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Native Writes: Moose Nation: It’s the people

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
The school year is well under way, bringing with it an abundance of memories.
Alamosa High School is near and dear to my heart and, with homecoming almost here, it's a time of recollection. I am a proud alumna and member of "Moose Nation."
Someone recently asked what I remember most about my years at AHS and I replied, "the
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Letter to the editor: A letter to Mr. Sanchez regarding Center Schools Superintendent George Welsh

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
I am appalled by your recent call for Mr. Welsh's resignation. You have absolutely no grounds for this action. You say you are for the kids but your actions indicate just the opposite. I don't know whose agenda you are following, but to say that Mr. Welsh has been about underachieving is as far as possible from the truth. Funny
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Letter to the editor: OLT is family friendly

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
After reading the Friday, September 12, 2014 article regarding Orient Land Trust I am compelled to offer a differing opinion of the atmosphere and activities at the hot springs.
I have been visiting OLT for better than 20 years, and now enjoy taking my child to soak with me. We love the fireflies!
My experiences have been
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Letter to the editor: Sanchez calls for super's resignation

Posted: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014
I have had time to look over the ACT scores for the Center School District 26-JT.
With a heavy heart I feel great concern for our graduating students. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that our students will have a difficult time obtaining a passing grade while in college. Center students scored a 16.6 composite score on the
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Letter to the editor: Re: Sermon on the Bible and homosexuality June 27

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Read it yourself and see if you understand the spin.
It seems strange that there was not more of a clamor in response to the "sermon" printed in the Valley Courier Friday, June 27, 2014. Was it because your readers are so well versed on what the Bible says about homosexuality that they just dismiss the article as utter nonsense
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Letter to the editor: Vote against marijuana in Alamosa County

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
To the citizens living in Alamosa:
I have recently learned that you will be going to the ballot box in November to decide whether recreational marijuana should be a part of your business community. I felt it very necessary to warn your community that there is a very concerted effort to bring marijuana to every city and small town in
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Letter to the editor: Thanks for the help

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
I was recently in Alamosa doing research on my family. The ladies that staff your front office were most kind and helpful to me with my search. The information I found was very beneficial. Without their help, I would still be at square one.
Kuddos and thanks!
Janyce Stockstill
Salado, Texas
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Jarosa/Jaroso revisited, Part 2

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
Rio Costilla's residents were primarily Hispanic people until 1910, but once change began, it came quickly as Anglo newcomers arrived and their farms, agricultural warehouses, and business places were established. Although agriculture has continued in the area into present times, the initial boom lasted less than two decades.
In its heyday, and even now, nearly everyone was calling the
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Valley Gardening: Greenhouse plastic doesn't have to cost tons of money

Posted: Saturday, Sep 13th, 2014
I'm pretty excited about a lean-to greenhouse that is almost finished at my house. I had the frame built (in April) by those great guys out at SLV Builders! And then we had a little glitch in our schedule and lost the weekend to install...and now here we are and it's September! We may even appreciate it more as the
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Blinded by our own greed

Posted: Saturday, Sep 13th, 2014
Last week I wrote about the excitement and joy that pro football brings to many of us. We are competitive by nature, and we respect the time and energy that athletes give to bring this form of entertainment to us all.
Then there are stories like Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back who knocked his then fiancé
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Letter to the editor: McCloskey endorsed for Alamosa County sheriff

Posted: Saturday, Sep 13th, 2014
This letter is to inform you that I have had the privilege to know Jim McCloskey both personally and professionally for about 26 years. I first met Jim when he went through the canine academy I instructed for the Greenwood Village Police Department. I found Jim to have a high work ethic, and a high amount of integrity, honesty and
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It Seems to Me: The things that divide us

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Next month I'm planning to fly out to meet my youngest granddaughter, Anna. She'll be four months old the first time I'll get to see her. It struck me how often distance separates us from the ones we love, and I started to think about the things that divide us.
At first I thought about how much things seem to
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Still Waters: Emails of the strange and deranged

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
We get some off-the-wall emails, as I am sure you do as well.
We've received the emails from folks whose accounts were hacked and they are stranded in southern Spain and have lost their passport, and would we send them money please. Those are generally followed by an email from the real person saying their account has been hacked,
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Letter to the editor: Valdez endorses Lucero

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
To the citizens of Rio Grande County,
This November the citizens of Rio Grande County will be faced with making some very important decisions that will affect our state government and your local government. One decision will be to elect the next sheriff of Rio Grande County. Of the candidates, I had the opportunity to work with one
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Letter to the editor: Vote yes on 5A and 5B

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
My wife and I have been residents of this area for over 12 years now. We were attracted by the great natural beauty here and the variety of outdoor activity options. We both grew up in small towns, so we knew that you give up some things when we live rurally.
Though our children are long grown; we have
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Native Writes: The middle son

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
Today is my middle son's 50th birthday.
What? I just brought him home from the hospital a couple of days ago.
The day he was born wasn't actually supposed to be his birth day. He was more than a month overdue, but he decided to come the day the doctor planned to induce labor. He didn't cry, but a suction device fixed
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Letter to the editor: Remembering 9/11

Posted: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014
Who could forget that day, the day that changed our lives forever. No more, to hop on a flight, without the thought that someone was out there, the ultimate thief, out to steal our very being, life itself.
That morning on the ranch began like every other beautiful day in September, chores, planning for fall guests that would soon be
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Guest Opinion: Rancher shares water presentation

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
The following is the presentation Saguache County rancher Peggy Godfrey made to the Water Resources Legislative Review Committee on September 4, as part of the panel, "Agriculture Producers' Perspective on Groundwater Administration." She represented the Rio Grande Basin:

The San Luis Valley is still waiting for groundwater administration. We are a watershed without rules and regulations to manage groundwater;
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Alamosa Flowers: Atlantic province flowers grow in Alamosa

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
Hundreds of ocean coves, thousands of fresh water lakes, and millions of trees cover the Atlantic provinces of Canada: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland/Labrador. It's very wet and most of the land is not much above sea level. Most of the Atlantic Provinces have cold winters, but not as cold as ours.
Yet, on an August
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Jarosa/Jaroso revisited, Part 1

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Almost off the map of Colorado but well worth a visit is the area around the Rio Costilla. I hope that visitors discovered this historic area on September 6, when the area's artists were holding their annual Studio Tour.
When the explorer John Charles Frémont and his surviving men staggered out of the San Juans in the winter of 1848-1849,
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Piece of Mind: It all turns on affection

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
My mom is a dreamer. She has retained the same level of joy and imagination she possessed as a child. As a teen, there were many times I would come home from school or from hanging out with friends and find her leaning back in the recliner with her hands behind her head, staring off into a place of
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