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Early Iron Festival shatters record

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Early Iron Festival didn't just break a record this year -- "we shattered it," Club President Jeff Woodward said on Monday.
Entries for the 34th annual festival totaled 585, and 603 total vehicles filled Alamosa's Cole Park, counting racecars, dragsters, club cars and tractors.
"We are just shaking our heads going what happened this year?" Woodward
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Basin, state plan for future water needs

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- As more people move to Colorado, the state is trying to make sure there will be enough water for them once they get here.
Recognizing Colorado's population will only continue to grow in future years, the state is developing a water plan encompassing all nine river basins including the Rio Grande Basin in the San Luis
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Cackle Fest roars to life at Early Iron

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
Scott Deacon, Monte Vista, feels the power of a nitro methane powered dragster motor Friday night for the first time during the first Early Iron Cackle Fest. The dragsters will show off their stuff throughout today during the 34th annual Early Iron Festival. The public is invited to view the 500-plus cars in Cole Park in Alamosa and downtown this
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Adams is looking for enrollment inspiration

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA, Adams State University (ASU) is short a few students this fall, and the drop in enrollment is motivating the Board of Trustees (BOT) to take a creative look at recruiting techniques instead of letting it bring them down, too.
"Doing the same old things is not going to get us where we need to be," said
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Water lessons shared

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
This is the twelth article in the series from the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable, regarding the formation and implementation of the Basin Water Plan.

VALLEY -- Water is an essential element for sustaining life.
Rivers, streams and lakes are the lifeline of an environment. When waterways are polluted, the system is in need of repair. When waterways are
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Cameo's still cruisin'

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Featured on everything from posters and T-shirts to the Early Iron Festival ale, the 2013 Rodder's Choice winner was a working pickup with a cement mixer in the back of it when owner Cleave Simpson's dad Alan bought it in 1967.
Alan spotted the 1957 Cameo pickup parked in a grocery store parking lot and left
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ASU librarian fights for status change

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Librarianship is not going unnoticed at Adams State University (ASU) since Carol Smith became the Nielsen Library Director one year ago.
Since filling the position, Smith, a forward thinking academic librarian who holds numerous degrees, has extensive business experience and is in the process of finishing her Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies through
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CSU reaches out to Adams

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
ourier staff writer
ALAMOSA, Colorado State University (CSU) System Chancellor Michael Martin brought partnership ideas to the Adams State University (ASU) Board of Trustees Thursday afternoon, and he was well received.
"This is a great idea," said ASU Trustee Chairman Arnold Salazar. "I don't want to see a good idea sit on the shelf."
The trustees did not take any
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Dunes quarter release date is almost here

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
SAND DUNES -- Great Sand Dunes National Park has been selected as the national site to represent the state of Colorado on the reverse side of the United States quarter-dollar coin. Great Sand Dunes National Park is the 24th coin-release in the United State Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, a multi-year initiative authorized by Public Law 110-456 (America's Beautiful
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Svaldi presents 'Last Lecture'

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
ALAMOSA, If this were his last opportunity to speak to students, what would Adams State University President David Svaldi say?
Community and campus members are invited to find out during the 2014 Autumn@Adams Last Lecture. The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in McDaniel Hall room 101. The discussion is free and open to the public. Free
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School wants local bidders

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- In the midst of a discussion last week about Alamosa School District (ASD) maintenance projects, the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) promoted the importance of hiring local contractors for building projects.
"As a courtesy, we should call local contractors," said ABOE Official Arlan Van Ry after hearing an update on the new gymnastics facility that is
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'No comment' explained in Shults/ASU matter

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Responding to requests by the public to further comment on the dismissal earlier this summer of Adams State University Campus Police Chief Dr. Joel Shults and allegations Shults made surrounding his termination, ASU Board of Trustees Chairman Arnold Salazar issued a statement on behalf of the board yesterday.
"The Board of Trustees of Adams State University
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Missing man still a mystery

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
COSTILLA COUNTY -- What started as a report of allegedly abandoned animals in January is now a full-scale missing person investigation.
The recovery of 57 allegedly abandoned horses near Jaroso, just inside the Colorado-New Mexico state line, rapidly grew into concern about their owner.
Property owner Gerry Warren White also known as "Brother Anthony," has been missing since January, and
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Valley offers varied Labor Day activities

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014
VALLEY -- San Luis Valley residents are invited to stay home this weekend and enjoy Labor Day events in Alamosa, Antonito and Creede. Events range from Alamosa's Early Iron Festival, expected to draw more than 500 vehicles this year, to a parade and live entertainment in Antonito and a balloon festival, salsa fiesta and mountain run in Creede.

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Early Iron Fest bolsters local economy

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In addition to providing a fun, family-friendly Labor Day event, the Early Iron Festival provides an enormous economic boost to its host city Alamosa and surrounding San Luis Valley communities.
In an economic impact analysis updated by the SLV Development Resources Group (DRG) and presented to the Alamosa city council this month, DRG Executive Director Michael
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Police seek attempted robbery suspect

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
MONTE VISTA -- Monte Vista police are looking for a woman who threatened a thrift store employee with a knife Saturday afternoon.
Fortunately the potential victim had already left the Nazarene Thrift Store at 730 First Avenue and gotten inside her vehicle in the parking lot when a female holding a butcher knife approached her car. The woman, described as
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Cocaine-coated currency?

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014
Cocaine-coated currency?

MONTE VISTA -- Authorities are investigating a case of what appears to be drug-tainted dollar bills at a Monte Vista bank.
Monte Vista Police Chief Jim Grayson reported on Monday that officers from his department responded to a possible hazardous material call at San Luis Valley Federal Bank, 330 Solar Avenue, in Monte Vista at approximately 5:42
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Alamosa still famous for salmonella

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa's salmonella outbreak is still making news.
The 2008 incident made it into a book just released by the American Water Works Association.
In the chapter "Case Studies of Waterborne Disease Outbreaks," the 2014 book "Ensuring Safe Drinking Water: Learning From Frontline Experience With Contamination" devotes seven pages to Alamosa's 2008 salmonella outbreak.
Alamosa's incident
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Citizens help catch cruising crooks

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
ALAMOSA  -- A little community assistance went a long way Thursday evening when the Alamosa Police Department (APD) recovered one missing 1976 black Chevelle that had vanished from the Smoothy's Juice Bar parking lot on the corner of Highways 160 and 285.
Not only did the APD locate the vintage vehicle after an observant citizen's 911 call reported its location
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City addresses ice rink safety issues

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Responding to safety concerns about the current condition of Alamosa's ice rink, the city council Wednesday night unanimously approved an application to Great Outdoors Colorado to fund repairs.
The city will submit by Great Outdoors Colorado's (GOCO) August 27 deadline a request for $111,000 to be matched with $48,000 from city funds to replace ice rink
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County debates address signs

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY, Whether it's right for Alamosa County to require property owners to purchase a blue address sign struck a chord Wednesday morning with Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen.
"I don't want to step on anybody's toes who doesn't want to put a sign up," said Allen during this week's Alamosa County Commissioner's (ACC) meeting. "If they
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Alamosa County expands solar

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY, A 1041 permit transfer the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) unanimously granted SunPower Wednesday morning set the wheels in motion for the California-based company's third Valley facility, the Hooper Solar Project, to break ground this fall.
"We are all ready to go," said SunPower Permit Compliance Manager James Diven yesterday about the project during the 1041
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Dogs have their day in Alamosa

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city council went to the dogs last night.
Councilmen unanimously approved a resolution establishing a dog park at Lee Fields east of the city recreation center. City Parks & Recreation Director Heinz Bergann said he hoped to see the park in place before the end of the year.
He added he hoped to see a
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SLV demonstrates love in a good pair of jeans

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Courier editor
VALLEY -- San Luis Valley residents and businesses are sending love to Haiti -- in blue jeans.
When local Pastor Jeff Maskevich approached Farm Store Manager Brenda Cooper at the Monte Vista Co-op about a cash gift to help build church benches at a Haitian mission he founded in Kilbetay, she went a step further and donated 120
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Alamosa board reviews sex ed

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA, During an Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) conversation about curriculum Monday night, the concern was instead parent approval more so than meeting any outside standards regarding the Alamosa School District's sex education policy.
In a second policy reading, the ABOE took into consideration whether it is appropriate and necessary for parents to state their reasons for
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