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BREAKING NEWS! AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR CLEVELAND MAN

Posted: Sunday, Jul 26th, 2015
CONEJOS COUNTY--The Conejos County Sheriff's Office is searching for 19-year-old Joseph Keller of Cleveland, Tenn. Sheriff's Deputies say Keller was last seen Thursday near Rainbow Trout Ranch in Antonito, Colorado.
According to a Facebook post by Keller's friend Collin Gwaltney, he and Keller went for a run around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 near the Rainbow Trout Ranch.
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Without new tax, jail might do county in

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Those seeking a 1-cent sales tax for a new justice center and jail expansion are meeting with as many groups as possible to explain why they believe the tax is the best option to address outdated and unsafe courtrooms and overcrowded jail cells.
Voters will face the tax question this November.
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Burglary, chase suspect sought

Posted: Saturday, Jul 25th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- An arrest warrant is pending for a man suspected of burglarizing a rural Alamosa home on Thursday and subsequently leading authorities on a two-county chase.
Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson said on Friday his office is seeking Jose Luis Meraz, 34, who is wanted on a variety of pending charges including second-degree burglary, theft, reckless driving
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Adkins, Ballerini rock Ski Hi crowd

Modified: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
Crowds packed the Ski-Hi Stampede stands to watch Trace Adkins and Kelsea Ballerini perform Thursday night for the double concert kicking off the 94th Annual Ski-Hi Stampede. Action continues in Monte Vista today with a parade at 10 a.m., rodeo events at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., carnival all day and dance at 9 p.m.
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Neighbors start to take south side back

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Fewer people showed up for a neighborhood meeting following up on concerns in the southern part of Alamosa, but those who were there were passionate about taking back their neighborhoods from drugs, trash and crime.
Members of the Alamosa Police Department (APD) talked with the group about how to set up Neighborhood Watch programs, and the
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Alamosa County to manage Mosca wastewater billing

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Recognizing concerns expressed by Mosca residents over delinquent accounts, the Alamosa County Commissioners on Wednesday gave the Land Use Department permission to consolidate the current Mosca sewer system's recordkeeping. This includes handling the billing and collections for the current system.
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New airport terminal opens

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Current and former officials from Alamosa city and county, as well as community members, gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new terminal at the San Luis Valley Regional Airport.
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Water progress: No gain without pain

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In spite of more moisture from "Mother Nature," plus the efforts of farmers to manage irrigation through self-governed sub-districts and other good intentions, it will take more hard work and painful decisions to get the San Luis Valley's aquifer back to where it needs to be.
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Burials banned in back yards

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Don't bury grandma in the back yard …
… unless she's in an urn.
Colorado law permits burial of dead bodies in back yards or in the "back forty," as long as the county clerk & recorder knows the longitude and latitude coordinates for Great Aunt Edna's final resting place.
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Fatal fire under investigation

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
Surrounded by crime scene tape, this residence alongside a road behind the old Rainbow Night Club was the scene of a fire Sunday that claimed the life of Antonito resident Timothy Gutierrez, 56. The Conejos County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.
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SLV rivers: From hell to high water

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
ourier editor
ALAMOSA -- For the first time in seven years, the Rio Grande will likely experience an above-average year.
The river is currently running at slightly above average, Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten said during Tuesday's Rio Grande Water Conservation District (RGWCD) board meeting in Alamosa.
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Former deputy to serve jail time

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
ALAMOSA-- Former Alamosa County Sheriff Office (ACSO) Deputy Dale Michael Jordan was sentenced to 60 days in county jail, with an additional four years of supervised probation on Monday by District Judge Michael Gonzales.
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Arrest made in meth bust

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
ALAMOSA -- In a joint city/county drug bust on Friday, local authorities arrested Darrel Depriest, 40, Alamosa, on a drug distribution charge.
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All is not fair in taxes and marijuana

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- When elected officials in other states talked with Colorado county commissioners during last week's National Association of Counties convention about legalizing marijuana, Saguache County Commissioner Jason Anderson would caution them, "Don't do it until we finish doing our mistakes … You might as well let us iron them out first."
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Pending trout lawsuit may catch counties in net

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Just when San Luis Valley county officials thought it was safe to go back into the water -- another endangered fish issue jumped up to bite them.
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Methadone clinic answers sought

Posted: Saturday, Jul 18th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Area residents still want more information about a proposed methadone clinic, which received approval from the Alamosa city council this week.
Alamosa city council approved Crossroads Turning Points' land use permit expansion for the clinic on Wednesday.
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Toddler death case back in court

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Krystal Voss, 41, serving a 20-year sentence for causing the 2003 death of her 19-month-old son Kyran Gaston Voss, is asking for her case to be reconsidered on the basis that the defense counsel during her 2004 trial was ineffective.
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Community hears methadone option

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- "Young people are dying because of drug addiction," Dr. Barbara Troy explained to a community group Wednesday night. "They are way too young to be dying."
She was speaking to a community group that has been meeting for several months in an effort to address the growing substance abuse problem in the San Luis Valley.
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McClure promotes ASU vision

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In her first month on the job, Adams State University's new President Dr. Beverlee McClure has already become one of the university's strongest promoters.
"You get a big university experience with a personal touch," McClure said. "That's something we have to offer our students."
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City approves methadone clinic

Posted: Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city council Wednesday night unanimously approved expansion of Crossroads Turning Points' land use permit to accommodate a methadone clinic at the Lava Lane facility in south Alamosa.
"We have kids dying in our community," said Alamosa Police Chief Duane Oakes, who supported the clinic. "We see it every day."
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Two injured hikers rescued after falls from Crestone Peak over the weekend

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
CRESTONE -- Saguache County SAR, Custer County SAR and Western State Mountain Rescue Team, (Gunnison County), responded to a 39-year-old fallen climber with serious injuries on Crestone Peak on Saturday, July 11th.
The initial call activating CCSAR was received at 1:48 p.m., with reports of a female climber with a broken leg at 13,000' on a south facing
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Splashland gives handicapped a lift

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In a wheelchair and want to go swimming?
No problem.
Splashland Hot Springs Swimming Pool, serving the community for many decades, is now able to serve folks with disabilities who need a literal lift into the pool.
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Village at Wolf Creek at standstill, pending suit

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
VALLEY -- Conservation organizations, the U.S. Forest Service and the Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture signed an agreement yesterday that will halt all construction and development on two disputed land parcels at the top of Wolf Creek Pass.
The July 14th agreement will maintain the physical status quo on Forest Service and private land while
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Recycling fee now in price of paint

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Although probably not on most Coloradoans' radar, legislation took effect this month that requires an additional charge on paint purchases for recycling.
Senate Bill 14-029, signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper, created a paint stewardship program overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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