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Hospital tops state in patient safety

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Staff at the San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center believe a hospital stay should not make a patient's health worse.
This attitude is reflected in the Alamosa hospital's recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services patient safety indicator rating, which was the best in the state.
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Water rules costly for city

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Complying with the state groundwater rules will not be painless -- or cheap -- for the City of Alamosa.
The city, like hundreds of well owners throughout the San Luis Valley, will have to comply with the recently filed state groundwater rules for the Rio Grande Basin.
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We say 'Denver,' you say 'Broncos;'

Posted: Saturday, Feb 6th, 2016
We say 'Peyton,' you say 'Manning;' We say 'number,' you say 'one'
Mile High Salute -- Go Broncos


Alamosa Elementary third grader Noemi Lemus, left, and fifth grader Mica Raya, right, introduce the cheer related above for Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning on Friday as he prepares for Sunday's Super Bowl. "We are here at Alamosa Elementary.
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Four arrested in Sanford drug bust

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
SANFORD -- Sanford police arrested four people on felony drug charges on Tuesday after checking out a report of a suspicious vehicle at Fourth and Greenleaf.
Sanford Police Chief Dale Ruff reported that at 7:45 p.m. February 2 he received a report of a suspicious vehicle with its lights off at Fourth and Greenleaf and subsequently contacted the driver and
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Former resident faces murder

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
AMARILLO, Texas --Former San Luis Valley resident Briana Riley, 19, was charged with murder this week in Amarillo, Texas, in connection with the death of her 10-week-old son.
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StoryWalk planned at Alamosa city hall

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa will be the first site in the state to boast a StoryWalk® this spring.
Billie Jo Cooper and Azeneth Heredia, community literacy manager, updated the Alamosa city council Wednesday night on the progress of the project, which will be located at city hall.
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Snowmobiler killed in avalanche

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
SOUTH FORK -- A South Dakota man died Tuesday after being buried in an avalanche on the east side of Wolf Creek Pass near Lost Mine Creek.
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Mattive announces candidacy for HD 62

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
MONTE VISTA -- Long-time San Luis Valley farmer Bob Mattive announced his candidacy as a Republican for House District 62 at a gathering in Monte Vista on Tuesday.
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School board considers full-day kindergarten

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
ALAMOSA -- With the Colorado General Assembly considering a statewide full-day kindergarten system, the possibility became a topic of discussion during Monday night's Alamosa Board of Education (BOE) meeting.
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Lost snowmobiler found safe

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
MINERAL COUNTY, A snowmobiler from Mineral County who went missing on Sunday was found alive and well Monday afternoon.
Greg Van Akin, 35, became separated from a friend while snowmobiling in the Fern Creek area after one of the snowmobiles became stuck in the snow about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 31.
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'Face time' ordered in Wolf Creek case

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- April 15 represents more than "tax day" for the U.S. Forest Service and Rocky Mountain Wild.
It is the deadline U.S. District Judge William Martinez set for attorneys representing the two parties to "meet in person to discuss in good faith whether the Forest Service has, at that point, fully discharged its FOIA [Freedom of Information
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Payne announces candidacy for HD 62

Posted: Saturday, Jan 30th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alonzo Payne would like to take care of the Valley that has taken care of him for the past 39 years.
In announcing his candidacy for House District 62, which encompasses the six San Luis Valley counties, Huerfano and a portion of Pueblo County, Payne said he would like to improve healthcare, wages and education for
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Allen seeks sixth term

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- After 20 years on the job, Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen still has work to do.
The long-time commissioner announced this week he will run for a sixth term because he wants to finish projects like the new judicial center, courthouse remodeling and jail expansion.
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Nurses make difference in new mothers' lives

Posted: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016
Courier editor
VALLEY -- Stephanie Carino was 16 and pregnant when Nurse-Family Partnership staff joined her in her journey toward motherhood.
Now Carino is helping other first-time moms as part of the same team that guided her through pregnancy and the first months of motherhood.
"I was a client of Nurse-Family Partnership 10 years ago in Costilla County," she recalled.
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Man arrested with gun after Center game

Posted: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016
CENTER -- An inebriated 20-year old male waving a gun who entered Center Schools following the conclusion of a basketball game Friday evening was arrested shortly following the incident by Center Police and Colorado State Patrol (CSP).
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One injured in Alamosa fire

Posted: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa volunteer firefighters responded to two back-to-back calls in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Jan 27.
The first call came in shortly after midnight to a mobile home in Wild Acres where the resident was smoking and caused a small fire, according to Alamosa Fire Chief Don Chapman.
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Simpson to lead water district

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Cleave Simpson is following the footsteps of long-time water leaders and his personal mentors Ralph Curtis and Steve Vandiver as he takes on the position of general manager for the Rio Grande Water Conservation District.
The water district board on Monday selected Simpson from among finalists for the vacancy that will be created with Vandiver's retirement
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Broadband planning project underway

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Colorado Fiber Community is laying the groundwork -- if not yet the fiber -- for improved San Luis Valley broadband.
Paul Recanzone reviewed a regional broadband planning project with the San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association on Monday.
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