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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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Couple pleads to hay scam

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
Courier editor
DENVER -- A couple accused of stealing nearly $1 million from Sanford area ranchers pleaded guilty on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The Texas couple and their seven children had been fugitives hiding in the Bahamas until they were arrested earlier this year and brought back to Colorado where they
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Film experts offer insights at ASU

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Industry all stars encouraged Grizzly film and communication students do it with passion or not at all Thursday afternoon during the Media Professionals Career Connection workshop at Adams State University (ASU).
"There is no straightforward way to be a filmmaker," said Alexandre O. Philippe, a writer and creative director for Exhibit A Pictures in Denver
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La Jara history lies in rubble

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
LA JARA -- Viewing the pile of rubble that once was the 12-unit Morrison apartment complex, little evidence of its residents can be seen.
Nine families were rendered homeless by the fast-moving fire that was noticed at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. No cause of the disaster was available at press time Thursday.
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Urban youth experience Valley life

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- Colorado is one state comprising many cultures.
Two students from Bear Creek High School in Lakewood learned that lesson this week during their farm visits to the Valley as a part of their Senior Field Studies program, a course exposing urban youth to the ways of rural life and the west's wilderness.
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City commits funding to ice rink

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In a 6-1 vote Wednesday night the Alamosa city council committed city funds to a proposed ice rink/multi-purpose facility.
Casting the lone dissenting vote was Councilman Rusty Johnson who said he supported the project but still had concerns about the budget and long-term financial commitment and wanted to be responsible with the city's finances.
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La Jara buildings blaze

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
LA JARA -- Nine families lost their homes in Wednesday's devastating fire in the building that was known locally as the Morrison Apartments at the corner of Spruce and Main in downtown La Jara.
One of La Jara's oldest structures, the building had served many purposes over the years and was constructed with a corrugated metal roof, wooden staircases and
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Isolated educators collaborate within Valley

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- Finely tuned lessons are the result of Valley teachers having a good talk with one another.
Over the past few years, Professional Learning Communities (PLC) have become a norm across education. Valley teachers come together on a regular basis to discuss curriculum, legislation and technique, and the opportunity to collaborate face to face is creating
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Justice system attempts to address disparities

Posted: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
VALLEY -- Local residents rank very high on the list when it comes to pro se civil legal participation, according to 12th Judicial District Judge Martin Gonzales.
Appearing in court pro se -- without civil legal representation -- can mean real problems for persons who must appear in court. Gonzales points out that 80 percent of the civil cases filed
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Two photos from today's blaze in La Jara

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Stay tuned for more, and pick up Thursday's Valley Courier for complete coverage.
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Morrison Apartments ablaze in La Jara

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
LA JARA, At least eight San Luis Valley Fire Departments and nearly 100 personnel are currently on scene of a devastating fire here downtown.
The Morrison Apartments, at the corner of Main and Spruce, caught fire earlier this morning and were totally engulfed in flames by the time firefighters could get water on the blaze. Witnesses on scene, including La
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Morrison Apartments ablaze in La Jara

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
LA JARA, At least eight San Luis Valley Fire Departments and nearly 100 personnel are currently on scene of a devastating fire here downtown.
The Morrison Apartments, at the corner of Main and Spruce, caught fire earlier this morning and were totally engulfed in flames by the time firefighters could get water on the blaze. Witnesses on scene, including La
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Log home lost in Monday blaze

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Courier editor
VILLA GROVE -- A fire north of Villa Grove Monday night left a family homeless.
Northern Saguache County Fire Protection District Chief Wesley Moores said in spite of valiant efforts of about 35 firefighters and other emergency responders, a two-story log home about five miles north of Villa Grove burned to the ground Monday evening.
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Jones is principal of the year

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
CENTER -- Valley principals are top shelf.
The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) this week announced Center High School Principal Kevin Jones is Colorado's 2015 Principal of the Year, an award Curt Wilson, Centauri High School's former principal received in 2014 before he moved on to become the North Conejos School District's superintendent.
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Courthouse committee considers tax issues

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Requests for money always beg an explanation.
The Judicial Center Task Force Tuesday afternoon vetted its public argument to inform Alamosa County voters on why they should support a maximum one-cent sales tax on the November ballot to partially fund jail improvements and a new judicial center located in the People's Place subdivision.
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RG Roundtable: Do not water down forest plan

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- If it ain't broke … don't let the government fix it.
That's the gist of San Luis Valley residents' message yesterday to representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and their consultant who are gathering input to revise the Rio Grande National Forest's plan.
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