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ASU theft case is inside job

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Adams State University Police Department recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen electronics this week -- and the alleged culprit was one of the university's own.
"We had a thief among us," said ASU Police Chief Paul Grohowski, who would not release the suspect's name until charges are filed. "It was kind of heartbreaking to think
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Love's robbed in Monte Vista

Modified: Friday, May 29th, 2015
On May 27 at approximately 4 a.m., a male entered the Love's Country Store on Grande Avenue in Monte Vista and demanded cash. No weapon was displayed and no one was injured during the incident. The suspect fled north riding a bicycle. The suspect wore a blue hoodie, blue jeans, white shoes, green plastic gloves and had a white cloth tied across his
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Tipton calls on VA to make changes

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
ourier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Congressman Scott Tipton-R needs the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to do its job.
"There is a lack of accountability at the VA," said Tipton Thursday afternoon during a public meeting at the Alamosa City Hall to the veterans in attendance. "It must be incredibly embarrassing.
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Inmate sets jail ablaze

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
SAGUACHE -- An unruly Saguache County Jail inmate started a fire Wednesday morning resulting in a total evacuation and possibly $100,000 in damages.
Dick George Lopez, 41, is facing felony arson, assault and criminal mischief charges in addition to an escape charge after he allegedly "yanked out a conduit and started a small fire that turned into a large fire in
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Recycling in Alamosa is not in the bag

Modified: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Although Alamosa city councilors weren't able to tie the plastic bag discussion up in a tidy package last night, they received a fair amount of citizen input on the subject.
The council hosted a public meeting Wednesday evening to gather input on the prospect of reducing plastic bag littering and landfill waste by placing a per-bag
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Atencio dies after crash with semi

Posted: Thursday, May 28th, 2015
LA VETA PASS -- Alamosa resident Jimmy Atencio, 20, died on Tuesday as a result of injuries suffered in an early morning accident Monday on the east side of La Veta Pass.
Colorado State Patrol Sergeant Thomas Taylor said Atencio was headed east on Highway 160 when the Dodge Durango he was driving collided with a semi truck and trailer
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Photos sought for SLV Vietnam veterans on Wall

Posted: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
ourier editor
VALLEY -- Jose H. Velasquez, Jimmy W. Westbrook, Ernest Serna …
These are three of the names of San Luis Valley Vietnam veterans whose names appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall but whose photos are missing from the "Wall of Faces."
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Mosca wastewater project navigates funding obstacles

Posted: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- State funding is not an option for the $1.4 million Mosca Wastewater Infrastructure Improvement Project, which was a hope to keep residents' monthly fees down once the new system is installed.
Although the Alamosa County Land Use Department has yet to determine final costs and funding, which is likely to come mostly from the
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Horse rescue ready to mount up

Posted: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Buck Creek Valley Animal Rescue isn't just about rescuing horses.
It's also about rescuing people.
During a recent presentation to the Alamosa city council Phil Ray Jack, an Adams State teacher who serves on the rescue group's board, talked about the group's multiple missions of serving rescued horses, veterans with emotional issues and others who can
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Homelake joins past and present

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
MONTE VISTA -- The past and present were entwined during the annual Memorial Day Observance at the Colorado Veterans Cemetery-Homelake.
Matthew Martinez, a Marine and member of the Monte Vista City Council was Master of Ceremonies, replacing longtime emcee Larry Mitchell (CMsgt. USAF Ret.), who received resounding thanks for his past service.
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Stolen vehicle crashes on east side

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Center resident Amelio Martinez, 24, faces numerous felony charges after crashing an allegedly stolen car on the east side of Alamosa Friday afternoon.
Martinez was also transported to the Alamosa hospital after Alamosa firefighters had to extricate him from the vehicle.

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Fire destroys rural Alamosa residence

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- An early morning fire Friday destroyed the home of a rural Alamosa family.
Alamosa Fire Chief Don Chapman said a passerby noticed the modular home of the Dave Sisneros family on fire at 4159 Road 103 South, Alamosa.
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City mulls BYOB

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa may become a BYOB city -- Bring Your Own Bag.
The Alamosa city council will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at the recreation center to gather community input on the subject of plastic bags.
Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks explained the city council is considering a citywide program that
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Dallas shares Village decision

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Courier editor
MONTE VISTA -- Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas announced his decision yesterday to approve a land exchange with Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture (LMJV) that would permit year-round access for the proposed Village at Wolf Creek.
Dallas' final decision mirrors the draft decision he announced last fall to exchange about 205 acres of National Forest System land for
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ASD optimistic about budget

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Extra education dollars are evident in the Alamosa School District's preliminary 2015-2016 budget.
Per pupil funding is increasing, and the district is expecting to see $256 more for a total of $7,104 a head this fall, according to preliminary budget documents presented Monday night during the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) meeting.
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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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