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Conejos disputes fraud allegations

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
CONEJOS -- Something happened, but it was unintentional.
After an extensive investigation, the Conejos Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) have concluded that allegations of fraud against two Department of Social Services (DSS) staff are not supported by the facts, other testimony or evidence.
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Alamosa graduate dies in service

Modified: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa High School graduate Devon Doyle, who turned 21 on May 1, died in an accident on Saturday, May 16.
He was serving on the USS Farragut in the Persian Gulf.
The Mayport, Fla., based Farragut was deployed with the Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the campaign against Islamic State militants in
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Memorial Day events shared for the Valley

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
VALLEY -- Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor all those who have passed away and who served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force or Coast Guard. Many of these veterans are buried in the San Luis Valley. Special services are planned throughout the Valley to commemorate those who served in the various
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Sargent wins state Envirothon

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Five Sargent Farmers are headed to Springfield, Missouri this summer to show the nation what they know about urban forestry.
On Friday, Wyatt Clark, Syree Gunnels, Jessica Kern, Cassidy Plane and Kenon Miner took first place out of 10 teams during the Colorado Envirothon competition, which was held in Alamosa for the first time and for
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New courthouse grant denied, plans progress

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Minus the full grant amount requested from the Colorado Judicial Department Underfunded Facilities Commission, the Justice Center Task Force will move ahead with its still-under-development vision.
The task force found out this week the commission would only provide $66,500 for master planning and pubic policy planning, and not the $2 million requested to help fund
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San Luis celebrates shrine anniversary

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Courier editor
SAN LUIS -- "The place talks by itself."
Father Heriberto Torres, who serves the Sangre de Cristo Parish, appropriately described the Stations of the Cross and Shrine of Todos los Santos, which are celebrating 25 years on the hill overlooking San Luis this weekend.
"It's not only for visiting but to grow spiritually and enjoy the solace," he
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Homicide victim is from San Luis

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
PUEBLO -- The victim in a May 11th homicide/suicide in Pueblo was from San Luis.
Joseph Jensen, 42, from San Luis, was shot and killed by Jeremie Klose, 32, from Questa, New Mexico, who then killed himself, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.
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Not crying 'Wolfe', state engineer holds last well rules advisory meeting

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- A 50-plus-member advisory group to help State Engineer Dick Wolfe develop well rules met for the last time yesterday.
The group ranging from farmers and ranchers to lawyers and government staff spent countless hours over the course of six years to craft regulations governing the thousands of wells in the Rio Grande Basin (San Luis Valley.)
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Solar is strong in Alamosa County

Posted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Commercial scale solar farms want to keep growing in Alamosa County.
With federal tax credit driving utility-scale solar development in recent years expiring in December 2016, the Alamosa County Land Use Department is seeing a renewed interest in solar development in the county.
In addition to multiple phone calls received from major developers
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