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Officer in local schools again

Posted: Friday, Sep 4th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa schools will once again have on-site law enforcement presence, thanks to an agreement between the City of Alamosa and Alamosa school district.
Alamosa city councilors this week approved their end of the agreement for the Alamosa Police Department to provide a school resource officer in the district, an arrangement that has been in place since
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MV fugitive, drugs, guns seized

Posted: Friday, Sep 4th, 2015
MONTE VISTA -- Authorities apprehended a fugitive along with guns, drugs and cash Wednesday afternoon in Monte Vista.
Wanted fugitive Jeremy Jiron, 32, of Monte Vista, is now in custody on pending charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of schedule II controlled substance after authorities acted on information regarding his whereabouts in Monte Vista.
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City compromises on bid preference

Posted: Friday, Sep 4th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Local bidders will continue to receive preference on City of Alamosa contracts -- and now have clearer direction about who is considered local.
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Driver killed in Wednesday crash

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
ALAMOSA -- A single vehicle rollover Wednesday afternoon resulted in one fatality on Highway 371 southwest of Alamosa.
By press time Wednesday night, Colorado State Patrol had not yet released the name of the male driver who was killed in the accident, pending notification of next of kin.
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City extends mobile vending period

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- No worries about going without Woody's Q Shack barbecue anytime soon.
Alamosa city council last night unanimously approved a "transient dealers" ordinance temporarily extending the time mobile vendors like Woody's Q Shack can operate in the city. Previously, mobile food vendors like Woody's could only operate six months out of the year.
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Sen. Gardner visits SLV in farm tour

Posted: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015
Courier staff writer
SANFORD -- Republican Senator Cory Gardner visited the Valley yesterday, kicking off a two-day tour of Colorado farms with a breakfast at Cole Park with members of the Colorado Farm Bureau, followed by a visit to an aquaculture farm near Sanford.
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Jail tour reflects dismal conditions

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Dangerously overcrowded, the Alamosa County Jail poses a hazard to both staff and inmates, Sheriff Robert Jackson said on a tour of the facility Tuesday.
The inmates, the overwhelming majority of whom are awaiting court hearings and are only accused of crimes, are being held in cells that lack proper air exchange or enough beds.
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Valley provides Labor Day activities

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 2nd, 2015
VALLEY -- From cars to hot air balloons and sausage gravy to salsa, the San Luis Valley offers good times and good food this Labor Day weekend.
Special events are planned in Alamosa, Antonito and Creede this weekend.

IN ALAMOSA
• Enjoy the 35th Annual Early Iron Festival this Labor Day weekend in Alamosa. Last year set a record
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Courthouse tax placed on ballot

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa County voters will decide this fall whether to tax themselves to fund construction of a new county courthouse and remodeling of the county jail.
If approved, the one-percent sales tax increase would begin in January 2016 and decrease to a quarter
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Tree planting revives National Forest

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
Courier staff writer
RIO GRANDE NATIONAL FOREST -- With a tip of his hardhat and a flash of a smile, Leobardo Cortez drove his weary crew out of Trujillo Meadows Campground near the New Mexico border in a dusty van.
And just like that, the 2015 timber regeneration season in the Conejos Peak Ranger District of Rio Grande National Forest
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ASU adjusts staff, faculty salaries

Posted: Saturday, Aug 29th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In an effort to bring employee wages up to a more competitive level, Adams State University recently adjusted the salaries of numerous faculty and administrative staff.
ASU Director of Human Resources Tracy Rogers provided a report on the salary adjustments to the Adams State trustees during their meeting on Thursday.
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SLV Health to become Level III Trauma Center

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- After a day-long review process on Thursday San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center, currently a Level IV Trauma Center, has received recommendation by the CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) for designation as a Level III Trauma Center.
Official designation should follow in the next few weeks. This will elevate the trauma level
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Murder trial reset

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
ONEJOS -- An angry judge and a necessary postponement faced attorneys for Bradley Douglas Faux, 22, Thursday afternoon after defense attorney Barbara Zollars resigned.
Zollars was appointed Rio Grande County Judge earlier this month and necessarily changed her focus.
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Kuenhold shares ASU safety, fairness report

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Negative allegations about safety and fairness at Adams State University surfacing after the dismissal of the former ASU police chief last year were largely dispelled Thursday as retired Judge O. John Kuenhold delivered findings and recommendations to the ASU board of trustees.
"There have been some comments before I started about indifference on campus. I didn't
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Drugs, guns, cash seized

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
MONTE VISTA -- Monte Vista police took more than $25,000 worth of drugs off the street this week and arrested two men on distribution charges.
According to Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson, suspected drug activity in downtown Monte Vista led to the arrests of Marty Lee Roybal, 34 of Monte Vista and Jeremy Adam Sanchez, 37, of Alamosa and
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Warm classrooms create concern

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Hot enough for ya? Alamosa School District officials are working hard to address concerns over too-hot classrooms at three Alamosa school buildings.
The classrooms, on the south side of the second floor of the elementary school buildings, as well as some windowless interior classrooms at Ortega Middle School, have been criticized by some teachers
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In Alamosa schools, all students eat for free

Posted: Thursday, Aug 27th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- How much would you pay for a fresh Hawaiian chicken wrap and salad bar? If you're a student in Alamosa Public Schools, it's on the house.
All Alamosa public school students can receive free breakfast and lunch every school day, thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
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Dunes celebrates park anniversary

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
AND DUNES, The National Park Service celebrated its 99th birthday on Tuesday, August 25, and is looking forward to its 100th in 2016.
The Great Sand Dunes National Park celebrated the Park Service anniversary with an entrance-free day.
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Alamosa may extend mobile food permits

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 26th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Mobile food vendors may be allowed to operate year round in Alamosa in the future.
The Alamosa city council unanimously approved on first reading and set for a September 2 public hearing an ordinance temporarily extending the time mobile food vendors can operate in Alamosa. This will give city staff and council time to develop a
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Valley students meet new faces

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
y DAVID GILBERT
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- As many San Luis Valley public schools are opening this week, students can expect several new teachers in the classrooms and in some cases, new buildings. Many of the Valley's public schools shared opening comments and changes:

Alamosa
New staff were warmly welcomed by Carrie Zimmermann, Marian Lara, Jose Ortega, Andy
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Teen invents ‘Freedom Cane,' patent pending

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Sargent High School Senior Mary Hood is likely one of the few teenagers with a patent pending on a product that could save someone's life someday.
The 17-year-old Alamosa resident developed a "smart cane," now called the Freedom Cane, as a science fair project that took her all the way to the international science fair this
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