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Center teen dies in Mexico

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
CENTER -- Center High School student Jazmin Vasquez, who would have been a senior at the school this year, died Sunday as a result of head and lung injuries she received in a car accident while visiting family in Mexico.
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Saturday crash kills Denver man

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
SAGUACHE -- One Denver man was killed and another flown out with serious injuries following an early morning crash on Saturday north of Saguache.
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Sheriff suspends search for Keller

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
CONEJOS COUNTY, The official search has been suspended but an investigation continues in the disappearance of Joseph Keller, 19, of Cleveland, Tennessee, who went missing around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday July 23rd after going for a run in the mountainous area west of Antonito. "
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Valley anticipates good barley harvest

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015
Courier editor
CENTER -- Ideal growing conditions gave San Luis Valley barley a great start this year, and growers are expecting a healthy finish.
"We are looking for a great harvest for the San Luis Valley," MillerCoors Agronomist Judy Jolly told CSU SLV Research Center Field Day participants on Thursday.
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Kids dream up new playground

Posted: Saturday, Aug 1st, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Giggles, pizza, balloons and playful dreams characterized Thursday night's planning session for the Zapata Park makeover in Alamosa.
KaBOOM! Project Manager Brenna Hull guided a group of excited youngsters through the process of drawing up their own playground designs, which was followed by a session with adults who will help carry out the children's wishes.
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Antonito school sold for hemp

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
By SYLVIA LOBATO
ANTONITO -- Acting in the presence of community members, the South Conejos Board of Education (BOE) Thursday sold the high school complex to promoters of a hemp processing plant.
The school board heard presentations Monday evening from persons on both sides of the issue and then scheduled a special meeting to make their decision.
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County judge finalists announced

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
DEL NORTE -- The Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated two candidates for a Rio Grande County court judgeship created by the appointment of the Honorable Patrick H. Hayes Jr. to the District Court, effective July 1.
Nominees Mérida I. Zerbi and Barbara A. Zollars, both of Monte Vista, were selected in a meeting July 28 at the
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Still no leads on missing student

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
CONEJOS COUNTY, A week after Tennessee college student Joseph Keller, 19, went missing in the mountainous area west of the town of Antonito, searchers are still coming up empty handed.
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Habitat builds homes, hope in SLV

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015
ALAMOSA-- Habitat for Humanity progressively addresses a tremendous need in the community by providing low-income families opportunities for home ownership. 
Habitat for Humanity is a "lender of last resort" serving those with income less than 60 percent of the area median. Applicant families currently live in inadequate, overcrowded, or high rent housing and are unable to purchase a home through
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Foul play in Keller disappearance?

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
CONEJOS COUNTY, Joseph Keller, 19, of Cleveland, Tennessee remains missing today after an intense search effort that began last Thursday evening in the mountain area just west of Horca.
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'SLV Beat the Heat BBQ' this weekend

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- SLV Beat the Heat BBQ, Brews and Chili Competition is back for the third year -- bigger and better than ever.
"It's been a tremendous success," Randy Wright told the Alamosa city council in a recent update.
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West Nile Virus found in Alamosa area

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) discovered the West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped within the district on Tuesday afternoon.
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Tennessee man still missing

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
MOGOTE -- Friends are offering a $10,000 reward for solid information about a 19-year-old Tennessee man who has been missing in Conejos Canyon since Thursday.
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Johnson resigns from city council

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Saying he needs more time for family and professional commitments, Alamosa City Councilman Rusty Johnson resigned from the city council on Monday.
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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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