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Hayes sworn in as district judge

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
Courier staff writer
DEL NORTE -- Friends, family and those serving the 12th Judicial District from court personnel to law enforcement gathered Thursday afternoon in the Rio Grande County Courthouse to celebrate Patrick Hayes' district court judge appointment.
"I am honored and humbled," said Hayes, 55, after his son, Charlie, robed him for the second time in his career. "People expect
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No bag fee in Alamosa — yet

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa is not going to bag the idea of placing fees on plastic bags to promote recycling, but the city is initially opting for the softer approach of education.
Councilman Jan Vigil first brought up the idea of promoting recycling and reducing plastic bags in the landfill during a council retreat last year. He said Wednesday
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Super Welsh honored with building

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
Courier staff writer
CENTER -- George Welsh accomplished his goals.
The now former Center Consolidated School District Superintendent said his final goodbye Tuesday night during a special celebration dedicating the district's administration building to his 19 years of service, which brought much positive change to the Town of Center.
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Sisters seek solution to stinky situation

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- De-skunking their dogs three times in four days was about the last straw for Christine and Mary Sisneros, sisters who live in East Alamosa.
The two retired school teachers have dealt with three family deaths since December and suffer from ongoing health problems including migraines and arthritis.
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Citizens support judicial upgrades, question tax

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Citizens are not opposed to a new judicial center and improved jail, but some are not pleased with the notion of another duty.
"I disagree with a one-cent sales tax," said Alamosa resident Jan Oen during a public information meeting at the Alamosa County Courthouse early Tuesday morning. "It is the most regressive type
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Supreme Court upholds local water court ruling

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In a decision affecting San Luis Valley water users for years to come, the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld the local water court's approval of a 2012 water replacement plan for Sub-District #1, which encompasses 3,000 irrigation wells in the farming area north of the Rio Grande.
"We affirm the water court's August 2012 orders
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One dies in Summitville rollover

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
SUMMITVILLE -- A Pagosa Springs man died Friday evening when the Jeep he was driving rolled near Summitville.
Jesse Whisman, 25, of Pagosa Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rio Grande County Coroner's Office. Ashely Beck, 23, also of Pagosa Springs, a passenger in the Jeep, sustained minor injuries. Beck was wearing her seatbelt. Whisman was not.
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Death with Dignity bill seeks second chance

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- In "The Shootist," Jimmy Stewart plays Dr. Hostetler, a physician in the Old West. When an aging gunslinger, J. B. Books (played by John Wayne) discovers he has cancer, Dr. Hostetler describes what the gunfighter can expect.
"You know, Books; I'm not an especially brave man," the doctor says, "but, if I were you and had lived my
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Plight shared of the Valley's unwanted horses

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
VALLEY -- What happens when a horse is no longer wanted by its owner?
Maybe the horse is old, sick, or is injured so it can no longer meet its owner's expectations; or it may be that the horse is unmanageable and can't live up to its owners expectations.
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Village at Wolf Creek lawsuit filed

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
DENVER -- A coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Federal Court to stop a land exchange between the Rio Grande National Forest and Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture (LMJV) that would permit year-round access for the proposed Village at Wolf Creek.
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Producers call for more ag education

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- Producers across the Valley this week are reaching out to teachers in the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture's Food, Fiber and More Summer Institute, stressing the need for future farmers, ranchers and those behind the scenes keeping commodities on the shelves.
"Our food is going to have to come from somewhere," said Robert Middlemist, a fifth
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DuPont murderer gets 32 years

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
Courier editor
DEL NORTE -- Noting that the fatal shooting occurred in front of the defendant's 2-year-old daughter, Chief District Judge Pattie Swift on Wednesday afternoon sentenced Mark Gutierrez, 47, to 32 years in prison for the May 2014 death of Edward DuPont, 27.
"You killed someone in front of your child," Swift said to Gutierrez when she outlined the
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ACC discuss field of dreams

Posted: Thursday, Jun 25th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- The Top of the World Baseball Park faced some challenges Wednesday when the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) went into a special work session to hear a request from Erwin Young, one of the Top of the World Baseball Park promoters.
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Homicide suspect arrested

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015
MESITA -- Responding to a reported shooting in Mesita Tuesday evening, June 23, Costilla County Sheriff's Office deputies and Colorado State Patrol officers apprehended suspect George Rostad, 43, who is currently being held at the Costilla County Jail in connection with the fatal shooting of Randolph Thatcher, 58, who suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.
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