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Fate of school buildings debated

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015

ANTONITO -- Facing a choice of selling the high school building for hemp processing or a community center, the South Conejos Board of Education Monday evening heard presentations from both sides of the issue.
A decision will be announced Thursday, July 30.
Among actions taken Monday were sale of the Fox Creek property for $30,000 to Jim Kiethly, sale

DSS crime suspects in court Aug. 10

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015

CONEJOS -- The cases of five persons accused of public assistance fraud are beginning their journey through the courts.
Former DSS director Maria Garcia 41, of Antonito, her daughter, Amanda, 18, Kolton Rogers, 20, father of Amanda's child, intake technician Jennifer Vigil-Garcia, 29, and Kathryn Broyles, 65, Maria Garcia's second in command will appear at 8:30 a.m. Monday,

Tennessee man missing above Horca

Posted: Thursday, Jul 30th, 2015

HORCA -- Friends and family are offering a $10,000 reward for the return of Joseph "Joe" Keller, 19, who has been missing since Thursday in the rugged San Luis Valley mountains.
Keller left his home in Cleveland, Tenn., July 13 on a cross-country road trip with his friends Collin Gwaltney and Christian Fetzner.
They planned to travel to the


Posted: Sunday, Jul 26th, 2015
CONEJOS COUNTY--The Conejos County Sheriff's Office is searching for 19-year-old Joseph Keller of Cleveland, Tenn. Sheriff's Deputies say Keller was last seen Thursday near Rainbow Trout Ranch in Antonito, Colorado.
According to a Facebook post by Keller's friend Collin Gwaltney, he and Keller went for a run around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 near the Rainbow Trout Ranch.

Depriest arrested on Alamosa drug raps

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
ALAMOSA -- In a joint city/county drug bust on Friday, local authorities arrested Darrel Depriest, 40, Alamosa, on a drug distribution charge.
Law enforcement also seized 25 grams of suspected methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $10,000.
A stolen vehicle was also recovered during the investigation.
On Friday, July 17, at approximately 6 p.m., the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office,

Fire a mystery

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
Photo by Sylvia Lobato
Surrounded by crime scene tape, this residence alongside a road behind the old Rainbow Night Club was the scene of a fire Sunday that claimed the life of Tim Gutierrez, 56. Members of the Conejos County Sheriff's Department had not returned phone calls by press time.

Demolition Derby draws 42

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015

MANASSA--Even a power failure, some rain, some flames and even a small medical scare could put a stop to the constant buzz and cheering that filed out of the Manassa Fairgrounds on Saturday evening after the 23rd Annual Pioneer Days Demolition Derby.

Pioneer Days a time of history, beauty

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
Photo by Eric R. Flores
This float was the Sweepstakes Winner, Martin Cattle Company, in the Manassa Pioneer Days parade.

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