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Fourth arrest in sex assault

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 29th, 2017
SOUTH FORK--An additional arrest has been made involving the alleged sexual assault of an 8-year-old South Fork girl dating back to late 2015.
Helen Price, 56, was arrested in Moravia, Iowa by deputies with the Appanoose County Sheriaff's Office on Saturday, March 25. She is being held on multiple counts of sexual assault against a child and is awaiting
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Hotz murder case continued

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 29th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Saying he understood how victims could be frustrated with how slowly the court process moves, District Judge Michael Gonzales on Tuesday continued "one last time" the first appearance in district court for Perry Hotz, 20, charged with the death of his 5 1/2-month-old daughter in October.
The judge said although he understood that the delays are
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Acosta takes plea; Ferrell trial rescheduled

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 29th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Convicted by a jury earlier this month of sex assault on a child, Adam Acosta, 40, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony burglary and violating a restraining order in a separate but related case.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on both cases on April 21.
In the case before District Judge Michael Gonzales on Tuesday,
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Murder conspiracy hearing reset

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 28th, 2017
By RUTH HEIDE
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Monday continued the preliminary hearing for Brian Cooper, 24, Alamosa, charged in connection with the June 23, 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.
At the request of Cooper's attorney the judge continued the preliminary hearing until Thursday, May 18.
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Death due to cold, drugs, alcohol

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 28th, 2017
By JEFFERSON
GEIGER
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--Marisa Wilson, 19, died from environmental exposure in the setting of methamphetamine and alcohol intoxication on February 15, according to Alamosa County Coroner Kevin Rogers.
The overnight low was 9 degrees, causing hypothermia. The manner of death was ruled accidental.
Wilson was discovered when Jessie Salazar, resident of 202 Ponderosa Drive, called the
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Firefighters respond to haystack blaze

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 28th, 2017
By RUTH HEIDE
Courier Editor
LA JARA -- Firefighters from multiple departments worked all afternoon and into the evening Saturday to contain a blaze that destroyed numerous haystacks near Estrella.
The haystacks were still smoldering on Monday, according to La Jara Fire Chief Austin Valdez who said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Chief Valdez said his
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Homelake: Proud of past service

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
HOMELAKE -- Serving those who served our country, the Colorado State Veterans Community Living Center (VCLC) at Homelake celebrated its 125th birthday in 2016 and has become a State Register Historic District with funds controlled by the Homelake Historic Preservation and Restoration Board.
This year, the VCLC will be commemorating World War I, which involved the United States on April
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Three arrested for sex assault

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
VALLEY -- Multiple arrests have been made involving the alleged sexual assault of an 8-year-old South Fork girl dating back to late 2015.
In November 2016, the CBI was requested by South Fork Police Chief Don McDonald to assist with a complex sexual assault investigation. Following an extensive investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the South
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Commissioners declare April National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--Last year Alamosa County's Department of Human Services opened 120 child abuse cases. That high number is why the commissioners declared April 2017 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month at Wednesday's meeting.
"It's a good time to reflect on child abuse," said Alamosa County Commissioner Michael Yohn. "So many times it goes unreported or unnoticed. The trafficking
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Watch out for phony money

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
ALAMOSA -- The Alamosa Police Department is warning local businesses and citizens of the San Luis Valley to be vigilant after an increase of reports involving "counterfeit money."
The police department is currently investigating several incidents of fake $50 notes being circulating in the City of Alamosa at a range of different businesses to purchase goods. The counterfeit notes in
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No cannabis club recommended

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa planning commission members Wednesday evening unanimously recommended denial of a special use application for a cannabis consumption club at 507 Bell Avenue.
City staff also recommended denial. The request and the staff and planning commission's recommendations will move on to the Alamosa city council on April 19. The city council will make the final
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Sushi swims into Alamosa

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--A Front Range food dish is making its way downstream to the Valley. For years there were no restaurants that served sushi--a food item that usually consists of raw seafood and seasoned rice--yet now there are three.
Having just passed their inspection on Tuesday, Rhybax Kitchen is the newest to serve sushi. They began making cooked rolls
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City makes the best of water rules

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa plans to order water with a twist of lemon, since it has to make lemonade anyway.
Like all other larger well owners in the San Luis Valley, the City of Alamosa has to comply with groundwater regulations filed by the Colorado Division of Water Resources State Engineer and pending court approval.
Those regulations require
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Rio Grande Cty coroner resigns

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
Courier Editor
RIO GRANDE COUNTY -- Saying Rio Grande County Commissioners were not providing an adequate budget for the office -- and he could no longer personally subsidize it-- long-time Rio Grande County Coroner Rusty Strohmayer resigned on Friday.
His official letter of resignation, submitted to the county commissioners early afternoon on Friday, March 17, states, "I am resigning from
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Man stabbed trying to break up argument

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- A bystander trying to break up an argument between a couple outside the Purple Pig Pub early Saturday morning received a stab wound in the leg for his efforts.
Charges are pending against the man and woman involved in the altercation and subsequent stabbing.
According to Alamosa Police Chief Duane Oakes, the incident occurred shortly before
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Trump budget, healthcare focus of Bennet town hall

Posted: Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet visited Alamosa for what was his third town hall on Thursday, after speaking in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. For one hour it was standing room only at the Rio Grande Water Conservation District.
Questions were not screened and Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley President Chris Lopez moderated by reading
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Five minutes with Bennet

Posted: Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--Before U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet held his town hall at the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, the Valley Courier had the opportunity to speak with Bennet in a one-on-one interview. The conservation was limited to five minutes.
Below is a transcript of the interview that has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Q: What do you think
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Hearing set in triple homicide

Posted: Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017
APULIN -- Santos Navares, 25,of La Jara, who also goes by the name, Santos Rameriz, is scheduled for a two-day preliminary hearing April 19-20 on an array of charges relating to the Jan. 15 deaths of three persons.
The hearing was set by phone last week and will be preceded by a status conference April 13.
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Jury finds Acosta guilty

Posted: Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017
ALAMOSA -- A jury this week found Adam Acosta, 40, Alamosa, guilty of sexual assault on a child.
The jury also found that Acosta used a threat of retaliation to accomplish or facilitate the sexual assault and that the sexual assault was committed as part of a pattern of sexual abuse. The jury also found him guilty of sexual assault
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Broadband in SLV could be better

Posted: Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Better broadband for the San Luis Valley will require cooperation, consultant Paul Recanzone said Thursday night during a public forum on the San Luis Valley Regional Broadband Plan.
"We have got to have general cooperation among the multiple entities doing broadband in the San Luis Valley," he said.
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Community Builders presented to URGED

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
OUTH FORK-- Several community leaders gathered at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork on Tuesday evening, March 14 to participate in the fifth annual dinner meeting of Upper Rio Grande Economic Development (URGED). The night's key speaker was Community Builders co-founder and Executive Director Clark Anderson.
The evening was well attended, with well over 75 people from around the
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City hits 'paws' on cat ordinance

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city council is taking a "paws" from its cat ordinance amendment to give time to absorb and incorporate suggestions from the community.
Numerous residents spoke to the council during the public hearing on the ordinance Wednesday night, with several of them asking the council to take more time and revise the ordinance. City codes have
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Homeless report shared

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--La Puente sheltered 707 individuals in the 2016 calendar year, according to their recently released report. Though homelessness decreased in Colorado, La Puente hasn't seen any significant changes and maintained an average level.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) 2016 homeless report found a 32 percent decrease in the number of homeless people in
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San Luis woman dies in accident

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
COSTILLA COUNTY -- A San Luis woman died Wednesday evening after her vehicle rolled and hit a tree in rural Costilla County.
On March 15 at 6:20 p.m. troopers from the Colorado State Patrol responded to a single vehicle crash on Juarez Road near Remson Road in the Sangre De Cristo Ranches in Costilla County between Fort Garland and San
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Moratorium set on marijuana clubs

Posted: Thursday, Mar 16th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city council Wednesday night unanimously passed a six-month moratorium on marijuana consumption clubs in the city limits.
However, the planning commission and city council will have to deal with an application submitted before the moratorium passed. City Attorney Erich Schwiesow informed the council that between the first and second readings of the ordinance establishing a
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River, dam funding approved Tuesday

Posted: Thursday, Mar 16th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Water leaders on Tuesday approved funding for two projects that will improve local reservoir and river operations.
The Rio Grande Roundtable approved $70,000 from locally allocated water funds for engineering work for Mountain Home Reservoir upgrades and $90,000 for surveying, design, and permitting work for projects primarily around the Rio Grande State Wildlife Area near Monte
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