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Last Chance Mine theft has first hearing

The suspect involved in a theft that occurred late last year at the Last Chance Mine has been formally charged with several felony charges and is facing a possible 12-year sentence. According to owner Jack Morris, the suspect was in court Friday, Sept. 11 and was preliminarily charged with a class four burglary, class 6 burglary, felony theft and trespassing.

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When minutes matter, Eagle Air Med is ready

In an area as large as the San Luis Valley, every second counts when getting patients, the lifesaving care they need. With that in mind, SLV Health announced that the health organization is partnering with Eagle Air Med to bring a new emergency air medical transport service to the San Luis Valley. This will enable medical care to get help where it’s needed quickly. For example, arrival to an emergency in La Jara is now only approximately 7 minutes away, and to take someone to Denver will only take 90 minutes.

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Wrecked propane truck on Wolf Creek extracted

On Sept. 8, at approximately 1:40 p.m., South Fork Fire Rescue crews responded to Highway 160 Mile Post 176 for a semi crash. The semi was hauling propane. While on standby during the investigation, fire crews also provided traffic control.

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Colorado implements statewide ballot tracking

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold today announced that for the first time, voters in all 64 counties will be able to track the status of their individual mail ballots for the 2020 General Election. Voters will be able to receive notifications by phone, email, or text about the status of their mail ballots, from the time their County Clerk and Recorder mails the outgoing ballot packet, to when their voted ballot is received and accepted for counting.

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Free community mass COVID-19 testing at Adams State campus

A free community-wide COVID-19 mass testing event will be held Sept. 18, 19, and 20 on the campus of Adams State University.

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Cruising the Canyon Car Show this weekend

The 12th annual Cruising the Canyon Car Show is up and revving their engines for this coming weekend in Creede. The fall colors are just beginning to change, and the weekend is expected to be nothing short of beautiful with warm autumn days. Although the show will look a bit different this year due to COVID restrictions, one thing will never change and that is the appreciation for gorgeous and rad hotrods. All guests and participants are asked to keep to social distancing requirements as well as wear face coverings when enjoying the event.

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Haunted Creede Book signings have changed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the book signing for Haunted Creede has been moved from Basham Park to San Juan Sports Friday, Sept. 18, from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, there will be another signing at Freemon’s Store from noon until 2 p.m. The book recently sold out on Amazon, but copies will be available for purchase at the signings. For more information and updates visit Creede Ghost Tour on Facebook.

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USPS mailer contains incorrect voting information

The Rio Grande County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has been notified that the Postal Service is sending out a pre-election mailer to every household in the United States. This mailer contains incorrect election information for Colorado voters. The Postal Service mailer instructs voters to request a mail ballot 15 days before the election. Colorado ballots will be, automatically, mailed to every eligible registered voter the week of October 12. Colorado residents do not need to request a ballot unless they do not receive their ballot in the mail by October 21.

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Valley farmers hit with record breaking snow

After a blazing hot Labor Day weekend it was quite a shock for many around the Valley when a huge snowstorm hit on Sept. 8 and 9 piling up close to 14 inches of snow in some places. According to information found on the National Weather Service’s website the last time the San Luis Valley received such a heavy snow in September was in 1936. At that time some places in the Valley received around 10 inches of snow.

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