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K-9 team wows council

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa Police Department's newest addition, 15-month-old Dutch Shepherd Samantha, was a hit with Alamosa City Council last night as she demonstrated some of her moves.
She has also already proven her worth -- with a major drug bust on her first day on the job last month.
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Kampfer resigns as administrator

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- After serving the county for only a tad more than a year, Alamosa County Administrator Peter Kampfer officially resigned earlier this week.
Kampfer stated he was stepping down from the position for personal reasons, according to Alamosa County spokespersons. His last day is this Friday, March 6.
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Pot shop zone change approved

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
SAN LUIS -- Despite official expressions of concern, the Costilla Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) March 3 unanimously approved a zoning change requested by the Southern Colorado Cannabis Club (SCCC).
Owned by Casey Gibbs and his family, the SCCC must still obtain a special use permit from the county, though the zoning change appears to have opened another door.
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Average may be new H2O normal

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
Courier editor
MONTE VISTA -- Average may be the best anyone can hope for this year -- and perhaps in the future -- when it comes to water for the San Luis Valley.
"Nobody wants to believe the snowpack we are seeing now is anything but a drought, but if you read some of these studies, you get a different
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Tax increase likely on Nov. ballot

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- It's now up to the state and Alamosa County voters to decide whether a new judicial center is meant to be.
The Justice Center Task Force completed two competitive Colorado Judicial Department Underfunded Facilities Commission grants due this week to fund the proposed judicial center's master planning and construction, and the proposed Alamosa County
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Valley clear of measles, flu hit hard

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- Measles has not found its way to the Valley, but public health officials advise precautions, especially for the unvaccinated. 
Over 130 measles cases in seven states including Colorado are linked to an outbreak late last year at California's Disneyland amusement park, contributing to the highest count the country has seen since the airborne disease was
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Pink 'pachyderm' razed in a few hours

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
Three excavators brought the historic Pink Elephant building down in just a matter of hours Sunday morning. Snow from the roof of the building can be seen as the structure came down bite by bite. Water was constantly sprayed on the scene to keep dust down to a minimum. Debris from the demolition is being hauled to the regional
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Southway fire destroys truck

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Firefighters from Alamosa, Mosca-Hooper and Monte Vista departments responded to a fire at Southway Construction early Saturday morning when one of the trucks in the main Southway shop caught fire.
According to Alamosa Volunteer Fire Department Chief Don Chapman, it appeared an electrical short in a 2005 Kenworth truck caused the truck to catch fire inside the shop
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DuPont brothers' cases move through courts

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
Courier editor
DEL NORTE -- While the case of their brother's alleged killer moves towards trial, Andrew and Adelmo DuPont are dealing with their own court cases related to an alleged retaliation shooting the same day their brother was killed.
Andrew John DuPont, 31, and Adelmo Jacob DuPont, 23, the older and younger brother of Edward DuPont, 27, who was
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Pink Elephant bites the dust! (See Video below)

Modified: Sunday, Mar 1st, 2015
The corner of State and 6th Street was the center of attention this morning (Sunday, 3/1) as crews flattened the largest building in the economic development project.
Water was constantly sprayed on the debris as demolition progressed. All of the debris is being hauled to the official landfill site between Monte Vista and Del Norte.

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AHS graduate dies after Texas crash

Posted: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
ODESSA, Texas -- On her birthday and pregnant with her second child, 2010 Alamosa High School graduate Kassi Vadillo, 23, was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday that would ultimately take her life and that of her unborn child the following morning.
The former Alamosan was on her way to work at Bliss Dental in Odessa, Texas, where she
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State investigates Deer Valley pit

Posted: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- A disposal pit Alamosa County employees were directed to dig earlier this month in the Deer Valley subdivision has the attention of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
A CDPHE spokesperson confirmed in an email Friday the state is investigating a freshly dug disposal pit located on property belonging to Ron
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Demolition begins

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
The long awaited demise of the Pink Elephant on the corner of State Avenue and Sixth Street in Alamosa started Thursday with the backside of the building being removed first.
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One dead in icy crash

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
RIO GRANDE COUNTY -- Kalvin Lee Boyles, 38, Saguache, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash Thursday morning after his vehicle lost control on the snow packed roads.
The Colorado State Patrol responded to the two vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 285 within Rio Grande County, approximately three miles north of Monte Vista around 6:30 yesterday morning,
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FFA scrambles eggs, students, teachers

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters are celebrating across the nation, the Valley and Alamosa High School (AHS) all week with activities embracing the spirit of the long tenured organization. 
George Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, marks National FFA Week, honoring the president's farming legacy.
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Motions, trial set in murder case

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
Courier editor
DEL NORTE -- A request for jailhouse communications drew debate during a court hearing on Wednesday in the case of Mark Gutierrez, 47, charged with murder in the shooting death of Edward DuPont, 27, in Monte Vista last May 8.
The District Attorney's office requested a copy of Gutierrez's phone call recordings -- other than calls between Gutierrez
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The Pot Shop goes after county

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
SAGUACHE COUNTY -- Claiming county officials "enacted an irrational and unconstitutional local licensing scheme," an applicant for a marijuana facility in northern Saguache County is filing a complaint in District Court against the Saguache County commissioners and planning commission.
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Reading time is elementary with local students

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Mini Moose are hitting the books this semester as part of Alamosa Elementary's (AE) focus on improving overall literacy.
"We know children need 120 minutes of uninterrupted time to focus on reading instruction," said AE Principal Lori Smith in an interview. "We are working to increase scores through shared and guided instruction."
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Valley hit hard by weekend storm

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Courier editor
VALLEY -- For the first time all winter, the San Luis Valley could declare a snow day on Monday.
After unseasonably warm temperatures and extended periods with no precipitation, this past weekend began to make up for some of the winter the Valley had missed so far.
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Cerny elected to state press group’s presidency

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
DENVER -- For the first time in 35 years, an Alamosa newspaper publisher has been elected president of the Colorado Press Association/Sync2 Media.
Keith R. Cerny, publisher of the Valley Courier since November 1992, was named to the 137-year-old organization's top position during Saturday's awards banquet here at the Westin Hotel Downtown. Presenting the symbolic CPA giant gavel was outgoing
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Mom missing four years

Posted: Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
LAMOSA -- Monday will mark a sorrowful anniversary for the family of Angelica Esperanza Sandoval.
It's been four years since the young mother went missing outside her house in south Alamosa.
Angelica, who would now be 25 years old, was last seen on February 23, 2011, when she returned home from doing laundry
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Include white spuds in WIC, study says

Posted: Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- An Institute of Medicine (IOM) study released earlier this month concluded the nutrient profile of white potatoes does not support their exclusion from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) cash value voucher (CVV).
The requested United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) study set the task of undertaking a comprehensive review
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APD drug dog sniffs out heroin

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Samantha, the Alamosa Police Department's newest and only four-legged officer, made a drug bust her first afternoon out.
On Wednesday, the department's drug detecting K-9 and her partner, Cpl. Tate Kindschuch, were called to a traffic stop resulting from a tip that a large amount of heroin and currency was being transported through the city, according to an APD
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City supports RGHLP

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city council on Wednesday unanimously voted to support a GOCO grant for the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park.
Earlier this month Alamosa County commissioners also voted unanimously to write a letter of support for the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant.
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Tipton talks shop with ACC

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Over homemade Campus Cafe raisin bread toast Thursday morning, the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) discussed local affairs with Congressman Scott Tipton (R).
Topics the commissioners brought forward included Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT), water, healthcare, renewable energy, immigration, cyber security, unmanned aerial systems, veteran support, education and economic development.
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