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Adams ranked among top 50 Hispanic serving institutions

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- Adams State University has been named one of the top 50 Hispanic Serving Institutions in the United States by BestColleges.com, a group created to provide students with information so they can make more informed choices about their education.
BestColleges ranks colleges and universities based on their acceptance rate, retention rate, graduation rate, and enrollment rate. They then
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San Luis Valley dentist receives Fellowship Award

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- Dr. Steve Schiffer, Alamosa, was presented with this year's Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship Award.
"Life is an adventure," Schiffer said. "You have to stick to whatever vision you have, but also be willing to accept changes when you discover new things."
Schiffer began as a blue collar worker in Pennsylvania. Then he decided to go to college
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City approves alcohol permit for MMA event

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 26th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Special permission to serve alcohol at an upcoming MMA event at the rec center did not go through without some opposition.
The Alamosa city council, which serves as the local liquor authority, approved the special event permit for the December 6 "Fighting for a Cause" event on a 5-1 vote this month, with Councilman Rusty Johnson
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Wolf Creek decision will be challenged

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- SLV Ecosystem Council board members decided unanimously yesterday to challenge the November 20 Rio Grande National Forest decision approving a land exchange with Village at Wolf Creek developers.
The council in its annual meeting on Monday approved a motion to legally challenge the Village at Wolf Creek decision "including all issues that may be relevant."
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Incentive contract to streamline inmate paperwork

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- A Colorado Department of Health Care Policy incentives contract with human services will help inmates access services with the county footing the bill.
The incentives contract provides counties with an opportunity to earn financial incentives if certain record keeping benchmarks regarding Medicaid are maintained. It is an optional program with no risk to the county
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Grizzlies sweep regional XC titles

Posted: Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014
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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.
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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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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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