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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

  • 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.