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Deputy sex assault trial may be delayed

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Conflicting court proceedings could delay the December jury trial set for former Alamosa County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) deputy Dale Michael Jordan, 34, who is charged with engaging in sexual conduct with a female Alamosa County Detention Center inmate.
Jordan appeared before District Judge Michael Gonzales Monday afternoon in a pre-trial readiness hearing where it was revealed
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MV Family Dollar robbed Sunday

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
MONTE VISTA -- Monte Vista police are enlisting the public's help in locating a suspect in an armed robbery of the Family Dollar store Sunday night.
Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson reported that at about 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, a male wearing a red "hoodie" sweatshirt and a Santa Claus style faux beard robbed the Family Dollar
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ARMED MAN ROBS FAMILY DOLLAR

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014

MONTE VISTA--According to the Monte Vista Police Department's Facebook page, on Oct. 19 at approximately 9 p.m., a male wearing a red "hoodie" sweatshirt and a Santa Claus style faux beard robbed the Family Dollar store located at 1369 East Highway 160 in Monte Vista. The male, described as approximately 5'4" tall, was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. He
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Vikings’ liking: Center snatches SPC squeaker

Posted: Saturday, Oct 18th, 2014
Special to the Courier
IGNACIO--Both used under center by boss Scott Poole during Friday night's 1A Southern Peaks Conference clash, Center sophomores Jorge Venzor and Josh Jones could never have picked a more opportune time to operate as one--and finish what they'd initially started.
With an even minute remaining in the fourth quarter at IHS Field, the former--who'd connected with
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Special students excel, needs changing

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Courier staff writer
VALLEY, Students with disabilities across the Valley are performing towards the top of the state's reading list, and their populations are also rising in some Valley school districts.
The San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), which provides assistance for all students, but particularly for special education programs across the 14 school districts, boasts the
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Group fears pot problem for kids

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Courier editor
VALLEY -- How legalized marijuana will affect Colorado's children will be something the Colorado Children's Campaign will be watching in the future.
In a recent visit to the San Luis Valley, Colorado Children's Campaign President Chris Watney said over time her organization, which produces regular Kids Count reports, has seen that youth in Colorado are more likely
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Kids face challenges — but not alone

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
RUTH HEIDE
Courier editor
VALLEY -- Challenges continue to face children in the San Luis Valley, but the 2014 Kids Count report just released by the Colorado Children's Campaign reflects encouraging improvements in some of the areas Kids Count measures and monitors.
Although teen birth rates continue to be higher in the San Luis Valley than the statewide average,
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Recall election clarified

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Courier staff writer
CENTER -- A vote to recall Center Board of Education (CBOE) officials will not happen next month, if at all.
In Thursday's Valley Courier edition, it was incorrectly reported CBOE Officials James Sanchez and Phil Varoz would face recall in November's general election.
The recall organizers were unable to meet the deadline for next month's ballot
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Nonprofit funds tie council vote

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Funding for La Puente split an Alamosa city council vote on the budget Wednesday night.
Before the vote on the city's 2015 budget, Councilman Charles Griego recommended amending the budget to allocate $1,000 more to La Puente, which had requested the funding for its homeless prevention program. Griego said he believed La Puente did an amazing
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County budget holding steady

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY, Revenue sources are steady in Alamosa County.
The county is near completing its 2015 budget, which is a document used as a tool to help forecast the local government's revenues and expenditures.
In the coming year, it appears the county will continue to maintain its current base in property tax revenues, according to preliminary budget
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Center dissidents silent, crowd roars

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014
Courier staff writer
CENTER, It was all cheers Tuesday night for Center School District Superintendent George Welsh, and all jeers for the school board officials in opposition to his nearly two decades of leadership.
Although the matter of Center Board of Education Officials (CBOE) James Sanchez and Phil Varoz' request for Welsh's resignation several weeks ago was not a formal
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Ballots in hand, residents may begin voting

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014
Courier editor
VALLEY -- Although Election Day is nearly three weeks away, most San Luis Valley voters have already received their ballots in the mail.
Voters may mail their completed ballots back or return them to their respective county clerks' offices.
Whatever manner the ballots are returned, the clerks must receive them by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov.
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Students, teachers rally for Welsh at Center school

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Center eighth graders, from left, Gloria Dominguez and Brisa Castillo and sixth graders Melanny Bustamonte and Natalia Cendejas sing "We're not going to take it!" Tuesday night at the rally supporting the direction of the Center School District.
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Students, teachers rally for Welsh at Center school

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Center eighth graders, from left, Gloria Dominguez and Brisa Castillo and sixth graders Melanny Bustamonte and Natalia Cendejas sing "We're not going to take it!" Tuesday night at the rally supporting the direction of the Center School District.
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Teen held in shooting

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
CENTER -- A Center teenager is in custody and a 22-year-old in a Denver hospital following a shooting Monday night at 209 East Fourth Street in Center.
According to Center Police Chief William "Bill" Lucero, the suspect in the Monday night shooting was taken into custody without incident at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday. Police did not release the suspect's name because
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Crystal ball for river forecasts needs repair

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Nobody's crystal ball worked very well this year when it came to predicting river flows.
In a Valley-wide water meeting yesterday, former long-time Division Engineer Steve Vandiver indicated the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) crystal ball might be cracked.
"NRCS does their best, based on the SNOTELs they have," he said.
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Supers concerned about graduation requirements

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Courier staff writer
VALLEY, State mandated graduation requirements Tuesday again went unsupported during the Superintendents Advisory Council (SAC) meeting.
"I've got a lot of concerns," said SAC Chairman and Moffat School District Superintendent Kirk Banghart, who over a year ago was critical of the direction the state was going with the requirements. "I am seeing this getting high jacked."
In
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DRG pursues drought study

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Courier staff writer
VALLEY, An economic drought study tossed around for more than a year is now slowly starting to float.
The San Luis Valley Development Resources Group (DRG) is starting to solicit financial support for an economic impact analysis of decreased crop production due to reduced groundwater irrigation in the Valley since mentioning it during an all-Valley commissioners meeting
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MVPD makes major meth bust

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
Courier editor
MONTE VISTA -- An alert policeman on patrol early Friday morning made one of the biggest local drug busts in recent history.
Monte Vista Police Corporal Evan Lopez arrested two men from Sonora, Mexico and confiscated 11 pounds of methamphetamines valued at $508,000 after stopping them for suspected DUI on October 10 at Second and Monroe Avenue.
As
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Water rate increase set by ordinance

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- It's good news, but not as good as originally reported.
Contrary to an earlier misperception, water rates in the City of Alamosa will increase next year -- just not above what the city council had scheduled to do several years ago.
Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks clarified that although the city will not have to go
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UPDATE: Center shooting between students

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
CENTER -- Last night's Center shooting was allegedly between two male high school students, according to reports from neighbors wishing to remain anonymous.
A shot was heard a within the vicinity of Second Street and Jones Avenue around 9:15 p.m., according to the reports. Shorty after the alleged sound of gunfire, the Colorado State Patrol was patrolling the streets looking
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BREAKING NEWS: Center shooting results in flight for life

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
CENTER -- The Center School District received confirmation from the chief of police this morning there was a shooting in Center last night, according to the district. The victim was flown out for emergency medical services and the condition is unknown.
The police are considering the incident an attempted murder, according to the district. The prime suspect is a 17-year-old juvenile,
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ASD expands tech web

Posted: Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA  -- Technology upgrades are a top priority for the Alamosa School District, and it's no small task for a team of three to undertake.
So far this school year, Scott Schweizer, the district's director of technology, and his staff, Tracy Wetzler, management and tech specialist, and Jon Martinez, a support technician, have faced more than 200
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Subdistrict remedies stream depletions

Posted: Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014
VALLEY -- The primary goal of Subdistrict No. 1 is to remedy injurious depletions to senior surface water rights and keep those water users whole.
The Subdistrict has several methods to do this. First, the subdistrict has purchased and leased water, both native to the Rio Grande Basin and water imported from the West slope. This water
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Alamosa schools put state data to work

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA, State ratings are one tool the Alamosa School District is using to boost its performance.
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) this year awarded the district a performance framework rating of 64.1 percent, deeming it Accredited with an Improvement Plan.
The accreditation assigns the district with the task of adopting and implementing an improvement
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Valley judges recommended for retention

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
VALLEY -- Evaluations of 146 judges standing for retention in the 2014 general election are included in the 2014 State Ballot Information Booklet, published by the Legislative Council and commonly referred to as the "Blue Book," which began arriving at Colorado households recently.
Evaluations for judges up for retention in the 12th Judicial District include: District Court Judge Michael A.
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Domestic violence: Myths and facts

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
This is the first of a series of articles that will run each Friday in the Valley Courier during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


VALLEY -- Working as a Victim Advocate at the San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group for the past five years, I have heard many struggles and challenges that victims endure along with many
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Sub-district No. 2 ready to petition

Posted: Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Well owners residing in the Valley's second sub-district are ready to push forward with a petition after months of voluntary work.
Rio Grande Water Conservation District (RGWCD) Program Manager Cleave Simpson updated the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) Wednesday morning on the latest happenings regarding the creation of the next sub-district, which sits in both
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Horse rescue hosts first fundraiser dance

Posted: Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- Richard Mills, co-founder of Buck Creek Valley Animal Rescue, set out on horseback last July to raise awareness and money for the organization he founded to rescue neglected and abused horses.
His ride that summer day started the rescue's move to the Valley.
"We had been thinking about moving, and when we heard that there is a need
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Mineral County uncertain of UAS

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
Courier staff writer
CREEDE -- After hearing a presentation from San Luis Valley Pilots Association representatives Monday, the Mineral County Commissioners (MCC) cast a unanimous vote to craft a letter to Alamosa County stating its airspace is off limits to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) until more is learned about the industry.
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ABOE ups student resources

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Sensitive topics regarding student support Monday night brought out the personal opinions of some Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) officials.
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