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Teacher turnover hits county schools

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015

SAN LUIS VALLEY -- San Luis Valley districts are struggling to retain teachers, mirroring school districts across the state.
The state average teacher turnover rate during the 2014-2015 school year was the highest on record at 17 percent, according to Colorado Department of Education (CDE) reports.
School districts with the highest and the lowest rates of turnover were

Garoutte's dream bears fruit

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015

ANTONITO -- Justin Garoutte grew up in Antonito, a place he was more than anxious to leave. Today, he's home again and working to make the place better.
When he was a teenager there, his neighbors and family mistook his industriousness and dedication to the Catholic church as piety. Really, Garoutte says now, he was struggling with deeply personal

Martin to face juvenile matters

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015

CONEJOS -- Ali Hamid Martin, 37, appeared last week for an extradition hearing in Conejos County Court last Monday, June 29, on an array of charges out of his home state. He will be in front of a judge again at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 1, on juvenile matters.

County shares $528,847 in GOCO funds

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 1st, 2015
DENVER, Conejos County willreceive more than one-half million dollars from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for projects conserving open space and developing outdoor recreation opportunities.

Ranch protected
Rainbow Trout Ranch, outside of Antonito, will be permanently preserved with the help of a $495,000 grant from GOCO to help Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust to purchase a conservation easement. The 590-acre

Flight from authorities comes to end for New Mexico felon

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015

GARCIA -- In the early morning hours of June 23, a child abuse absconder was arrested in Garcia as the result of a multi agency operation.
At 5:17 a.m., law enforcement officers from the Colorado State Patrol, Costilla County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police, Alamosa Police Department and the Southern Colorado FBI Safe Streets Task Force, took

Man wanted for 'terroristic' activities arrested in Romeo

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015

CONEJOS -- A 37-year-old Georgia man appeared for an extradition hearing in Conejos County Court Monday, June 29, on an array of charges out of his home state.
He was taken into custody on June 15 after Conejos County Sheriff's Deputy Luis Escobedo noticed two suspicious vehicles parked behind the Romeo Fire Department.
Escobedo went to the scene and

Antonito ordered to make water, wastewater changes

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 24th, 2015

ANTONITO -- In an effort to avoid litigation, the town of Antonito has entered into a consent order establishing a timeline for improvements to its domestic wastewater system, as well as plans to absorb the Conejos water system.
While the town has treated water piped to its consumers, the new system should include replacement of the Conejos supply lines

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