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Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne dies

Modified: Monday, Jul 25th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne, 74, passed away on Sunday, July 24, after battling cancer. Rogers Family Mortuary is handling service arrangements, and a funeral service is planned for Friday, July 29.
Commissioner Dunne had recently withdrawn from her campaign to seek a second term due to health problems, and a candidate replacement should be named soon. She
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Del Norte man dies in Friday crash

Posted: Saturday, Jul 23rd, 2016
MOSCA -- A Del Norte man died early Friday morning when the pickup he was riding in rolled on Alamosa County Road 6 North.
Jorge Gutierrez, 55, of Del Norte was a passenger in a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Manuel Chavez-Morales, 68, of Del Norte, who lost control of the truck on Alamosa County Road 6 North, near
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Water group has 'monumental' concerns

Modified: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- A proposed national monument expansion may not receive a ringing endorsement from the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, but the district is willing to keep an eye on the process.
The board for the district, which represents water interests throughout the San Luis Valley, discussed the proposed expansion of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
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Sand Dunes hosts new citizens

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier staff writer
MOSCA--As part of the National Park Service's 100th birthday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hosted a naturalization ceremony at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve's amphitheater on Thursday. Twenty-three adults and seven children from 21 different countries became American citizens at the first ceremony to ever be held at the park.
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Ranch sale to add to dunes

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- While federal officials are negotiating the purchase of a portion of the Medano-Zapata Ranch for the Great Sand Dunes National Park, water officials are seeking to purchase another part of the ranch for its water resources.
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Dunne withdraws from county race

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--Due to health issues, Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne will not be running for reelection for the 3rd District. Dunne has been fighting uterine cancer for the past four years, and it returned and spread further earlier in the month.
She hopes to finish out the term through her last day on December 31.
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Alamosa approves permit for group home

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Hearing of the need and successes of sober living communities locally, and with the recommendation of the city planning commission, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday approved a group home in the residential Stockton Avenue area.
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Locals 'Back the Blue' at Wednesday rally

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
Area residents participated in a "Back the Blue" rally to support local law enforcement officers on Wednesday evening at the intersection of Main Street and West Avenue in Alamosa. Participants included family members of law enforcement officers. Participants donned blue and held up signs in support of law enforcement officers. Motorists driving by honked their vehicle horns in support.
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Rivers now at below average flows

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Although rain was a welcome sight during a Tuesday water meeting in Alamosa, it may not be a frequent occurrence as the year progresses.
Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten on Tuesday shared the long-term precipitation forecast for this region, which calls for below average precipitation.
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SLV airport board accepts Alcon bid

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--The San Luis Valley Regional Airport Board of Control accepted a runway-remodeling bid from Alcon Construction, Inc. at their monthly meeting on July 19. The bid is for the construction of five new runway signs and the removal of two existing signs.
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Second cyclist killed in a week

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
MINERAL COUNTY -- In the second fatal motorcycle accident in a week, a Morrison man died Friday evening after his motorcycle collided with a pickup in Mineral County.
Last Sunday, July 10, Ronald Lee Crowther, 52, of Monte Vista died in a crash between the motorcycle he was driving and a 2007 Nissan Sentra driven by Serge Bukhman, 32, of
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Guilty verdict in drug case

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Adams State University Police Department logged a win in the war on drugs last week with the jury conviction of Michael Sanchez, 28, Monte Vista, one of four arrested last November on drug charges.
Sanchez, a custodian at Adams State at the time, was arrested along with fellow employee Rick Rodriguez, 56, of La Jara, for
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Police seeking fugitive Malouff

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- The Alamosa Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating fugitive of justice Lane Scott Malouff, 30.
Malouff is a fugitive of justice and has four active warrants for his arrest from Alamosa Combined Courts. Malouff's whereabouts is currently unknown, but he is known to frequent Alamosa, Romeo, La Jara, Manassa, Sanford, and Monte Vista.
He is
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Fire is 15,000+ acres

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
VALLEY -- The lightning-sparked Hayden Pass Fire has now exceeded 15,000 acres and was engaging 645 personnel as of Friday evening.
As of Friday evening, the fire had grown to 15,754 acres. The fire began with a lightning strike on Friday, July 8, near Coaldale, and is not expected to be contained until October.
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Hayden Pass Fire still growing

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
VALLEY -- Now up to nearly 15,000 acres and engaging 645 personnel, the Hayden Pass Fire shows no signs of stopping.
As of Thursday evening, the fire had grown to 14,774 acres, an increase of nearly 2,000 acres from the day before. The fire began with a lightning strike on Friday, July 8, near Coaldale, and is not expected to
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School board term limits to go to vote

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--At a special meeting held yesterday, the Alamosa Board of Education approved a resolution that would increase board member term limits from two consecutive four-year terms to three consecutive four-year terms if the vote passes in November.
The board could have instead approved a different resolution that eliminated term limits altogether.
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Businessman warns against 'Xcel' fraud

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Just because the caller ID might read "Xcel Energy" does not mean it really is Xcel on the other end of the line.
An Alamosa businessman found out the hard way that scammers are using the legitimate Xcel business name to defraud people.
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Hayden Pass Fire still growing; 0 contained

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
VALLEY -- Still filling the skies above the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley with smoke, the Hayden Pass Fire continued to actively burn on Wednesday, forcing further mandatory evacuations.
Fremont County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday afternoon issued mandatory immediate evacuation for County Rd 35 and The Eagle Peak Subdivision on the West Side of County Road 1A.
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Joe Keller family believes remains are missing son's

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
ANTONITO -- Remains found July 6 in a high mountain crevice may have ended a yearlong missing person case.
Authorities suspect that they belong to Joe Keller, 18, of Cleveland, Tennessee, who went missing July 23, 2015, the day before his 19th birthday.
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Spanish Creek Fire burning near Crestone

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
CRESTONE -- A one-tenth acre fire is burning in the Spanish Creek drainage on the Rio Grande National Forest about three miles southwest of Crestone. The small fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain and has not been spreading
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Farm park seeks feasibility study funds

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--The Rio Grande Farm Park is ready to improve the Rio Grande corridor, but first they need to find out what can feasibly be accomplished. To do this, the Rio Grande Farm Park and Adams State University requested money from the Conservation Trust Funds at Alamosa's County Commissioners meeting held yesterday, July 13.
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Committee sensitive to beetle kill issue

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Since clearing the "dead wood" out of congress is not likely, state legislators asked Rio Grande National Forest personnel this week what measures could be taken to clear the dead wood out of the forests.
The topic of forest resources arose during a meeting on Tuesday of the Water Resources Review Committee chaired by State Representative
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Hayden Pass Fire up to 12,193 acres

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
SALIDA -- The Hayden Pass Fire, just over the mountain from the San Luis Valley, has now burned nearly 12,200 acres and is still 0-percent contained.
In addition to two earlier campground evacuations, the Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp on the east side of the fire was evacuated Tuesday night.
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Crestone Needle claims climber

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
CRESTONE -- A 55-year-old Parker man died late Sunday afternoon in a fall on Crestone Needle, according to Custer County Search & Rescue, which assisted in recovery efforts along with Saguache Search & Rescue.
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Body of missing MV man identified

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
CONEJOS COUNTY -- A body discovered at a Conejos County campground in late June has been officially identified as a Monte Vista man reported missing to the Rio Grande County Sheriff's Office on May 31 of this yea
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SLV leaders update water committee

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Meeting with the legislative Water Resources Review Committee in Alamosa on Tuesday, San Luis Valley water leaders shared stories of Valley cooperation and encouraged the legislators to continue funding water projects.
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