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Capulin holds vigil for homicide victims

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
It was a cold and calm night when an estimated 150 persons gathered at St. Joseph's Church in Capulin to pray for the souls of three homicide victims and to comfort their friends and families. The church bell tolled for Guadalupe Cervantes, Marissa (Cervantes) Herrera and Joey Archuleta, who died Sunday night, as well as several Capulin residents who died
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Visitation sets dunes record

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Last year brought a record number of visitors to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
"It's phenomenal," said Fred Bunch who reported the record-breaking visitation statistics for 2016 to the Rio Grande Water Conservation District on Tuesday.
He said the national park logged 382,000 visitors in 2016, more than 82,000 more visitors than the
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Hostage situation in Capulin ends in arrest

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
In a small town already on edge after a triple homicide, an early call regarding a possible hostage situation in Capulin drew heavy law enforcement response on Wednesday. The call sent officers to an unknown address near the church and community center, where Veronica Archuleta was allegedly using a weapon to hold a man hostage. Conejos County Sheriff Howard Galvez
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Capulin killings suspect held

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
CAPULIN -- The final tally is three dead and one still hospitalized following a shooting spree just after 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. A suspect is in custody.
The Conejos County Sheriff reported Tuesday that deputies were dispatched Sunday to a residence on County Road Y following reports of a shooting with four victims of gunshot wounds.
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Driver abandons dying passenger

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
ALAMOSA -- An Alamosa woman is dead and the driver of the car in which she was riding has not been found, according to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).
At 9:32 p.m. Jan. 16, the Colorado State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash near milepost 27 on Colorado 285, south of Alamosa.
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Marijuana, SLV's budding industry

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Craig Cotten, division engineer for Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3, said the state's marijuana enforcement division lists 29 marijuana grow facilities in the San Luis Valley -- 18 in Saguache County and 11 in Costilla County.
"Those are the only two counties in the Valley that currently allow legal grow operations," he explained.
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Is too much water going to pot?

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Marijuana grow facilities seem to be expanding in the northern part of the San Luis Valley, and it is not so much the crop as the water use that has the Rio Grande Water Conservation District concerned.
The Rio Grande Water Conservation District (RGWCD) board on Tuesday unanimously voted to file a statement of opposition to
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Alamosa school board revises 2016-2017 budget

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--Budgets are estimations and rarely exactly align with total expenditures. That's why halfway through the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Alamosa School District's Board of Education approved a revised budget at their Monday meeting to adjust for unplanned revenue and expenses.
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Multiple victims in Capulin shooting; at least two dead

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
CAPULIN -- Working in spite of steady, heavy snowfall, authorities continued investigating the shooting deaths of two men after the football game Sunday.
It was also the birthday of Lupe Cervantes, who died at his home after a gunman entered the property and opened fire.
Born Jan. 16, 1960, Cervantes was apparently confronted by another man who shot him. There
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Ice Fest has something for everyone

Posted: Saturday, Jan 14th, 2017
Courier Publisher
ALAMOSA, Tropical here in January is almost unheard of, but if you attend any or all of this year's Rio Frio Ice Fest you'll be treated to feelings of a tropical island.
This year's fest will be January 26-29 at venues downtown, in Cole Park and at Adams State University. Highlights will again include the Rio Frio 5k
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House lost in morning blaze

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
Courier Editor
MONTE VISTA -- An early morning structure fire south of Monte Vista left two residents homeless.
Monte Vista Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said the house fire about nine miles south of Monte Vista was fully engulfed when his department was called out shortly after 3 a.m. on Thursday.
"The conditions were so far advanced on arrival that we
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Leaders commit to caring for community

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
ALAMOSA--Eleven different community members from around Alamosa County committed yesterday to being key leaders in the Communities That Care (CTC) program. CTC is aimed at decreasing substance abuse related risk factors while enhancing protective factors for youth.
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Permanent radar sought for SLV

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- Offering many practical applications -- including improved streamflow forecasting -- a radar station may be set up permanently at the SLV Regional Airport in Alamosa.
Nathan Coombs, chairman of the Rio Grande Roundtable and manager of the Conejos Water Conservancy District, told the roundtable members on Tuesday that efforts are underway to acquire a permanent radar
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Mayor Pro Tem Coleman to run for Alamosa mayor

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
ALAMOSA -- Alamosa's Mayor Pro Tem Ty Coleman, who was appointed in January 2014 as an at-large city councilman, has officially announced he will be running for mayor of Alamosa in the November 2017 election.
"Community leaders, business owners, and people from all walks of life that live in Alamosa and throughout the San Luis Valley (SLV) community have asked
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Olguin in court on McBride case

Modified: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- A preliminary hearing for one of the multiple suspects charged in connection with the 2016 Floyd Dale McBride murder was postponed on Wednesday, as attorneys are working out an agreement in the case.
Naomi Olguin, 22, Alamosa, faces several felony charges related to the McBride case including conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping.
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New district attorney sworn in

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
Twelfth Judicial District Attorney Crista Newmyer-Olsen is sworn in by 12th Judicial District Judge Martin A. Gonzales on Tuesday at the Alamosa Courthouse. Newmyer-Olsen ran unopposed in 2016.
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Colorado is in the black with RG Compact

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
Courier Editor
ALAMOSA -- As good as money in the bank, Colorado has a liquid credit with its downstream neighbors.
Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten told Rio Grande Basin Roundtable members on Tuesday that both the Rio Grande and Conejos River systems ended 2016 with a credit as far as Rio Grande Compact accounting is
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Valdez gears up for legislative session

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Courier Staff Writer
DENVER--Tomorrow state Rep. Donald Valdez will officially be the newest Democrat to represent District 62. After all elected officials are sworn in, the legislative session will immediately begin. A newcomer to politics, Valdez has spent the past few days adjusting to life in the capitol.
"Every day is a learning curve and I'm meeting a lot of
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