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Sand Dunes banners, wrap unveiled Tuesday

Posted: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
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ALAMOSA, More than 50 people with a vested interest in San Luis Valley Tourism heard from a team from the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) during their "Discover Colorado Roadshow" at the Bistro Rialto downtown here Tuesday.
The "team" reached Alamosa, one of seven cities to be visited in five days across 1,000 miles, in a "Gray Line" bus
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One dead, two injured in head on collision

Posted: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
COSTILLA COUNTY -- District Attorney David Mahonee of Alamosa was injured and a New Mexico woman killed in a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon near San Luis.
Mahonee, 65, who was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango, was transported to and later released from a local area hospital with serious injuries after his vehicle was hit head on by a 1999 Toyota
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Six-month hemp moratorium set

Posted: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
SAGUACHE -- During an afternoon session of a regular county commissioner's meeting Tuesday, Saguache County Commissioners passed a six-month hemp moratorium to allow time for the county to study the pro and cons of hemp cultivation.
The county has reportedly received more than 200 requests for hemp cultivation.
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Mountain lion spotted

Posted: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
FORT GARLAND -- Area residents are cautioned that a mountain lion was sighted near the walking trail between the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center and Fort Garland on Tuesday evening. The animal was reportedly stalking a girl on a bicycle, but motorists and residents were able to scare it off. The community center went into lock down, keeping youth inside while
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ASU, Alamosa reaffirm partnership

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Adams State University administrators are developing more ways to help high school students get a jump on college and to produce more "locally-grown" teachers, ASU President Dr. Beverlee McClure told Alamosa school board members Monday night.
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Foster parents recognized, urgently needed

Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- "You don't have to be perfect," BJ Baumgardner said as he described the role of a foster parent and encouraged others to follow.
"You just have to be supportive, caring, loving."
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Justice center progress report shared with county officials

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
ourier editor
ALAMOSA -- The "wheels of justice" are moving forward with the finalization this week of Alamosa County's contract with Sage Constructors as project manager for the new judicial center, jail expansion and old courthouse remodel.
The county will also begin the selection of an architect for the project, which is funded by grants and a voter-approved sales tax.
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Craft paving planned

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa County's portion of Craft Drive will see new asphalt this summer.
"With the amount of cars on that road, the volume, we need to take care of it," Alamosa County Road Supervisor Tim DeHerrera said. "That's a very good road. A lot of people use it to get in and out of town. That would
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SLV celebrates outstanding educators

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
Courier editor
VALLEY -- The San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) honored local educational leaders during its 31st Annual San Luis Valley Outstanding Educator Recognition Banquet in Alamosa on April 27. Each school district, plus BOCES, submitted nominees for Educator of the Year, and this year's top honor went to Kimba Rael of Centennial School District.
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Man charged in weekend shooting

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- An alert Alamosa policeman was in the right place at the right time early Sunday morning to respond to a shooting incident on 14th Street.
"One of our officers heard gunshots -- four to five gunshots -- in the area of the 300 block of 14th Street," Alamosa Police Chief Duane Oakes said.
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Educator of the Year

Posted: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016
San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Board President Mark Bahr, left, congratulates Kimba Rael as the San Luis Valley Outstanding Educator of the Year. Rael teaches high school language arts in the Centennial School District where she has worked for seven years. Receiving her bachelor's from Adams State, she earned a master's degree from USC. She is
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City begins fund drive

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- The City of Alamosa is reaching out to the community to help raise funds for the ice rink/multipurpose pavilion planned for construction near the Alamosa Family Recreation Center.
In a letter recently sent from the city manager's office to businesses and other community leaders, the city asked the community's help in raising at least $50,000 to help build
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Perez arrested for murder

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
CENTER -- A second suspect has been charged with the New Year's Day murder of Ivan Antonio Alforo-Sanchez, 26, and is also facing numerous other felony counts related to the murder.
Juan Vega Jr., 27, of Center was arrested Jan. 15 and charged with burglary and felony menacing. He was later charged through the 12th Judicial District with first-degree
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Remains positively identified as Rust

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
SAGUACHE -- The human remains located in Saguache County in early January have been officially identified.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) confirmed the remains were of Michael Damian Rust, who would have been 62 last October. CBI notified the Saguache County Coroner's Office and the Saguache County Sheriff's Office as to the identity of the missing man.
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Well rules affect everyone

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- When state groundwater rules clear courtroom hurdles and become effective, it will not just be farmers and ranchers who will find water officials at their door if their wells aren't in compliance.
Municipalities like the City of Alamosa and agencies like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Fish and Wildlife Service will also have to
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Trains no problem for quick response

Posted: Saturday, Apr 23rd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Train traffic is not causing problems for emergency responders in Alamosa, Alamosa Police Chief Duane Oakes reported to the city council this week.
The concern arose recently when an unusually long train -- 260 cars -- went through town, holding traffic up at intersections for 20 minutes or more, Oakes said.
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Great Lakes reputation needs updraft

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Great Lakes Airlines came in for a rough landing Thursday morning during a meeting with the Alamosa Airport Board of Control.
Several community leaders shared their frustrations about dependability problems, and Great Lakes Airlines President Chuck Howell explained some of the challenges the airline has encountered and how it is dealing with them.
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