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Justice center may go on 2015 ballot

Posted: Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY, Plans for a new $13 million judicial building in Alamosa County are shaping up.
The Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) agreed to provide up to $4,000 for an environmental study of the county's old road and bridge department site; and to explore funding for jail improvements and operations costing between $3 and $5 million, to consider
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Attempted murder suspect arrested

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- An Alamosa man is in custody on multiple felony charges including attempted first-degree murder following a multi-agency search Tuesday afternoon.
Suspect Christopher Jon Lucero, 29, of Alamosa, was ultimately located through a cell phone "ping" in the area of West 11th Street in Alamosa, according to Alamosa Chief of Police Duane Oakes.
Chief Oakes recounted that in the
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Community recognizes Romeros

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- The applause of some 200 persons Saturday was a gauge of the value of two longtime community volunteers, Frank "Boogie" and Dorothy Romero.
Playing to a packed house in the club room at St. Ives, the Romeros were honored for their outstanding services to their city, state and country.
Alamosa Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Griego read a proclamation,
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UAS application is still in the works

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
Courier staff writer
VALLEY, Alamosa County will continue to pursue federal approval to operate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the San Luis Valley, but the rapidly developing technology is not to take wing until interested parties are satisfied.
"It's a starting point," said Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen Monday during the San Luis Valley County Commissioner Association (VCC) meeting after
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Mushroom farm back in business

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Fungus is again growing in the Valley.
After being shut for more than a year, the former Rakhra Mushroom Farm is back in business, expecting its first harvest late next month.
Now called the Colorado Mushroom Farm, manager and past owner Baljit Nanda is improving mushroom production. He said his mission "is to provide the
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Partners applauded at mushroom farm grand opening

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- "We will make it work" were the words converted to action that made it possible for one of Alamosa's major employers to reopen its doors this fall.
Many of those who said those words -- and made good on them -- were present yesterday at the grand opening of the Colorado Mushroom Farm, formerly known
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Murder case moves through court system

Posted: Saturday, Oct 25th, 2014
SALIDA -- The murder case against former San Luis Valley resident Daniel Archambeau, 21, Salida, is making its way through the courts.
Archambeau, a former Adams State student who listed Monte Vista as his hometown on his Facebook page, is charged with multiple counts including felony first-degree murder, burglary and assault associated with the June 13th stabbing death of Salida
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Pilots share heightened UAS concerns

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- They call them drones, and they are moving just as fast as the emerging aerial technology.
Over the past few weeks, the San Luis Valley Pilots' Association (SLVPA), a non-profit group of pilots and aviation supporters, has sped up and intensified its requests for the Valley's government officials to delay Alamosa County's signing off on
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Water rules: Be prepared or stop pumping

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- It's not a broken record; the needle's just stuck.
Sounding like a broken record, for several years the Colorado Division of Water Resources has warned well users that rules would be coming soon. Several years' worth of advisory committee meetings and groundwater model runs later, it appears the well regulations are finally close to completion.
"We
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Public begins shaping Healthy Living Park

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Ideas for Alamosa's newest open space ranged from fishing pond to horno during last night's public planning meeting for the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park.
Area residents came together in the first of two public meetings this week to begin shaping a plan for the facilities and activities that will take place on the 38-acre
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Water leaders defend D.C. trip

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Tensions at this week's Rio Grande Water Conservation District (RGWCD) meeting related to more than just the controversial luncheon some of the members had with potential water exporter Gary Boyce.
Still at issue with some of the board and public was a trip to Washington D.C. the board president, general manager and attorney took regarding the
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New cell tower site praised

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- A compromise is in the works to provide broader cell phone coverage in Alamosa without a 120-foot tall cell tower standing at Alamosa's southern entrance.
Viaero Wireless changed its original cell tower site right off Highway 285 at Alamosa's southern entrance for a site just west of there, north of County Road 8 South (the Co-op
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Water forces spar over lunch with the 'enemy'

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In what Rio Grande Water Conservation District Board President Greg Higel called a war yesterday, the first casualties were hit with "friendly fire."
"Gary's playing a game, and he's going to attack us. This is war," Higel commented on hostilities among the water board directors regarding a luncheon meeting three of the nine-member board had with
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Hammer defends Wednesday no-activities policy

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- A dual had the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) grappling over the school district's student activities policy earlier this week.
Several years ago, the school district decided to forbid mandatory or voluntary school activities for all students after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays or Sundays during the school year. The policy change came after a number of
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Deputy sex assault trial may be delayed

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Conflicting court proceedings could delay the December jury trial set for former Alamosa County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) deputy Dale Michael Jordan, 34, who is charged with engaging in sexual conduct with a female Alamosa County Detention Center inmate.
Jordan appeared before District Judge Michael Gonzales Monday afternoon in a pre-trial readiness hearing where it was revealed
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MV Family Dollar robbed Sunday

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
MONTE VISTA -- Monte Vista police are enlisting the public's help in locating a suspect in an armed robbery of the Family Dollar store Sunday night.
Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson reported that at about 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, a male wearing a red "hoodie" sweatshirt and a Santa Claus style faux beard robbed the Family Dollar
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Vikings’ liking: Center snatches SPC squeaker

Posted: Saturday, Oct 18th, 2014
Special to the Courier
IGNACIO--Both used under center by boss Scott Poole during Friday night's 1A Southern Peaks Conference clash, Center sophomores Jorge Venzor and Josh Jones could never have picked a more opportune time to operate as one--and finish what they'd initially started.
With an even minute remaining in the fourth quarter at IHS Field, the former--who'd connected with
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