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AHS graduate dies after Texas crash

Posted: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
ODESSA, Texas -- On her birthday and pregnant with her second child, 2010 Alamosa High School graduate Kassi Vadillo, 23, was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday that would ultimately take her life and that of her unborn child the following morning.
The former Alamosan was on her way to work at Bliss Dental in Odessa, Texas, where she
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State investigates Deer Valley pit

Posted: Saturday, Feb 28th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- A disposal pit Alamosa County employees were directed to dig earlier this month in the Deer Valley subdivision has the attention of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
A CDPHE spokesperson confirmed in an email Friday the state is investigating a freshly dug disposal pit located on property belonging to Ron
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Demolition begins

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
The long awaited demise of the Pink Elephant on the corner of State Avenue and Sixth Street in Alamosa started Thursday with the backside of the building being removed first.
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One dead in icy crash

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
RIO GRANDE COUNTY -- Kalvin Lee Boyles, 38, Saguache, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash Thursday morning after his vehicle lost control on the snow packed roads.
The Colorado State Patrol responded to the two vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 285 within Rio Grande County, approximately three miles north of Monte Vista around 6:30 yesterday morning,
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FFA scrambles eggs, students, teachers

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters are celebrating across the nation, the Valley and Alamosa High School (AHS) all week with activities embracing the spirit of the long tenured organization. 
George Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, marks National FFA Week, honoring the president's farming legacy.
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Motions, trial set in murder case

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
Courier editor
DEL NORTE -- A request for jailhouse communications drew debate during a court hearing on Wednesday in the case of Mark Gutierrez, 47, charged with murder in the shooting death of Edward DuPont, 27, in Monte Vista last May 8.
The District Attorney's office requested a copy of Gutierrez's phone call recordings -- other than calls between Gutierrez
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The Pot Shop goes after county

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
SAGUACHE COUNTY -- Claiming county officials "enacted an irrational and unconstitutional local licensing scheme," an applicant for a marijuana facility in northern Saguache County is filing a complaint in District Court against the Saguache County commissioners and planning commission.
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Reading time is elementary with local students

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Mini Moose are hitting the books this semester as part of Alamosa Elementary's (AE) focus on improving overall literacy.
"We know children need 120 minutes of uninterrupted time to focus on reading instruction," said AE Principal Lori Smith in an interview. "We are working to increase scores through shared and guided instruction."
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Valley hit hard by weekend storm

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
Courier editor
VALLEY -- For the first time all winter, the San Luis Valley could declare a snow day on Monday.
After unseasonably warm temperatures and extended periods with no precipitation, this past weekend began to make up for some of the winter the Valley had missed so far.
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Cerny elected to state press group’s presidency

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015
DENVER -- For the first time in 35 years, an Alamosa newspaper publisher has been elected president of the Colorado Press Association/Sync2 Media.
Keith R. Cerny, publisher of the Valley Courier since November 1992, was named to the 137-year-old organization's top position during Saturday's awards banquet here at the Westin Hotel Downtown. Presenting the symbolic CPA giant gavel was outgoing
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Mom missing four years

Posted: Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
LAMOSA -- Monday will mark a sorrowful anniversary for the family of Angelica Esperanza Sandoval.
It's been four years since the young mother went missing outside her house in south Alamosa.
Angelica, who would now be 25 years old, was last seen on February 23, 2011, when she returned home from doing laundry
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Include white spuds in WIC, study says

Posted: Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
Courier staff writer
VALLEY -- An Institute of Medicine (IOM) study released earlier this month concluded the nutrient profile of white potatoes does not support their exclusion from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) cash value voucher (CVV).
The requested United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) study set the task of undertaking a comprehensive review
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APD drug dog sniffs out heroin

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- Samantha, the Alamosa Police Department's newest and only four-legged officer, made a drug bust her first afternoon out.
On Wednesday, the department's drug detecting K-9 and her partner, Cpl. Tate Kindschuch, were called to a traffic stop resulting from a tip that a large amount of heroin and currency was being transported through the city, according to an APD
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City supports RGHLP

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city council on Wednesday unanimously voted to support a GOCO grant for the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park.
Earlier this month Alamosa County commissioners also voted unanimously to write a letter of support for the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant.
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Tipton talks shop with ACC

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Over homemade Campus Cafe raisin bread toast Thursday morning, the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) discussed local affairs with Congressman Scott Tipton (R).
Topics the commissioners brought forward included Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT), water, healthcare, renewable energy, immigration, cyber security, unmanned aerial systems, veteran support, education and economic development.
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Former coach hopes to turn crop circles into baseball diamonds

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
ALAMOSA -- "Build it and they will come…"
That is the plan Geoff West with the Top of the World Series Baseball has set out for in the San Luis Valley. West communicated his plans to attendees of the annual SLV Tourism Conference on Tuesday.
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Alcohol likely in Wednesday fatal

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
RIO GRANDE COUNTY -- Keith Abeyta Jr., 20, Del Norte, was pronounced dead at the scene of a one vehicle fatal accident shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning on Rio Grande County Road 14, approximately four miles south of Del Norte.
Colorado State Patrol investigation revealed that a 1992 Ford F350 pickup truck was northbound on the county road when it
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Alamosa to offer incentives to attract teachers

Posted: Thursday, Feb 19th, 2015
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Attracting quality teachers has always been the Alamosa School District's goal, and now it's upping the ante.
ASD Assistant Superintendent Carrie Zimmerman said Tuesday night during the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) meeting high school administrators are spearheading a new teacher recruitment program.
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For Rominger, it was love at first flight

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
Courier editor
VALLEY -- Kent Rominger was 5 years old when he took his first flight -- and his feet have hardly touched the ground since.
Since that first plane ride with his dad at the Del Norte airstrip, Kent, 58, has become a pilot himself, flown F-14's for the Navy and taken five shuttles into space.
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MV man killed trying to stop drunk driver

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
MONTE VISTA -- It appears Monte Vista resident Kendrick Dwayne Marquez, 25, died Sunday night after trying to prevent Autumn Martinez, 21, from driving intoxicated.
Following the crash that led to Marquez's death, Martinez was arrested on a variety of charges including suspected vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and driving with a suspended driver's
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