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Value of acequias seen

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014

SAN LUIS -- The culture and production of food in Colorado and New Mexico was highlighted Saturday at the third Colorado Congreso de Acequias.
A historic Spanish agricultural irrigation system of unlined water ditches that irrigate farmers' fields, with water flows directed by the movement of tarps and dirt along each ditch, the unlined acequias are also believed to

Same sex marriages legal in county

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014

CONEJOS -- Same sex marriage licenses are available in Conejos County, but none have been issued since they were authorized, says County Clerk Lawrence D. Gallegos.
Same sex marriages resumed in each of the Colorado counties shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Sept. 6 to hear appeals of a 10th Circuit ruling that set aside Utah's ban on

Antonito native charged with child abuse

Posted: Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014

PUEBLO -- A stepfather charged with child abuse in Pueblo is originally from Antonito.
Phillip Jiron, 41, grew up in Antonito and had recently moved to Pueblo with his wife and her three children, including a five-month-old boy.
Jiron is charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with serious head trauma the infant suffered

County Clean Water wins environmental justice grant

Posted: Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014
ANTONITO -- The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Conejos County Clean Water, Inc. (CCCW) of Antonito a $120,000 Environmental Justice grant to address illegal dumping in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado.
Over a two year period, the project will identify illegal dumps, barriers to solid waste disposal, and strive to divert recyclables by establishing a recycling

Mendoza enters plea

Posted: Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014

ANTONITO -- Former Antonito police officer Don Mendoza, 30, pled guilty to first-degree official misconduct Sept. 22 in Conejos County Court.
In exchange for the plea, a theft charge was dropped. After assuring Conejos County Judge Susan Broyles that his plea was entered voluntarily, he was fined $500, of which $250 was suspended. He also was placed on probation

Antonito improvements win grant funds

Posted: Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014

ANTONITO -- With $13 million in grant funds and low-interest loans available, the town of Antonito is solving some long-standing problems.
Negotiations with funding sources have led to $2.3 million in debt forgiveness and a zero-interest loan of $1.1 million.
Included in the $13 million figure is a $7 million grant to be used by the Colorado Department of

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