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Angelica case gets national media attention

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
The Steve Wilkos television show featured the missing persons case of Alamosan Angelica Sandoval, shown with her daughter, on Tuesday. Angelica, who was 21 at the time, disappeared in February 2011 leaving her 1-year-old daughter at her residence while she went back to her car for her purse and laundry. She had just returned home from a local laundromat. She
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San Luis Valley is on space business radar

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA, A soaring interest in the Valley's sky and aviation resources brought the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) to the San Luis Valley Regional Airport Tuesday morning in conjunction with its statewide business development road trip focused on economic development.
"We need to start having conversations like this," said CSBR Chairman Stacey DeFore, accompanied by representatives from
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Driver in crash allegedly smoked pot

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
ALAMOSA -- La Jara resident Mario Mendoza, Jr., 25, was flown out with injuries and cited on multiple charges including driving under the influence of drugs-marijuana after a two-vehicle collision Monday morning south of Alamosa.
According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nico Figueroa, the 2013 Toyota Camry Mendoza was driving rear-ended another Toyota driven by John Stump, 78, of Alamosa.
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Bennet supports aviation

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 1st, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA, Sen. Michael Bennet vouched in support of the Valley's rural aviation needs Tuesday afternoon when meeting with Alamosa County Commissioners and San Luis Valley Regional Airport Board members.
"I got the picture," Bennet said. "I will do whatever it takes to help you."
Today, the airport board's top priority is finding a way to improve the
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Sheriff candidates attend debate

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- Adams State University's Veterans Club hosted debates for candidates running for county sheriff to participate in last Saturday.
William "Bill" Lucero from Rio Grande County and James McCloskey from Alamosa County accepted the invitation.
Sheriff Brian Norton, who is running for re-election in Rio Grande County, never responded to the invitation, according to Veterans Club officers
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Congressional candidates face off

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
ALAMOSA -- Two candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives position for Colorado's Third District faced off in a debate hosted by Adams State University's Veterans Club and Model UN on Saturday.
Democrat Abel Tapia and Independent Tisha Casida participated, while incumbent Scott Tipton, a Republican, chose not to.
Speaking of Tipton's absence, Tapia said, "I'm disappointed that our
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Human services prepares for rush

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA COUNTY -- Over the past year, Alamosa County has watched its medical assistance numbers grow, and with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period just around the corner, the human services department expects the pattern to continue.
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Mosca teen featured in documentary series

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Courier editor
MOSCA -- Featured in the documentary series "Edge of Eighteen" on Al Jazeera America this Sunday, Brandton Stokely shares the perspective of a youth raised in an isolated rural community where he doesn't always feel he belongs.
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'Make my day' is murder defense

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
CAPULIN -- Bradley Douglas Faux, 21, accused of First-Degree Murder in the September 2013 shooting death of Mason Anthony Rodriguez, 21, is using the "make my day" laws as his defense.
A motion to that effect was argued at length Thursday before 12th Judicial District Judge Michael Gonzales in Conejos District Court. Witnesses were sequestered.
The court was first advised
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Hot Springs: sex allegations 'lurid' and unfounded

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
By TERESA L. BENNS
SAGUACHE COUNTY -- In response to a complaint filed last month against the Orient Land Trust (OLT), also known as Valley View Hot Springs, OLT attorneys have responded by alleging the plaintiff's allegations are "defamatory, sensational and lurid."
Danielle S. Urban with the firm Fisher and Phillips LLP of Denver filed the response in Saguache District
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Motorway building option on table

Posted: Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Plans are in the works to convert the old Rio Grande Motorway building into a Valley wide economic benefit.
Since the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to set up its new offices in Monte Vista and not in the vacant building located next to The Depot in Alamosa, the Alamosa County Marketing District and San
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Quick campaigns in SLV

Posted: Thursday, Sep 25th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Prevention is as important as prosecution to Democratic candidate for Colorado Attorney General Don Quick.
"If all you do is focus on the broken pipe all you get is a bigger puddle. In the long term you have got to deal with the faucet at the front end," Quick said this week in a visit to
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WW II veterans to take Honor Flight

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Two San Luis Valley residents representing the Greatest Generation and its commitment to this country will be honored guests in the nation's capital this weekend.
World War II veterans Dorothy Brandt, an underage Army veteran originally from North Carolina, and Charles Sumner Sr., a San Luis Valley original who served in the Marines, will take the
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Sicc deal closing; Pink Elephant to go

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- It was a peaceful parley Tuesday morning between city and county officials during their quarterly joint breakfast where it was revealed the corner of Sixth Street and State Avenue should soon be vacated.
This Friday, the Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) is closing with Flint Muniz, owner of the Sicc & Twisted building, said City
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PHP ensures safe eating in Valley

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014
Courier staff writer
VALLEY, Environmental health is stabilizing in the Valley.
The San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership (PHP) is providing the six counties with resources to ensure sanitary and safe conditions in restaurants, recreation areas and other places of gathering.
Earlier this month, Lynnea Rappold, the regional environmental health specialist and environmental health program planner, presented to the Alamosa
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Welsh has majority support from board

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
Courier staff writer
CENTER -- Letters questioning Center School District Superintendent George Welsh's abilities have not swayed three out of the five elected Board of Education (BOE) members to deviate from a path set out years ago.
In 1994, the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) audited the school district. The in depth investigation revealed the state of the students
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Victim named in fatal crash

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
SAGUACHE -- The Colorado State Patrol has identified the young woman who was killed in a two-car crash Friday near Villa Grove.
Heather Lara, 20, of Moffat died at the scene of the accident after being thrown from her left rear passenger seat. Alexander Hobson, 21, of Salida, the driver of the vehicle in which Lara was a passenger, and
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Valley veterans unite, share resources

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA -- Veterans, you are not alone.
Local agencies shared the message of help and companionship Thursday during the Veterans Coalition (VC) of the San Luis Valley meeting, the second gathering of its kind.
"We need to educate the veterans and educate the community," said Richard Nagley, veteran and VC leader. "We are one of the fastest progressing
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Valley pilots question UAS safety

Posted: Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014
Courier staff writer
MONTE VISTA -- John Huguely now has something to take back to the drawing board.
After months of meeting with government bodies to explore the future of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the Valley's sky, the UAS Colorado vice chairman Wednesday night presented to the SLV Pilots Association, the first local group to express hesitation over developing the
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Should bison remain?

Posted: Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Should the Great Sand Dunes Park & Preserve incorporate bison, and what should the park do about its large elk population?
These are the main questions the National Park Service is trying to answer, with the help of local residents, in its pending ungulate management plan. With no preferred alternatives yet, the park service is seeking
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Friday crash kills one

Posted: Saturday, Sep 20th, 2014
VILLA GROVE -- A young Moffat woman died Friday morning in a two-car crash near Villa Grove.
Colorado State Patrol was withholding the woman's name at press time, pending official notification of next of kin. The 20-year-old victim was a passenger in a 1983 Audi station wagon that broke into two pieces after being struck by a 2005 Saturn Vue
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Mushroom farm reopens in Alamosa

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
ALAMOSA, More than a year after closing, mushrooms are growing again at the former Rakhra Mushroom Farm located northeast of Alamosa.
Now called the Colorado Mushroom Farm, mushroom-growing operations began September 17 with the first crop expected the third week of November. Rakhra ceased operations at the farm in June 2013, after operating for more than 28 years.
Baljit
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Boyce filing water application soon

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Saguache County rancher Gary Boyce's plans for a water export project are imminent.
"This is not a forever process," Boyce said during a recent interview. "This is something that needs to move expediently. We can't afford to suffer much more damage from depletions of the aquifer. We are in the process right now of pulling together
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