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Tu Casa cuts ribbon on long-awaited CAC

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
More than three years of planning and fundraising culminated Friday noon as staff of Tu Casa Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault cut the ribbon on their newly remodeled and expanded offices in Alamosa, including the new Children's Advocacy Center. Center executive director Ashley Riley-Lopes cuts through the ribbon as staff members anxiously look on. Speaking during the brief ceremony were
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National baseball program eyes SLV

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- If you build it, they will come.
Geoff West's idea is not too far off from the ‘80s baseball film Field of Dreams. The Top of the World Series CEO told the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) on Wednesday during their regular meeting he is moving to the Valley soon from Los Angles to break ground
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Annexation criticized, splits council vote

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- An annexation along the Rio Grande, approved by the Alamosa city council this week on a 5-2 vote, drew comments from neighbor and former Alamosa Mayor Farris Bervig that the applicant felt bullied by the city.
"Stacy Foote said ‘the city is bullying me'," Bervig told the council during its public hearing on Wednesday to consider
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Dallas issues Wolf Creek decision

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Courier editor
MONTE VISTA -- Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas announced his decision yesterday to approve a land exchange between the Rio Grande National Forest and Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture (LMJV), the developer for the Village at Wolf Creek, which will provide Highway 160 access to the development.
"We just did the best, most comprehensive and most transparent analysis that could possibly
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Objection is very likely

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Courier editor
MONTE VISTA -- Barely published and on the web site, Thursday's decision by Dan Dallas to approve a land exchange that would provide highway access to the proposed Village at Wolf Creek received love/hate reviews from proponents and opponents.
Although not overtly saying they would file an objection to Dallas' decision, environmental groups promised it would be
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Locals respond to Obama order on immigration

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- A group of local residents meeting at Calvillo's Restaurant last night welcomed President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration with applause, hope and caution.
"This is a major victory for the immigrant rights movement in America and for the millions of immigrants who stood up and were not afraid," said Flora Archuleta, executive director of the
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Notestine wins national counselor recognition

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- He is the premier counselor in the nation, and he has a giant key to the heart of the Alamosa School District (ASD) to prove it.
In a truly surprise celebration Thursday morning, Alamosa High School counselor Cory Notestine's students, colleagues and wife, Lori, presented him with the 2015 National School Counselor Association Counselor of the
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School board reckons transportation hitches

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Rusty Johnson's departure from the Alamosa School District (ASD) transportation department has officials reevaluating policy to attract a shop foreman with a skillset matching his predecessor's.
During a special meeting Thursday morning, the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) approved the second reading of the school district's mechanics pay schedule policy. The pay increases proposed
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Tax lien sale wildly successful

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Taking the Alamosa County tax lien sale to an online venue was a good move.
Alamosa County Treasurer and Public Trustee Lois Widhalm conducted the 2014 tax lien sale last week, and today is left with 11 parcels out of the 319 that were up for grabs, which adds $130,605 to the county's coffers
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County sniffs out cause of fungus funk

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Citizen complaints prompted a Colorado Mushroom Farm air quality evaluation last week that turned up a possible solution to its strong and offensive odors.
Since what was once known as Rahkra reopened its doors last month, the smell of compost that once filled the air over the Rio Grande has returned, but there is hope
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Alamosa schools hopeful in 2015 budget

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Potential statewide public school funding increases have the Alamosa School District (ASD) optimistic about an inflated budget.
Gov. John Hickenlooper's 2015-2016 budget proposal includes a request to increase public school total program funds $480.3 million, but whether that becomes a reality won't be determined until after Joint Budget Committee meetings, which begin next month. The numbers,
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Draft decision released for Village at Wolf Creek Access Project

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
MONTE VISTA, Colo., The Rio Grande National Forest has completed the Village at Wolf Creek Access Project analysis and draft record of decision. Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas selected Alternative 2, the proposed land exchange between the United States and Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture (LMJV). The land exchange will provide the opportunity for LMJV to develop year-round access to their property.
"After
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Miss Merry Christmases to be showcased on Nov. 26

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- Brindi Gallegos, 7, daughter of Brandon Gallegos and Alicia Noriega is the 2014 "Little Miss Merry Christmas" as chosen from more than 20 entries this year.
A second-grader at Alamosa Elementary School, she will join "Miss Merry Christmas" Bailey Jack and be featured in the Valley Courier's annual special edition on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Interestingly, Bailey was the
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Crash victim listed as stable

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- The 13-year-old injured in a pedestrian/vehicle accident in Alamosa on Monday was in stable condition and scheduled for surgery Tuesday afternoon, according to the Alamosa Police Department.
The police have filed no charges against the driver of the vehicle, who was also a juvenile and whose name is not being released by the police department.
The accident occurred
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Dunes considers fee increases

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
MOSCA -- Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is proposing a change in its current entrance fees. Beginning in 2015, Great Sand Dunes, one of 131 National Park units that currently charges entrance fees, is authorized to change its fee rates to align with the new National Park Service rate schedule.
The current park entrance fees for Great Sand
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Alamosa ag ed growing

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Seeds are sown to jumpstart Alamosa's future farmers.
The Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) Monday night during a work session took in an update on the redevelopment of the Ortega Middle School (OMS) agriculture education program Alamosa Future Farmers of America (FFA) supervisor and vocational agriculture teacher Kevin Rice and FFA supervisor Faustin Martinez presented this
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No more trash for AHS honor society

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- A special event is replacing the Alamosa High School (AHS) National Honor Society (NHS) annual community service project.
The Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) gave its consent Monday night to NHS officials to move forward with the First Annual Super Sprint, which makes the club's regularly scheduled trash clean up a valiant effort of the past.
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Youth airlifted after struck by vehicle

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
A teenager was flown out yesterday afternoon after being hit by a vehicle at Main St. (Highway 160) and Washington Street in Alamosa. The Alamosa Police Department responded to the vehicle/pedestrian crash at 3:39 p.m. on Monday, November 17. With the assistance of the Colorado State Patrol officers discovered that a 13-year-old male was crossing southbound across Main Street when
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Sex assault trial pushed to 2015

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Former Alamosa County Sheriff Office (ACSO) Deputy Dale Jordan will not face a jury until April 2015, if at all.
District Judge Michael Gonzales Monday morning pushed the original sexual assault trial date set for the first week of December to next spring after Peter Comar, Jordan's counselor, filed a motion with the court, which the
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Valley teachers’ salaries on low end

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- If it were 1999, Valley K-12 teachers would almost average the same salary as the rest of the state's educators.
Across the 14 school districts, teachers average an annual salary of $37,624.80, according to Colorado Department of Education 2013-2014 data reports. The average daily pay rate is $238.32, and the school districts average about 40
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Round-Up lights up Alamosa winter

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- A bit of winter in between doesn't diminish the enthusiasm of the Alamosa Round-Up Rodeo team.
They're already planning for next summer's annual PRCA rodeo at the Alamosa fairgrounds.
In the meantime they will remind folks that even pickup trucks can get into the Christmas spirit, as they sponsor the popular downtown parade of lights
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Alamosa proposes cell tower regulation

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
MOSA -- Addressing modern technology, the Alamosa city council is updating its ordinances to incorporate requests for telecommunications facilities such as cell towers.
The council unanimously approved an ordinance on first reading last week and will hold a public hearing before final action during its November 19 meeting.
In August the council placed a moratorium on cell tower applications
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SLV schools awarded marijuana funds

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
VALLEY -- Three Valley school districts received thousands of dollars from state marijuana revenues Wednesday to hire health professionals including nurses, counselors, social workers and psychologists.
The Colorado State Board of Education approved 11 School Health Professional Grant (SHPG) program awards totaling more than $975,000, according to reports. The Alamosa School District is set to collect $50,000; the Center Consolidated
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County adds to dog ordinance

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Pups in the county are now required to wear a rabies tag.
The Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) last week approved several amendments to Ordinance No. 13, which governs animal control rules and regulations, giving attention to the public health benefits of enforced rabies vaccination.
The ordinance states the veterinarian who administered a dog's rabies vaccination
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Water projects soak up dollars

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- As long as the state keeps sending money to the Rio Grande Basin for water projects, the local water community will be glad to spend it.
Nearly every month that the Rio Grande Roundtable board meets, it considers imminent or pending requests for the funds the state allocates to the roundtable. The Colorado Water Conservation Board
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Shop Small!

Posted: Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014
Small Business Saturday is Nov 29! Get out and #ShopSmall at the businesses that make you happy to call your neighborhood home.
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Poncha Pass escapes grouse listing

Posted: Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014
Courier staff writer
SAGUACHE COUNTY -- Poncha Pass was spared under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determination Wednesday that the Gunnison sage-grouse requires protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a threatened species.
Poncha Pass' 27 square-mile-unit was removed from the final critical habitat designation because its landscape demonstrated over time it is not capable of supporting a
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Water advisory still in effect

Posted: Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014
SAGUACHE -- A boil-water advisory is still in effect in the town of Saguache but should be lifted soon, according to Town Clerk Therese Garcia.
Garcia explained yesterday that the boil-water advisory was a precautionary measure the town took after routine water tests on November 7 showed possible contamination from total coliform.
The town is flushing the system with
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Veterans center holds special ceremony

Posted: Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014
HOMELAKE -- For well over 125 years, the Colorado State Veterans Center has been home to aging and disabled veterans from wars from the Civil War to the present.
Veterans Day is special there.
Tuesday afternoon, they held a social, a time when community members, supporters, family and friends could get together and remember.
Today, the center is known as
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Alamosa parade honors veterans

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
Veterans representing all conflicts and branches of military service ride in honor during the Alamosa Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday.


Courier photo by Sylvia Lobato
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Effects of water changes on SLV economy eyed

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- As farmers reduce acreage to save water in the San Luis Valley, how will it affect not only the agricultural economy but also the businesses, governments and residents who depend on that economy?
The SLV Development Resources Group (SLVDRG) and CSU Extension Service want to answer that question through an 18-24-month economic impact study for which
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Shop Small Business Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
Small Business Saturday is Nov 29! Get out and #ShopSmall at the businesses that make you happy to call your neighborhood home.
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Shop Small Business Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
Small Business Saturday is Nov 29! Get out and #ShopSmall at the businesses that make you happy to call your neighborhood home.
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Warm fall weather goes against norms

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Despite Monday's howling winds, shorts and t-shirts have yet to go into hiding for winter.
This fall has been warm, and the sunshine is scheduled to dominate the sky for the rest of the week while cooler temperatures slowly start to roll into the Valley and a snowstorm brews on the horizon.
The high of
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Saguache under boil water advisory

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
SAGUACHE -- The Red Cross delivered 600 gallons of water to residents of Saguache as officials worked on correcting a problem with local water resources on Monday.
Residents of Saguache, a town of about 600 people, are being told to boil their water before drinking. Officials from the town of Saguache have asked the Red Cross to help supply water
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Water groups add tools to workbench

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- "Tool Time" Tim would be proud.
The Rio Grande Roundtable keeps putting more tools into the workbench it's using for the San Luis Valley's fixer-upper water structure.
The tools aren't $9.88-plus-tax hammers, either.
Yesterday the roundtable, a Valley-wide board representing various water groups and interests, approved a $219,000 request from the Conejos River System Water Users
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