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Folks sick after attending health fair

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
RIO GRANDE COUNTY -- Monte Vista's 9Health Fair did not turn out to be that healthy for about three dozen attendees who experienced upset stomachs afterwards.
Health officials announced yesterday they suspected the source of numerous instances of recent gastrointestinal (GI) illness was food borne.
Rio Grande County Public Health Director Emily Brown stated that of the individuals interviewed, 37
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Pre-trial services successful in Alamosa

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Pretrial services are saving Alamosa County thousands of dollars after two and a half years of breaking a downward cycle of consequences.
Governor John Hickenlooper on May 11, 2013 signed into law H.B. 13-1236, which substantially alters the way judges are to administer bail in Colorado.
The law is the first pretrial bail statute
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New observatory construction begins

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- A new space to contemplate the marvels of the universe is coming soon to the Valley.
Adams State University (ASU) has a new observatory under construction on the campus' northern end courtesy of the $3.6 million Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) grant the U.S. Department of Education awarded the institution
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Linemen keep the power on in the Valley

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Courier editor
MONTE VISTA -- "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night …" is more than the postman's motto.
It could also appropriately describe power company linemen, like the gentlemen who work for the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative. Today, April 18, is a day to recognize their efforts and dedication on National Lineman Appreciation Day.
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Monte police arrest fugitive

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
MONTE VISTA -- After a week evading authorities, fugitive David Marquez, 44, of Monte Vista was arrested yesterday afternoon on charges connected to a carjacking and kidnapping in Pueblo last Tuesday.
Monte Vista Chief of Police James Grayson announced Wednesday evening, April 16, that SWAT officers from the Monte Vista Police Department arrested Marquez on an outstanding arrest warrant out
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Water debts could break some areas

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Paying past water debts while trying to keep up with current ones could be a make-or-break proposition for new water management sub-districts throughout the San Luis Valley.

Background
Knowing the state would soon be regulating the hundreds of irrigation wells in the Valley, members of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District (RGWCD) began developing an
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Alarm system calls are primarily false

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Inmate numbers continue to stay below what has become the norm in the Alamosa County Jail, and false alarm calls coupled with heroin on the streets continue to burden the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office (ACSO).
Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong told the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) last Wednesday there has been a daily average of
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RG Basin snowpack is still below average

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In light of the most recent snowpack report, the Rio Grande Basin is no longer at the bottom of the list in the state -- but it's close.
Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten reported to the Rio Grande Water Conservation District board yesterday the Rio Grande Basin was 73 percent of
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Blood Moon

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
A blood red moon sat high in the Valley sky last night during the first total lunar eclipse visible from North and South America in 28 months. The event started shortly before midnight on Monday, and the moon turned a red hue around 1 a.m. after it first hit the Earth's umbral shadow. The moon's northern half appeared much darker
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Wilson, Morgan headline concert at Ski Hi Stampede

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
MONTE VISTA, Up and coming country music star Craig Campbell will open for Gretchen Wilson at this year's 93rd annual Ski Hi Stampede concert on Thursday, July 24th. Concert tickets will go on sale this week.
Campbell's "Keep Them Kisses Comin''' climbed to 24th on the Billboard charts last week, while Wilson's rapid ascent to the top started with her
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Jury conflicts arise in Carpenter murder trial

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Adams State finals week and spring planting may affect the jury pool in the Gregory Carpenter trial, scheduled to begin in three weeks.
Carpenter, 51, will be tried on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the April 8, 2013 shooting death of his neighbor Jose Luis Fernandez, 36, in the Wagon Wheel Trailer Park in
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Plea entered in ASU explosive device case

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- Kenan Bussen, 21, entered a plea of "no contest" to two charges in connection with a suspected explosive device discovered on the Adams State University campus last October.
District Court Judge Michael A. Gonzales explained, "You understand that a ‘no contest' plea is accepted as a guilty plea, and as far as sentencing is concerned, it is
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Weeds cost all Valley residents

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
VALLEY -- During the summer months residents' eyes are often drawn to showy vegetation on the landscape, on their trips to work, or even in gardens and flowerbeds. More often than they may realize, these bright flowering plants are weeds that can be damaging to soil, wildlife habitat, and agriculture.
A weed is often defined as a plant out
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Weaver Eppie Archuleta dies at 92

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
ESPANOLA, N.M. -- World-renowned weaver Dr. Eppie Archuleta passed away yesterday in Espanola, N.M.
Archuleta was 92.
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Dunes wilderness program inspires, unites youth

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Courier staff writer
SAND DUNES -- Lessons learned within the realm of wilderness are life everlasting for an ambassador.
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High Valley scales back tax proposal

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
DEL NORTE -- Organizers of the proposed High Valley Park and Recreation District, High Valley Community Center (HVCC), have decided to move forward on the park and recreation district with boundaries that do not include South Fork or the immediate surrounding area. 
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Man arrested for sex assault

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
MONTE VISTA -- On Wednesday, April 9, Monte Vista Police officers arrested Tomas Pedro Ramirez, 22, of Center, on charges of sexual assault on a child, enticement of a child and internet luring of a child.
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Alamosa 9HealthFair draws crowd, blood

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Blood flowed and hearts were beating Friday at the 19th annual Alamosa 9HealthFair.
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Curt Wilson earns 2014 Principal of the Year

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
LA JARA -- Centauri High School (CHS) Principal Curtis Wilson is the 2014 Colorado National High School Principal of the Year.
The Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals (CASSP), an affiliate of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and a chapter of Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) selected Wilson for providing outstanding leadership.
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Gastro illness reported in Rio Grande County

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
RIO GRANDE COUNTY -- Rio Grande County has been experiencing an increase in reports of gastrointestinal illness. A source for this illness has not yet been identified but Public Health officials are working with local health care providers to determine a possible cause.
Anyone in the area who is currently experiencing severe gastrointestinal symptoms (such us nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal
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Sex assault: Victimization in Latino families

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
SLV Immigrant
Resource Center
VALLEY -- Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. experience sexual violence each year. Sexual violence includes any form of unwanted sexual contact from one person to another and comes in many forms. It ranges from unwanted touching to forced sexual intercourse (rape) and victims span all social classes, education levels, ages, races, genders,
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Strohmayer seeks re-election

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
MONTE VISTA -- Rusty Strohmayer has announced his intention to seek re-election as Rio Grande County Coroner.
Strohmayer graduated from high school in Montana and graduated from Mt. Hood Mortuary Science in Portland, Oregon with degrees in mortuary science, psychology, sociology and business.
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Monte Vistan sought in carjacking

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
VALLEY -- Local authorities are searching for a man from Monte Vista in conjunction with a carjacking Tuesday morning in Pueblo.
David Marquez, 44, of Monte Vista, is wanted on kidnapping and robbery charges, according to the Pueblo Police Department, which has enlisted the assistance of San Luis Valley law enforcement to locate Marquez.
Marquez had not yet
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Burglary fails

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- A burglar taking from the City of Alamosa buildings on Eighth Street and Ross Avenue couldn't complete the job Tuesday night.
City employees found the buildings on the south side of the property had been disturbed Wednesday morning, but only after finding the missing items outside on the lot's northern corner, said Alamosa Police Deputy Chief Robert Jackson yesterday
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Dunes road to be limited

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- A coming weight limit will change traffic patterns soon on Alamosa County Lane 6, the eastern route to the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
The Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) said Wednesday during their regular meeting they are moving forward with plans to impose a weight limit aiming to prevent semis carrying heavy loads from using
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Roundtable approves Mountain Home funding

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Money is still following the water in the Rio Grande Basin.
With funds to spare, the Rio Grande Roundtable on Tuesday unanimously approved a $25,000 allocation from the local basin account for a feasibility study to determine the best way to improve the efficiency of Mountain Home Reservoir both for the benefit of Trinchera Irrigation Company
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