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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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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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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Alamosa hires new judge

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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One good deed deserves 40 more

It started with one.

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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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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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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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10th Annual Celebration of Lights

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

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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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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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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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Meet new Alamosa police officers

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

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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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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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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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Valley events to honor veterans

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fun at Fright Fest

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mutts strut their stuff

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Home lost in Sunday fire

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blue Peaks holds staff appreciation day

Blue Peaks holds staff appreciation day

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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SLV Fair Livestock Auction

The SLV Fair closed Friday night with the livestock auction.

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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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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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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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Pregnancy: — Protecting baby starts now

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

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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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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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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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Locomotive restoration gathering steam

Engine 169 is “the little engine that could.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bolos and Boots honorees

Images shared from the annual Bolos and Boots event in Alamosa

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vehicle rolls on Hwy 160

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SLV Health hosts Lids for Kids

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vest recovered from Rio Grande

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

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Alamosa Round-UP begins

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

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Sexual assault suspect hangs himself in jail

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

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Staff stays in school

Two Alamosa teachers earned "perfect attendance" awards.

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Will Weatherford maintains faith during time of illness

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

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Cyclists gear up and rest up during stop in Alamosa

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

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Governor candidates speak at Republican fundraiser

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

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State treasurer/trustee conference begins

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

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Del Norte, Mountain Valley to get the BEST

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

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Kids cast away

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

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New Starbucks planned near Alamosa Sonic

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

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Hikers rescued from Little Bear

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

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Chief honored for lifesaving effort

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

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Alamosa approves ice rink bid

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

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Creede celebrates 125th

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

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Sign will highlight ASU track record

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

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San Luis Valley welcomes Ride the Rockies

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

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Cancer center breaks ground

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

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Questions arise over TSJC GED

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

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Flipping for SummerFest

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

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Artist in action

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

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Dutton appointed to CWCB

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

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Fire destroys cabins

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

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Marijuana issues stir the ‘pot’

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

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Hospital provider fee bill signed

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

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Alamosa launches first ArtScape

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

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Moffat school superintendent resigns

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

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West Avenue and Sixth Street accident

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

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UPDATED: Highway 160 and 105S accident

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

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Camping open at San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area

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

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Memorial Day crash

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

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Teen missing

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

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History recorded again

CRT unveils its original painting/print for 2017.

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Drug suspects from Alamosa

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

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Crowder speaks for Homelake ceremony

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

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Centauri High School 2017 Graduation

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

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Memorial Day: A time to remember

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

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Alamosa High School 2017 Graduation

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

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Robinson advised in murder case

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

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Sangre de Cristo confers degrees

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

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County commissioners recognize Mental Health Month

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

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

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

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New super named

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

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Take precautions for bed bug 'hitchhikers'

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

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School board recognizes retirees

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

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Lifesaving awards given

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

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Governor signs HB17-1077 in Alamosa

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

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SLV Medical Hall of Fame inducts seven caregivers into 2017 class

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

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Creede man dies in Willow Creek

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

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Wolk presents state of health for Colorado

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

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Police Week honors peace officers

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

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City proclaims May as Mental Health Month

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

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Board of health hears local issues

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

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Community honors peace officers

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

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Old El Charro building is scene of fire

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

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Double murder leads to SLV

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

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

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

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Possible fire fatality investigated

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

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San Luis Valley water: Beneath the surface

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

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Legislators save local hospitals

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

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City hears marijuana messages

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

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Adams State seeks input on proposed sanctuary campus resolution

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

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Defendant attacks sheriff's deputies

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

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OMS students shadow local businesses

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

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Fire hits local restaurant

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

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McDonald charged with sex assault

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

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FLOOD WARNING

Flood Warning National Weather Service Pueblo CO

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SLV Health celebrates 90 years and National Hospital Week

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

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Rainfall causes localized flooding

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

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USDA Rural Development aids Alamosa FD with new radios

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

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Best in Show artist from Del Norte

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

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Beaver Creek Reservoir filled

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

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West and Sixth accident

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

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Man wanted for attempted murder

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

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Veterans celebrate Brandt 90th

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

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Careers day offers a variety for AES students

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

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Firefighters called out Thursday evening

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

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Teacher Appreciation Week

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

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Lift your glasses

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

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Municipal clerks recognized

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

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Adams State refinances debt

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

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Stampede committee addresses MV council

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

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Grass fire at Six South and County Road 114 South

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

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Murder suspect arrested

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

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Aaron Abeyta named Creative Leader

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

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Lt. governor to deliver ASU commencement

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

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Climate marches handle unfavorable weather

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

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SLV Health celebrates 90-year history

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

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Costilla County man charged in sex assault

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

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McDonald arrested on multiple charges

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

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Branded!

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

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Cheri Jones is Educator of the Year

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

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Hospitals urge deal at capitol

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

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Courier wins press awards

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

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BOLO issued for murder suspect

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

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Montoya recalls night of triple tragedy

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

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Wiescamp found

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

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Adams State professor contributed to ground breaking research

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

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Love overflows at 'Reedo's' celebration of life

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

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'Sip and Paint' coming to SLV

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

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Alamosa: No pot club for now

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

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Romeo may be scene of homicide

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

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For Mr. Reed with love

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

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Constituents challenge Tipton at town hall

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

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Reed is loved

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

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Man takes own life outside SLV Health Emergency Room

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

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ASU Hall of Fame educators chosen

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

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SLV Health makes the ‘Healthgrades’ — again

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

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Resident questions sub-district cash stash

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

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Cheri Jones is Teacher of the Year for Alamosa School District

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

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Martinez shares journey of leadership

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

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Children enjoy annual tradition

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

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Driver gets jail time on fourth Valley fatality

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

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Square Peg proposes brew tasting room

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

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Pike journal donated to SLV Museum

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

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Teacher dies in Monday crash

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

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Saw dust fire creates a scare

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

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Valley to begin irrigation season soon

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

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Rio Grande County hires new coroner

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

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Fourth arrest in sex assault

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

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Trump budget would affect KRZA, airport, seniors, others

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

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No large trucks allowed in East Alamosa neighborhoods

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

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Grass fire at dusk

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

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Creede Variety Show plays to near full house

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

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Friday fire destroys apartment

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

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Alamosa School representatives attend CASB Day at the Capitol

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

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Hantavirus: When to be concerned

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

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Pot: not just another houseplant

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

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Alamosa recognizes child abuse issues

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

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Carnival provides safe and fun games

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

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Alamosa library celebrates 115 years

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

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Meeting the Moose

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

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Locals drink in water information

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

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Preparing for justice

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

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Lobato, first Center Boettcher Scholar in 34 years

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

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Coleman urges Washington lawmakers to invest in kids

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

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Ken Salazar not running for gov

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

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Caton's plans move to Alamosa Lumber

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

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Death due to cold, drugs, alcohol

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

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Ride the rails for good cause this year

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

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Airport works to improve runway and parking lot

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

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Joy Mejia is Youth of the Year

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

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Crane festival soars into 34th year

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

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Homelake: Proud of past service

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

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Three arrested for sex assault

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

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Commissioners declare April Child Abuse Prevention Month

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

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Swinging into Spring

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

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Rio Grande County coroner resigns

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

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Sunday fire destroys shed

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

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Trump budget, healthcare focus of Bennet town hall

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

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Connie Childers named althetic administrative assistant of the year

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

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Firefighters fight brush fire

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

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AHS hears court of appeals cases

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

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Three-car collision

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

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Comic brings 'Laugh for Life' to SLV

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

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Alamosa Elementary tries Goldilocks

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

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Annual Chamber Art Gala held

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

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Ashes in the wind

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

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S.F. Community Center receiving face lift

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

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Milagros features San Luis Valley Painters

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

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Song is Rookie of the Year

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

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OMS SADD kicks butss on Wednesday

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

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2017 San Luis Valley Science Fair

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

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Pot on the ballot petition drive begins

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

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Uncontrolled burn on 160

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

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Courier receives Excellence in Media Award

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

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Protests peaceful at GOP dinner

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

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State engineer addresses 'use it or lose it'

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

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Murder suspect hearing continued

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

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ATM's might be part of SLV ag future

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

751     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.

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  • 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.

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    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

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    VALLEY — Back-to-school season is here.

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    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.

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    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

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  • Spring Fire arson hearing set

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ASU financials cause concern

    ALAMOSA — Low enrollment and low state funding means Adams State University is not as financially sound as it once was.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • RG Basin water efforts ongoing

    Efforts continue in the Rio Grande Basin to manage one of its most vital resources — water.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • County projects constrict budget

    ALAMOSA — With multiple projects in progress Alamosa County currently has a lot on its plate for 2018.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 passes resolution condemning hate

    Alamosa leaders united against hate Wednesday night with a public statement ratified by the city council.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hiker falls to his death on Mt. Blanca

    ALAMOSA — A hiker fell to his death Friday on Mount Blanca.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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

  • Hubba fire is now contained

    DEL NORTE –The two-acre Hubba Fire is now 100 percent contained.

  • Small fire burning in Del Norte area

    A small wildland fire, named the Hubba Fire, is burning about seven miles southwest of Del Norte.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alamosa council seats up for election

    ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa announces three positions available on the Alamosa City Council.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • County presses pause on pot clubs

    Because there are no pending requests to open a marijuana club, Alamosa County Commissioners approved a moratorium on the topic during their meeting on Wednesday.

  • Tuesday fire contained

    CREEDE—A fire burning above Blue Creek Lodge was reported mid-morning on Tuesday by Mineral County officials.

  • Defendant picks argument with judge

    A defendant with more than one pending case involving assaults on officers started to verbally take on Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Monday.

  • Seniors targeted in Medicare scam

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

  • National Heritage Areas have economic impact

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

  • Center murder suspect in court

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

  • Hearing continued in murder case

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

  • No tuition increase at ASU for 2017-18

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

  • CU Boulder study bears out Valley water success

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

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

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

  • Hearing begins today in triple homicide case

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

  • Smoke from NM fire still visible in Valley

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

  • Hotz murder trial set for 2018

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

  • School board sets graduation requirements

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

  • McBee retires, Ortega transfers to OMS

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

  • Meetings to address waste, recycling issues

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

  • Two injured, one dead in Monday crash

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

  • Judge tells dad to 'wake up'

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

  • County selects courthouse contractor

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

  • Cooper to plead in McBride murder

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

  • City approves First Street bid, closure

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

  • Justice center may cost $13 million

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

  • Valley receives lottery proceeds allotments

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

  • Ditches seek funding for multipurpose project

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

  • Technical glitches postpone hearing in McBride case

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

  • Hwy 160 work underway at Walsenburg

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

  • Sub-district 2 board presents water plan

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

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

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

  • Silvas in court on McBride case

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

  • Marijuana issue splits council vote

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

  • Assessor shares personal property tax remedies

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

  • Citizens assist in capturing burglary suspect

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

  • Coach Siemering's contract not renewed

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

  • Alamosa hosts fire academy

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

  • Crowder bill protects vulnerable adults

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

  • Military and Veterans Programs website launched

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

  • River claims Valley visitor

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

  • Pot petition drive underway

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

  • Snow blocks road to Trujillo Meadows

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

  • Hondito wildfire meeting planned June 3

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

  • City holds work session on marijuana

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

  • Alamosa keeps bus station

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

  • Quintana cited for Wednesday accident

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

  • Rostad in court on 2015 homicide

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

  • City considers solar gardens

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

  • County reestablishes Northwest Weed District board

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

  • Most campgrounds, roads now open

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

  • Raley faces attempted murder charge

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

  • Saguache County lists marijuana grows; more approvals expected

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

  • Beware of jury duty scam

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

  • Democrats meet in Saguache

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

  • County officials meet May 24

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

  • Park will go wireless

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

  • Still no success in dunes search

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

  • City compromises on cannabis

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

  • New ATV crossings designated in South Fork

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

  • Romeo wins state waiver, water good to drink

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

  • McBride murder case progresses

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

  • Search underway for missing park visitor

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

  • Motions pending in murder case

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

  • Nieto pleads not guilty in fatal crash

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

  • Devin Cooper now faces murder charges

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

  • Possible fatal fire victim identity still unknown

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

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

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

  • Rescue crew and tools at work

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

  • Valley enjoys above average water forecast

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

  • Cloud seeding could provide water solution

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

  • Stagner to make Moffat decision

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

  • Marijuana meeting is Wenesday

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

  • County officials meet May 10

    Agenda items include a public hearing on blight ordinance.

  • Trains to cause traffic delays through April 24

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

  • Proposed ordinance contains 'claws'

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

  • Suspect in murder faces drug trial first

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

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

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

  • Sargent names super finalists

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

  • ASU maintains A3 bond rating

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

  • Task force takes down major gang

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

  • Forest releases La Garita Hills final analysis

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

  • Governor orders flags lowered for Kogovsek

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

  • Valley projects awarded severance tax dollars

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

  • Alamosa disc golf course to add nine holes

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

  • Alamosa police seek suspect in May 1 shooting

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

  • Rio Grande Farm Park recieves art grant

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

  • Alamosa officials hash out the jail

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

  • County cuts from detention center, still over budget

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

  • Shots reported, no weapon found

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

  • Sand Dunes tourism creates $28 million

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

  • Hunger Education Week highlights advocacy

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

  • Alamosa passes feline friendly ordinance amendment

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

  • Alamosa supports farmers' market

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

  • Hunger Education Week gives solutions, hope

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

  • Sunday fires draw on mutual aid

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

  • Cannabis consumption club denied

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

  • Acosta sentenced for sex assault

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

  • Triple homicide suspect's hearing continued

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

  • Recreation and the Roundtable: a good team

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

  • Fatal hit and run suspect appears in court Tuesday

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

  • Leaders gather to discuss Brownfields

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

  • SLV counties consider radar

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

  • DeLaCerda sentenced on Monday

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

  • Hearing held in homicide case

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

  • Rodeo 'rounds up' economic impact

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

  • Senator Crowder shares update from state capitol

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

  • County allows malting company expansion

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

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

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

  • Brand the San Luis Valley

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

  • Van Iwaarden awarded jail project

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

  • Crowder works on behalf of veterans

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

  • Valdez, Crowder protect the elderly

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

  • Seventh contempt of court earns jail time

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

  • City ranch backs up water financing

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

  • Center may go to four-day school week

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

  • Home rule will be placed on July ballot

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

  • Bennet warns of changing senate rules

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

  • Assessor shares property value process

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

  • Crime leaves county with large bill

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

  • Murder co-defendant enters plea

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

  • City receives feline friendly input

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

  • School buses get high tech upgrades

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

  • McBride murder codefendant in court

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

  • Malouff dies in Denver

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

  • Trial set in officer assault case

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

  • Celebrate library birthday Sunday

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

  • SLV sub-district deadlines near

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

  • AgriSummit scheduled in Salida on April 21

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

  • Alamosa armed robber apprehended

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

  • Western Caucus members celebrate Energy Independence Executive Order

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

  • Bennet to hold Farm Bill listening sessions

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

  • Bennet introduces bill to rescind president's executive order

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

  • 'Bounty hunter' sent to prison

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

  • Acosta takes plea; Ferrell trial rescheduled

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

  • Hotz murder case continued

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

  • Firefighters respond to haystack blaze

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

  • Murder conspiracy hearing reset

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

  • Archuleta not rehired

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

  • Church is all paid up

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

  • No cannabis club recommended

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

  • City makes the best of water rules

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

  • Man stabbed trying to break up argument

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

  • Broadband in SLV could be better

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

  • Hearing set in triple homicide

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

  • Jury finds Acosta guilty

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

  • Five minutes with Bennet

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

  • Homeless report shared

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

  • City hits 'paws' on cat ordinance

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

  • A white Wolfe wedding

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

  • River, dam funding approved Tuesday

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

  • Moratorium set on marijuana clubs

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

  • Mean Moose down sweep Tigers in doubleheader

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

  • Sex assault trial underway

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

  • ASU considers sanctuary campus

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

  • No recreational pot on county ballot

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

  • Carpenter appearance postponed in court

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

  • Lazy KV Estates fires total structures

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

  • DN board approves BEST grant support

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

  • Legion celebrates birthday

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

  • Colorado Court of Appeals to hear arguments in Alamosa

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

  • MVPD makes five drug arrests

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

  • Alamosa adopts SLV Code of Ethics

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

  • Commissioners support provider fee

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

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

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

  • Bennet cosponsors bill to protect access to reproductive care

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

  • March is packed with fun at Alamosa senior center

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

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

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

  • Defendant requests prison sentence instead of jail

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

  • Salazar potential governor candidate

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

  • Crowder shares capitol updates

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

  • Bennet reintroduces Independence at Home Bill

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

  • Local officials seek state multimodal funding

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

  • Alamosa leaves room for East Alamosa in water planning

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

  • Murder co-defendant hearing set

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

  • Valley schools recieve state awards

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

  • City plans pot club moratorium

    Alamosa will not be opening any marijuana clubs anytime soon.

  • Second graders taken from South Conejos

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