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Torch Run benefits Special Olympics

Posted: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- The Adams State University Police Department, Alamosa Police Department, Alamosa County Sheriff's Department, and the Colorado State Patrol joined forces to sponsor the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run Saturday morning, and more than 80 people gathered near the Grizzly Bear Statue on the Adams State University Campus to participate.
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State approves 2015 water plan

Posted: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Courier editor
VALLEY -- A major San Luis Valley enterprise dealing in liquid gold and hard cash, Sub-district #1 is taking care of business in its new water replacement year, which began May 1.
Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR) State Engineer Dick Wolfe approved the sub-district's annual replacement plan, which details exactly how the hundreds of wells in the
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Celebrate Tourism Week

Posted: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- National Travel and Tourism Week is May 2-10. It is an annual tradition that was established by a congressional resolution in 1983. This event is designed to create a greater appreciation of travel and tourism's economic impact and the more than 10 million workers nationwide whose jobs depend on travel. In honor of this occasion, the
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Police seek 'subjects of interest'

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa police are still investigating an incident involving gunshots fired in the Century Mobile Home Park in south Alamosa on Thursday morning.
Alamosa Police Chief Duane Oakes stated on Friday that the police department is attempting to locate "several subjects of interest" in connection with the April 30 incident.
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Human services cases, costs growing

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Medical and food assistance case numbers and costs continued to increase in Alamosa County during the first quarter of 2015.
The Alamosa County Department of Health and Human Services handled 3,690 medical assistance cases in March compared to 2,915 one year ago, according to reports Catherine Salazar, the department's director, presented to the Alamosa County
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Shots fired in mobile home park

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa police are still investigating an incident involving shots fired Thursday morning in the Century Mobile Home Park in Alamosa.
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Alamosa father, son ski Mt. Blanca

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Eric and Raleigh Burt are now among the select few who have skied down Mt. Blanca.
Eric, who shares ownership of Kristi Mountain Sports with his wife Lisa is quick to point out, "We are not the first to do it, but it was the first time we did it!"
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Valley woman aids earthquake victims

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2015
Courier editor
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- If Chelsea Wiebers and her husband Mark had not been home sick with the flu last weekend, they might have been among the thousands of victims of the worst earthquake in Nepal in 80 years.
Chelsea, who is from Fort Garland where her father still lives, has been living in Nepal for more than a
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Society Hall crowdfunding campaign begins today

Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2015
ALAMOSA -- A local group has formed to raise money to purchase the Christian Science Society building and transform it into an event center/performance space for the Alamosa community. Society Hall Foundation was created this spring to purchase the building at the corner of Fourth and Ross and transform it into a much needed space for arts and entertainment, lectures
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Deer may be issue — or not

Posted: Thursday, Apr 30th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Judging by the lack of attendance at a city work session last night to discuss deer issues in Alamosa -- and the relatively few incidents and accidents reported between residents and deer in the city -- city councilors came to the conclusion there may not be that many deer problems in Alamosa after all.
Only two
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New Valley profile reflects stability

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 29th, 2015
Courier editor
VALLEY -- Almost anything anyone wanted to know about the San Luis Valley is available in one document just released this week by the San Luis Valley Development Resources Group (DRG.)
The DRG compiled the information with the San Luis Valley Council of Governments (COG.)
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Heroin found at East Alamosa park

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- An anonymous tip turned into a drug arrest last week for the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office (ACSO).
Rogelio Briones, 28, Alamosa, was arrested and booked in the Alamosa County Jail for possession of a controlled schedule one substance, a felony, at Sunshine Park on McKinney Avenue shortly after lunchtime on Mon., April 20 when deputies
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Water efforts net criticism, commendation

Posted: Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- One of the major efforts to stop the San Luis Valley's aquifer depletions drew both questions and support on Tuesday during the Rio Grande Water Conservation District's quarterly meeting in Alamosa.
Some questioned whether the district's first water management sub-district was working and recommended ways it might work better.
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USDA supports Mosca sewer project

Posted: Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
Courier staff writer
MOSCA -- Plans for the Town of Mosca's new sewer system are coming together quicker than expected.
"The Mosca Wastewater Improvement Plan continues to move forward," said Alamosa County Land Use Deputy Administrator Rachel Baird Wednesday morning during the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) meeting. "Securing funding for the estimated $1.4 million project remains a top priority at
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Deer Valley resident wants pit filled

Posted: Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- At least one Deer Valley resident in east Alamosa County is not pleased with the disposal pit the county dug in his neighborhood earlier this year.
Jeff Otey, a Deer Valley property owner, asked the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) Wednesday morning to please fill the hole the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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ASD to heighten school security

Posted: Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Intensification of Alamosa School District (ASD) student and staff safety measures are in the works.
ASD Technology Director Scott Schweizer said Monday night during the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) meeting the district is working towards upgrading its visitor management system, which will include a driver's license scan that generates an immediate background check.
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Teachers recognized for work ethic

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Teachers from across the Valley were honored Wednesday night in Alamosa during the 30th Annual San Luis Valley Outstanding Teacher Recognition banquet.
"Everyone in this room knows how powerful a teacher can be," said Del Norte School District's Aaron Horrocks, the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of the Year, during his keynote speech. "Today there are so
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Females busted with dope at jail

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Two females secured their time behind bars on Wednesday when Alamosa County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) deputies found controlled substances on their bodies during booking procedures at the Alamosa County Jail.
Kelsey Romero, 23, Alamosa, now faces felony charges for unlawful distribution and possession of a schedule one controlled substance, unlawful distribution and possession of
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Gigi Dennis is new county administrator

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) approved a resolution Wednesday morning to hire Gigi Dennis to fill the Alamosa County Administrator position Peter Kampfer vacated last month.
Dennis Hunt, an interim director from Colorado's County Technical Services, Inc., has occupied the role since his departure.
Gigi Dennis is a former state senator and secretary of state who most
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UAS may soon soar in Valley skies

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are finding a place in Colorado.
Rocky Mountain UAS representative John Huguley told the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) Wednesday morning the air vehicles are coming the moment the authorities give their blessings.
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Water may reach San Luis Lake this year

Posted: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- San Luis Lake may see some changes in the future -- and hopefully some water.
The lake, located west of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, has been dry in recent years with not enough snowmelt to float a boat.
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ABOE supports senate finance bill

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- More money means more opportunity for Moose Nation.
The Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) unanimously resolved Monday night to stand behind 174 out of 178 state superintendents in their efforts to return dollars to Colorado school districts.
In 2010, the legislature added the "negative factor," which created billions of dollars in cuts to education through
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Snowpack continues to diminish

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Although future months may bring above-average precipitation for the San Luis Valley, the current snowpack does not look promising.
Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten reported to water leaders attending the Rio Grande Water Conservation District board meeting yesterday that the current basin snowpack sits at 38 percent of normal.
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Water group commits to new building

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Rio Grande Water Conservation District (RGWCD) board members made a firm commitment on Tuesday to the first home of their own.
Becoming the newest neighbor in Alamosa County's complex, the district board plans to purchase property from the county and build a facility that will house the district's burgeoning staff. The facility will also include a
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