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Attempted murder suspect caught

Posted: Saturday, Jul 30th, 2016
SANFORD -- An alert state patrolman during a routine stop on Friday apprehended fugitive Matthew Gray, 43, wanted on an attempted murder charge in connection with an assault on a Community Corrections staff member last November.
At about 2 p.m. on Friday, July 29, the Colorado State Patrol contacted a vehicle in Sanford during a consensual encounter. While speaking with the
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Two killed in Friday rollover

Posted: Saturday, Jul 30th, 2016
VILLA GROVE -- Two Arizona residents were killed in a rollover accident near Villa Grove Friday morning.
The Colorado State Patrol responded to the one-vehicle rollover on Colorado Highway 285 at the south edge of Villa Grove on July 29 at 8:50 a.m.
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Raney helps homestead in Fort Garland

Posted: Friday, Jul 29th, 2016
ORT GARLAND--There's a few reality television shows that focus around improvement such as "Bar Rescue" or "Kitchen Nightmares," but there's only one of those that took place in the San Luis Valley: Discovery's "Homestead Rescue."
The show follows homesteader expert Marty Raney and his children Misty and Matt as they assist families to live properly off the grid. Picture other
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No-show jury unacceptable to Judge Swift

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
Courier editor
SAN LUIS -- Seven Costilla County residents had to face the judge on Wednesday for not appearing for jury service this spring.
Their punishment? Jury service.
Chief District Judge Pattie Swift told the errant jurors they must appear for jury service on the next scheduled trial date, September 20, in Costilla County.
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Four officers receive lifesaver awards

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--The Alamosa County Sheriff's Office gave four officers the lifesaver award at the county commissioners meeting held July 27. These awards highlight the work the department has been doing to protect the county's citizens.
"These awards are not given lightly," said Sheriff Robert Jackson. "But if you ask any of these individual deputies about this, they'll just
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Monte police chief resigns

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
MONTE VISTA -- Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson has tendered his resignation from the City of Monte Vista effective immediately.
Grayson served for four years at the helm of the Police Department.
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Deer incident prompts warning to residents

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- After a recent incident in Alamosa, Colorado Parks and Wildlife are urging people throughout the San Luis Valley to be cautious of deer that they see in their neighborhoods.
A woman who lives near Adams State University let her dog out the evening of July 25 but didn't realize that a doe deer and two fawns were in
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City approves Caton's expansion in Alamosa

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016
ourier editor
ALAMOSA -- Vacant since a December 2003 fire, the former Oscar's Restaurant will soon have a new tenant.
The Alamosa city council approved Caton's Super Lube's request to expand its automotive repair business across the street into the former Oscar's Restaurant in downtown Alamosa.
City Public Works Director Pat Steenburg said the city planning commission in a 4-1
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ASU, Ledonne resolve lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In what both the ACLU of Colorado and Adams State University are representing as a victory in their respective responses to the case, a suit involving former ASU adjunct professor Danny Ledonne has been resolved.
The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Colorado in a Monday press release stated that Adams State agreed "to rescind
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UAS operations might begin in October in SLV

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--After years of planning, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) may take flight this fall. Constantin Diehl, president of UAS Colorado, presented an update before the San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association during a meeting on Monday.
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Sigmond to replace Dunne on ballot

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--After a lengthy committee deliberation on July 24, attorney Helen Sigmond was chosen to replace Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne on November's ballot. Dunne withdrew from the race last week due to health issues and subsequently passed away from cancer on Sunday. Sigmond will run against Republican candidate George Wilkinson for District 3.
Sigmond was picked over
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Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne dies

Modified: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne, 74, passed away on Sunday, July 24, after battling cancer. Rogers Family Mortuary is handling service arrangements, and a funeral service is planned for Friday, July 29.
Commissioner Dunne had recently withdrawn from her campaign to seek a second term due to health problems, and a candidate replacement should be named soon. She
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Del Norte man dies in Friday crash

Posted: Saturday, Jul 23rd, 2016
MOSCA -- A Del Norte man died early Friday morning when the pickup he was riding in rolled on Alamosa County Road 6 North.
Jorge Gutierrez, 55, of Del Norte was a passenger in a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Manuel Chavez-Morales, 68, of Del Norte, who lost control of the truck on Alamosa County Road 6 North, near
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Water group has 'monumental' concerns

Modified: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- A proposed national monument expansion may not receive a ringing endorsement from the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, but the district is willing to keep an eye on the process.
The board for the district, which represents water interests throughout the San Luis Valley, discussed the proposed expansion of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
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Sand Dunes hosts new citizens

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier staff writer
MOSCA--As part of the National Park Service's 100th birthday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hosted a naturalization ceremony at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve's amphitheater on Thursday. Twenty-three adults and seven children from 21 different countries became American citizens at the first ceremony to ever be held at the park.
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Ranch sale to add to dunes

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- While federal officials are negotiating the purchase of a portion of the Medano-Zapata Ranch for the Great Sand Dunes National Park, water officials are seeking to purchase another part of the ranch for its water resources.
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Dunne withdraws from county race

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--Due to health issues, Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne will not be running for reelection for the 3rd District. Dunne has been fighting uterine cancer for the past four years, and it returned and spread further earlier in the month.
She hopes to finish out the term through her last day on December 31.
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Alamosa approves permit for group home

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Hearing of the need and successes of sober living communities locally, and with the recommendation of the city planning commission, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday approved a group home in the residential Stockton Avenue area.
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Locals 'Back the Blue' at Wednesday rally

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
Area residents participated in a "Back the Blue" rally to support local law enforcement officers on Wednesday evening at the intersection of Main Street and West Avenue in Alamosa. Participants included family members of law enforcement officers. Participants donned blue and held up signs in support of law enforcement officers. Motorists driving by honked their vehicle horns in support.
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Rivers now at below average flows

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Although rain was a welcome sight during a Tuesday water meeting in Alamosa, it may not be a frequent occurrence as the year progresses.
Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten on Tuesday shared the long-term precipitation forecast for this region, which calls for below average precipitation.
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SLV airport board accepts Alcon bid

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--The San Luis Valley Regional Airport Board of Control accepted a runway-remodeling bid from Alcon Construction, Inc. at their monthly meeting on July 19. The bid is for the construction of five new runway signs and the removal of two existing signs.
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Second cyclist killed in a week

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
MINERAL COUNTY -- In the second fatal motorcycle accident in a week, a Morrison man died Friday evening after his motorcycle collided with a pickup in Mineral County.
Last Sunday, July 10, Ronald Lee Crowther, 52, of Monte Vista died in a crash between the motorcycle he was driving and a 2007 Nissan Sentra driven by Serge Bukhman, 32, of
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Guilty verdict in drug case

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Adams State University Police Department logged a win in the war on drugs last week with the jury conviction of Michael Sanchez, 28, Monte Vista, one of four arrested last November on drug charges.
Sanchez, a custodian at Adams State at the time, was arrested along with fellow employee Rick Rodriguez, 56, of La Jara, for
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