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Film experts offer insights at ASU

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Industry all stars encouraged Grizzly film and communication students do it with passion or not at all Thursday afternoon during the Media Professionals Career Connection workshop at Adams State University (ASU).
"There is no straightforward way to be a filmmaker," said Alexandre O. Philippe, a writer and creative director for Exhibit A Pictures in Denver
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La Jara history lies in rubble

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
LA JARA -- Viewing the pile of rubble that once was the 12-unit Morrison apartment complex, little evidence of its residents can be seen.
Nine families were rendered homeless by the fast-moving fire that was noticed at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. No cause of the disaster was available at press time Thursday.
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Urban youth experience Valley life

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- Colorado is one state comprising many cultures.
Two students from Bear Creek High School in Lakewood learned that lesson this week during their farm visits to the Valley as a part of their Senior Field Studies program, a course exposing urban youth to the ways of rural life and the west's wilderness.
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City commits funding to ice rink

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In a 6-1 vote Wednesday night the Alamosa city council committed city funds to a proposed ice rink/multi-purpose facility.
Casting the lone dissenting vote was Councilman Rusty Johnson who said he supported the project but still had concerns about the budget and long-term financial commitment and wanted to be responsible with the city's finances.
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La Jara buildings blaze

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
LA JARA -- Nine families lost their homes in Wednesday's devastating fire in the building that was known locally as the Morrison Apartments at the corner of Spruce and Main in downtown La Jara.
One of La Jara's oldest structures, the building had served many purposes over the years and was constructed with a corrugated metal roof, wooden staircases and
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Isolated educators collaborate within Valley

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- Finely tuned lessons are the result of Valley teachers having a good talk with one another.
Over the past few years, Professional Learning Communities (PLC) have become a norm across education. Valley teachers come together on a regular basis to discuss curriculum, legislation and technique, and the opportunity to collaborate face to face is creating
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Justice system attempts to address disparities

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
VALLEY -- Local residents rank very high on the list when it comes to pro se civil legal participation, according to 12th Judicial District Judge Martin Gonzales.
Appearing in court pro se -- without civil legal representation -- can mean real problems for persons who must appear in court. Gonzales points out that 80 percent of the civil cases filed
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Two photos from today's blaze in La Jara

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Stay tuned for more, and pick up Thursday's Valley Courier for complete coverage.
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Morrison Apartments ablaze in La Jara

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
LA JARA, At least eight San Luis Valley Fire Departments and nearly 100 personnel are currently on scene of a devastating fire here downtown.
The Morrison Apartments, at the corner of Main and Spruce, caught fire earlier this morning and were totally engulfed in flames by the time firefighters could get water on the blaze. Witnesses on scene, including La
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Morrison Apartments ablaze in La Jara

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
LA JARA, At least eight San Luis Valley Fire Departments and nearly 100 personnel are currently on scene of a devastating fire here downtown.
The Morrison Apartments, at the corner of Main and Spruce, caught fire earlier this morning and were totally engulfed in flames by the time firefighters could get water on the blaze. Witnesses on scene, including La
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Log home lost in Monday blaze

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Courier editor
VILLA GROVE -- A fire north of Villa Grove Monday night left a family homeless.
Northern Saguache County Fire Protection District Chief Wesley Moores said in spite of valiant efforts of about 35 firefighters and other emergency responders, a two-story log home about five miles north of Villa Grove burned to the ground Monday evening.
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Jones is principal of the year

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
CENTER -- Valley principals are top shelf.
The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) this week announced Center High School Principal Kevin Jones is Colorado's 2015 Principal of the Year, an award Curt Wilson, Centauri High School's former principal received in 2014 before he moved on to become the North Conejos School District's superintendent.
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Courthouse committee considers tax issues

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Requests for money always beg an explanation.
The Judicial Center Task Force Tuesday afternoon vetted its public argument to inform Alamosa County voters on why they should support a maximum one-cent sales tax on the November ballot to partially fund jail improvements and a new judicial center located in the People's Place subdivision.
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RG Roundtable: Do not water down forest plan

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- If it ain't broke … don't let the government fix it.
That's the gist of San Luis Valley residents' message yesterday to representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and their consultant who are gathering input to revise the Rio Grande National Forest's plan.
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'Journey Through Our Heritage' includes Valley

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Metropolitan State University (MSU) of Denver students visited the San Luis Valley as part of their Journey through Our Heritage program. MSU's Chicano Studies Department started the program to help "create an awareness of culture and a sense of community" among the students involved.
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School serious about wellness

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Valley-Wide Health Systems Chief Medical Officer Phillip Medoza and Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) Official Arlan Van Ry last month joined the Alamosa School District (ASD) Wellness Team, the body behind the initiative to enhance students' overall health.
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Part II: Prevent sexual assault with teachings

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
This is the second of weekly articles provided by Tu Casa for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

By EDEN WALES FREEDMAN, PhD
VALLEY -- In the first article, the power of consent to prevent sexual violence was discussed. Since gender dynamics are also at play in many cases of sexual assault, men can also be taught to respect
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MEP empowers youth to stand up

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- Leadership doesn't care about skin color, mother tongues or a border, but rather the individual, the cause and the drive to make a change that benefits the greater good.
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Pam Tebow: Value life

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- If Pam had listened to her doctor 27 years ago, Tim Tebow would never have been born.
The mother of the Heisman Trophy winner and former Denver Broncos quarterback told his story, her story and God's story during a Women's Resource Center fund-raiser in Alamosa Thursday night.
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Adams State Trustees name Dr. Beverlee McClure 10th president of university

Modified: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
ALAMOSA--The Board of Trustees for Adams State University announced it has named Dr. Beverlee J. McClure the university's next president, according to Board Chair Arnold Salazar. The board approved her selection by unanimous vote at a special meeting April 9. As Adams State's tenth president, she will be the first woman to lead the university, with her appointment beginning July
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County pitches TOWS a chance

Posted: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Crop circles are one permit closer to becoming Alamosa County's prized diamonds.
The Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) Wednesday morning unanimously approved Geoff West and the Top of the World Series (TOWS) baseball park's Special Use Permit (SUP), a decision supporting the planning commission's recommendation and the opinion of those in the community hungry for economic
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Well rules closing in

Posted: Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Imminent well rules for the San Luis Valley are now being refined for clarity, consistency and defensibility against potential court challenges.
State Engineer Dick Wolfe reviewed the latest draft of the groundwater rules Tuesday in Alamosa with the group of local residents and water attorneys serving on the groundwater advisory committee. He said although he had
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ASD amplifies instruction arsenal

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Curriculum resources are back in the Alamosa School District's budget.
The Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) wholly supported the district's administration in its recommendation Monday night to spend excess funds on accessing the tools students need to succeed today and in the future.
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Basin snowpack is fast melting away

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2015
ourier editor
ALAMOSA -- Irrigation seasons have started throughout the San Luis Valley -- and curtailments right along with them.
Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten told those attending a groundwater rules advisory committee meeting yesterday that curtailments on the Conejos River system are currently at 15 percent and on the Rio Grande 6 percent, which
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Ex-deputy admits to inmate sexual contact

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Former Alamosa County Sheriff Office (ACSO) Deputy Dale Michael Jordan pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges last week instead of taking his case before a jury Monday morning.
A three-day trial was set to begin yesterday, but last week, according to court documents, Jordan, 35, pleaded to having sexual contact with a victim in custody and
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Little Free Libraries coming soon to SLV

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Coming soon to Alamosa, Little Free Libraries will make books even more accessible to local readers of all ages.
Alamosa Parks/Recreation Director Heinz Bergann said Alamosa would soon institute a program that began in 2009 in Wisconsin to promote reading and a sense of community. Since its inception six years ago, nearly 25,000 Little Free Libraries
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