evening whether or not their homes are still standing.

  • Celebrations planned in SLV for Fourth of July

    VALLEY — Although fireworks are prohibited this Fourth of July and public fireworks displays have been put on hold, San Luis Valley communities are still holding festivities for the Independence Day holiday with parades, food and entertainment.

  • FEMA authorizes funds for Spring Fire

    VALLEY — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Spring Fire in Costilla County.

  • SLV Regional Airport looks at new fuel suppliers

    ALAMOSA- San Luis Valley Regional Airport Manger Dustin Allinger went before the Alamosa County Commissioners on Wednesday to get approval to negotiate proposals for new fuel supplier.

  • Updated Costilla County Primary Election results

    NOTE: The Primary Election results from Costilla County published in Wednesday’s Courier were partial results.

  • Playground to honor local youth

    ALAMOSA — Volunteers will build a completely new playground in Alamosa all in one day on Saturday — and already have a name for it.

  • U.S. DOE review results in $84,000 liability to Adams State

    ALAMOSA — A U.S. Department of Education program review of Adams State University’s Title IV funding over a 10-year period has resulted in Adams State having to return $84,351 in federal student aid.

  • Crestone boy found; man charged with kidnapping

    VALLEY — A 12-year-old boy who was the subject of a Colorado Amber Alert and had been missing from Crestone since Saturday was recovered Monday, and the man with him, David Glenn Freeman, 60, was arrested in Garfield County, Utah.

  • Conejos County passes six-month kennel moratorium

    CONEJOS — Caught in the middle of a controversy between Amish animal breeders and residents of the area around La Jara, the Conejos Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved two new dog breeding operations, then passed a six-month moratorium on all special use permits for kennels.

  • South Fork fireworks show cancelled

    SOUTH FORK—Due to the dry conditions, high temperatures and extreme fire danger, the July 3rd Fireworks Show has been cancelled this year.

  • Valley project receives DOLA funds

    VALLEY – The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) announced the award of $2,030,895 as part of the Tier I Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Funds (EIAF) program.

  • Shawcroft applauds Farm Bill passage out of House

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday afternoon.

  • Alamosa hosts APR Fair

    ALAMOSA — This weekend a number of community agencies and businesses are joining forces to help answer questions and give support at the APR Fair.

  • Reminder: Return ballots by Tuesday

    VALLEY — San Luis Valley voters are reminded that they must return their Primary Election ballots to their respective county clerks’ offices by 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26.

  • Most San Juan National Forest and Durango-area BLM-managed lands re-open on Thursday

    DURANGO – On Thursday, June 21, at 3 p.m., the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) will re-open to the public by rescinding the Stage 3 Closure Order that has been in place since June 12.

  • State economic, revenue forecast shared

    DENVER — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) On June 20 released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast.

  • Former sheriff staffer in court

    ALAMOSA — Former long-time Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office employee Carol Orton, 54, made her first appearance in district court on Wednesday on charges of felony theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device (credit cards) allegedly occurring during her employment with the sheriff’s office.

  • Bat tests positive for rabies in SLV

    SAGUACHE COUNTY – A bat in Saguache County tested positive for rabies this week.

  • Two-car accident near Villa Grove results in injuries

    VILLA GROVE — On Tuesday, June 19, at approximately 6:20 p.m. the driver of an SUV was headed southbound on Highway 285 just north of Villa Grove.

  • Huerfano officials seek oil/gas lease delay

    VALLEY — Related to pending oil/gas leases that have drawn some concern from local residents, the Huerfano County commissioners on Tuesday voted to ask for a delay of the oil and natural gas leases on the other side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the Great Sand Dunes.

  • South Fork Fire District sets fire ban

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — In cooperation with the Rio Grande County sheriff, Rio Grande County commissioners and the South Fork Fire District, effective on June 18 the South Fork Fire District will be placed under a Stage 1 fire restriction.

  • Sangre de Cristo Ranches shares fire restrictions, covenant enforcement

    COSTILLA COUNTY — Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owners (SCRO) in partnership with Gary Pettigrew, a volunteer firefighter with the Costilla County Fire Protection District Board, would like to remind the public, “we are in a “SEVERE DROUGHT."

  • Still enjoy outdoors during fire season

    VALLEY — Although the 2018 fire season is in full swing, this region continues to offer spectacular outdoor recreational opportunities.

  • Blanca bans all open fires and fireworks

    BLANCA — The Town of Blanca reminds residents that there is a ban on all open fires.

  • Vilá, Dupler awarded tenure at Adams State

    Adams State University's Board of Trustees approved tenure for Joaquin Vilá, the incoming vice president of academic affairs and Terry Dupler, incoming chair for department of human performance and physical education, during a special meeting on Thursday.

  • Road and bridge to repair four roads, buys paint striper

    This summer Alamosa County's road and bridge department will spend roughly $330,000 to pave and chip four roads.

  • County approves second hemp greenhouse

    Just two weeks ago Alamosa County approved the installation of its first industrial hemp greenhouse and officials approved their second during Wednesday's commissioners meeting.

  • County bans fireworks

    Alamosa County commissioners on Wednesday approved the Alamosa County Fireworks Ban, the first since 2002 and in line with a similar ban passed by the Alamosa city council.

  • Vote split on pot plants

    Following a first reading of amendments in May, Alamosa County officials approved changes to Ordinance 16 that allows for licensed caregivers and patients to grow 24 medical marijuana plants.

  • Recognition ceremony set for Vietnam era veterans

    Dickey-Springer Post 113 of the American Legion is proud to partner and host a recognition for all men and women who served in the Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.

  • Alamosa takes LEAD in crime prevention

    Alamosa is in the LEAD for breaking the cycle of crime and addiction.

  • City of Alamosa to water users: Waste not

    ALAMOSA — After being reminded of the necessity to conserve water, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday approved an ordinance amendment specifying water-wasting activities that are prohibited in the city.

  • Adams State awarded Community Partner Program grant to improve student success

    ALAMOSA — Adams State University was awarded a two-year grant of $330,000 from the Colorado Department of Higher Education through its Community Partner Program (CPP) of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative program.

  • North Crestone Campground to be temporarily closed

    CRESTONE – The North Crestone Campground will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, June 12 through Friday, June 15 to install bear resistant lockers.

  • Sign up for 'Bulls and Bandits'

    ALAMOSA — New this year to the Alamosa Round-UP is the Bulls and Bandits 5K Run! Participants can run, walk or stroll along the 5K path.

  • BLM seeks input on land use

    MONTE VISTA – The Bureau of Land Management San Luis Valley Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposal to amend the land management plan for 2,882 acres of public lands on the east side of the San Luis Valley.

  • Making sense of fire restrictions

    VALLEY – It is no secret that this has been an exceptionally dry year, and as a result this year has potential to bring a higher than usual number of wildfires.

  • Meet ASU interim president candidates

    ALAMOSA — The community and campus staff are invited to meet the four candidates for the ASU interim president appointment at the following forums:

  • Antonito town hall closes for move

    ANTONITO — Due to the moving of the Antonito Municipal Offices to its new location, the Antonito Town Hall will be closed the week of June 11.

  • Live in the country? Know the Code of the West

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa County’s Code of the West has been in effect since 2008, but it’s not widely known by newcomers.

  • Alamosa bans fireworks sales in city

    ALAMOSA — Following up on a ban for using fireworks in the city limits, the Alamosa city council last night also passed a ban on selling them.

  • Signatures gathered for Initiative 108

    STATEWIDE — The state’s largest agriculture organization is proposing a constitutional amendment for the November general election ballot that would strengthen private property rights in the state.

  • Governor’s veto: It’s ‘premature’ to phase out required newspaper publication of county notices

    Worried about “reducing transparency” in rural Colorado communities that still lack broadband, Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have phased out the required publication of certain county financial information in newspapers.

  • Psychological evaluation scheduled in DeLuna case

    ALAMOSA — Pending a psychologist’s evaluation, District Judge Michael Gonzales on Wednesday continued cases pending against Nazzreth DeLuna, 30, who among other charges is charged with attempted first-degree murder and arson in connection with a fire last September that rendered an Alamosa residence uninhabitable.

  • SLVEC shares recycling data

    Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, the US consumes 1,500 plastic water bottles every second, with 80 percent ending up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist.

  • Adams State board approves budget, tuition

    Adams State University’s budget for fiscal year 2018-19 was approved by its board of trustees at a special meeting on Monday.

  • Fires steady in SLV; ablaze in NM, Durango

    While wildfires in the San Luis Valley are nearing containment, firefights in northern New Mexico and the Durango area are still far from over.

  • Mom in child death case sues county staff

    Krystal Voss, now known as Krystal O’Connell, 44, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday against those involved in the initial investigation of her 19-month-old son Kryan Voss’ death in 2003.

  • Updates given on area fires

    VALLEY — Friday concluded with the lightning-sparked Park Creek Fire being 95 percent contained, no new growth on any of the fires burning in the Rio Grande National Forest and smoke visible in the San Luis Valley from the 416 Fire north of Durango, which had burned more than 1,100 acres by Friday night, and the Ute Park Fire in northern New Mexico, which was estimated at 16,500 acres and 0-percent contained on Friday night.

  • Hemp History Week in the SLV

    Did you know George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams all grew hemp and actively advocated for commercial hemp production?

  • New judge search begins

    The Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at the Alamosa Combined Court on June 22 to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Twelfth Judicial District.

  • Input sought on proposed cell towers

    Divide Ranger District and Mineral County are inviting public input on a proposal to construct cell communication towers on five sites within the Rio Grande National Forest and two sites on private land within Mineral County.

  • Boutique partners with United Airlines

    Boutique Air is now a new codeshare partner with United Airlines.

  • Alamosa seeks input on homeless

    ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa will hold a community meeting for residents and businesses to provide input on homelessness in Alamosa at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 at city hall, 300 Hunt Ave

  • Park Creek Fire 80 percent contained

    SOUTH FORK — The Park Creek Fire, which ignited on Friday, May 25, was 80 percent contained by Monday evening, according to Rio Grande National Forest Public Affairs Specialist Mike Blakeman.

  • SLV wins Starburst awards

    VALLEY — The Colorado Lottery is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Starburst Awards, recognizing excellent use of lottery funds for the betterment of communities via public projects.

  • Primary Election changes shared

    VALLEY — Colorado voters approved Proposition 108 in 2016, which allows unaffiliated voters (sometimes referred to as “independent” voters) to now participate in Colorado primary elections.

  • School board takes action on De Sautell

    ALAMOSA — During the May 21st meeting of the Alamosa school board, the board approved an action item for the censuring and/or vote of no confidence regarding board member Jan De Sautell.

  • Conejos cases advance to trial

    CONEJOS —Francisco Andrade, 26, Manassa, appeared in Conejos District Court Friday for a hearing on his potential trial date on sexual assault on a child charges.

  • Special use permit clarification

    CONEJOS — Following are clarifications to special use permits pending before the Conejos Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), according to Linda DeHerrera, land use administrator:

  • County approves hemp greenhouse

    ALAMOSA — After clarifying greenhouses codes in April, Alamosa County commissioners approved their first special use permit for the installation of a commercial greenhouse for industrial hemp on Wednesday.

  • Borderlands exhibit Valley day set

    PUEBLO – Two Regional Advisory Councils of El Pomar Foundation assisted in bringing the original Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to Pueblo.

  • ASU projects 3 percent enrollment decrease, tuition and rates the same

    ALAMOSA — Undergraduate students at Adams State University can breathe a little easier knowing that they likely won’t have to pay more for their education next year.

  • Board approves teacher negotiations

    ALAMOSA — Recently, school districts across the country have been fighting for higher pay. Locally at Alamosa School District, both the board of education and the Alamosa Education Association agreed on an increased salary and additional benefits during their annual negotiations meeting.

  • AHS receives BEST grant for security improvements

    ALAMOSA — After applying to the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant program in February, the Alamosa School District Board of Education heard the news during their Monday meeting that they will receive the funds needed to upgrade Alamosa High School’s security systems.

  • Centauri High School named national ‘Model of Excellence’

    LA JARA— The SkillsUSA chapter at Centauri High School was recently named among the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally as a “Model of Excellence” recipient.

  • Fire strikes East Alamosa home

    ALAMOSA — A fire rendered an East Alamosa home uninhabitable Sunday morning.

  • Conservation fund grants announced in SLV

    VALLEY – The San Luis Valley Conservation Fund (SLVCF), a partnership between Colorado Open Lands, Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, Western Rivers Conservancy and the LOR Foundation, announced its third round of grant awards for organizations working in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

  • Costilla County battles brush fires

    COSTILLA COUNTY — The Costilla County Fire Department responded to back-to-back brush fires Thursday evening and Friday morning, with about three acres burned in the Indian Creek subdivision Thursday night and about 40 acres burned in a meadow near San Acacio on Friday.

  • RG National Forest releases draft timber salvage decision

    LA JARA – Conejos Peak District Ranger Andrea Jones has released the final environmental impact statement and draft record of decision for the CP District-wide Salvage Project.

  • Wisdom re-appointed to state board

    DENVER — Gov. Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Governor’s Venture Capital Authority.

  • Alamosa council authorizes more hours at recycling center

    ALAMOSA — Responding to area residents’ request to expand the Rickey Recycling Center’s weekend hours, the Alamosa city council this week authorized the city manager to reclassify the part-time maintenance worker position to full time.

  • Watering restrictions commence

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa residents are now under watering restrictions, which are voluntary at this point.

  • Many apply for ASU interim president

    Adams State University's interim president search committee has a lot of work on their hands to select a candidate before July 1.

  • Dry conditions prompt fire restrictions

    VALLEY — The Rio Grande National Forest and Bureau of Land Management’s San Luis Valley Field Office are initiating Stage 1 fire restrictions beginning May 21.

  • Alamosan dies in collision

    An Alamosa woman died Friday night as a result of a two-vehicle collision about four miles west of Alamosa on Highway 160.

  • School lawsuit from 1914 remembered

    The nation’s earliest victory in the war against educational segregation took place in the San Luis Valley and only recently came to light.

  • Marketing district to get Adams State intern, photo booth

    Changes are coming to Alamosa's Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Colorado Welcome Center.

  • Wolf Creek appeal declined

    The United States Forest Service has declined to appeal an order issued last May by Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch nullifying the land exchange that would provide necessary road access for the long-sought Village at Wolf Creek development.

  • Airport begins search for fixed-base operator

    With contract negotiations between Mountain View Aeromotive and Alamosa County falling through, the county is in the process of requesting proposals for a new fixed-base operator (FBO) for the general aviation portion of San Luis Valley Regional Airport.

  • Quintana death nets 12 years for Nieto

    On a felony charge associated with the January 2017 death of Marcie Quintana, 24, District Judge Michael Gonzales on Thursday sentenced Angel Nieto, 32, to 12 years in prison — plus three 30-day jail terms for contempt of court.

  • Medical Hall of Fame Class of 2018 set

    ALAMOSA — This year’s class of the Medical Hall of Fame for the San Luis Valley for 2018 does not disappoint.

  • TSJC to graduate more than 100 on Friday

    ALAMOSA – Trinidad State will award certificates and degrees to about 129 graduates at an indoor ceremony on Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at Plachy Hall on the Adams State University Campus.

  • Permits may be partial answer to parking

    ALAMOSA — Parking permits for residents could be a solution to congestion on streets near Adams State University.

  • Tuesday fire damages Alamosa apartment

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa firefighters responded to a fire at 2232 Thomas Avenue, Apartment A, one of the Alamosa Housing Authority apartments, at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8.

  • Former murder suspect gets 'fast track' sentence in theft, forgery case

    ALAMOSA — Implementing a new fast track sentencing program, District Judge Michael Gonzales on Monday accepted a plea and immediately sentenced Wilma Mason, 46, Hooper, on forgery and theft charges.

  • City may expand recycling center weekend hours

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa may expand its weekend hours at the Rickey Recycling Center.

  • Higher ed commission approves changes awarding college credit for military training

    DENVER – The Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) took action on Friday, May 4, to significantly expand the commission policy on prior learning assessment, which allows students to earn college credit for expertise outside the classroom.

  • Valley Food Co-op changes hours, will not close

    Rumors have been swirling that Valley Food Co-op is shutting its doors, though that is not the case. Instead, the cooperative's members decided during a meeting on April 29 that it would be no longer open on Sundays to cut operating costs.

  • City may seek watering restrictions

    City of Alamosa utility customers will likely be asked to voluntarily restrict water usage soon.

  • ASU closer to probation removal

    In January The Higher Learning Commission site visiting team recommended removing Adams State University from academic probation and now the Institutional Action Council concurs with the team's findings.

  • Pot bust yields 194 plants

    According to a Saguache County Sheriff’s office spokesperson, 194 mature and trimmed plants were seized from an illegal marijuana grow in the Baca Grande subdivision outside Crestone May 2, following a tip to the sheriff’s office.

  • County raising funds for new courthouse landscaping

    Though the voter approved one-cent sales tax has made the new courthouse construction and jail expansion possible, it hasn't funded the entire project.

  • Downtown designer chosen

    With an updated comprehensive plan under its belt, the city of Alamosa continued city planning with the approval Wednesday night of a firm to conduct a downtown design plan.

  • Help design KaBOOM! playground on Thursday

    The Colorado Health Foundation and the national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded the City of Alamosa with a “Build it with KaBOOM!” playground grant that will be used to build a state-of-the-art playground in Alamosa this June.

  • Cinco de Mayo event planned

    The SLV Brewing Company, Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and the City of Alamosa will present a free community block party on Saturday to celebrate local heritage through music, dance, food, drinks and good conversation.

  • Brothers die from gunfire in Conejos County

    CONEJOS COUNTY — At approximately 4 a.m. Friday, April 27, the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office was called out to the 20000 block of C.R. V where family members had discovered two young men deceased.

  • Hunger ed week offers solutions

    VALLEY — As La Puente’s Hunger Education Week wraps up, it’s time to highlight how the community came together to fight hunger not only in the Valley but worldwide.

  • SLV Health, community to send supplies to schools

    ALAMOSA — With teachers protesting for higher wages and increased school funding across the country, San Luis Valley Health has started a new program to ease the financial burden of instructors.

  • Student group to host Opioid Epidemic Summit

    ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Collegiate Farm Bureau will host the Opioid Epidemic Summit.

  • Seniors face hunger in SLV

    VALLEY — La Puente’s Hunger Education Week continues educating community members about the reality of hunger the in the San Luis Valley.

  • Residents may soon grow 24 pot plants in Alamosa County

    ALAMOSA — Though Amendment 64 allowed for patients and caregivers to grow up to 99 personal medical marijuana plants without a license, at the start of 2018 Colorado House Bill 17-1220 lowered the number to 12. Alamosa County, however, may raise that limit to 24 medical marijuana plants, which is allowed under the bill.

  • South Fork man dies in rollover crash Monday

    SOUTH FORK — South Fork resident Rex Shaw, 47, died Monday afternoon in a rollover crash on Colorado 149, approximately 4.5 miles north of South Fork.

  • Hunger advocacy

    VALLEY — As Hunger Education Week continues, La Puente is seeking to help educate the community on the many ways they can help fight hunger.

  • National Drug Take Back Day is April 28th

    VALLEY — Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. However, expired medications or unused drugs often stay in the back of cabinets for months or even years.

  • Counties support SLV Behavioral Health

    Gov. John Hickenlooper is contemplating using an out-of-state service to replace Colorado crisis service organizations.

  • Counties back hemp legislation

    After hearing a presentation from Monte Robertson of the San Luis Valley Hemp Company, the San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association unanimously voted to sign a letter addressed to Third Congressional District Representative Scott Tipton along with Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner in support of various industrial hemp legislation.

  • Alamosa joins opioid litigation

    Joining other plaintiffs including Alamosa County, the City of Alamosa unanimously decided to enter an opioid litigation against pharmaceutical companies.

  • Bustang buses to run May 1

    Bus service will begin on May 1 from Alamosa to Pueblo as part of a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) program, CDOT spokesperson Maddy Tischler Ward reported to Alamosa city council.

  • The Colorado State Patrol has no tolerance for behaviors that could spark fires

    The Colorado State Patrol is reminding residents and visitors alike that there will be zero tolerance for behaviors, whether negligent or knowing, that could spark wildfires.

  • Alamosa puts pot on the ballot — again

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa city council this week decided to place a petition-initiated marijuana issue on the 2019 ballot.

  • Hunger ed week begins

    ALAMOSA — La Puente is proud to announce the series of events for the “2018 Hunger Education Week.”

  • Real property taxpayer remedies shared

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

  • CROP Walk is Sunday

    ALAMOSA — La Puente is hosting their annual CROP Walk event this Sunday, April 22nd at 1 p.m. at Cole Park in Alamosa.

  • Body identified as Duane Lopez

    Duane Lopez, 63, was found deceased April 14 near Wild Horse Mesa.

  • Mosca man dies in rollover crash

    ALAMOSA COUNTY — Mosca resident Dylan Vittoria, 24, died late Wednesday night in a single vehicle rollover crash that had occurred on Colorado 150 in Alamosa County.

  • City approves land exchange with RV resort developers

    ALAMOSA — In a 5-1 vote with Councilman Michael Carson opposed and Councilman David Broyles absent, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday night approved a land exchange of city ranch property for private property belonging to Rio Bravo RV Resort developers.

  • Distracted driving is a killer habit

    SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO (CSP District 5) – After a recent string of fatal crashes in Southwestern Colorado, the Colorado State Patrol reminds drivers that it is imperative to pay complete attention to the only task that is important while operating a motor vehicle.

  • Intersection work to begin in DN

    DEL NORTE – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Technology Constructors, Inc. (TCI) will begin work on Monday, April 30 at the intersection of US Highway (US) 160 and CO Highway (CO) 112.

  • Accidents shut down Highway 17

    Colorado State Patrol responded to a crash involving five separate vehicles on Tuesday, and Highway 17 was closed for a time.

  • Outlook: Continuing dry conditions in SLV

    While firefighters fought wind-whipped area fires on Tuesday, water leaders received news that conditions will not be improving in the future.

  • Airport drops ABQ route, adds another to DEN

    On May 1 San Luis Valley residents will no longer be able to fly to Albuquerque International Sunport.

  • Sex assault suspect in court on Friday

    CONEJOS — Parties in the case involving Francisco Andrade, 26, Manassa, are working to resolve the matter, Public Defender Amanda Hopkins told Chief District Judge Pattie Swift during a status hearing in Conejos on Friday.

  • Old Frontier Drive-in to get makeover

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY— Mark Falcone’s vision for the Old Frontier Drive-in on Highway 285 just outside Center is expansive and infectious, creating a panorama of artistic events that will culturally enrich the Valley and tax revenue from Front Range visitors that could help boost the local economy.

  • County weighs courthouse future

    ALAMOSA — Just because Alamosa County is spending millions constructing a new courthouse doesn’t mean the old district courthouse, located at 702 Fourth Street, has stopped costing the county money.

  • Murder case awaits plea

    CONEJOS — Murder suspect Michael Robinson, 33, will likely enter a plea in district court in May, his attorney Public Defender Amanda Hopkins told Chief District Judge Pattie Swift on Thursday.

  • County hires Speights and Worrich law firm for opioid settlement

    ALAMOSA — After a work session presentation, and based on the recommendation of Alamosa County Attorney Jason Kelly, Alamosa County Commissioners moved to retain Speights and Worrich, LLC for multidistrict ligation (MDL) against opioid manufactures and distributors during their regular meeting on Wednesday.

  • Safe Routes to School selected in SLV

    VALLEY – Colorado’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is receiving $2.49 million this year for projects that enable and encourage children to walk or bicycle to and from school.

  • Costilla County enacts fire ban

    SAN LUIS — On Thursday Costilla County passed a resolution banning open fires and fireworks while there is a Red Flag Warning in effect.

  • Stop signs damaged

    ALAMOSA — Two stop signs were damaged in the northern part of Alamosa County and officials are offering a reward for information.

  • County supports college scholarship

    On Wednesday Alamosa County Commissioners voted to give the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative a $6,000 match.

  • Project will aid water data collection

    A nearly $100,000 project is in the works to help gather data more quickly to make better water decisions in the San Luis Valley.

  • Water rules case in judge's hands

    Although courtroom testimony concluded two months ago, the groundwater rules trial did not officially end until this week.

  • County adopts fire ban ordinance

    After discussing an updated draft to the Alamosa County fire ban ordinance back on March 21, county commissioners adopted the new regulations during their Wednesday meeting.

  • La Jara election awaits tiebreaker

    LA JARA — La Jara’s town election is still waiting for a tiebreaker to determine which candidate will earn one of the open seats this spring.

  • 'Heat is on' spring enforcement begins

    STATEWIDE — But in case your next spring celebration includes alcohol or marijuana, know that law enforcement will be on heightened alert to keep impaired drivers off the road.

  • Attempted murder case advances

    ALAMOSA — On Monday Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl advanced the attempted murder case of Nazzreth DeLuna, 30, to district court.

  • Teen dies in accidental shooting

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY— A 12-year-old boy from Rio Grande County underwent his first arraignment Monday, April 9, after a tragic accident that claimed his best friend’s life.

  • City sponsors Alamosa Round-UP

    ALAMOSA — Commending the Honeycutts for the positive impact Alamosa Round-UP has on the community, the Alamosa city council this week unanimously approved a $4,000 sponsorship.

  • Antonito project receives funding

    ANTONITO — Mayor Aaron Abeyta was notified this week the town’s application for state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds has been approved.

  • Hotz sentenced for daughter's death

    ALAMOSA — For every year of the childhood she will never have, District Judge Michael Gonzales on Thursday sentenced Perry Hotz, 21, to 18 years in prison for the death of his daughter Alexis, 5 1/2 months old.

  • No special election for marijuana issue

    ALAMOSA — A ballot question seeking to ban outdoor marijuana grows in Alamosa will have to wait until 2019.

  • Unaffiliated urged to vote in Primary

    VALLEY — Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams rolled out a campaign intended to help unaffiliated voters correctly fill out their ballots in the June 26 primary election.

  • City faces Broyles controversy

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa City Councilman David Broyles’ Facebook post became a topic of discussion at Wednesday night’s council meeting with two members of the public calling for his resignation, fellow councilors stating they disagreed with his post and city administration clarifying that fellow councilors could not kick him off council for it. Only the electorate who put him in office could do that, they clarified.

  • Election results:

    ANTONITO – The long-planned move of Antonito’s government from a metal building to the famed Warshauer Mansion received support in the town’s municipal election Tuesday.

  • Weapons, drugs, stolen vehicles, suspects nabbed

    VALLEY — Driving two stolen vehicles containing weapons and drugs, four suspects from the Denver area were arrested Saturday night after driving at high speeds, running motorists off the road, carjacking another vehicle at gunpoint and pulling a weapon when ultimately stopped by area authorities.

  • RG National Forest puts dead trees to use

    MONTE VISTA – Spruce beetle activity continues to decline on the Rio Grande National Forest according to 2017 aerial survey data.

  • Alamosa GOP member Facebook post creates national repercussions

    ALAMOSA — A March 30 post on the Alamosa County Republicans’ Facebook site resulted in state and national news coverage, an apology from the county party and the removal of David Broyles from local party leadership.

  • School threat not founded

    LA JARA — Conejos County Sheriff’s deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers responding to a possible threat at Centauri High School on Monday found that the threat was unfounded, according to Conejos County Undersheriff Christopher Crown.

  • City of Alamosa gives spring reminders

    ALAMOSA — Spring is here, and the Alamosa Police Department would like to remind every owner, tenant and person in possession of any real property in the city limits that the City of Alamosa Community Service Officers will be enforcing Municipal Codes specifically those dealing with weeds, trash, and noxious vegetation.

  • Valdez shares capitol update

    VALLEY – Back in the San Luis Valley to attend the Alamosa County Democrat Assembly today, State Representative Donald Valdez said he was pleased with provisions in the state budget that the House of Representatives passed 42-22 this week.

  • Easter egg hunts planned in San Luis Valley

    VALLEY — Several Easter egg hunts are planned in the San Luis Valley this weekend including some today, Saturday, as well as on Easter Sunday tomorrow, April 1.

  • Marijuana recommendations submitted

    SAGUACHE — The Saguache County Planning Commission (SCPC) last Thursday began the revision of the county’s marijuana regulations.

  • Del Norte town board candidates meet with public

    DEL NORTE—Residents of Del Norte gathered at the Rio Grande County Annex building Tuesday night to meet their 2018 spring election candidates.

  • Schlabach resigns from Monte Vista city council

    MONTE VISTA— Following what has been a contentious few months with the old versus the new, Monte Vista City Councilor Joe Schlabach has resigned, effective immediately.

  • Commissioners to hear breeding facility matter April 11

    A local dog breeding facility is one step closer to approval following a public hearing held last Tuesday for a conditional use permit.

  • City may cap temp vendor sales

    Trying to balance support for existing “brick and mortar” businesses with free enterprise, Alamosa city councilors are considering ordinance changes regarding temporary retail sales licenses.

  • TSJC will pursue nursing degree permitted under newly approved state legislation

    With the passage of legislation allowing community colleges to offer Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing, Trinidad State Junior College confirmed it will be pursuing such a degree.

  • Mosca plans community clean up event

    With a new sewer system in place, Mosca community members now hope to clean up more of the town.

  • San Luis Valley population continues to grow; Saguache increases the most

    According to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, all but nine Colorado counties grew in population from 2016 to 2017.

  • County beefs up cyber security efforts

    With no one immune from cyber attacks, Alamosa County officials recently met with WSB Computer Services President John Manesiotis to discuss ways to prevent them from happening in county government.

  • Marijuana election concerns raised

    ALAMOSA — Shanna Hobbs shared her concerns with the city council this week about pending petitions to reverse outdoor marijuana growing in the City of Alamosa.

  • Honeycutt advises county commissioners

    ALAMOSA — At the beginning of the county’s meeting on Wednesday long-time San Luis Valley resident Roy Honeycutt cautioned Alamosa County officials to avoid the marijuana pitfalls of Saguache County.

  • Saguache commissioners issue marijuana statement

    SAGUACHE– Saguache County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office and Land Use, released a statement Tuesday after recent protests by citizens regarding both legal and illegal marijuana grows in the county.

  • Irrigation seasons to begin in rest of the Valley

    VALLEY — The Division Engineer for Division 3 of the Colorado Division of Water Resources has announced that the irrigation season will begin on March 26 for irrigation structures within the following drainage areas:

  • County may update fire ban ordinance

    Winter and spring have been dry and it's likely to stay dry.

  • Triple homicide case moves forward

    More than a year after he allegedly shot three persons to death and badly injured another, Santos Nevares waived a preliminary hearing in Conejos County Court and was bound over for trial on an array of charges relating to his actions on Jan. 15, 2017.

  • Sheriff’s staff pay raises approved

    At the March 6 commissioners meeting, Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick once again addressed the issue of pay raises he scheduled for staff members that were later denied by commissioners, who said they had to be approved before going into effect.

  • Texas man hit, killed after Wolf Creek accident

    WOLF CREEK — Colorado State Patrol identified Jian Wang, 40, of Plano, Texas as the victim of a fatality on Wolf Creek Pass Thursday evening.

  • Clerk's office closed Tues.

    DEL NORTE —The Rio Grande County Clerk & Recorder’s office will be closed Tuesday, March 20 for training. The office will reopen on Wednesday, March 21, at 8 a.m. for regular business hours. Call 657-3334.

  • Conejos County escapee still at large

    CONEJOS — Lawrence Gonzales, 22, who escaped from the Conejos County Jail March 2, is still at large.

  • Prescribed burns planned

    MONTE VISTA – The San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit plans to conduct two prescribed burns this spring on the Rio Grande National Forest.

  • Saguache County officials meet

    SAGUACHE — Saguache County Commissioners meet on Tuesday, March 20, at 9 a.m. at the courthouse

  • Enjoy Family Fun Skate Night

    MONTE VISTA—The City of Monte Vista Recreation Department in conjunction with Rio Grande Prevention Partners and Communities that Care are hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Skate Night on Saturday, March 17

  • Assembly is Tuesday

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY—The Rio Grande County Republican Central Committee will be holding its County Assembly on Tuesday, March 20.

  • Irrigation seasons announced in SLV

    VALLEY — The Division Engineer for Division 3 of the Colorado Division of Water Resources has announced that the irrigation season will begin:

  • Valley low in County Health Rankings

    Douglas County ranks healthiest in Colorado and Costilla County least healthiest, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings, released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).

  • Wolf Creek crash is fatal

    A 39-year-old Texas man died Thursday evening following an accident on Wolf Creek Pass.

  • Centennial students 'standing up' to make a difference

    Fifty students at Centennial High School in San Luis participated in a slightly different approach to Wednesday’s Student Walk Out Day.

  • Ag exemption from electronic logging devices extended

    On Tuesday the Department of Transportation announced an additional 90-day extension of the agriculture exemption from the Electronic Logging Devices mandate.

  • Streamflow outlook not looking any better

    A week’s time only brought more warm weather and more bad news when Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten presented the latest streamflow forecasts on Tuesday.

  • ASU discusses goals with higher ed

    A rare campus visit from the Colorado Department of Higher Education allowed local representatives from the Adams State Board of Trustees to hash out long- and short-term goals with the department on Tuesday.

  • Nieto pleads in fatal crash

    On Monday, Angel Nieto pleaded guilty in two cases pending against him, one involving the death of his passenger in a January 16, 2017 crash on Highway 285 south of Alamosa.

  • Glow run changes to spring date

    It has been barely six months since the last Alamosa Education Foundation Glow Run but it's already time to start preparing for the next one.

  • Report shows drug felony filings up across Colorado: 12th Judicial District second

    Felony filings for drug crimes have increased over the years in not only the 12th Judicial District, but in every district throughout Colorado.

  • Marketing district awards $77,900 in grants

    ALAMOSA — Funding annual events such as Summerfest on the Rio and Early Iron, the Alamosa County Local Marketing District awarded a total of $77,900 in grants to 32 applicants during their meeting on Thursday.

  • Test batteries in smoke alarms

    VALLEY — Daylight Saving Time is this weekend and the American Red Cross reminds everyone to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead an hour.

  • Bennet, Gardner, Tipton back opioid bills

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R), along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, today introduced the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act to fund innovative approaches to combat the opioid epidemic.

  • Oakes appointed to statewide board

    DENVER — Gov. Hickenlooper on Friday appointed Chief Duane Charles Oakes of Alamosa to the Automobile Theft Prevention Board for a term expiring Feb. 1, 2024.

  • Ruben, Audrey Chavez file claim against Town of Center

    Following an incident that occurred last summer resulting in criminal charges, Ruben and Audrey Chavez have filed a notice of claim against the town of Center, naming “various town officials” as the defendants, including Mayor Herman Sisneros and Police Chief James Gowin.

  • Alamosa may see another pot question

    Alamosa may face another marijuana ballot question, this time in a special election this year.

  • Governor reappoints Newmyer-Olsen to judicial commission

    Gov. Hickenlooper on Wednesday reappointed Crista Lee Newmyer-Olsen of Mosca to serve as an attorney on the 12th Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission.

  • Future of pretrial services uncertain

    Alamosa County has been using Rocky Mountain Offender Management Systems (RMOMS) as a contractor for pretrial services, such as screenings and supervision programs, for over a year yet officials still aren't sure if it's worth the cost.

  • Officer-involved shooting suspect named

    The Alamosa County Coroner’s Office officially identified Ernesto Michel, 47, as the Alamosa man who died following an officer-involved shooting in Alamosa on February 28.

  • Air Quality Health Advisory for Smoke

    Air Quality Health Advisory for Smoke

  • Judge Swift appointed to pretrial commission

    Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice today announced the formation of the Bail Blue Ribbon Commission to address Colorado’s pretrial release practices.

  • Inmates used vents to escape

    The appointment of former Conejos County Sheriff Robert Gurule on Friday, March 2, was made bittersweet shortly afterward when he was advised that two inmates had escaped earlier from the county jail.

  • ASU Foundation, SLV Federal Bank aid university

    The Adams State University Foundation authorized a distribution of funds to help alleviate the budget gap projected by the university.

  • Officers placed on leave after fatal shooting

    On February 28, 2018 at approximately 9:47 p.m. officers of the Alamosa Police Department were dispatched to the 1400 block of W. 11th St. in reference to a threat call.

  • City receives grant to plant trees at SLV airport corridor

    The City of Alamosa Department of Parks and Recreation and the Alamosa Tree Board have received a $3,000 grant from the XCEL Energy Vegetation Management/Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) grant program for their Greening Alamosa's Airport Gateway Corridor Under Powerlines Project.

  • City Council hears updated Rio Bravo proposals

    The Alamosa City Council heard the latest updates from the developers of the proposed RV resort Rio Bravo, as well as positive and negative comments from the crowded audience in a special meeting held Wednesday evening.

  • Prescribed burns planned in northern New Mexico

    TAOS, NM — Fire managers on the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather to conduct prescribed burns sometime between February and April.

  • MV council clarifies position after Schlabach comments

    At the February 22nd Monte Vista city council meeting, interviews for city attorney candidates were held with former City Attorney Gene Farish, and current City Attorney Karen Lintott being interviewed.

  • Liquor license change mulled

    To accommodate Alamosa’s bowling alley and other similar businesses near schools, the Alamosa city council approved on first reading and scheduled for a March 7 public hearing an ordinance reducing the allowable distance from schools to establishments with hotel/restaurant liquor licenses.

  • Two rescued from icy Smith Reservoir

    BLANCA — Two Adams State University students are alive and well today, thanks to rapid action by a sheriff’s sergeant and a private citizen.

  • Business owner injured during armed robbery

    According to reports from Del Norte Police Chief Bobbi Fresquez, an armed robbery occurred at Golden Fleece Antiques, located at 570 Grande Avenue, at approximately 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19.

  • City council undecided on Rio Bravo

    Alamosa city councilors are as yet undecided on an RV resort proposal that would include a portion of the Alamosa Ranch.

  • Conejos County Sheriff Galvez resigns

    The Conejos Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has reached an agreement whereby Howard Galvez Jr. will no longer be sheriff as of March 2.

  • Motion denied in Nieto case

    District Judge Michael Gonzales on Wednesday denied a motion to exclude from trial a photograph in the vehicular homicide case against Angel Nieto, 32, whose trial is scheduled for April 9.

  • Assessment rate projected to keep dropping in Alamosa County

    Depending on one's opinion of taxes, a low residential assessment rate could be seen as good or bad news.

  • School applies for BEST security grant

    Alamosa School District has already improved security at Ortega Middle School and wishes to do the same at Alamosa High School.

  • Body identified as Brandy Bishop

    The Saguache County Sheriff’s Office has identified a female body discovered in Saguache County on February 18 as Brandy Bishop, 37, of Saguache.

  • Suspects arrested in local mail thefts

    ALAMOSA —The Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested suspects in connection with recent mail thefts.

  • Hiker finds body in Saguache County

    The Saguache County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are investigating a body discovered in the county on February 18.

  • Gillette runs for Saguache commissioner

    SAGUACHE COUNTY— Terry M. Gillette has announced his candidacy as a Republican candidate for Saguache County Commissioner.

  • ASU trustees: Budget must improve $2.7M

    ALAMOSA — Following a meeting in Denver on Thursday, the Adams State University Board of Trustees issued the following statement concerning the board’s action to deal with financial constraints at the university:

  • Valley conservation projects receive national funding

    VALLEY — Colorado Open Lands announced on Thursday that its Acequia Initiative has been awarded $1,722,000 in funding from the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and an additional $638,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado.

  • Salary increases may be affecting filings for county elected offices

    A constant stream of announcements from candidates for elected county offices across the San Luis Valley may be partially driven by a bill approved in the Colorado General Assembly in 2015.

  • Burt speaks to economic development group

    DEL NORTE — Kristi Mountain Sports Business Development Manager Raleigh Burt defied fog and snow early Tuesday morning to present an update on outdoor recreation in Colorado and the San Luis Valley to the Upper Rio Grande Economic Development group.

  • Commissioners approve pot moratorium

    After months of discussion, Saguache County Commissioners approved a 120-day moratorium on the approval of new marijuana applications until the current regulations governing how the applications are processed can be reviewed.

  • Marketing district supports RV resort

    LAMOSA — After a unanimous vote on Thursday the Alamosa County Local Marketing District Board approved sending a letter of support for the Rio Bravo RV Resort to Alamosa City Council.

  • Murder, sex assault suspects to appear Feb. 15

    CONEJOS — First appearance in district court is slated at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 for Michael John Robinson, 32.

  • Alamosa supports children's carnival

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa city councilors this week made several decisions supporting positive efforts in the community.

  • County sees growth in development

    Over the past three years construction in Alamosa County has been on the rise.

  • Superintendents from Valley join statewide school financing proposal

    During a Wednesday press conference in Denver, Colorado superintendents from across the state presented their plan to fix school funding via a new formula that changes the current distribution model.

  • Colorado AmeriCorps to help fight drug crisis

    As Colorado grapples with the opioid crisis, local communities are stepping up efforts to organize community responses.

  • Mosca sewer project on time, under budget

    Save for a few lingering items, the Mosca wastewater infrastructure improvement project is now complete and operational.

  • Q Fever alert; no human illness yet

    A number of failed pregnancies in goats at a local dairy prompted testing that confirmed the presence of Coxiella burnetii bacteria, which can cause Q Fever in humans, according to a Monday release from the San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership.

  • Super Bowl DUI enforcement begins February 2

    STATEWIDE — Sunday will crown the winner of Super Bowl LII, but some fans will find themselves losing their license, money and freedom associated with a DUI conviction.

  • Colorado traffic fatalities are up 29 percent since 2014

    STATEWIDE — Preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) indicates that traffic fatalities rose 29 percent since 2014 when 488 traffic fatalities were recorded. In 2017 there were 630 traffic fatalities in Colorado, up 4% from 2016 when 608 people died.

  • Mayor Pro Tem Hensley selected for CML post

    Alamosa Mayor Pro Tem Liz Hensley was elected to serve as the Colorado Municipal League’s secretary/treasurer.

  • Valdez, Crowder set legislative goals

    Having already sponsored multiple bills in less than a month, District 35 Sen. Larry Crowder (R) and District 62 Rep. Donald Valdez (D) continue to put their constituents first.

  • Vance tells 'rest of the story' during Monte Vista meeting

    Public Works Director Rob Vance gave a passionate defense of himself, the city and his hardworking crew at the Thursday, Jan. 18 meeting of the Monte Vista City Council.

  • Two injured in Jan. 25 accident near Center

    Lester Huseby, 63, was flown out with serious injuries on Thursday, January 25, after the 2006 GMC Envoy he was driving went off the side of Colorado 285 near Center, collided with a delineator post, came back on the roadway and ran into a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Richard Chapman, 36.

  • Cotten is first water rules trial witness

    Chief District/Water Judge Pattie Swift on Monday began a trial over groundwater rules that will affect virtually every San Luis Valley resident from farmers and ranchers to residents who drink from municipal wells.

  • Water rules trial begins Monday

    ALAMOSA — A trial over groundwater rules and regulations for the Rio Grande Basin (San Luis Valley) will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, with Chief District/Water Judge Pattie Swift presiding.

  • San Luis Valley now provides permanent drug take-back sites

    Unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands too often.

  • House lost in fire

    Costilla County firefighters responded to a house fire north of San Luis on Monday night, January 22 in which the occupants were displaced.

  • Semi rollover closes Wolf Creek

    According to reports confirmed by Sgt. Ben Stuever with the Colorado State Patrol, a semi rollover accident closed two of the three lanes of traffic on Wolf Creek Pass Wednesday morning.

  • Homeland Security vital to Valley

    ALAMOSA — Homeland Security has a presence — and a purpose — in the San Luis Valley.

  • Congress approves long-term Child Health Plan Plus funding to 2023

    On Monday, January 22, Congress approved a long-term, six-year funding extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program known as Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) in Colorado.

  • Commissioners support investment in dunes

    An analysis commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts and prepared by Cadmus Group shows that investing in the maintenance of national parks could create or support more than 2,209 jobs in Colorado, and 110,169 jobs across the country.

  • SLV county commissioners support rural Colorado in letters to legislators

    The San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association (SLVCCA) signed two different letters of support for state and federal legislation during their meeting on Monday.

  • ASU president, trustees support DACA

    ALAMOSA — The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program could potentially end this March, leaving thousands of students and workers subject to deportation.

  • Perez sentenced to 44 years for Center murder

    SAGUACHE — Jose Perez, 27, was a good-natured, hardworking boy who graduated from Center High School, finished automotive school and had a promising future, his relatives, teachers and friends testified in a lengthy video played in court during his sentencing hearing Monday.

  • Malouff sentenced

    LAMOSA — Lane Malouff, 32, was sentenced this week to eight years in the Department of Corrections (DOC) for two counts of class 4 felony tampering with a witness or victim in a 2017 case.

  • Monte business burglarized

    Tomas Alignment and Brakes and the accompanying car wash business were burglarized sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday morning this week, the third time the business has been the victim of a break in, according to family members.

  • City advances decriminalization ordinance

    Alamosa city council on Wednesday advanced an ordinance that among other changes will decriminalize most of the city code violations, at least on the first offense.

  • School lockdown is precaution

    North Conejos School District school buildings went into lockdown on Wednesday until a wanted individual was apprehended.

  • Local youth to get on-the-farm experience

    Area youth will receive hands-on farming experience thanks to local soil and water districts in cooperation with the Sargent High School FFA.

  • Police seek public help to solve robberies

    The Alamosa Police Department has received reports of three different robberies over the past three weeks and is seeking the public’s help to solve these crimes.

  • Hotz pleads to daughter's death

    ALAMOSA — Perry Hotz, 21, pleaded guilty on Friday to an added felony child abuse recklessly causing death charge in connection with the October 2016 death of his daughter, 5 1/2 months old.

  • County gets earful on marijuana issue

    SAGUACHE — It was standing room only again in the commissioners’ room at the courthouse Tuesday as over 70 people, spilling out into the courthouse lobby, came to register complaints regarding underfunding and understaffing of the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office and illegal pot grows.

  • Saguache asks Center for police coverage

    CENTER — At the Center Town Board meeting Tuesday, Saguache Town Clerk Iris Garcia and trustee Timothy Chittum appeared before the board to request an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) with the town to provide Saguache with a patrol officer.

  • Creede has several seats open

    CREEDE— The Creede Town Board of Trustees has three seats open for election this coming April and petitions are available until Jan. 22.

  • MV finance director presents concerns

    MONTE VISTA— The city of Monte Vista is plagued with improper use of resources, misspending, nepotism and unethical conduct, according to allegations made by City Finance Director Heather Hixson when she presented her end of year report to the newly elected city council on Thursday, Jan. 4.

  • Alamosa takes LEAD in rehabilitation

    The City of Alamosa, Alamosa County, Center for Restorative Programs, and the District Attorney’s Office are excited to announce the award of a grant through the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and their Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) to implement a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program within the City and County of Alamosa.

  • City closer to court reform ordinance

    Courthouse rules are changing in Alamosa.

  • DN firefighter injured Wed.

    SOUTH FORK — Del Norte Firefighter Adelmo “Demo” Trujillo was injured Wednesday morning at a fire at the Kawasaki dealership in South Fork.

  • Roundtable aids conservation

    ALAMOSA — Water leaders helped conserve two area ranches on Tuesday.

  • Alamosa vehicle fire deemed arson

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Police Department is investigating a Monday evening vehicle fire in the 2100 block of Thomas Avenue as arson, according to Alamosa Fire Chief Don Chapman.

  • Blanca trustee seats up for election in April

    BLANCA — Blanca will hold an election for three trustees on April 3.

  • A look at San Luis Valley Reservoirs: Part 2

    VALLEY — There are hidden treasures in the San Luis Valley, and most of them have something to do with water.

  • Colorado reacts to 'Cole Memo' rescission

    DENVER — The Department of Justice’s announcement on Thursday of its plan to rescind the “Cole Memo” drew similar reactions across party lines from within Colorado, one of the states affected by the Cole Memo — Colorado will uphold the will of its citizens who voted to legalize marijuana.

  • C&TSRR finishes strong in 2017

    ANTONITO — Ridership on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad jumped 7 percent in 2017 vs. 2016 with a total of 38,016 people riding the historic steam train that travels between Antonito and Chama, NM.

  • County considers drug company litigation

    Alamosa County may join other counties across the country in a multidistrict litigation against pharmaceutical manufactures and distributors.

  • Man charged for attempted murder in Alamosa shooting Friday

    On Friday, Dec. 29 at about 12:56 p.m. the Alamosa Police Department Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the vicinity of the 1100 block of Railroad Avenue.

  • Suspect sought in Maurices robbery

    On Thursday, Dec. 28 at about 7:54 p.m. the Alamosa Police Department Officers received a report of an armed robbery that occurred at Maurices clothing store, 3304 Clark Street, located at the Cottonwood Mall in Alamosa.

  • City to take up court changes

    Sending fewer people to jail — and making that less of an option to begin with — is one of the goals for the Alamosa city council decriminalizing municipal offenses.

  • Lower flags for officer killed on duty

    Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings until sunset Tuesday, Jan. 2, in honor of Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish.

  • Local contractors chosen for workforce program

    The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced the Colorado Works Subsidized Training and Employment Program (CW STEP), an interagency collaborative program connecting Coloradans facing significant barriers to employment with job opportunities.

  • State releases marijuana sales report

    VALLEY — This month the Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR) began releasing statewide historical marijuana sales data from January 2014 to the present and will release monthly reports going forward on the seventh business day of every month.

  • DUI stats shared

    STATEWIDE – New statistics from the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) indicate 96 percent of impaired driving suspects have their driver licenses revoked, regardless of whether they are ever convicted of a DUI in court.

  • Homelessness increases in Colorado

    STATEWIDE — Homelessness crept up in Colorado according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • State provides review of census estimates

    DENVER –The Census Bureau released their July 2017 population estimates and the State Demography Office provides the following review:

  • Failed liquor compliance checks cause for concern

    Recent failed liquor license compliance checks raised concern among Alamosa city councilors during their final 2017 meeting.

  • Hearing set in February for triple homicide

    Santos Nevares, suspected of shooting three people to death Jan. 15, has been slated for a preliminary hearing February 13 and 14.

  • Crimes net 21 years for Bailon

    Referring to his extensive criminal history, District Judge Michael Gonzales sentenced Joseph Bailon, 39, to 21 years in prison on felony escape, menacing and possession of a weapon by a previous offender charges.

  • Dunes entrance goes up Jan. 1

    SAND DUNES — After completing a thorough public involvement process, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve will increase its entrance fees on January 1, 2018 in order to align with the National Park Service fee rate schedule and help fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park.

  • ATM stolen in La Jara

    LA JARA — Investigation is continuing into the theft of an ATM machine from the Guadalupe Credit Union offices over the past weekend.

  • Saguache County residents rally to support sheriff

    SAGUACHE— After learning last week Saguache County could lose its sheriff and several deputies if basic sheriff’s office needs are not met by commissioners, Saguache citizens crowded into the commissioners meeting room and overflowed into the courthouse lobby to express their concerns Tuesday.

  • New grows approved

    SAGUACHE — On Dec. 14 the Saguache Planning Commission met and approved four new marijuana applications during its monthly meeting. Commissioners will now have to review the applications.

  • Esquibel receives prison sentence

    Telling the judge, “I see better now with one eye than I ever did with two,” Cristo Esquibel, 37, said he hoped his appearance for sentencing in court on Thursday would his last.

  • Cooper to serve 12 years on McBride, robbery cases

    It was not so much his actions surrounding the death of Dale Floyd McBride last summer but his actions while he was released on bond awaiting sentencing this fall that earned Devin Cooper, 20, a 12-year prison sentence on Thursday.

  • County certifies mill levies

    Following the adoption of the Alamosa County budget on Dec. 6, the county commissioners certified the mill levies for 2018 on Wednesday.

  • Preparations begin for 2018 murder trial

    Attorneys are working their way through legal motions and logistics for the February trial for Perry Hotz, 21, charged with the October 2016 death of his 5 1/2-month-old daughter.

  • Jail will add medical staff

    In the recently approved Alamosa county budget for 2018 the sheriff's department was allocated funds to hire a medical assistant for the jail.

  • Saguache sheriff still shorthanded

    SAGUACHE — Saguache Sheriff Dan Warwick says his jail is still overcrowded and despite hiring a new deputy he is still missing about half the staff he needs to run the sheriff’s office with maximum efficiency and safety.

  • Dec. 7 fuel tanker accident turns fatal

    Brian Inglis, 32, of Monument, who was involved in a two-vehicle crash east of Alamosa on December 7 passed away on December 11 at 11:50 a.m. at Parkview.

  • Poncha Pass brush fire put out

    The Northern Saguache County Fire Protection District volunteer firefighters were paged out at 12:16 p.m. on Monday to a wildland fire approximately four miles south of the summit of Poncha Pass.

  • Council interviews begin tonight

    Alamosa city councilors tonight will have the opportunity to interview and select the candidate from among a dozen applicants who will fill new Mayor Ty Coleman’s at-large vacancy.

  • Longmont teen dies in car crash

    A Longmont teen died Monday afternoon when her car rolled down a steep embankment on Highway 160 west of South Fork.

  • Adams State trustees approve fiscal contingency plan criteria

    ALAMOSA — Adams State University Board of Trustees are one step closer to finalizing their contingency plan to get the institution back on track fiscally.

  • Bus service arriving ahead of schedule

    VALLEY — Regular bus service from Alamosa to Pueblo will arrive next May courtesy of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) which has received grant money for rural areas from the Federal Transit Administration.

  • Pot clubs on city agenda

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa city council meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at city hall, 300 Hunt Ave. Agenda items include budget amendment, first reading on ordinance prohibiting marijuana consumption clubs in the city limits and stipulation agreements for liquor compliance check violations.

  • Trustees approve naming of First Southwest Bank Center for Economic Opportunity

    ALAMOSA — The Board of Trustees for Adams State University approved naming of the new First Southwest Bank Center for Economic Opportunity at its regular meeting on campus, December 15.

  • CDOT begins drilling operations near Center

    CENTER — Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be performing drilling operations along Colorado Highway (CO) 112 near Center next week.

  • Del Norte Bank donates to Mineral County lunch program

    CREEDE—The Del Norte Bank has been in the Creede area for almost a year now, bringing not only banking services to the community, but also making a difference as they go.

  • Governor appoints Supreme Court judge

    DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday announced the appointment of Melissa Hart to the Colorado Supreme Court.

  • Boettcher Foundation awards Valley nonprofits

    VALLEY — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $615,000 in capital grants to 15 nonprofit organizations that are working to support Colorado communities including two in the San Luis Valley.

  • After Center school closure, public health responds to outbreak questions

    VALLEY – Community members can be reassured that an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that caused Center Consolidated School District to cancel school on Tuesday is not cause for major concern.

  • Colorado Open Lands launches Acequia Initiative Project

    SAN LUIS - Colorado Open Lands announced continued support from The Trinchera Blanca Foundation to protect historic water rights and increase awareness of conservation across the San Luis Valley.

  • Candidate Hixson withdraws

    ALAMOSA — Heather Hixson announced on Friday that she was rescinding her request to be considered for the open seat on the Alamosa city council created by the election of Councilman Ty Coleman to mayor.

  • GOCO funds Inspire grant

    ALAMOSA — GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) Inspire! awarded $868,805 to Alamosa to promote outdoor activities for youth, City of Alamosa Parks and Recreation Director Andy Rice informed the Alamosa city council this week.

  • Daniels Fund assists facility

    ALAMOSA – The City of Alamosa announced on Friday that it has received a $50,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its Multi-Purpose Pavilion/Ice Rink Project.

  • County receives DOLA grant for jail

    ALAMOSA — After applying for a competitive Department of Local Affairs grant in August, Alamosa County found out on Thursday that they will receive $648,740 to go towards the detention center expansion and remodeling.

  • CDA announces Colorado’s 2017 CDA-approved certified hemp seed varieties

    VALLEY — The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is announcing that four industrial hemp seed varieties have passed the statewide THC validation and observation trial and are now eligible to be grown by the Colorado Seed Growers Association for production of “CDA Approved Certified Seed.”

  • Conflict arises in city council seat vacancy

    ALAMOSA — One of the new Alamosa city council’s first tasks will be filling the vacancy created by Councilman Ty Coleman’s election to the mayor’s seat.

  • Rust killer convicted, sentenced

    SAGUACHE — After deliberating for several hours, a jury empaneled to decide the fate of Charles M. Gonzales in the death of Michael D. Rust in 2009 returned a verdict at 1:20 p.m. Thursday afternoon of guilty on all counts.

  • 1st Stop robber recieves probation, treament conditions

    District Judge Michael Gonzales on Wednesday gave Jeremiah Kennedy, 24, probation for a March robbery at 1st Stop and subsequent assault on a detention center officer.

  • Alamosa County commissioners adopt 2018 budget

    After reviewing the preliminary numbers throughout the fall, Alamosa County Commissioners adopted the budget for 2018 at yesterday's meeting.

  • Rust murder trial now in jury's hands

    The defense rested its case Wednesday in the Charles M. Gonzales trial, and after a lengthy consultation with the judge the prosecution and defense attorneys presented closing arguments in the afternoon.

  • Inmate: Gonzales admits to killing

    SAGUACHE — During testimony in the trial of Charles Gonzales for the murder of Mike Rust Monday, a fellow inmate told 12th Judicial District Attorney Crista Newmyer-Olsen that Gonzales described murdering a man and transporting his body for burial.

  • Alamosa airport aims for 10,000 passengers

    ALAMOSA — Business at the San Luis Valley Regional Airport is better than ever before, but it could improve.

  • Process begins for February murder trial

    ALAMOSA — Although not scheduled until February, witnesses are being nailed down for the trial against Perry Hotz, 21, who is charged with the 2016 death of his 5 1/2-month-old daughter.

  • Restitution total is still issue in city embezzlement case

    ALAMOSA — Restitution amounts are still being negotiated in an embezzlement case involving former Alamosa City Finance Director Amanda McDonald, 41.

  • RGSO offering concealed weapons course Dec. 15-16

    DEL NORTE—A concealed weapons firearms training course will be offered by the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office on December 15 and 16.

  • Alamosa police seek suspect in AHS theft

    ALAMOSA — On Friday, December 1 at approximately 9:31 p.m. an unidentified male subject wearing dark clothing and a ski mask entered the Alamosa High School during a basketball tournament.

  • Alamosa Christmas dinner will be held in new location

    All are invited to the 2017 Free Community Christmas Dinner on Monday, December 25th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a new location, the Columbus Home Association Event Center.

  • Barton sentenced on attempted sex assault charge

    Calling his actions sickening and “absolutely disgusting” but giving him credit for voluntarily obtaining treatment in the last year, District Judge Michael Gonzales on Monday sentenced Jonathan Barton, 45, to 90 days jail and five years probation on a felony attempted sexual assault on a child charge.

  • Father testifies in murder trial

    SAGUACHE — Day three of the Charles M. Gonzales trial for the murder of mountain bike enthusiast Michael Rust began with the lengthy testimony of Gonzales’s father, Guadalupe “Lupe” Gonzales, concerning his son’s activities before and after Rust’s disappearance.

  • Thirteen seek open city seat

    ALAMOSA — According to Alamosa City Clerk Holly Martinez, 13 Alamosans have turned in letters of interest for the at-large vacancy on the Alamosa city council that opened up when Councilman Ty Coleman was elected mayor.

  • Water trial postponed

    With the lead attorney not able to be in two places at once, the state engineer asked the water court to delay the start of a multi-week trial scheduled in January regarding proposed groundwater rules for the San Luis Valley.

  • Bustos dies in jail in Alamosa

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa resident Mark Christopher Bustos, 51, died at the Alamosa County Detention Facility on Saturday.

  • Dunes seeks vendor applications

    SAND DUNES — Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is accepting Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) applications and proposals from businesses interested in firewood sales, and incidental visitor services such as the sale of sunscreen, insect repellent, limited camping supplies and vended beverages.

  • Neighbors help each other during fire

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa and Monte Vista firefighters battled a hay fire for several hours on Sunday afternoon on the 101 and 10 South.

  • No identification yet on human remains

    SAN LUIS — The Costilla County Sheriff is still waiting for identification of human remains found by some young hunters Saturday, Sept. 9.

  • Saguache County residents share marijuana concerns

    SAGUACHE COUNTY — Many of those opposed to the approval of the statewide marijuana initiative that first legalized grow operations in the Valley are putting their heads together and coming to the conclusion that not only is a moratorium needed in Saguache County — it is essential to the county’s economic survival.

  • Hunter dies in accidental shooting

    SAGUACHE COUNTY – An Arizona man hunting near the Gunnison County line in the Blue Park area of Saguache County died last week when a 17-year-old female traveling with his hunting party accidentally discharged her gun while pursuing an elk.

  • Brian Cooper not sentenced for McBride murder

    ALAMOSA — With the charges dismissed earlier this fall related to his involvement in the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride homicide, Brian Cooper, 25, was sentenced on Monday to five years supervised probation on two felony cases, one involving a 2015 drug distribution case, and one involving menacing associated with a 2016 “bounty hunting” case.

  • Out-going mayor casts dissenting vote on contract

    In one of his final votes as Alamosa mayor, Josef Lucero voted against a contract with Advantage Treatment Centers, Inc. (ATC) for municipal offender services.

  • Old school to see new life in south Alamosa

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa’s long-time Head Start building will once again house students.

  • FS appeals judge's decision on Village at Wolf Creek

    VALLEY — The U.S. Forest Service is challenging a federal judge’s ruling from earlier this year that its Rio Grande office’s approval of the Village at Wolf Creek was steeped in “predictive bias” and was “contrary to law.”

  • Del Norte School prepares for next steps

    DEL NORTE— Del Norte Superintendent Chris Burr and a team of local residents, staff members and school board members are getting ready to make the next step in a long process in building Del Norte a new school.

  • Access permit applications for late season accepted

    MONTE VISTA — In cooperation with the USFWS, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has secured permitted access to Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge, allowing hunters to access it during specific big game seasons for elk.

  • Broadband coming to Saguache County

    SAGUACHE COUNTY — San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (SLVREC) members in Saguache County received postcards last week announcing that the big day has finally arrived — they can access high-speed Internet directly from their electric provider at an affordable price.

  • Council must fill vacancy

    With newly elected Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman’s at-large seat on council becoming vacant when he takes his oath of office next month, the Alamosa city council is accepting letters of interest from those wishing to fill the remainder of his term.

  • Recount in Ward 2

    After waiting eight days to collect lagging votes, the new unofficial count for Alamosa City Councilor Ward 2 is 335 votes for incumbent Kristina Daniel and 336 for David Broyles.

  • Water projects vary from dam to dynamite

    Proposed water projects in the San Luis Valley literally span from one end of the Valley to the other — dam improvements at Mountain Home Reservoir southeast of Fort Garland to a pipeline at the Mineral County Fairgrounds in Creede.

  • Esquibel pleads in McBride case

    ALAMOSA — Cristo Esquibel, 37, pleaded guilty on Monday to felony conspiracy to commit first-degree assault for his part in the June 23, 2016 death of Dale Floyd McBride, 52.

  • RES completes solar project for SLV Rural Electric

    SAGUACHE COUNTY — Renewable Energy Systems (RES) announced that it has completed construction of the Penitente Solar Project, a 3-MW installation in Saguache County providing power to the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (SLVREC).

  • Johnston update shared

    CREEDE—The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners heard from Sheriff Fred Hosselkus on the recent missing persons case during the monthly meeting on Nov. 6.

  • Forest plan meetings held

    VALLEY— Rio Grande Forest officials hosted meetings this past week to answer questions and concerns pertaining to the recently released forest plan revision draft document.

  • Five Valley school districts drop in accreditation

    While most San Luis Valley school districts have positive accreditation statuses, five districts were downgraded, according to accreditation statuses released by Colorado Department of Education on Wednesday.

  • Wolf Creek Ski Area Meadow Lift Project approved

    Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas recently signed a decision notice approving the Wolf Creek Ski Area Meadow Lift Development Project.

  • MV defeats marijuana

    Monte Vista voters on Tuesday soundly defeated a measure seeking permission to allow marijuana facilities in the city limits.

  • Valley school board races decided on Tuesday

    Several contested school board elections were settled during Tuesday’s election in the San Luis Valley.

  • School bonds pass

    Both bond ballot measures to provide matching funds for BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grants to build new school facilities passed in the Del Norte and Mountain Valley school districts on Tuesday.

  • Alamosa recieves DOLA grant

    The City of Alamosa has been awarded a $100,000 DOLA Energy and Mineral Impact Grant to assist with the Downtown Master Design and Preliminary Engineering Plan.

  • Bus service to Pueblo coming in 2018

    VALLEY— Regular bus service from Alamosa to Pueblo will arrive next July courtesy of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) which has received grant money for rural areas from the Federal Transit Administration.

  • ACLU report plays into judicial search process

    As the City of Alamosa takes applications for a new municipal judge, the city council is trying to determine what kind of judge it wants to succeed Judge Daniel Powell on the bench.

  • Robinson's hearing continued in murder case

    Multiple defense requests for information for the sixth time delayed the preliminary hearing for murder suspect Michael John Robinson, 32.

  • Specialty crop grants awarded

    Twelve grants totaling over $600,000 have been awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Specialty Crops Program.

  • Moffat school library receives grant

    The Moffat School District Library is pleased to announce it has received for the fifth year, a grant in the amount of $3,500.00 from the Colorado State Library through the State Grants to Libraries Act.

  • Woodward dies in crash

    Linda Woodward, 73, of La Jara was killed Sunday afternoon in a fiery crash on I-70 near Grand Junction.

  • Emergency exercise set

    On Wednesday, November 8, local law enforcement and first responders — Alamosa Police Department, Alamosa Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Adams State University Police Department, Alamosa Fire Department and Alamosa EMS — will participate in a joint operation involving a Mass Shooting Exercise at the San Luis Valley Regional Airport, 2501 State Avenue, Alamosa.

  • SLV ramps up flu surveillance

    Public health and healthcare providers are collaborating to investigate and monitor a novel case of influenza.

  • Trial set in former undersheriff case

    A three-day jury trial for former Costilla County Undersheriff Andrew Espinoza, 40, is set to begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4.

  • Hospice month celebrated

    November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and Hospice del Valle is reaching out to raise awareness about the hospice and palliative care that is being provided in the San Luis Valley.

  • SLV Big Band concert is salute to veterans Nov. 4

    As Veterans Day nears, the SLV Big Band will once again perform a concert dedicated to all veterans.

  • Irrigation season ends November 1

    VALLEY — The Division Engineer for Division 3 of the Colorado Division of Water Resources has announced that the irrigation season will end on November 1 for all irrigation structures within the San Luis Valley

  • SLV Health to receive Willis Fassett, Jr. Award

    ALAMOSA — San Luis Valley Health’s long-standing support of Adams State University takes many forms, from helping to educate future nurses and providing internships to funding scholarships and providing medical services.

  • SLV represented in Latino Hall of Fame

    DENVER – The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver inducted the second class of honorees into the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame on Friday evening, Oct. 27.

  • Saguache hosts Victim's Advocate Academy

    SAGUACHE—The Saguache County Sheriff’s Office Victim’s Advocate group invites all interested county residents to attend the Victim’s Advocate Academy Nov. 13-14 to be held at Joyful Journey Hot Springs in the conference room.

  • DN school bond committee meets with public

    DEL NORTE—Community members and business owners gathered in Del Norte on Oct. 18 to hear from the Del Norte School District Bond Committee.

  • Alamosa County resurrects airport advisory board

    After being grounded for nine months, the San Luis Valley Regional Airport Board takes off again.

  • Cooper sentenced for murder

    “Your attorney asked for a sentence that would give you a glimmer of hope. Quite frankly Mr. Cooper, I don’t think you deserve that,” District Judge Michael Gonzales told Lonnie Cooper, 44, when he sentenced him on Wednesday to 62 years in the Department of Corrections for the June 23, 2016 murder of Floyd Dale McBride, 52, and a 2015 drug charge.

  • Stand Up Colorado will bring relationship violence awareness to the San Luis Valley

    It is vital to have awareness and commitment from the community when it comes to relationship violence.

  • Ballots, issues are in voters' hands

    Ballots are out, and San Luis Valley voters have several big decisions to make, with ballot questions ranging from marijuana to new school buildings.

  • City approves newest park

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa’s newest park will be in the Montana Azul Subdivision, an area on south Craft Drive with many families but no nearby park.

  • USDA grants new First Southwest Bank Center for Economic Opportunity at ASU

    ALAMOSA — The new First Southwest Bank Center for Economic Opportunity at Adams State University will be opening its doors in January of 2018 and is focused on community based strategic planning and trainings to promote local business startups, and thereby improve job creation, job retention, and local income levels.

  • Judge hears murder case motion

    ALAMOSA — Appearing before District Judge Michael Gonzales on Friday, attorneys argued a motion to suppress statements made about a year ago by Perry Hotz, 21, charged with murder in connection to the death of his 5 1/2-month-old daughter.

  • ASU financials cause concern

    ALAMOSA — Low enrollment and low state funding means Adams State University is not as financially sound as it once was.

  • Slope & barrier repair set for CO 17

    ANTONITO — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) started slope work operations earlier this week along Colorado Highway (CO) 17, 10 miles west of Antonito in Conejos County

  • No reduced bond in vehicular homicide

    CAPULIN — DeShon Martinez, 20, charged in connection with a vehicle-pedestrian fatality in Capulin Sept. 23, appeared before Conejos County Judge Kim Cortez Monday to seek a bond reduction.

  • Man advised on sex assault charges

    CONEJOS COUNTY — It is Safe2Tell and a Conejos County child did just that.

  • Murder codefendant gets 16 years

    ALAMOSA — “You didn’t shoot Mr. McBride, but you might as well have signed his death warrant by not helping him,” District Judge Michael Gonzales told Kelvin Ruybal, 35, when he sentenced him on Wednesday to 16 years in prison on a second-degree kidnapping charge related to the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride murder.

  • Alamosa faces city budget critique

    ALAMOSA — After responding to questions and critiques from candidate David Broyles during the City of Alamosa budget hearing Wednesday night, the Alamosa city council approved its $21.8 million budget for 2018.

  • Tu Casa answers domestic violence myths

    VALLEY — This year October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the 30th year.

  • Candidates speak on Alamosa issues

    Candidates for Alamosa mayor and city council during a forum this week at city hall addressed a variety of questions ranging from crime to cooperation.

  • PERA proposal could help, hurt schools

    Colorado's Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is facing a funding crisis and is looking for help.

  • Opioid forum scheduled

    Communities That Care wants as many people as possible to participate in their substance abuse forum next week in order to move residents to action

  • RG Basin water efforts ongoing

    Efforts continue in the Rio Grande Basin to manage one of its most vital resources — water.

  • Medano changes hands

    The Nature Conservancy in Colorado and the Rio Grande Water Conservation District on Tuesday announced the transfer of a portion of the Medano Ranch.

  • Candidates asked about economic development

    Using a phrase from Alamosa Mayor Josef Lucero’s reelection campaign signs, audience members at a city candidate forum Monday night asked the mayor and his opponent fellow City Councilor Ty Coleman how they have moved Alamosa forward and how they have personally supported economic development in Alamosa.

  • Marketing board declines interim director offer

    ALAMOSA — Though relations between The Alamosa County Local Marketing District Board and San Luis Valley Development Resources Group have mended, the board decided to decline SLVDRG Executive Director Kevin Wilkins’ offer to serve as interim director.

  • Defense seeks expert in murder case

    SAN LUIS — A 10-day trial set to begin last week for Carol Carpenter, 70, Blanca, was on the docket until the defense entered a motion to pause the trial until another expert could be retained.

  • Alamosa addresses ACLU concerns

    ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa has already addressed some of the concerns raised in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report on the Alamosa Municipal Court, city staff told Alamosa city councilors during a Wednesday evening work session.

  • County projects constrict budget

    ALAMOSA — With multiple projects in progress Alamosa County currently has a lot on its plate for 2018.

  • County approves day care, Amish furniture store

    Two new businesses will soon provide Alamosa County a shopping venue and a place to watch your kids while you shop.

  • SLV on track to meet downstream debt

    ALAMOSA — With the irrigation season nearly over, curtailments on Rio Grande irrigators are practically nil, while curtailments on irrigators on the Conejos River system are at 38 percent to make sure Colorado meets its Rio Grande Compact obligation to downstream states.

  • Action 22 honorees include two from the Valley

    PUEBLO — Approximately 125 people attended the Action 22 State of the State Summit and Dinner with Legislators last Friday at the Center for American Values and The Waterfront restaurant in historic downtown Pueblo.

  • Two die in shooting

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — The Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the October 6 shooting deaths of Leonard Leyba, 45, and Frank Leyba, 19, according to a statement released on Monday by Sheriff Brian Norton.

  • Election forum set Monday

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa voters will decide marijuana questions and mayoral/council candidates in the election next month.

  • Court postponed, judge to review ACLU report with city

    VALLEY — At the request of Alamosa/Monte Vista Municipal Judge Daniel Powell, court dockets this week in Alamosa and for two Tuesdays in Monte Vista have been canceled, with all cases to be continued to a later date.

  • Forest plan public meetings planned

    MONTE VISTA — Rio Grande National Forest will hold four public meetings concerning the draft forest plan and environmental impact statement during the first two weeks of November.

  • Accessory plea entered in McBride homicide

    By giving the wrong person a ride on the morning of June 23, 2016, David Silvas became an unwitting accomplice to murder.

  • Shannon Cooper sentenced on drug case

    ALAMOSA — Although the case tying her to the Floyd Dale McBride murder was dismissed, Shannon Cooper, 35, was sentenced on Tuesday to 4 1/2 years in Community Corrections on a felony charge of introducing contraband (drugs) into the jail.

  • District enrollment projected to increase

    ALAMOSA — Though Alamosa School District’s October head count is nine students lower than last year, the Colorado Department of Education projects an increase of 47.2 students.

  • Ruybal pleads in McBride case

    ALAMOSA — Kelvin Ruybal, 34, Manassa, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony second-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride murder.

  • President, governor order flags lowered for Las Vegas victims

    Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday ordered flags be lowered to half-staff immediately to honor the victims of the attack in Las Vegas and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

  • Judge revokes Nieto's bonds

    District Judge Michael Gonzales on Monday morning revoked and instituted new bonds in cases against Angel Nieto, 31, who faces charges in multiple cases including a vehicular homicide case.

  • Marketing district seeks interim director

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa County Marketing District Board has a few tough choices ahead of them that could impact the fate of the organization.

  • Rostad gets 24 years for uncle's death

    MESITA —George Richard Rostad, 45, accused of shooting and killing his uncle, Randolph Thatcher on June 23, 2015 in Mesita, will spend 24 years in prison and five years of mandatory parole

  • Forest plan up for comment

    MONTE VISTA – Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas on Thursday announced the availability of the draft Rio Grande National Forest revised land management plan (forest plan) and the accompanying draft environmental impact statement for a 90-day public review and comment period.

  • SF police chief running for sheriff

    SOUTH FORK— South Fork Police Chief Don McDonald has announced that he plans to run for the Rio Grande County Sheriff position in November of 2018.

  • Senator Bennet pushes for funding extensions of health programs

    Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statements in support of extending funding for three health programs that are critical to Coloradans.

  • Tipton issues statement on tax reform

    Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) issued the following statement after the House Republican Conference unveiled the United Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code:

  • County might drop pretrial services

    Due to budget issues and a lack of communication, Alamosa County Jail may be abandoning Rocky Mountain Offender Management Systems (RMOMS) as a contractor for pretrial services.

  • Claunch injured in semitrailer crash

    PUEBLO — Alfred Claunch, 69, La Jara, was transported to Pueblo with injuries after the semitrailer of hay he was driving crashed and caught fire early Friday morning, Sept. 22, on Interstate 25 about 20 miles south of Pueblo.

  • Saturday crash kills pedestrian

    CAPULIN — La Jara resident Juanita Martinez, 45, died in a vehicle/pedestrian collision on Saturday night just north of Capulin on Colorado Highway 15.

  • Olguin sentenced in McBride death

    ALAMOSA — More for what she did not do than what she did, Naomi Olguin, 22, was sentenced to four years in Community Corrections on Monday for her part in the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride homicide.

  • Alamosa invites public to budget discussion

    ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa is hosting a community meeting on September 27 at 6 p.m. at Alamosa Family Rec Center, 2222 Old Sanford Road, to review and receive comments from the public regarding the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2018.

  • HOPE week begins

    ALAMOSA — La Puente is hosting its annual Homeless Outreach and Prevention Education (HOPE) week, which starts this Monday, September 25th and runs through Sunday, October 1st.

  • Bennet office accepting applications for military academy nominations

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet invites students to apply for a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy for the class entering in 2018.

  • Walmart gives grant to SLV food banks

    ALAMOSA — As part of Walmart’s commitment to fight hunger in Colorado, the Walmart Foundation invited local nonprofits with hunger relief programs to apply for grants of between $25,000 and $200,000 last May.

  • Case dropped on murder codefendant

    ALAMOSA — Although still facing prison time on unrelated charges, Brian Cooper, 25, Alamosa will no longer be prosecuted for his alleged part in the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride homicide.

  • Marijuana moratoriums to be extended

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa city councilors on Wednesday night unanimously decided to extend temporary moratoriums on marijuana consumption clubs and manufactured homes in the city limits and passed on first reading an ordinance placing a temporary moratorium on medical and retail marijuana establishments, should voters approve them in November.

  • New witnesses may delay trial

    Although some of the defendants in the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride murder case have already pleaded, the case of Kelvin Ruybal, 34, is still moving forward towards an October trial.

  • Inmate dies in Alamosa County Jail

    The Alamosa County Sheriff's Office is reporting an "in custody death," which occurred in the Detention Facility on Sunday.

  • Village at Wolf Creek appeal denied

    DENVER — On September 14, a federal court again rejected pleas by the Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture and the Forest Service to allow the controversial Village at Wolf Creek to go forward.

  • Hearing set in Romeo homicide

    CONEJOS — A preliminary hearing has been set at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 for Michael John Robinson, 32, who faces seven counts in connection with the suspected murder of his step-grandfather, James H. Sprouse, 77, sometime between June 3 and 12, 2016.

  • Vialpando's killer sent to prison

    PUEBLO — Leo Montoya, 24, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday for the Sept. 2, 2015 shooting death of Isaiah Vialpando, 20.

  • Bat tests positive for rabies in SLV

    SAGUACHE COUNTY – A bat in Saguache County tested positive for rabies this week. Fortunately, the individual who found the bat was able to contact local public health and have the animal tested before any persons or pets were exposed to the deadly virus.

  • Tourism sees revenue boost

    ALAMOSA — Reflecting more hotels and the associated revenue from guests staying in them, the Alamosa County Marketing District’s fund balance is increasing.

  • Pueblo man dies in ATV accident

    COSTILLA COUNTY — A Pueblo man was killed on Wednesday afternoon in an ATV accident in Costilla County.

  • Airport runway closes tomorrow

    ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Regional Airport runway will close on Saturday, September 16th at 7 a.m. until an anticipated reopening prior to 11 p.m. the same day.

  • ‘Best of Alamosa’ voting starts today

    ALAMOSA– Voting in the annual “Best of Alamosa County” survey begins today with the first of three insertions of the official ballot in today’s copies of the Valley Courier distributed in Alamosa County.

  • Neighbors share La Puente concerns

    ALAMOSA — In a community meeting Wednesday evening at La Puente’s outreach office, south side neighbors shared frustrations about the impact of La Puente’s shelter home in the neighborhood.

  • Cold spring, heavy rain helped Alamosa mosquito district

    ALAMOSA — With colder temperatures right around the corner, mosquito control can now hibernate until the spring.

  • Sex assault cases move through court

    DEL NORTE — Two of four defendants in a South Fork child sex assault case are scheduled for first appearances in court on September 20 and a third is scheduled for motions hearing on October 5.

  • Hunters find human remains

    COSTILLA COUNTY — On September 9th, Sgt. Paul Quintana with the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office in recovering human remains discovered by hunters in Huerfano County near the Costilla County line, Costilla County Undersheriff Ricky Rodriguez stated in a release on Monday.

  • Bear in Alamosa is euthanized

    ALAMOSA – A bear that has been roaming a neighborhood on the north side of Alamosa during the last two weeks was euthanized on Sunday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

  • Alamosa County looks to fill boards

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa County wants people to apply for six positions on two different boards by the end of the month.

  • Celebrate Cities & Towns Week

    ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa is participating in Colorado’s Cities & Towns Week, September 11-17.

  • Input sought on proposed order

    SOUTH FORK — Rio Grande National Forest’s Divide Ranger District is seeking public input on a proposed special order that would prohibit motorized over snow use in the area surrounding the Pass Creek Yurt east of Wolf Creek Pass.

  • Voss child death case dismissed

    ALAMOSA — Citing a lack of resources and evidence deteriorated with time, 12th Judicial District Attorney Crista Newmyer-Olsen asked District Judge Martin Gonzales to dismiss the 2003 child death case against Krystal Voss, 43.

  • Outage caused by cut fiber

    VALLEY — For roughly 24 hours many residents across the San Luis Valley had little to no access to phone, cable or internet services.

  • Bond reduced in child death case

    ALAMOSA — District Judge Michael Gonzales on Friday reduced the bond for Perry Hotz, 20, who is charged with murder in connection with his 5-month-old daughter’s death last year.

  • Vehicular homicide defendant wants new lawyer

    ALAMOSA — A defendant accused of leaving his passenger to die after a January 16th car accident told District Judge Michael Gonzales on Friday he was not happy with his attorney from the public defender’s office and was trying to get someone else to represent him before his trial this fall.

  • Preservation foundation funds Engine 168 Project

    ANTONITO — The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad has received a $20,000 grant for its Engine 168 Project from the Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation.

  • Eli Heredia runs for school board in 3-way race

    The race for Alamosa School District Board of Education's District 1 position is heating up.

  • Saguache mayor resigns; town remains divided

    In an e-mail delivered Thursday afternoon, Saguache Mayor Greg Terrell resigned his post as mayor after being requested by several citizens to tender his resignation, and begged by others to remain in his position.

  • Suspects sought in business break in

    Authorities in two states are attempting to locate suspects in a recent Alamosa break-in.

  • Alamosa shares advice for dealing with returning bear

    A bear previously relocated from Alamosa has made its way back to where it found plentiful food sources, and the Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) officers are determining what to do with her.

  • Alamosa sponsors Octobrufest event

    Alamosa city officials on Wednesday unanimously approved a $5,000 sponsorship for Alamosa’s newest event, Octobrufest, which is planned for Saturday, Sept. 30, in Sunset Park.

  • Alamosa passes resolution condemning hate

    Alamosa leaders united against hate Wednesday night with a public statement ratified by the city council.

  • Narcotics operation results in arrests

    In a joint narcotics operation executed last Wednesday, Alamosa Police Department and Colorado State Patrol officers arrested several area residents in connection with suspected drug and theft activity.

  • Saguache hires interim administrator

    According to a letter made public by Saguache Mayor Greg Terrell on Tuesday, the mayor has appointed an interim town administrator until the board determines otherwise.

  • GEAR UP likely to lose funding

    ALAMOSA — GEAR UP, a program that has helped students in the San Luis Valley stay on track for furthering their education the past nine years, will be losing funding, GEAR UP Director Liz Tabeling-Garcia told a group of Adams State students this week.

  • Judge reschedules Olguin sentencing

    ALAMOSA — A sentencing for Naomi Olguin had to be rescheduled again, and this time the defendant will be kept under strict supervision until she is sentenced for her part in the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride murder case.

  • Roadside maintenance begins

    CENTER — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be performing roadside maintenance operations along Colorado Highway (CO) 112, near the community of Center.

  • Silva appointed to state board

    VALLEY— Gov. John Hickenlooper announced appointments to the State Board of Social Work Examiners.

  • Valley offers varied Labor Day weekend events

    VALLEY — The San Luis Valley winds up summer events with activities from one end of the Valley to the other this Labor Day weekend.

  • Special Improvement District No. 2 special meeting set

    ALAMOSA — 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 starting back in May 2016 in an effort to prepare a more detailed draft of the Plan of Water Management based on the Conceptual Plan that was presented during the petition drive to form Subdistrict No. 2.

  • Heavy traffic expected this weekend throughout the state

    STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reminds drivers to anticipate heavy traffic in many areas of the state due to the number of events and activities taking place over the Labor Day weekend.

  • October trial set in mom charged in son's death

    SAN LUIS — Carol Carpenter, 70, Blanca, has been scheduled for a 10-day jury trial on a first-degree murder charges relating to the death of her son, Corey.

  • In light of bear sighting, remember safety guidelines

    lamosa Police Department received reports of a bear seen in the area of the river dike and Fourth St., between Alamosa Ave. and La Veta Ave.

  • Seven seek four seats in Alamosa

    Alamosa City Clerk Holly Martinez on Tuesday verified candidates for the November 7 city council election.

  • SLV water deliveries on track

    While the Houston area battles flooding, the San Luis Valley continues to meet the challenge of providing enough water for local users in addition to its obligation to downstream states through the Rio Grande Compact.

  • Alamosa streets remain priority

    ALAMOSA — Street work will remain a priority in Alamosa, and the First Street project will continue on its seven-year schedule.

  • ASU Financial Plan of Action approved

    ALAMOSA — The Board of Trustees for Adams State University on Friday authorized the university administration to formulate a contingency plan to right-size staff in the event on-campus enrollment continues to decline.

  • Triple homicide preliminary hearing set

    CAPULIN — Santos Nevarez, 25, of La Jara, who also goes by the name, Santos Rameriz, along with other aliases, was set for a preliminary hearing in Conejos County Court Thursday, but the matter was postponed to 9 a.m. Dec. 12-17.

  • Murder codefendant misses sentencing

    ALAMOSA — District Judge Patrick Hayes planned to sentence Naomi Olguin, 22, for her part in the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride murder on Thursday, but he issued a bench warrant for her instead.

  • Colorado Adjutant General visits Alamosa

    ALAMOSA — The Adjutant General of Colorado, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael A. Loh, conducted an annual statewide tour of Colorado Army National Guard facilities to enhance situational awareness and community connections Aug. 22-24.

  • ASU’s Ph.D. program gains CACREP accreditation

    ALAMOSA — The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) recently granted accreditation to Adams State University’s online doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision.

  • County cleaning up closed landfill

    Alamosa County Commissioners plan on completing the landfill's post closure care status with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment soon.

  • City to stand for core values

    The City of Alamosa will take a stand against the kind of hatred and violence recently manifested in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Town manager finalists announced

    SOUTH FORK— On Thursday, Aug. 10 the South Fork Board of Trustees selected four finalists to interview for town manager out of the more than 30 applicants expressing interest in the position.

  • Who’s who in water: Rio Grande Water Conservation District

    VALLEY — The Rio Grande Water Conservation District is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Created in 1967 as a statutorily special district by the Colorado General Assembly, RWCD is composed of five counties across the San Luis Valley including Alamosa, Rio Grande, Conejos, and portions of Saguache and Mineral Counties.

  • Alamosa Education Foundation sets glow run

    ALAMOSA —This September 9 community members can run and walk for a good cause. That night will be the first annual Glow Run to benefit the Alamosa Education Foundation. Alamosa School District Board of Education member Christine Haslett presented the finalized details for the event at their Monday meeting.

  • Denver man dies in Sunday crash

    A Denver resident died Sunday afternoon after his vehicle rolled off the highway west of Antonito.

  • Rostad pleads guilty in uncle's shooting death

    MESITA — Court appearances will soon be over for George Richard Rostad, 45, accused of shooting and killing his uncle, Randolph Thatcher on June 23, 2015 in Mesita.

  • Sex crime nets prison

    CONEJOS — Jack Clark has been in jail for more than 500 days awaiting trial on sexual assault charges; now, he will have 48 years in prison to think about what he did to get there.

  • CMAS and PSAT scores released

    The Colorado Department of Education released scores for the entire Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) test along with the first ever-annual SAT scores.

  • In Alamosa council race, one in, one out

    Mayoral candidate Dan McCann dropped out of the race, and Alamosa City Councilor Jan Vigil announced his candidacy for re-election during Wednesday night’s Alamosa city council meeting.

  • New trial set in Voss child death

    ALAMOSA — District Judge Martin Gonzales on Tuesday set a January 2018 trial for Krystal Voss, 43, whose 2004 conviction was vacated and a new trial granted in a decision from Chief District Judge Pattie Swift last week.

  • Castle Creek Fire is out at Sand Dunes

    The lightning-caused Castle Creek fire in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area of Great Sand Dunes National Preserve was determined to be out on August 8.

  • Marketing board plans to seek Motorway ideas

    ALAMOSA — Taking a step back from their offer earlier this summer to donate the Rio Grande Motorway building to the Early Iron Club, the Alamosa Marketing District Board on Thursday discussed the need for a process to receive and review proposals for the

  • New trial given in child death

    ALAMOSA — Determining ineffective trial counsel, Chief District Judge Pattie Swift this week decided that Krystal Voss, 42, was entitled to a new trial regarding the death of her son Kyran, 19 months.

  • Apology made in McBride murder

    ALAMOSA — “You are the first person who’s talked about Mr. McBride that he was a human being,” District Judge Michael Gonzales told Theodora Travers, 29, when he sentenced her on Wednesday for her part in the June 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.

  • Judge accepts plea from shooter's wife

    ALAMOSA — As long as her husband sticks to his end of the bargain, Shannon Cooper, 35, will not be prosecuted any further for her involvement in the June 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.

  • Alamosa County gives Valley Auto Cleaning a grace period

    ALAMOSA — Though Alamosa County Commissioners declined to renew the lease for Valley Auto Cleaning at their last meeting in July, they decided to give the company until the end of September to vacate the premises for logistical reasons.

  • RG County juror information exposed

    VALLEY — The Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office issued a statement on Tuesday that jury files containing personal information had been exposed for 8,878 Rio Grande County residents in addition to potential jurors in Pueblo, Weld and Crowley Count

  • Community museums receive boost

    FORT GARLAND — The 71st Colorado General Assembly has approved a $1.4 million funding request for fiscal year 2017-18 to strengthen the Community Museum of History Colorado.

  • Saguache-Upper Rio Grande RAC to meet

    MONTE VISTA – The Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, August 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative conference room located at 3625 West U.S. Highway 160, Monte Vista.

  • Sangre school board seats are available

    MOSCA — The Board of Education of Sangre de Cristo School District in the county of Alamosa calls for nomination of candidates for school directors to be placed on the ballot for the regular biennial school election to be held on Tuesday, November 7.

  • Costilla County awarded Community Kitchen grant

    SAN LUIS — The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) notified Costilla County on August 4 that its request for a supplemental award of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the amount of $75,152 for the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center Community

  • Law addressing hot car dangers in effect

    STATEWIDE -- The Humane Society of the United States applauds Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for signing a bill that will provide new protection to prevent heat-related deaths in a vehicle. The law went into effect on August 9.

  • Street may close during work on South Craft

    Contractors will be applying an overlay to Craft Avenue from First Street South to the Alamosa city limits.

  • Police chief says 'secure your home'

    Generally speaking, more burglaries occur in the summer months. This is due to various warm-weather factors such as open windows and a favorable climate.

  • Trial set for manslaughter case

    District Judge Michael Gonzales on Tuesday scheduled a four-day trial beginning October 10 for Kelvin Ruybal, 34, one of the codefendants in the Floyd Dale McBride murder.

  • Information shared on new MVS project

    A Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant meeting to inform Saguache residents of the need to build a new school and the importance of appropriating the tax money necessary to do it brought more questions on why the school can’t just be remodeled.

  • Accessory plea taken in murder case

    In line with an agreement his father Lonnie Cooper made in the 2016 murder case of Floyd Dale McBride, Devin Cooper on Monday pleaded guilty to felony accessory to a crime, for which he will likely be granted probation.

  • Marijuana ballot petitions are sufficient

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa City Clerk Holly Martinez determined on Thursday there are enough valid signatures to petition marijuana issues onto the November 7 ballot.

  • Alamosa council to seek stipend increase

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa city councilors will probably be asking their bosses for a raise in November.

  • Dennis to serve on Energy Impact

    Gov. John Hickenlooper on July 28 announced boards and commissions appointments including Ginette “Gigi” Dennis of Monte Vista to the Energy Impact Assistance Advisory Committee.

  • Fallen hiker identified

    Alamosa County Coroner Kevin Rogers on Tuesday announced the identity of the hiker who fell on Mt. Blanca on July 28.

  • West Nile Virus discovered in Alamosa Mosquito Control District

    The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes trapped within the district on August, 1st at 11:30 a.m. located in East Alamosa on Juniper Lane, just off of Highway 160.

  • ID still unknown for fallen hiker

    ALAMOSA — Authorities have not yet been able to identify a man who fell to his death on Mount Blanca on Friday.

  • Adams State seeks public comment

    ALAMOSA – Adams State University is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

  • Hiker falls to his death on Mt. Blanca

    ALAMOSA — A hiker fell to his death Friday on Mount Blanca.

  • Saguache County excise tax is paying off; growers upset

    After granting approval to the various requests from marijuana growers for changes to their plan or expansion of their operation, Saguache commissioners learned Tuesday during a regular meeting the excise tax is bringing in much needed revenue.

  • Mosca sewer project moving to construction

    The United States Department of Agriculture will fund the Mosca wastewater infrastructure improvement project. Alamosa County Commissioners formally awarded the bid to Robins Construction and effectively closed on the USDA's $159,000 loan at their meeting

  • Valley Auto Cleaning lease not renewed

    Rental car company Hertz has a little over a month to find another place to clean their cars

  • Dam repairs planned at Alberta Park Reservoir

    MONTE VISTA – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is lowering the water level at its Alberta Park Reservoir to accommodate repairs that must be made to the dam as soon as possible.

  • One dead in head-on crash

    MOFFAT — A New Mexico man was killed and others seriously injured Sunday afternoon in a head-on collision north of Moffat.

  • San Luis Valley Beat the Heat BBQ to host The Great American Cookout Tour

    ALAMOSA — The Great American Cookout Tour – presented by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS.us), the largest non-profit barbeque association in the world – will feature food sampling and a lively, interactive pitmaster demo tour as part of the San Lui

  • Judge gives defendant tongue lashing at sentencing

    ALAMOSA — “I think you’re full of crap, plain and simple,” District Judge Michael Gonzales told Nicholas Quintana, 22, when he sentenced him for stealing money to support his drug habit.

  • State human services department plans public meeting in Blanca

    BLANCA — The executive management team of the Colorado Department of Human Services will visit Costilla County from 3:30-5 p.m. on July 26 as part of its 2017 Summer Planning Tour, an annual event that gives CDHS leadership the opportunity to hear from pa

  • Pounds charges dismissed in SLV, pursued at federal level

    CONEJOS COUNTY — The 12th Judicial District Attorney’s office has dismissed its welfare fraud case against Pamala Pounds, 38, Alamosa, since the U.S. Attorney’s Office is pursuing charges related to the same allegations.

  • 'Hippy dream' turns into drug nightmare

    ALAMOSA — Pursuing “a stupid hippy dream” earned Luis Cueto, 39, seven years in prison.

  • Aragon charged with arson

    SAN LUIS — On May 27th, the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a fire located at the 800 block of Alfonso St. in the town of San Luis. Bobby Aragon, the owner of the property, was doing yard work and due to the wind the fire traveled east

  • Acequia association appoints executive director

    SAN LUIS — The Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association (SdCAA) recently welcomed Mathew Valdez as executive director.

  • SLV brand is just the beginning

    ALAMOSA — Now that the San Luis Valley has a brand it’s time to figure out how to best utilize it.

  • Murder codefendant's trial reset

    ALAMOSA — District Judge Michael Gonzales on Friday set a new trial for Cristo Esquibel, one of the many defendants charged in connection with the June 2016 death of Dale Floyd McBride, 52.

  • Sargent BOE seats open

    SARGENT—Sargent School District will have three seats available on the board of education in the 2017 General Election.

  • Clarification:

    CONEJOS — The initial charges against Conejos County Jail inmate Andy Martinez, 36, who was found dead in the jail on July 8, were not related to a homicide but dated to a September 30, 2016 assault.

  • Alamosa pot petitions are insufficient

    ALAMOSA — Petitions to place marijuana questions on the Alamosa ballot this fall are insufficient, Alamosa City Clerk Holly Martinez told the city council Wednesday night.

  • Alamosa County changes construction companies for Mosca wastewater project

    ALAMOSA — The United States Department of Agriculture denied the Cooley and Sons Excavating, Inc. recommendation for the Mosca wastewater infrastructure project four days after Alamosa County Attorney Jason Kelly sent a letter asking the USDA to concur.

  • Zinke comments on monuments review

    WASHINGTON – The formal public comment period has closed for the review of national monuments.

  • FSA committee nominations due Aug. 1

    STATEWIDE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for Colorado Jenny Peterson reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county co

  • Bennet, Gardner introduce hemp water rights bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure farmers across the West can use the water

  • Crestina Martinez is new DOLA regional manager

    VALLEY — The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is pleased to announce the selection of three new Regional Managers in the Division of Local Government (DLG):

  • Park continues to manage Castle Creek Fire

    SAND DUNES — The Castle Creek fire started approximately at 4 p.m. on July 12 near the area burned in the 2010 Medano fire in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area of Great Sand Dunes National Preserve.

  • Hospice welcomes new executive director

    ALAMOSA — The board and staff of Hospice del Valle are pleased to announce their new Executive Director Laura Lewis, RN.

  • Court denies amicus brief in trout lawsuit

    The Colorado District Court has denied the 10-county coalition's amicus curiae brief filing, which was filed earlier in the year to aid litigation on the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.

  • Efforts begin to establish radar authority

    With interest growing in placing a permanent radar installation in the San Luis Valley, the Rio Grande Water Conservation District board on Tuesday authorized General Manager Cleave Simpson and attorney David Robbins to begin the process of creating an in

  • Cooper pleads to McBride murder

    Lonnie Cooper, 43, pleaded to second-degree murder and crime of violence on Wednesday in connection with the June 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.

  • Valley awarded CDHS grant

    VALLEY — The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Early Childhood recently awarded more than $2.5 million through the federal Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program (PSSF) to 23 county human or social services departments .

  • Commissioners to hold special meeting

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa County commissioners will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 20, at 8:30 a.m. at the Alamosa County Services Center, 8900 Independence Way.

  • Mobley may be headed to federal prison

    In August 2006, Center Town Clerk Bill McClure left his position to serve time in the federal Maximum Security (ADX) facility in Florence for tax fraud. Center Clerk Joan D. Mobley also recently resigned — probably to serve time in federal prison for tax-

  • Valley-Wide to stop serving inmates

    Citing safety and monetary reasons, Valley-Wide Health Systems CEO Gigi Darricades told the San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association on Monday that after 41 years they’d no longer be able to take care of patients incarcerated at county jails.

  • Park manages lightning-caused Castle Creek Fire

    SAND DUNES — The National Park Service, in cooperation with the San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit and the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, is actively managing the lightning-caused Castle Creek Fire in the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness A

  • No vacancy, no problem

    ALAMOSA — With a little creativity, Alamosa could still accommodate visitors when the local hotels are booked.

  • Construction update shared for 1st Street

    ALAMOSA — As a part of the relocation of the power poles and associated electric lines on the north side of First Street, Xcel has scheduled the tie over for 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

  • Autopsy confirms inmate hanged himself

    DEL NORTE — The El Paso County Coroner’s office confirmed that the June 20th death in the Rio Grande County Jail of inmate Howard Victor White, 56, of Del Norte, was by hanging.

  • Highway work underway from Del Norte to MV

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY - On Monday, July 10, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor United Companies began a project that will improve US Highway (US) 160 from the west side of Del Norte to the west edge of Monte Vista (mile point 201 to 215)

  • Road to Wheeler Geologic Area temporarily closed

    CREEDE – Forest Service Roads 600 and 600.3A to Wheeler Geologic Area have been temporarily closed to all motorized use due to extremely muddy road conditions.

  • County supports Water Rights Protection Act

    ALAMOSA — Alamosa County Commissioners signed a letter of support for Congressman Scott Tipton’s Water Rights Protection Act during their meeting on Wednesday, the same day the bill passed the House.

  • West Nile in Alamosa Mosquito Control District

    ALAMOSA — The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes trapped within the district on July 13 at 1 p.m. located in East Alamosa just off of Rio Grande Ave and East Fourth St.

  • Court surveys to be conducted in Alamosa

    ALAMOSA – People with business at the Alamosa Combined Courts on Tuesday, July 18, will be asked to participate in an ongoing program designed to help ensure the Colorado Judicial Department is providing the best service possible to the public.

  • Rio Grande National Forest seeks project proposals

    MONTE VISTA –The Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee (RACs) is seeking proposals for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on the Rio Grande, Gunnison, and San Isabel National

  • County risks wastewater project funding

    Rather than going with the lowest bidder, Alamosa County Commissioners voted to recommend the Mosca wastewater infrastructure improvement project be awarded to Cooley and Sons Excavating, Inc. during yesterday's meeting. The United States Department of Ag

  • Marijuana petitions submitted

    ALAMOSA — Petitioners submitted to Alamosa City Clerk Holly Martinez on Monday signatures to place medical and retail marijuana questions on this November’s ballot.

  • Roundtable supports ditch project

    ALAMOSA — A multi-ditch rehab project on the Rio Grande received unanimous approval from the Rio Grande Roundtable on Tuesday but not from a couple of the neighbors who sent attorney Gordon Bosa to the meeting to deliver their concerns.

  • Bridge work to begin

    VALLEY – Maintenance personnel with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will conduct repair operations on the US Highway (US) 160 Rio Grande Bridge in Alamosa later this month.

  • Hubba fire is now contained

    DEL NORTE –The two-acre Hubba Fire is now 100 percent contained.

  • Governor gives 'State of Health' update

    Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday announced that significant progress has been made on The State of Health, the governor’s plan to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation.

  • Small fire burning in Del Norte area

    A small wildland fire, named the Hubba Fire, is burning about seven miles southwest of Del Norte.

  • Center hosts Poor Boy Car Club show

    CENTER — The seventh annual classic Poorboy Car Club show will be held at the Center Schools parking lot Saturday July 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Local bank to finance rink/pavilion

    ALAMOSA — Community Banks of Colorado will provide financing for the city’s ice rink/multipurpose facility.

  • SLV Local Foods Coalition receives grant

    ALAMOSA – The LOR Foundation on Friday announced grants to 15 rural communities and towns in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The grants included funding for the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition, Alamosa.

  • Mineral County given Humvee

    During the first of the month meeting of the Mineral County Commissioners on Monday, July 3, Mineral County Sheriff Fred Hosselkus announced that the department was given a Humvee through the 1033 program through the National Defense Authorization Act.

  • Council to seek increase

    In a 4-3 vote Wednesday night, the Alamosa city council asked staff to begin drawing up a ballot question to increase council compensation.

  • Vehicular homicide trial set

    District Judge Michael Gonzales on Thursday set an autumn trial for Angel Nieto, 31, who is charged with vehicular homicide in connection with the January 16th death of Marcie Quintana, 24, of Alamosa, a passenger in the car he was driving when it was inv

  • Red Cross shares June statewide report

    STATEWIDE — The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming responded to calls for assistance, on average, twice to three times a day to disasters of all types in June from flooding and house fires, to the collapsed roofs of two apartment buildings in Lakewo

  • Alamosa council seats up for election

    ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa announces three positions available on the Alamosa City Council.

  • Murder trial vacated, pending plea

    Pending a guilty plea by his father that would also resolve his case, Devin Cooper agreed to forgo the preliminary hearing scheduled on his case on Wednesday and his trial scheduled to begin July 31.

  • VA announces monthly Alamosa meetings

    ALAMOSA — “We don’t know what we don’t know until you let us know,” said Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System Regional Director Kim Hoge at the quarterly veterans’ town hall meeting on Friday.

  • Carpenter dies in Friday crash

    DEL NORTE — Del Norte resident Kenneth Carpenter, 77, died Friday evening in a two-vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 112 and Rio Grande County Road 5 West, nine miles northeast of Del Norte.

  • San Luis Valley to receive $3 million PILT

    VALLEY — Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) this week announced Colorado will receive $36.6 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017, with more than $3 million going to San Luis Valley counties.

  • Senate committee approves FAA act

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) on Thursday was happy to announce the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act.

  • Witnesses sought for fatal collision

    MONTE VISTA — Colorado State Patrol Technician Garth Crowther is seeking any witnesses to the June 19th fatal accident a mile west of Monte Vista on Highway 160