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Reporter’s Notebook: Colorado Christmas

SAN LUIS VALLEY — When it comes to Christmas in Colorado there are a few things that stick out in my mind from having grown up in the Gunnison area. One of my fondest memories as a child was the day that we would head out into the great outdoors to get our Christmas tree. My parents were very festive during Christmas. They believed in the magic of the season and made sure that my brother and I felt it every year, whether there were presents under the tree or not.

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Creede Repertory Theatre announces 59th season

CREEDE — Beginning May 25, Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) will produce its 59th season, which includes mystery, comedy, a classic, a world premiere with local ties, and a concert series with Creede Musical Arts Collective. CRT will continue to champion its flourishing educational and audience engagement programming.

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Famous big band sound coming to the San Luis Valley

ALAMOSA — Have you ever wanted to experience firsthand the magic and majesty of a universally beloved big band? Now's the chance for you and your family and friends to experience it live in Alamosa, when the Alamosa Live Music Association hosts the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Richardson Hall at Adams State University.

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El Pomar Foundation awards $62,500 to SLV organizations

COLORADO SPRINGS — El Pomar Trustees approved $62,500 allocated to 11 nonprofit organizations and government entities in the San Luis Valley at the Foundation’s May Trustees meeting.

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Rio Grande County begins plans for 150th anniversary

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Next year will mark 150 years since the incorporation of Rio Grande County and an entire year of celebrations are in the works. As of Feb. 10, 2024, Rio Grande County will be turning 150 after severing from Conejos County in 1874. During that time, Hinsdale, La Plata, and Rio Grande County were established.

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Rio Grande County Museum hits halfway point in digitalization project

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — The Rio Grande County Museum has been closed since before Christmas and during the closure, has been working to digitize its entire artifact collection.

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Scarecrow Bash winners

The annual Del Norte Scarecrow Bash came to a spooky halt this week when the Del Norte Chamber of Commerce announced the winners.

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Rio Grande County Museum partners with Windsor for holiday event

DEL NORTE — As part of the celebration of Del Norte’s 150th anniversary and to raise funding for the Barlow and Sanderson Stage office restoration project, the Rio Grande County Museum is partnering with the Windsor Hotel to host an evening of fun on Nov. 12 and a chance to literally bring history back to life.

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RGC Social Service Department warns of pending changes

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Rio Grande County Social Service Department Director Jodi Kern warned of pending changes during her monthly update at the County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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Rio Grande Victim Advocate Arthur receives certification

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — During the Rio Grande County Commissioner meeting on Wednesday, June 15, Rio Grande County Sheriff Don McDonald announced that the department’s Victim Advocate Courtney Arthur received National Advocate Credential Program (NACP) certification which will serve the department in several ways, including the potential for more funding in the future.

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Del Norte welcomes back Mercado Del Norte

DEL NORTE — Summer is in full swing here in the San Luis Valley and what that means for Del Norte is the return of the successful farmer's market — Mercado Del Norte. It kicked off for the first time last summer and grew into one of the largest markets on this side of the Valley, gaining popularity for the availability of fresh produce early in the season.

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RGC Sheriff's Office seeks grant for victim advocate program

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Rio Grande County Sheriff Don McDonald and Rio Grande County Victim Advocate Courtney Arthur met with Rio Grande County Commissioners on April 20 during their weekly meeting to announce their intent to apply for a grant that would help fund the entire victim advocate program for the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Department.

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Rio Grande County discusses expansion of Ken Rominger Airport

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — In a meeting held with Rio Grande County Commissioners and Ken Rominger Airport Manager Earl Robinson on March 23, commissioners discussed the future of the airport and what it will look like once utility work being done by SLVREC is completed.

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Rio Grande County Commissioners sign two proclamations

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Over the past few weeks, Rio Grande County has seen a wave of COVID-19 cases causing county meetings to shift online.

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SCSO provides update on missing woman from Crestone area

SAGUACHE — Although nothing definitive is known at this time, Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick said the whereabouts of Jenifer Ann Driver, who went by her spiritual name Mountain Sun, was still unknown.

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Del Norte Town Board hires legal representation

DEL NORTE — Del Norte Town Board met for a brief special meeting on Friday, Nov. 19, to hire legal representation to aid in the current litigation pertaining to the repeal of a censure that was placed on Del Norte Trustee Laura Anzalone in October.

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URGSD building receives architectural award

DEL NORTE — The Upper Rio Grande School District announced last week that its Del Norte K-12 project received an architectural award from Learning by Design Magazine.

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Trustee Anzalone speaks about censure during meeting

DEL NORTE — Del Norte Town Board Trustee Laura Anzalone gave a short speech during the regular meeting on Nov. 10 about being censured and what she plans to do moving forward.

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2021 Del Norte Tour of Lights is Dec. 3

DEL NORTE — The second annual Del Norte Tour of Lights will take place on Friday, Dec. 3. The event is organized by the Del Norte Chamber of Commerce.

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Del Norte Chamber starts Business Passport Program

DEL NORTE — Hello community members! Tis the season to support our local businesses! In order to support shopping locally, we are introducing the Del Norte Business Passport Program. Starting Dec. 1, 2021, passport cards with a list of participating businesses will be available to the public at participating locations.

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Property tax change to correct decades-long misinterpretation of tax laws

Most Colorado taxpayers will see their property taxes increase beginning this December due to a legislative fix to a decades-long practice that incorrectly reduced local taxes for education based on what now has been determined to be a misinterpretation of the Colorado Constitution, stated a letter to Upper Rio Grande School District community members from the Colorado Department of Education.

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Yuletide and Winterfest celebrations light up South Fork

SOUTH FORK — The Hungry Logger building in South Fork was transformed into a winter wonderland for the 5th annual Yuletide and Winterfest celebration this past weekend in South Fork.

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County approves funding for D Mountain Parks and Rec

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Rio Grande County Commissioners approved funding that will go toward a feasibility study that could bring an indoor recreation center to Del Norte.

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Officials secure win for San Luis Valley: Weather radar system now online

SAN LUIS VALLEY — U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-District 3) and local leaders secured a win for the San Luis Valley by ensuring data from its new radar system is now incorporated into National Weather Service systems.

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Del Norte announces Covered Wagon Days to return in August

DEL NORTE — Covered Wagon Days has been a part of Del Norte’s history, but like many events throughout the world, the town’s beloved event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Del Norte Chamber of Commerce and several partnering organizations announced that Covered Wagon Days will be taking place later this summer. Beginning Aug. 5 through Aug. 8, the town of Del Norte will be hopping with something fun every day. All the events honor Del Norte’s rich history and rough-and-tumble past as well as raise money for local veteran services.

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Brown steps up to ‘rebuild’ CSU Extension in Valley

SAN LUIS VALLEY — Long-time Alamosa resident Larry Brown has accepted the “challenging” job of “rebuilding” the CSU Extension Service program in the San Luis Valley.

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Collaborative effort brings interpretive signs to RGNA

The San Luis Valley is widely known for its collaborative partnerships. The beautiful new interpretive signs in the Rio Grande Natural Area (RGNA) at the Highway 142 bridge are a prime example of public and private entities working together to achieve good outcomes for the communities and visitors alike.

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SLV REC Scholarship winners announced

SAN LUIS VALLEY — For the past several years, the San Luis Valley REC has made secondary education a priority when giving back to the Valley. With more than $180,000 given in the past five years, the REC annually awards several scholarships to local students.

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URGSD asks Rio Grande County for land

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Keeping true to his promise to see that the Upper Rio Grande School District can develop land located south of the new school, Superintendent Chris Burr attended the Rio Grande County Commissioner meeting on March 31 to open discussions with commissioners and to ask that property ownership be transferred to the school district.

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San Luis Valley Seed Exchange set for April 17-18

SAN LUIS VALLEY — The 11th annual San Luis Valley Seed Exchangewill be held April 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa.

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South Fork Fire Rescue completes cold water training

SOUTH FORK — Members of South Fork Fire Rescue participated in several activities during its monthly training day on March 20.

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SLV Cattlemen’s donates 500 pounds of beef

ALAMOSA — In recognition of Colorado “Meat-In” day, members of the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association donated 500 pounds of ground beef to La Puente Homeless Shelter on Friday, March 19.

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Monte Vista Rotary Dick Boyce Memorial Book Scholarship deadline approaching

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Rotary Club is once again offering the Dick Boyce Memorial Book Scholarship to a qualifying high school senior from either the Monte Vista or Sargent high schools.

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Great Sand Dunes begins recruitment for Conservation Internship Program

SAN LUIS VALLEY — Great Sand Dunes is actively recruiting energetic, committed young adults who are interested in a career with a federal land agency for this year’s Conservation Internship Program.

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Kent Rominger Airport moves onward and upward

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — During a work session held by Rio Grande County Commissioners on March 10, board members welcomed newly appointed Kent Rominger Airport Director Earl Robinson to hear and discuss updates pertaining to the airport. Commissioners are eager to see the expansion of the airport come to life and are working through the details in hopes of intriguing the right pilots to come to the area.

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SLV REC lineworker scholarship renamed in honor of Martin Christensen

MONTE VISTA — With the recent passing of former REC lineman, Martin Christensen, SLV REC Board of Directors voted to name the lineworker scholarship in his honor. The Martin Christensen Memorial Lineworker Scholarship is valued at $4,000 and covers tuition costs for one Valley student at any accredited lineworker school.

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Mother of man who died in Saguache County Jail files federal lawsuit

SAGUACHE COUNTY — The mother of a man who died Nov. 16, 2019, while in the Saguache County Jail has filed a federal lawsuit alleging negligence, according to published reports.

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Charges in Last Chance Mine burglary case reduced

MINERAL COUNTY — According to reports from Last Chance Mine owner Jack Morris the three felony charges pending jury trial against Ken Love have been dropped by recently elected 12thJudicial District Attorney Alonzo Payne.

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Sheriff seeks animal cruelty charges against Mosca man

SAGUACHE COUNTY — Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick had been aware of Jerry Brown’s cows breaking through fences to eat another rancher’s feed in January, but he didn’t realize how severely neglected the herd was until he saw videos and visited the pasture on Jan. 28. With the help of local ranchers and officials from multiple agencies, Warwick started feeding the animals before sunset.

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Silver Thread receives National Scenic Byway designation

The Federal Highway Administration announced on Feb. 16 the Silver Thread Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway received National Byway designation. Sixty-four Byways applied for nomination to America’s Byways — 34 received National Byway designation and 15 received All-American Roads designation. With this announcement, the new total of American Byways is 189 in 48 states.

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Anonymous donor surprises nurses

ALAMOSA — The holiday season had one more surprise to the nurses who work on the third floor of the San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center. An anonymous donor gifted every nurse with a gift card from City Market as a gesture of appreciation for all of their hard work.

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Potato growers select 2021 National Potato Council leaders

WASHINGTON – Monte Vista’s Bob Mattive was chosen as Vice President of the National Potato Council Environmental Affairs Committee on Monday, Feb. 22, at NPC’s Annual Meeting, held virtually due to travel restrictions. Mattive is the owner of Worley Family Farms in Monte Vista.

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Zodiacal Light and Orion's Nebula

The Zodiacal Light is back for February, March and early April. It just won't be visible when the moon is shining, so you'll have to wait until the moon comes up later.

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Creede Repertory Theatre offers live, virtual, workshop presentation of Beth Kander's 'To the Moon'

Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) is offering a virtual presentation of Beth Kander’s gripping new work, “To the Moon.” Kander's work was last seen at CRT in the 2019 Henry Award-winning play “Hazardous Materials,” universally praised by audiences.

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Rio Grande County OKs COVID-19 grant budgets

Rio Grande County Board of Commissioners opened its mid-month meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, to hear department updates from within the county.

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Additional Articles

  • Rio Grande Hospital earns Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Award

    DEL NORTE — Rio Grande Hospital (RGH) in Del Norte recently announced it has been recognized as a 2024 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Chartis’ annual Top 100 award program recognizes outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX.

  • Del Norte Parade of Lights set for mid-December

    DEL NORTE — Mark the calendar and be ready to be whisked away to a childhood favorite this year for the Del Norte Parade of Lights. This year’s theme is an ode to a classic Christmas movie that has been shared through living rooms since 1964 and will now grace the streets of Del Norte on Dec. 15.

  • LOR Foundation gives presentation at URGED meeting

    DEL NORTE — The Upper Rio Grande Economic Development meeting for November was held in the Rio Grande County Commissioner Chambers in Del Norte on Nov. 14. The group welcomed LOR Foundation representative Ivette Atencio as the keynote speaker who gave a brief presentation on what the foundation has done since coming to Monte Vista 18 months ago.

  • New book to hit Adventure Walk in Del Norte Town Park

    DEL NORTE — The Del Norte Public Library is ready to set the stage for the coming holiday season and in partnership with the Rio Grande County Museum, has planned some family fun for the Adventure Walk this winter in the Del Norte Town Park.

  • Local historians continue to seek help from local families

    DEL NORTE — The Town of Del Norte was established in 1872 but prior to that time, Hispanic families settled in the area and a cemetery was established to bury the dead.

  • RGNF to host two temporary jobs open houses

    DEL NORTE — The Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) will soon be hiring up to 35 positions for temporary, or seasonal, jobs along with other units across the Rocky Mountain Region. In an effort to attract more local candidates, the forest will host two informal open-house events for community members to learn about and ask questions about the application process. Here are the details:

  • West end of San Luis Valley sets plans for Halloween

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Spooky season is just around the corner and there are several family friendly events planned for the western end of the San Luis Valley. With Halloween taking place on a Tuesday this year, most of the events will take place the weekend before.

  • Man’s body found Aug. 25 in Del Norte

    DEL NORTE — Foul play is not suspected after a man’s body was found in trees on 2nd Street on Friday, the Del Norte Police Department reported.

  • SFFF continues work on basketball court and ice-skating rink

    SOUTH FORK — For the past year, South Fork Friends Foundation (SFFF) has been working to raise funding to install a 108-feet-by-115-feet poured concrete-rebar pad that will be a multi-functional platform for a basketball court and skateboarding pad in the summer and an ice rink in the winter.

  • URGED discusses co-working space for entrepreneurs

    MONTE VISTA — On Tuesday, July 11, the Upper Rio Grande economic Development meeting opened with an update from Executive Director Andrea Oaks-Jaramillo who reported on the recent Entrepreneur Summit held at Adams State University in partnership with Downtown Colorado Inc.

  • Del Norte hosts Music in the Park, brings back Mercado Market

    DEL NORTE — Summer has made an appearance and the Del Norte Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Music in the Park and Mercado Del Norte are back and better than ever. This summer partnership with the Town of Del Norte brings the farmer’s market together with great music throughout July.

  • SLVREC, Ciello regular board meeting is June 27

    SLVREC and Ciello will have the regular meeting of the board of directors at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at 3625 US Highway 160 W, Monte Vista. Advance notice is required to attend the meeting — call Michelle Trujillo at 719-852-3538.

  • Whimsical, mysterious, and transformational season coming to CRT

    CREEDE — Get ready for a season to remember as the Creede Repertory Theatre rolls out the red carpet earlier than ever before and welcomes audiences to experience repertory theatre with a side of mystery, fairy tales, heart wrenching love, drama and dreams come true. This whimsical season is going to be one theatre lovers wont’s want to miss.

  • Rhythms on the Rio announces rockin’ lineup for 2023 festival

    DEL NORTE — For the second year in a row, Rhythms on the Rio is coming back to Del Norte and with it comes a lineup that is sure to please the music loving masses. The South Fork Music Association recently announced this year’s lineup that features some top names coming to rock the socks off the music scene and jam for a wonderful cause.

  • Creede Headwaters Music Festival lineup released

    CREEDE — The Creede Headwaters Music Festival was a hit in the summer of 2022 with a lineup that many thought could not be matched. Creede Headwaters Music Festival member Bob Holt has released the lineup for this year, and it looks to be as good, if not better. This year’s music festival will take place on the weekend of Aug. 26 and 27.

  • RGC Noxious Weed Dept. continues to offer scholarship program

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Armando Ross, director of the Rio Grande County Noxious Weed Department, met with Rio Grande County commissioners on March 22 to discuss his plans to begin work throughout the county as soon as weather allows.

  • Rio Grande County Emergency Manager gives update

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — New Rio Grande County Emergency Manager Brian Burrel gave an update to county commissioners on March 22 and informed the board of some coming changes to the emergency plans for both the county and the Kent Rominger Airport.

  • Del Norte Public Library seeks board members, story walk sponsors

    DEL NORTE — With the spring and summer months quickly approaching, the Del Norte Public Library is looking to add to its list of sponsors for the new Story Walk located in the Del Norte North Park. The program was launched by the library and the Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley this past summer and has grown in popularity among families throughout the Valley.

  • Rio Grande Hospital recognized as Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for 2023

    DEL NORTE — Rio Grande Hospital announced Wednesday, Feb. 15, that it was recognized as a 2023 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. Compiled by the Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX.

  • D Mountain Parks and Recreation continues to seek funding

    DEL NORTE — Representatives from D Mountain Parks and Recreation met with Rio Grande County Commissioners on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to discuss plans for Voss Field and Centennial Park which are also known as the Del Norte Athletic Fields.

  • SLV Emergency Managers release additional draft of regional hazard mitigation plan

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — As part of an effort to complete a Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan per requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines, local officials have released another draft of the document for review by San Luis Valley leaders in the six counties included in the region.

  • Rio Grande County Museum to blow out Del Norte’s birthday candles with special guest

    DEL NORTE — The Rio Grande County Museum will be celebrating Del Norte’s 150th anniversary with a special guest from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 12. Several weeks ago, one of the descendants from Jacob Gredig visited the museum and shared her lifelong journey that eventually landed her back in Del Norte where she was born.

  • Veterans Day Parade set for Monte Vista

    MONTE VISTA — For the first time in several years, Monte Vista will have a Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.

  • South Fork plans for hog roast, celebrates fall

    SOUTH FORK — There is no better way to say hello to fall other than with a free Hog Roast and Fall Colorfest celebration in South Fork.

  • Minimum wage to increase to $13.65 in 2023

    DENVER — Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced Tuesday, Sept. 13, in a press release that Colorado’s minimum wage will increase in 2023.

  • Rio Grande Headwaters Hoedown is set for Oct. 1

    ALAMOSA — The Rio Grande Headwater Land Trust recently announced it will be hosting its 12th annual Headwaters Hoedown on Oct. 1 at the Colorado Farm Brewery from noon to 5 p.m.

  • Del Norte Library welcomes back story time

    DEL NORTE — The Del Norte Public Library recently announced that it will be able to offer story time to children this fall. It has been two years since the program was held at the library due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. the library will be hosting story time through the end of the year and into 2023.

  • CDPHE requests additional well for Summitville

    SUMMITVILLE — Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) superfund and site assessment leader Mary Boardman met via Zoom with Rio Grande County Commissioners during their meeting on June 23 to request permission to drill an additional groundwater monitoring well on county property near the Summitville treatment facility.

  • Part two: Allison Gang's reign of terror ends

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Research indicates that Allison served as Deputy Sheriff of Conejos County sometime in the early 1870s, though newspapers were barely becoming a source of record in this area during that time.

  • San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad may go to auction

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — For almost 150 years, the San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad has served the San Luis Valley first coming to Alamosa over La Veta Pass in 1878.

  • Asplins shifting focus to housing in Valley

    DEL NORTE — Marty and Bonnie Asplin have been staples in the Del Norte community for many years and have helped bring dreams to life by supporting economic growth throughout the region. Earlier this month, they announced they would be stepping down as contractors for the Upper Rio Grande Economic Development (URGED) organization, and many thought that meant the two community leaders were done. That was not the case.

  • Preliminary legislative maps are a starting point

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — The preliminary maps for redistricting the state legislature were unveiled last week for both the Colorado House of Representatives and the Colorado Senate. Some significant changes have been made in several districts in both bodies of the legislature.

  • 10-digit local dialing begins April 24 in 719 area code

    Beginning April 24, Colorado customers with numbers in the 719 and 970 area codes should start dialing 10-digits (area code and telephone number) for all local calls. This is known as a permissive dialing period because if you forget and dial just seven digits, your call will still be completed.

  • A look at Del Norte’s rough and tumble past: The LeRoy Brothers

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — The San Luis Valley has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s thanks to the many characters that lived rough and tumble lives in the great West. Lawlessness was a way of life for many in those early days and like the song by Jim Croce, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” the San Luis Valley had a bad, bad LeRoy of its own.

  • DNPD: Vehicle thefts on the rise in town

    DEL NORTE — According to reports from Del Norte Police Chief Frank Archuleta, vehicle break-ins and thefts are on the rise in town.

  • Rio Grande Commissioners show support to agricultural community

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — In a special meeting on Wednesday, March 10, Rio Grande County Commissioners passed a resolution solidifying support for state and local agricultural communities in the Valley and throughout the surrounding region.

  • Judge rules Joergensen will remain in custody

    SAN LUIS — Accused of setting the Spring Creek Fire, Jesper Joergensen will remain in custody after a judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against him following a virtual hearing Monday morning in which the defendant was determined still mentally incompetent to stand trial.

  • URGED hears OEDIT on possible tax relief program

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — The Upper Rio Grande Economic Development (URGED) group held its March meeting on March 9 and welcomed Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) representative Tom Monaco who gave a presentation on a potential tax relief program for Rio Grande County and the San Luis Valley.

  • Del Norte Food Bank distribution on Feb. 20

    The Del Norte Food Bank February distribution will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9-11 a.m.