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Weather hits crops, washes out roads

Posted: Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014
Courier staff writer
VALLEY --†A mix of precipitation this month left its mark on the Valley.
Producers across the counties took a fair beating from hail storms early last week, said San Luis Valley Colorado State University Area Extension Director Marvin Reynolds Wednesday in a phone interview. Wheat, alfalfa and potato fields northwest of Monte Vista, and crops on Rio
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New monument draft plan in the works

Posted: Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014
VALLEY -- Of interest to San Luis Valley residents who want to make sure traditional uses are preserved in a new national monument in New Mexico, a draft plan for the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is currently in the works.
The BLM and its cooperating agencies are making good progress on preparing the draft Monument Plan, taking
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County makes deal on blight

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY --†A promise last week to remove long standing blight in 30 days forgave half of one Alamosa County property owner's fines.
The Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) unanimously found a single section manufactured home located at County Road 104 South to be blight during their last meeting of July, and made an agreement with Rosalie Amada
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Grouse surviving Poncha transplant

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014
Courier staff writer
PONCHA PASS, Gunnison sage grouse (GSG) are surviving on Poncha Pass.
Last month, 16 active GSG, 9 males and 7 females, were reportedly doing well, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) documents regarding the GSG Poncha Pass repopulation project in effect since last year to help fend off the looming endangered species listing. On June
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Stampede week busy for MV police

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
MONTE VISTA -- Ski Hi Stampede kept the Monte Vista Police Department busy this weekend with incidents ranging from intoxicated attendees to an alleged sexual assault.
On Sunday, July 27, the police arrested carnival worker Hector Lopez, 34, of Mexico, for sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, which is a class 3 felony.
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Climber rescued safely from Ellingwood

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- A search-and-rescue effort near Ellingwood Point in the Sangre de Cristo Range on Sunday ended positively for Denver-area climber Kevin Diviness, 49.
Alamosa County Sheriff's Office activated the Alamosa County Search & Rescue team Sunday afternoon about noon after Diviness made a 9-1-1 call on his cell phone from the mountain. The climber was concerned
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Devilís Playground demolition begins

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Phillips 66 received formal approval last week from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to proceed with abatement and demolition of structures at Devil's Playground.
Field teams will be mobilizing south of the Rio Grande Railroad tracks in the location of the former Oriental Refinery this week, and abatement activities are scheduled
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WW I marks 100 years

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Courier editor
VALLEY -- Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the "Great War," World War I.
It was on July 28, 1914, that Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, exactly one month after Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
The
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Reward offered in Greenspot break-in, theft

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
ALAMOSA --†Greenspot owner Ruthie Brown is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the burglar or burglars who visited her garden shop at 711 State Avenue on Sun., July 20.
The Greenspot was broken into between the hours of 6:30 p.m. on Sat., July 19 and 11:55 a.m. on Sun., July 20, according to Alamosa Police
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APD hunts for bowling bandit

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
ALAMOSA --†The Alamosa Police Department (APD) is on the lookout for a white male who allegedly broke into a van at the ABC Pro Bowl, 204 Victoria Avenue, on Wed., July 23 around 1:30 p.m.
The APD has video footage of the bald and tattooed suspect who walked into the bowling alley around the same time of the break in
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Inmate dies in Alamosa County

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- A male inmate in the Alamosa County Detention Center died on Thursday, Alamosa County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant James McCloskey confirmed yesterday.
He said the case is a suspected suicide but the sheriff's office is continuing to investigate the incident. He said an autopsy was being performed, and more information would be available once that process was completed.
The
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ACC welcomes auto lot

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY --†Hoping to reach what they consider an "underserved market," Manuel Fabian Castillo-Ortiz and Jessica Castillo are opening Grizzly Motors on Alamosa County Road 106 South and Highway 160 with the Alamosa County Commissioners' (ACC) blessing.
The ACC unanimously voted Wednesday in favor of granting the couple a special use permit for the site.
"You've worked
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Senate candidate campaigns in Valley

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Visiting in the San Luis Valley this week, U.S. Congressman Cory Gardner addressed issues affecting rural Colorado, such as agriculture and water.
Gardner, a Republican representing Colorado's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, is seeking the U.S. senate seat currently held by Democrat Mark Udall.
"I grew up in agriculture," said Gardner, who
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County hears marijuana debate

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY, Only after hearing from county residents for and against the proposed medical marijuana processing center Wednesday did the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) deny Valley Meds, LLC their special use permit application.
The ACC in a two-to-one vote sent Arthur Espinosa and Cheryl O'Dowd, the business operator and property representative, respectively, back to the drawing board
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Soil health tour draws crowds outdoors

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Courier staff writer
CENTER, Rekindling companionship between farmers, ranchers and their crops and cows is what some innovative producers are thinking could sustain and even enhance the future of Valley agriculture.
"Ranchers and farmers are again becoming one community," said Valley rancher George Whitten Tuesday about Valley cattle grazing on Valley fields during the Fourth Annual SLV Soil Health Tour
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Alamosa commissioners deny 2-1 medical marijuana processing permit

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY --†A medical marijuana processing facility will not be coming to Alamosa County any time soon.
The Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) voted Wednesday two-to-one to deny Valley Meds, LCC, a special use permit to open and operate a Medical Marijuana-Infused Product Manufacturer (MMIPM) and an Optional Premise Cultivation Operation (OPCO) in the old Aspen Homes building
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Local teen dies in ATV accident

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
SAN LUIS -- Centennial student Thalia Valdez-Garcia, 16, died Tuesday night after the four-wheeler she was driving collided with a pickup truck driven by Jeremiah John Hostetter of Alamosa.
Colorado State Patrol (CSP) responded to the two-vehicle crash on County Road P.6 in Costilla County about three miles east of San Luis Tuesday evening, July 22, about 6 p.m.
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Celebrate dunes quarter on Sept. 4

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
MOSCA -- Great Sand Dunes National Park has been selected as the national site to represent the state of Colorado on the reverse side of the United States quarter-dollar coin. Great Sand Dunes National Park is the 24th coin-release in the United State Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a multi-year initiative authorized by Public Law 110-456 (America's Beautiful National
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Counties unite on fishy topic

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- With a recommendation due by the end of the month whether or not to list Rio Grande cutthroat trout as endangered, local officials are ramping up efforts to prove this species does not need to be listed.
The SLV County Commissioners Association, encompassing the six counties in the San Luis Valley, earlier this year joined four
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From beetle kill to biomass

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- There's a different kind of "gold" in "them thar hills."
It's in the trees themselves.
Correctly harvested, the beetle kill timber that exists on public and private lands in the San Luis Valley could provide a gold mine for the biomass and other lumber industries while at the same time improving forest health.
Rio Grande National
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Dallas to decide Wolf Creek soon

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
ALAMOSA -- Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas anticipates a decision on the proposed land exchange for the Village at Wolf Creek in about a month.
Dallas said on Monday although he will temporarily be working in Washington, D.C., for a few months to help fill a vacancy during an interim period, he will continue reviewing the environmental impact
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Judge: Late ballots do not count

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
CONEJOS -- Late ballots will not be opened and counted in the June 24 Primary Election, 12th Judicial District Judge Martin Gonzales ruled late Friday.
Incumbent Sheriff Robert Gurule challenged the election and sought a court order commanding Conejos County Clerk Lawrence Gallegos to open and count the ballots which, the judge conceded, could have given him a mathematical edge
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Soil Health Tour is Tuesday

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Courier staff writer
CENTER, Valley farmers with a mission to protect the future of agriculture will showcase their sustainability trials and techniques Tuesday during the Fourth Annual SLV Soil Health Tour.
This year, MillerCoors is hosting the event at Coors Farms in Center, extending an invitation for all to visit its barley companion planting trials, which are in their first
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WildEarth asks feds to intervene on Rio Grande

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- WildEarth Guardians have not backed off from seeking more water from Colorado to keep fish afloat in New Mexico.
This week the environmental group wrote to U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor asking the department to become more actively involved in management of the Rio Grande to protect endangered species like the silvery
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City addresses the rumor mill

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city councilors and staff on Wednesday responded to negative rumors and Facebook posts.
None of the councilors owned up to demanding marijuana tax money from the county to make up for added stress marijuana is allegedly placing on the Alamosa Police Department. During the Alamosa County commissioners' meeting last week, Commissioner Marianne Dunne mentioned that
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Tennis courts to see resurfacing

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa's tennis courts should be resurfaced and ready for play this fall.
The Alamosa city council Wednesday night unanimously approved a bid from All Seasons Tennis Courts, headquartered in Golden, for $43,090 to resurface the city's courts at Boyd and Carroll Parks. The project is scheduled to be completed by September 30.
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