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Tree planting revives National Forest

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
Courier staff writer
RIO GRANDE NATIONAL FOREST -- With a tip of his hardhat and a flash of a smile, Leobardo Cortez drove his weary crew out of Trujillo Meadows Campground near the New Mexico border in a dusty van.
And just like that, the 2015 timber regeneration season in the Conejos Peak Ranger District of Rio Grande National Forest
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ASU adjusts staff, faculty salaries

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In an effort to bring employee wages up to a more competitive level, Adams State University recently adjusted the salaries of numerous faculty and administrative staff.
ASU Director of Human Resources Tracy Rogers provided a report on the salary adjustments to the Adams State trustees during their meeting on Thursday.
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SLV Health to become Level III Trauma Center

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- After a day-long review process on Thursday San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center, currently a Level IV Trauma Center, has received recommendation by the CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) for designation as a Level III Trauma Center.
Official designation should follow in the next few weeks. This will elevate the trauma level
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Murder trial reset

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
ONEJOS -- An angry judge and a necessary postponement faced attorneys for Bradley Douglas Faux, 22, Thursday afternoon after defense attorney Barbara Zollars resigned.
Zollars was appointed Rio Grande County Judge earlier this month and necessarily changed her focus.
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Kuenhold shares ASU safety, fairness report

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Negative allegations about safety and fairness at Adams State University surfacing after the dismissal of the former ASU police chief last year were largely dispelled Thursday as retired Judge O. John Kuenhold delivered findings and recommendations to the ASU board of trustees.
"There have been some comments before I started about indifference on campus. I didn't
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Drugs, guns, cash seized

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
MONTE VISTA -- Monte Vista police took more than $25,000 worth of drugs off the street this week and arrested two men on distribution charges.
According to Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson, suspected drug activity in downtown Monte Vista led to the arrests of Marty Lee Roybal, 34 of Monte Vista and Jeremy Adam Sanchez, 37, of Alamosa and
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Warm classrooms create concern

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Hot enough for ya? Alamosa School District officials are working hard to address concerns over too-hot classrooms at three Alamosa school buildings.
The classrooms, on the south side of the second floor of the elementary school buildings, as well as some windowless interior classrooms at Ortega Middle School, have been criticized by some teachers
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In Alamosa schools, all students eat for free

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- How much would you pay for a fresh Hawaiian chicken wrap and salad bar? If you're a student in Alamosa Public Schools, it's on the house.
All Alamosa public school students can receive free breakfast and lunch every school day, thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
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Dunes celebrates park anniversary

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
AND DUNES, The National Park Service celebrated its 99th birthday on Tuesday, August 25, and is looking forward to its 100th in 2016.
The Great Sand Dunes National Park celebrated the Park Service anniversary with an entrance-free day.
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Alamosa may extend mobile food permits

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Mobile food vendors may be allowed to operate year round in Alamosa in the future.
The Alamosa city council unanimously approved on first reading and set for a September 2 public hearing an ordinance temporarily extending the time mobile food vendors can operate in Alamosa. This will give city staff and council time to develop a
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Valley students meet new faces

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
y DAVID GILBERT
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- As many San Luis Valley public schools are opening this week, students can expect several new teachers in the classrooms and in some cases, new buildings. Many of the Valley's public schools shared opening comments and changes:

Alamosa
New staff were warmly welcomed by Carrie Zimmermann, Marian Lara, Jose Ortega, Andy
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Teen invents ‘Freedom Cane,' patent pending

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Sargent High School Senior Mary Hood is likely one of the few teenagers with a patent pending on a product that could save someone's life someday.
The 17-year-old Alamosa resident developed a "smart cane," now called the Freedom Cane, as a science fair project that took her all the way to the international science fair this
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Baca wildlife refuge opens visitor center

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- The Baca National Wildlife Refuge is finally open to the public, 12 years after it was created. The refuge held a reception Friday to celebrate the opening of its new Visitor Contact Station.
"What we have here is an intact landscape, which is unusual," said Sharon Vaughn, project leader for the Baca Refuge. "It hasn't
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Out-of-state fires create hazy SLV skies

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Fires from the northwestern U.S. are affecting the San Luis Valley's blue skies and mountain views.
Although the San Luis Valley was not included in air quality alerts Friday due to fires elsewhere, haze from those fires blurred the Valley's skyline.
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Fire cause still under investigation

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa Fire Chief Don Chapman said on Thursday the fire that damaged a house located at Fourth Street and Poncha Avenue in Alamosa Wednesday evening is still under investig
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ASU Athletics brings 13M to SLV

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
ASU Sports Information Director
ALAMOSA, Under the guidance of Adams State University's faculty advisor, Liz Thomas Hensley, five ASU students have completed an athletic economic impact analysis. Conducted during the 2013-14 academic season the following figures reflect the economic impact of not only Adams State but the San Luis Valley (SLV).
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Gillaspie will not run again

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Long-time Alamosa City Councilman Greg Gillaspie announced Wednesday he will not be seeking re-election.
"I have served three terms, a total of 12 years, and that is enough," he said during the August 19 city council meeting. "It's time for a new set of eyes."
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Fire sets house ablaze

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
Alamosa firefighters respond to a house fire on the corner of Fourth Street and Poncha Avenue, just east of Safeway in Alamosa Wednesday night about 8:30 p.m. Resident Venus Maes said she had just moved into her mother's home with her family, including a special needs child, when the fire occurred. She said her brother had been working on a
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SLV CASA gets name, mission

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- After some discussion Wednesday evening, community members who have been working to address the substance abuse epidemic here in the Valley voted to call themselves San Luis Valley Communities Addressing Substance Abuse (SLV CASA).
This is an important step needed for the group to move forward.
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County seeks $ for Mosca sewer

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- The decades-old Mosca sewage dilemma continues to move toward a resolution.
Alamosa County is drawing closer to receiving the necessary funding to install a much-needed sewage treatment plant in the little town, Deputy Land Use Administrator Rachel Baird told the Alamosa County Commissioners on Wednesday.
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Johnson running for commissioner

Posted: Thursday, Aug 20th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Getting an early start on the 2016 election, rural Alamosa resident Tim Johnson, 59, announced his intention on Wednesday to run for Alamosa County Commissioner in District 3.
The Waverly area resident will run on the Republican ticket.
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Softball hits a home run for AHS

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 19th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Play ball! A dream has come true for Alamosa schoolgirls who will now be able to continue playing competitive softball through their high-school years.
The Alamosa School Board unanimously approved the creation of a high school softball team Monday evening, in a meeting marked by the excitement of the young athletes and their
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Water rules now imminent

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Time's almost up.
In the works for several years, the groundwater rules for the Rio Grande Basin are now in final draft form and should be filed with the water court within the next month.
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