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Woman's death is not homicide

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--Preliminary autopsy reports have ruled out homicide as the cause of death for the 19-year-old local woman found Wednesday. However, the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Jessie Salazar, resident of 202 Ponderosa Drive, called the authorities around 7:30 a.m. when he discovered a women's body underneath the front of his truck. The Colorado Bureau
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Alamosa caps water financing

Posted: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city council this week set boundaries on how much it will spend on its efforts to comply with new water rules from the state.
The council approved on first reading and scheduled for a March 1st public hearing an ordinance setting $3.7 million as the upper limit of what the city will finance to
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CBI reviewing officer involved shooting

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
SAGUACHE--A Moffat man was shot and faces charges after threatening law enforcement with a firearm just after 9 a.m. on February 12.
Saguache County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) deputies, with assistance from a Colorado State Patrol (CSP) trooper, were called to 62301 County Road EE outside of Moffat on a report involving a man with a gun on Sunday morning.
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Body found was 19-year-old local female

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--The woman found Wednesday at 202 Ponderosa Drive in Alamosa has been tentatively identified as a 19-year-old local resident. Alamosa County Sheriff's Office is waiting on a fingerprint confirmation from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI.)
The autopsy started on Thursday and more information will be available when it is completed.
Officials are in the process
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Alamosa back to pot topic

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Marijuana may be on the table again for Alamosa.
Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks told city councilors on Wednesday that petitions are again underway to place marijuana issues on the ballot.
She said Shanna Hobbs, who unsuccessfully petitioned to get marijuana questions on the ballot last year, is working on three different petitions this year.
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Missing park visitor located

Modified: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
SAND DUNES -- The search initiated Thursday for a missing visitor at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ended near sunset when search and rescue members successfully located Bryan Skilinski approximately one and a half miles south of the park visitor center.
Skiliniski was found in relatively good health considering he had spent five nights out in
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Search underway for missing park visitor

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
SAND DUNES -- A search and rescue effort was initiated on Thursday at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. An unattended vehicle located in the park's horse trailer parking lot along Medano Road since this past weekend alerted park staff to further investigate the location of the visitor. Further investigation has identified the driver of the car as Bryan
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Body found in East Alamosa

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--Jessie Salazar, resident of 202 Ponderosa Drive, called the authorities around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when he discovered a women's body underneath the front of his truck.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrived later that morning to assist the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office in figuring out what happened and who the victim is. The incident is being called
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City accepts first public art

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Courier editor
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa city councilors Wednesday night accepted the first 15 pieces of artwork that will be displayed in the city's inaugural public art on loan program.
Ranging from sculptures and bronzes to marble and steel, and even an interactive musical piece, the artwork will be erected in Alamosa's downtown area on June 2, coinciding with SummerFest on
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Two arrested for burglaries

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
ALAMOSA -- The Alamosa Sheriff's Office has been investigating reports of daytime burglaries that have been occurring over the last several weeks. On February 10th with the assistance of the Alamosa Police Department, the sheriff's office arrested 21-year-old John Gardner, and 36-year-old Jesus Ibarra at 86 Sierra Ave in Alamosa, in connection with at least five burglaries and one attempted
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Courier to receive non-profits ‘Excellence in Media’ award

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
ALAMOSA, With more than 400 non-profit organizations in the San Luis Valley, the apparent need for those services has been recognized and promoted by the region's only daily newspaper.
Colorado Non-Profit Association is saluting the efforts of the Valley Courier and publisher Keith R. Cerny and his staff with the Excellence in Media Award, which will be presented in Denver
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County searches for Lane 6 money

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--A bitter budgetary pill becomes slightly less bitter to swallow. As reported on in January, Alamosa County officials believed they would be receiving a $3.4 million grant to repair Lane 6 North but found out that the grant would be for $12 million. A larger grant means the county would need to match more funds. However, a
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Basin's water outlook is mixed blessing

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
ALAMOSA -- A higher water year in the San Luis Valley means a greater obligation to downstream states.
Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten explained that both the Rio Grande and Conejos River systems, which are under Rio Grande Compact obligations to New Mexico and Texas, are forecasted for above average flows. The snowpack in the
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Health benefits vary with potato varieties

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Courier editor
MONTE VISTA -- Before a baked potato ever hits the plate, much research has been undertaken to develop the most healthful, flavorful and disease free spuds possible.
Several speakers at the annual agricultural conference in Monte Vista spoke about that research and the types of potatoes that provide specific health benefits.
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Detention center contractors shortlisted

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--The start date on expanding the Alamosa County jail is getting closer. A shortlist of four contractors was selected at a special commissioners meeting held Monday.
FCI Constructors, H.W. Houston Construction, James Construction and Van Iwaarden Builders will now all bid on the opportunity to construct the detention center expansion for the county.
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Alamosa County holds off on solar gardens

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--Two different community solar companies have been courting Alamosa County as a potential subscriber yet the commissioners have said "no thanks." Both wanted updates by the end of February but during Monday's special meeting commissioners officially declared that they wouldn't be pursuing either at this time.
"We have a lot of projects on our plate right now,"
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Wolf Creek village arguments filed

Posted: Saturday, Feb 11th, 2017
DENVER -- A coalition of conservation organizations, who have long been fighting against the proposed Village at Wolf Creek, submitted final arguments and filings to Judge Richard P. Matsch this week.
The lawsuit aims to reverse a 2015 decision by the Forest Service to approve a land exchange providing road access needed for the proposed development.
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Inmate pleads in staff assault

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- A Community Corrections inmate who assaulted a staff member in the process of escaping the facility pleaded guilty before District Judge Michael Gonzales on Thursday.
Matthew Gray, 43, was initially charged with attempted murder among other charges for the Nov. 25, 2015 incident in which he attacked and began to smother and choke a staff member
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Gilmer resigns ASU position

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
ALAMOSA -- After seven months employment at Adams State University, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Chris Gilmer resigned on February 4.
Dr. Gilmer stated that although he had valued ASU President Dr. Beverlee McClure as a friend and colleague, their friendship had "unfortunately dissolved and has begun to affect the university in a negative way."
Gilmer served as Vice
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Attorney general listens to Valley needs

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA--Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman spent Wednesday touring the San Luis Valley to learn about various local issues. After visiting the Alamosa County Commissioners and Ortega Middle School, she went to the San Luis Valley Health Education Center to hear what she can do to address the Valley's opioid problem.
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MV malt plant on tap

Posted: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
Courier Editor
MONTE VISTA -- Another market is brewing for San Luis Valley farmers.
Proximity Malt, setting up shop in the former Staley starch plant near Monte Vista, will be drawing on area barley farmers for much of its raw materials. This is one of the main reasons the company chose the Valley to build a plant, Proximity Malt Regional
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Murder case codefendant trial set

Posted: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- District Judge Michael Gonzales this week scheduled a July trial for one of the many defendants charged in connection with the 2016 death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52.
Cristo Esquibel, 36, has been charged with felony first-degree assault in connection with McBride's death, which resulted from a gunshot on June 23, 2016. Following the shooting, which
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County approves construction bids

Posted: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--Alamosa County commissioners selected two different engineering firms for two different in-progress projects at their meeting held Wednesday.
First they selected Fluidyne for the construction of Mosca's new wastewater sequencing batch reactor. Afterwards they picked Mountain Engineering and Testing to inspect construction for the new courthouse and jail expansion.
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Ag conference opens in Monte

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017
Courier Editor
MONTE VISTA -- Even the 2017 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference & Trade Fair couldn't escape politics, as opening speaker John Keeling talked about how the new presidential administration might affect agricultural producers.
"Every time a new administration comes in there are opportunities and there are challenges," said Keeling, executive vice president and CEO for the National Potato
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Alamosa school board watches Washington

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--"We have a couple bills going through right now that we need to pay attention to," said Alamosa Board of Education Vice President Arlan Van Ry at Monday night's meeting.
Van Ry recently visited both the Colorado Capitol in Denver and the U.S. Capitol in Washington with the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) to lobby.
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Ride the Rockies returns to Alamosa

Posted: Monday, Feb 6th, 2017
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa will host the start of The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour this year.
The tour, presented by ViaWest, announced the route for its annual summer event, which will begin in Alamosa and conclude in Salida. The 2017 ride will take place over seven days from Sunday, June 11 to Saturday, June 17, with 2,000 cyclists
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