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Citizens support judicial upgrades, question tax

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Citizens are not opposed to a new judicial center and improved jail, but some are not pleased with the notion of another duty.
"I disagree with a one-cent sales tax," said Alamosa resident Jan Oen during a public information meeting at the Alamosa County Courthouse early Tuesday morning. "It is the most regressive type
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Supreme Court upholds local water court ruling

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In a decision affecting San Luis Valley water users for years to come, the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld the local water court's approval of a 2012 water replacement plan for Sub-District #1, which encompasses 3,000 irrigation wells in the farming area north of the Rio Grande.
"We affirm the water court's August 2012 orders
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One dies in Summitville rollover

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
SUMMITVILLE -- A Pagosa Springs man died Friday evening when the Jeep he was driving rolled near Summitville.
Jesse Whisman, 25, of Pagosa Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rio Grande County Coroner's Office. Ashely Beck, 23, also of Pagosa Springs, a passenger in the Jeep, sustained minor injuries. Beck was wearing her seatbelt. Whisman was not.
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Death with Dignity bill seeks second chance

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- In "The Shootist," Jimmy Stewart plays Dr. Hostetler, a physician in the Old West. When an aging gunslinger, J. B. Books (played by John Wayne) discovers he has cancer, Dr. Hostetler describes what the gunfighter can expect.
"You know, Books; I'm not an especially brave man," the doctor says, "but, if I were you and had lived my
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Plight shared of the Valley's unwanted horses

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
VALLEY -- What happens when a horse is no longer wanted by its owner?
Maybe the horse is old, sick, or is injured so it can no longer meet its owner's expectations; or it may be that the horse is unmanageable and can't live up to its owners expectations.
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Village at Wolf Creek lawsuit filed

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
DENVER -- A coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Federal Court to stop a land exchange between the Rio Grande National Forest and Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture (LMJV) that would permit year-round access for the proposed Village at Wolf Creek.
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Producers call for more ag education

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- Producers across the Valley this week are reaching out to teachers in the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture's Food, Fiber and More Summer Institute, stressing the need for future farmers, ranchers and those behind the scenes keeping commodities on the shelves.
"Our food is going to have to come from somewhere," said Robert Middlemist, a fifth
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DuPont murderer gets 32 years

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
Courier editor
DEL NORTE -- Noting that the fatal shooting occurred in front of the defendant's 2-year-old daughter, Chief District Judge Pattie Swift on Wednesday afternoon sentenced Mark Gutierrez, 47, to 32 years in prison for the May 2014 death of Edward DuPont, 27.
"You killed someone in front of your child," Swift said to Gutierrez when she outlined the
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ACC discuss field of dreams

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- The Top of the World Baseball Park faced some challenges Wednesday when the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) went into a special work session to hear a request from Erwin Young, one of the Top of the World Baseball Park promoters.
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Homicide suspect arrested

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
MESITA -- Responding to a reported shooting in Mesita Tuesday evening, June 23, Costilla County Sheriff's Office deputies and Colorado State Patrol officers apprehended suspect George Rostad, 43, who is currently being held at the Costilla County Jail in connection with the fatal shooting of Randolph Thatcher, 58, who suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.
Further details
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Race Across America bikes through SLV

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- When Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes finishes the Race Across America in a few days, it will have completed more than the 3,000-mile coast-to-coast endurance ride.
It will have raised money and awareness for military heroes who are suffering.
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Fugitive arrested

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
GARCIA -- A joint law enforcement operation resulted in the apprehension of a fugitive early this morning in Garcia.
Lawrence Martinez, 39, was arrested after a short foot chase in Garcia where he had been hiding. He had been on the run for several months and was wanted in New Mexico on a warrant for absconding from probation on a
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Record crowd attends annual Rails and Ales

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Counting the brewers "work" train, a record of nearly 1,200 people attended the annual Rails and Ales brewfest at Fir, near the top of LaVeta Pass on Saturday. More than 1,000 attendees paid to attend the event that featured more than 40 craft brewers from across the state and region and was co-hosted by San Luis Valley Brewing Company and
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Two-car crash kills Del Norte man

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
DEL NORTE -- Del Norte resident Geno Romero, 53, died early Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Alamosa County Road 100 and Rio Grande County Road 5 North.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, Romero failed to stop at the posted stop sign at the intersection just after midnight on Saturday morning, June 20, as he
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Institute plants crops in curriculum

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Colorado teachers are seeking resources to cultivate tomorrow's farmers and ranchers.
This week, the Valley welcomes the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture's Food, Fiber and More Summer Institute, a program uniting teachers with the local ag industry so they can share its lessons in and beyond the classroom.
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La Puente, Mountain Valley receive Americorps funding

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
VALLEY -- Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced yesterday La Puente and the Mountain Valley School District are among the 15 organizations selected in Colorado to receive Americorps funding grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
La Puente, the nonprofit organization based in Alamosa providing the Valley's homeless community with food, shelter and advocacy was awarded $257,264 to
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Firefighters remember fallen heroes

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
DEL NORTE -- About 50 firefighters and their families Wednesday night participated in the Colorado State Firefighters Association (CSFA) Convention Memorial with a special tribute to Monte Vista Fire Department Chief Chuck Archer who passed away earlier this year.
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Neighbors fed up with La Puente

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- With one voice Thursday night, residents in the neighborhood of the proposed Tierra Verde aluminum can purchasing center said "don't put it here."
The residents said they were not opposed to an aluminum can recycling operation but have many concerns about the effect La Puente's existing operations already have on the neighborhood and believed this would increase the
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Drive-thru beauty shop

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
No one was seriously injured after a late-model Chrysler Town and Country minivan jumped a parking curb on the west side of the Beyond Beauty Salon and Spa at 303 Edgemont in Alamosa about 2:30 Thursday. According to officials on scene the driver of the van was reported to be Rebecca Forster of La Jara. Some customers and employees of
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‘Big Fry’ drugs taken down on south side

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- After receiving multiple citizen complaints of drug activity, the Alamosa Police Department (APD), Alamosa County Sheriff's Office (ACSO), the Colorado State Patrol and the Adams State University Police Department Wednesday conducted a joint drug operation resulting in several felony arrests.
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DSS cases still on the increase

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Monthly Alamosa County Department of Human Services (DHS) cases are not showing signs of slowing.
In April, the county issued $537,575 for monthly food assistance, which is up $30,000 from April 2014 and $15,000 from the year before, following the upward trend starting last fall, according to DHS data. This spring, the county food assistance
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