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November ballot will not hold pot

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- After hearing from about two dozen members of a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday night, the Alamosa city council unanimously decided not to put any marijuana questions on the November ballot.
The council thanked the audience for its passionate input on both sides of the issue. Those speaking to the council included educators, ministers, marijuana users and business
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Driver escapes serious injuries with seatbelt

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
Courier editor
FORT GARLAND -- A seatbelt saved a Colorado Springs woman from serious injury Tuesday when her vehicle rolled twice off Highway 160 just east of Fort Garland.
Ayesha Bogart, 37, of Colorado Springs, was headed west on Highway 160 shortly before noon on Tuesday when she pulled out of her lane, passed one car and was attempting to
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Solar plant is selling

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- Korea Electric Power Corp (KRX:015760), or KEPCO, will sign a deal sometime this month to buy the 30-MW Alamosa Solar Generating plant in Colorado, according to Pulse by Maeil Business Newspaper.
The Korean utility will acquire the asset from developer Cogentrix Energy Power Management LLC, which is a portfolio company of the The Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ:CG), the
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Access to Justice Committee plans two local clinics

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
VALLEY -- The Colorado Access to Justice Commission is an independent entity formed in 2003 with the support of the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Bar Association and the Statewide Legal Services Group, and the local group is planning two clinics to ease that access.
Headed locally by 12th Judicial District Judge Martin Gonzales with assistance from Attorney Alex Raines,
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Conservation lawsuit could cause more harm than good

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit organization focused on conservation, made good on its threats.
Last year, the center claimed that it was unwarranted for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Rio Grande cutthroat trout from the endangered species list. With the trout still off the list, the organization filed a lawsuit on July
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1 killed, 4 injured in separate crashes

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
MOFFAT -- One man was killed and another seriously injured in a pair of traffic accidents in the San Luis Valley over the weekend.
A Michigan man died Sunday morning after losing control of his vehicle on Saguache County Road T seven miles west of Moffat, according to a Colorado State Patrol news release.
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Pilot dies in crop duster crash

Posted: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2016
CENTER -- Monte Vista High School graduate Dusty Claunch, 27, died in a crop dusting accident Friday morning after his plane crash landed in a barley field just inside the Alamosa County line off Road 6 East and Highway 112.
On Friday, August 19, at 10:53 a.m. Colorado State Patrol troopers were notified of a crop duster that had crashed
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Plane crashes near Center

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
CENTER -- Investigation is ongoing into a plane crash and resulting brush fire near Center today. See Saturday's Courier for more information.
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Most San Luis Valley schools are below average on ACT, PSAT tests

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
Courier staff writer
VALLEY --The Colorado Department of Education recently released scores for the ACT and PSAT for every school district in the state. For the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), Sargent Senior High School was the only school in the Valley to beat the state's overall score average of 944.0.
For the ACT, Centauri High School and Sanford Junior
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Judge finalists named for SLV

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
VALLEY -- The Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a Saguache County Court judgeship created by the retirement of the Hon. Amanda K. Pearson, effective Nov. 1. Nominees Thomas M. Abbott of Aurora, Kaeden C. Johns of Del Norte and Anna N. Ulrich of Salida were selected in a meeting on August 17.
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City vote opens door to preschool

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Considering the planning commission's recommendation for denial, city staff's recommendation for approval and several pleas from community members, the Alamosa city council Wednesday night gave permission for an early childhood facility to be located in the former Head Start building at 809 Ross Avenue.
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School gets wellness grant, coordinator

Posted: Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--The Alamosa School District will soon have healthier students and staff thanks to new funds. Assistant Superintendent Carrie Zimmerman announced that the district received a two-year $257,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation at the school board meeting Monday night.
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Pathway to citizenship might be rocky road

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Becoming a citizen may mean becoming a victim first.
During a recent Tu Casa-sponsored Lunch ‘N Learn, representatives from the SLV Immigrant Resource Center (IRC) described some of the pathways -- and detours -- to citizenship.
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Drugs pave way to prison sentence

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Having progressed from theft to drugs, Loren Gutierrez, 30, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday.
A former local convenience store manager, Gutierrez had been on probation on a Class 5 felony charge for a 2012 case in which she stole $8,000 from her employer, trying to make it look like a burglary, and
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August 6 crash turns into fatal

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- An August 6 crash at the intersection of Highway 370 and Alamosa County Road 100 has become a fatal.
Colorado State Patrol Technician Garth Crowther stated on Tuesday that Karen Severson, 63, of Eagle River, Alaska, who was a passenger in a 2005 Jeep Wrangler driven by Larry Severson, 66, passed away.
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Aguilar explains Amendment 69

Posted: Saturday, Aug 13th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- The Affordable Care Act did not quite get Colorado where it needed to be, according to Denver senator and Doctor Irene Aguilar who visited Alamosa recently to promote Amendment 69.
Sen./Dr. Aguilar said Amendment 69, which is on the November ballot, would streamline the healthcare system in Colorado and make it more accessible to all residents.
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West Nile Virus in local mosquitoes

Posted: Saturday, Aug 13th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped within the district in the area of Highway 160 and the 113.
AMCD responded immediately by treating the areas and searching for sources of mosquitoes.
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Hantavirus case confirmed

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
COSTILLA COUNTY, Public Health officials confirmed this week that a resident of Costilla County has contracted Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), bringing the number of confirmed hantavirus cases to five in the San Luis Valley so far in 2016. HPS is a rare but serious respiratory disease that results in death for more than one-third of those who become infected.
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Sheriff allows city inmates for now

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city and county officials agree that the new jail can't come soon enough. The overpopulation of the current county jail has put a strain on the sheriff office's resources.
During last week's city council meeting, it was reported that Alamosa County Sherriff Robert Jackson would no longer accept municipal inmates. However, that is no
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Area residents comment on city pot question

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- With some residents encouraging the city council to "get after it" and others warning the council to keep marijuana facilities out of the city, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday began tentatively moving forward to place a marijuana question on this November's ballot.
In a special meeting Wednesday, the Alamosa city council on first reading approved
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