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Alamosa’s first Story Walk opens

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Courier Publisher
ALAMOSA, More than 50 people attended the ribbon cutting Saturday for the city's first Story Walk beginning on the southwest side of city hall and proceeding around and behind the public library.
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New retail liquor store splits city council vote

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In a 5-2 vote this week the Alamosa city council approved a new retail liquor license.
The new liquor store, Calvillo's Liquor, will be located next to H&R Block across from Calvillo's Restaurant on east Main Street in Alamosa. The liquor license holder is Maria de Lourdes Lopez.
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Airport board prefers Boutique

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa's airport board on Thursday decided to recommend Boutique Air for the Essential Air Service contract for the SLV Regional Airport.
The previous night the Alamosa city council also unanimously recommended Boutique Air for the contract, which is currently held by Great Lakes.
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Ice rink/pavilion estimate way off

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Dreams of a new ice rink are in danger of melting under the heat of a glaring new truth.
The rink/multipurpose pavilion will cost about $1 million more than initially estimated.
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Tuesday fire leaves three homeless

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA --Jared Damen had only been in his residence a couple of nights before losing it to a fire Tuesday night.
Alamosa Fire Chief Don Chapman said Damen's residence was totally lost in a fire that began about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.
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City recommends Boutique Air

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city council Wednesday night unanimously supported Boutique Air for the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract for the SLV Regional Airport in Alamosa.
Essential Air Service provides a government subsidy for the local air service provider.
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Alamosa firefighters respond to structure fire

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Alamosa firefighters respond to a structure fire in a remote area northeast of Alamosa late Tuesday evening. One of the fire trucks got stuck in the rugged road leading to the structure. Further information was not available at press time.
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OMS students assist lame pup

Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Pony Boy went to school on Friday to thank the young benefactors who helped get him back on his feet -- or rather paws -- again.
Pony Boy and his sister Mallie, whose heritage includes some golden retriever and Arctic shepherd, were lucky enough to find their way into the adoptive home of Ben Doon of
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Family earns diplomas together

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- DeeAnn Salazar's dad would have been proud Friday evening as his daughter received a diploma from Trinidad State Junior College as the top graduate in Career and Technical Education.
"My mom graduated from Adams State," she said. "Dad always said ‘get your education.' He wasn't able to because he had to work. I wish
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Courier wins awards

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
DENVER -- The Valley Courier received multiple awards and Publisher Keith Cerny was honored for his leadership of the Colorado Press Association during the association's annual convention this past weekend.
The 138th Annual Colorado Press Association Convention featured the theme "Keep Calm and Press On."
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper welcomed the attendees from around the state.
Cerny was recognized for
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Crash kills Texas man on Friday

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- A Texas man died and his wife was transported with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash at Highway 17 and the Stanley Road Friday afternoon.
The Colorado State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 17 approximately five miles south of Mosca at
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Greeley police shoot Valley fugitive

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
GREELEY -- An Alamosa man wanted on a warrant out of Rio Grande County was shot to death by police following an armed robbery in Greeley on Wednesday.
Sean Ryan Mondragon, 24, wanted out of Rio Grande County for assault, obstructing a police officer, driving under restraint and committing a crime of violence, robbed a woman at a bowling alley
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Boutique Air bids for SLV market

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- For the first time in years, more than one airline is competing for Alamosa's Essential Air Service contract.
Boutique Air has already moved into Great Lakes air space in other markets and has its sights on the San Luis Valley Regional Airport.
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Community honors peace officers

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Every 58 hours a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty in the United States.
It was to acknowledge that supreme sacrifice -- and the risk officers take every day performing their duties -- that the Alamosa Police Department hosted the 9th Annual San Luis Valley Peace Officer Memorial Wednesday afternoon.
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Inmate medical care is problematic

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Overcrowding is not the only challenge facing Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson at the Alamosa County Detention Center.
Appropriately trained staff to deal with inmates' medical needs is an urgent problem, the sheriff told Alamosa County officials and staff on Wednesday.
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SLV confirms another hantavirus case

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
DEL NORTE--Lab tests confirmed on Wednesday that a Rio Grande County resident, who recently fell ill and was hospitalized, was exposed to hantavirus, according to Rio Grande County Public Health Director Emily Brown. To protect confidentiality, public health officials are unable to disclose the identity of the patient or exact location of exposure.
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Basin snowpack above normal; flood threat possible in northern Valley

Posted: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Thanks to spring snowfalls and cooler temperatures keeping the snow in the mountains a bit longer, the Rio Grande Basin's snowpack is now above normal.
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Dusty snow affects runoff

Posted: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Dust on snow is more than unsightly.
It also causes the snowpack to melt sooner, which affects runoff into the San Luis Valley's rivers, creeks and irrigation ditches.
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