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Carpenter charged with murder

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 28th, 2016
BLANCA (AP/CBI)--Law enforcement officials have made an arrest in a 2015 death investigation occurring in Costilla County.
On October 23, 2015, the Costilla County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) began an investigation into the death of Corey Carpenter, 26.
Following an extensive investigation by the CCSO and the CBI, an arrest warrant was obtained for
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Alamosa supports Inspire Initiative

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 28th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa is doing its part to get kids outdoors again.
The Alamosa city council last week unanimously agreed to serve as the fiscal agent for the Inspire Initiative, which will promote outdoor activities, particularly along the Rio Grande.
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City defers golf course annual lease payment

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Giving the golf board a break Wednesday night, the Alamosa city council unanimously voted to defer the board's lease payment to the city this year.
Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks told the council the last two years have been very challenging for the golf board, especially related to the restaurant at the golf club.
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Alamosa loses local legend

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
LAMOSA -- World War II veteran, athlete, coach, educator, mentor and friend Dr. Jack "Doc" Cotton, 91, of Alamosa passed away Monday morning.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a life member of the American Legion and VFW. He was also active with the Shriners, Elks, Sigma Chi and Phi Delta Kappa.
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No second autopsy in murder

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- The body of murder victim Floyd Dale McBride, 52, can now be released to his family.
Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl on Friday denied a motion to hold the body for a second autopsy as requested by the attorney defending Lonnie Cooper, 43, charged
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Cooper charged with murder

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- One witness recalled Floyd Dale McBride, 52, "pleading for his life" as he was hauled into a van after being shot in the leg on June 23 at a rural Alamosa residence.
The Alamosa County Sheriff's Office on Thursday announced a positive identification of McBride, who had been reported missing on June 29. The sheriff's office
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Airlines begin SLV transition

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
AMOSA--The San Luis Valley Regional Airport Board has known for some time that it wouldn't continue working with Great Lakes Airlines but now it's official.
During Thursday's monthly meeting, Airport Manager Francis Song shared a letter he received from Great Lakes Airlines on Sept. 19. The letter states that the airline will be out of their leased space by Oct.
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City approves rink/pavilion architect

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- In a 6-1 vote Wednesday night, the Alamosa city council awarded a bid for architectural services for the proposed ice rink/multipurpose pavilion to Reynolds Ash & Associates of Durango for $117,500.
Councilman Charles Griego, who cast the dissenting vote, said he was not against the project but was concerned about the budget for it.
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Students may receive medical marijuana

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--Qualified students may now receive medical marijuana on school grounds. The Alamosa Board of Educators approved the policy in a blanket motion after its third reading at Monday night's meeting. The policy states that students can only receive certain types of medical marijuana from a caregiver.
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New IT class possible at Alamosa HS

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--A new class focused on information technology could soon start accepting high school students. Alamosa High School Principal Andrew Lavier told the district school board Monday night about a new program he has been working on with Chris Lopez, director of the Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley.
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Van Ry shares CASB stance on amendments

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--At Monday night's Alamosa Board of Education meeting Vice President Arlan Van Ry presented observations from his most recent meeting for the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) held this past weekend. Van Ry is the CASB representative for the region and is part of the board of the directors.
With November right around the corner, CASB
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Amendment 69 raises concerns

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Colorado Choice Health Plans spokespersons shared concerns about proposed Amendment 69 on Friday.
Proponent State Senator Irene Aguilar had previously explained why she believed the universal health care ballot question, Amendment 69, would improve healthcare in Colorado. Another public forum is scheduled to present both sides on Tuesday, September 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the First
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County association approves 2017 budget

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--The San Luis Valley County Commissioners Association (SLVCCA) approved the 2017 budget at Monday's meeting.
The budget totals $1,028,593, up from 2016's $959,989. Seventeen different agencies requested $1,193,551.
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Judge sends message to drunk drivers with $2.6 million verdict

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- Sending a message to drunk drivers, District Judge Martin Gonzales on Thursday awarded $2.6 million to the victims of a 2015 accident at the Craft and Highway 160 intersection in Alamosa.
The judge awarded the damages in a civil case against defendant Dennis Gurule, whose criminal court case is still pending.
Attorney Keith Vance of the Vance &
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Judicial center funding vote split

Posted: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA --Progress on the new judicial center, jail expansion and old courthouse remodel moves forward as the Alamosa County Commissioners borrow $24 million for certificates of participation (COP's) at a 2.9 percent interest rate.
The COPs are used to immediately pay contractors to work on the projects. The money borrowed for the COPs will be paid back
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Candidates address issues

Posted: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa County commissioner candidates tackled some tough issues during a candidate forum this week at The Bridge.
Candidates are incumbent Darius Allen who faces challenger Steve Atencio, and incumbent Helen Sigmond who faces challenger George Wilkinson.
One of the difficult subjects candidates dealt with Tuesday evening was the jail overcrowding.
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Candidates share top priorities

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa County commissioner candidates outlined the top issues they believe are facing the county during their first candidate forum Tuesday night at The Bridge.
Another candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Society Hall, 400 Ross Ave., Alamosa. Sponsors for both forums are the Valley Courier and Alamosa Chamber
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Emergency staff receives grant for IDs

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--Soon almost all emergency personnel in the Valley will have a standardized identification system.
Alamosa County Emergency Manager Francis Song told Alamosa County commissioners at Wednesday's meeting that the department received a $7,500 grant for the project from thea Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
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