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Civil War Veteran to be honored in San Pedro

COSTILLA COUNTY — The San Pedro Cemetery Committee will honor Civil War Veteran Capt. Jose Maria Sanchez at the cemetery on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The public is cordially invited to attend.

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Community supports American Legion Post’s fundraiser

SAN LUIS — The community turned out on July 1 to support the American Legion Post No. 142’s fundraiser. Funds will be used to complete the inside renovations — adding a kitchen and bar.

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Fort Garland Museum is a finalist for National Medal

DENVER — The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Tuesday, March 28, that History Colorado’s Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center is among 15 museum finalists for the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities.

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Alamosa’s Marx recalls surviving the Holocaust

ALAMOSA — Eighty-eight-year-old Herbert Marx is a lively gentleman who is clearly interested in Germany and soccer.

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Halloween events bring out lots of ghosts, goblins

SOUTH SAN LUIS VALLEY — The community came out in force this year for Halloween activities in San Luis, Fort Garland, Blanca, La Jara, Antonito, and Capulin.

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Community supports Fun with 911 event

LA JARA — After a two-year absence because of COVID-19, Conejos County showed strong support for the Fun with 911 event on Saturday, Sept. 24, in La Jara.

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Local man sharing history in video series

ANTONITO — From San Luis to Antonito and towns in between, there are organizations and individuals fighting to preserve the history of the San Luis Valley. One such individual is Rick Vigil. He and his wife Andrea, both from Antonito, have been sharing the history of the people, towns and churches of the San Luis Valley for more than 20 years through their company, Down to Earth Media.

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Inmate escapes from Costilla County Jail

ALAMOSA — An inmate held at the Costilla County Jail on multiple charges escaped Saturday, Aug. 27, after being arrested Thursday, Aug. 25, for allegedly stealing diesel fuel from an area south of Fort Garland.

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Stations of Suicide Awareness event is Sept. 10

The Second Stations of Suicide Awareness event is Sept. 10. It will be held in San Luis in the Costilla County Public Health parking lot on Main Street.

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Town of La Jara celebrates Glory Days

LA JARA — La Jara held its annual Glory Days on Aug. 20. Town manager and head of the Glory Days committee, Larry Zaragoza, shared the origin of Glory Days.

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New Centauri High School: High-tech learning space

LA JARA — The new Centauri High School welcomed students back from summer break this month. Work on the $30 million two-story project began just over two years ago.

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Adams State honors employees at annual ceremony

ALAMOSA — Adams State University President Cheryl D. Lovell commended all employees for their service to the institution and their commitment to serving students, regardless of job description. “You are all educators.”

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Power outage impacts SLV Regional Airport

SAN LUIS VALLEY — Recently, large areas of Alamosa, Rio Grande and Conejos counties were plunged into darkness when Xcel Energy was forced to cut power to the area, a decision made in response to the impact the Marshall Fire in Boulder County was having on the natural gas infrastructure system that services some of the mountain communities.

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Centauri junior missing

LA JARA — A 17-year-old junior at Centauri High School has been reported missing from her home south of Alamosa since Dec. 16.

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New 4-H club in Costilla County a hit

COSTILLA COUNTY — Amanda Wakasugi and Ted Cordova of Costilla County signed up as 4-H Organizational Leaders in August with the dream of starting a 4-H club that offered an array of 4-H projects and an environment that every kid could feel important in.

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Centauri grads make history

LA JARA — Centauri, a new high school for 300 students, is the replacement for the original Centauri High School built in the early 1950s. Located south of La Jara, the school serves students from a wide geographic area.

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COVID-19 cases in San Luis Valley are dropping 

SAN LUIS VALLEY — The rate of COVID-19 cases in the San Luis Valley has begun to decrease. As of Monday, May 24, there were 175 known active cases of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley. One week ago, the Valley had 219 active cases.

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Wilbur-Ellis donates $10,000 to Ski Hi Complex

The Wilbur-Ellis team recently contributed $10,000 toward the San Luis Valley Ski Hi Regional Event and Conference Center.

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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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COVID-19 vaccination enters Phase 1B.4 on Friday

SAN LUIS VALLEY — Having COVID-19 illness does not guarantee against getting sick from it again in the future. It is rare, but there have been more than 800 documented second infection cases in Colorado.

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Four SLV communities selected for Accelerator Program

DENVER — Downtown Colorado Inc. selected four San Luis Valley communities to participate in the 2021 Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program as well as the IN THE GAME: Small Town Challenge Studios April 27-30.

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Wolf Creek receives over 24 inches in time for Spring Break

WOLF CREEK — Just in time for Spring Break a large winter storm system hit the San Juan Mountains and made for excellent skiing conditions at Wolf Creek over the weekend bringing the end of the season to a near-perfect close.

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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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Rio Grande County administers 777 COVID-19 vaccines

RIO GRANDE COUNTY — Rio Grande County Public Health Department in partnership with Rio Grande Hospital and Rio Grande Hospital Clinics continue to issue COVID-19 vaccines for people in the San Luis Valley.

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Mizell daughters speak about efforts to find their mother

SOUTH FORK — The daughters of Marlena Mizell, recounted their harrowing experience during the search for their mother who was last seen Jan. 4 in South Fork.

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OptiMystics holding St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17

MONTE VISTA — Citizen action group the OptiMystics is putting together a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Monte Vista on March 17. The parade will start at 5:30 p.m.

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Remains identified in Wolf Creek Pass crash 

MINERAL COUNTY — The body of a female found Feb. 23 about 150 feet from a vehicle found hundreds of feet from the roadway off Highway 160 on Wolf Creek Pass has been identified.

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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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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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2021 Crane Fest’s creative celebration

MONTE VISTA — The regular Monte Vista Crane Festival was cancelled for 2021 due to safety concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with creativity cranes are still going to be celebrated this March in Monte Vista.

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Additional Articles

  • Republicans meet in Costilla County, talk endorsements

    FORT GARLAND — Some Republicans in Costilla County met on Jan. 12 at the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center to discuss the future of the GOP party.

  • Gift of Giving annual toy drive is underway

    CONEJOS COUNTY — It is that time of year again. This special organization called “Gifts of Giving” is ready to serve Conejos County.

  • MySLVConnect.com relaunches to advance health equity in the region

    COSTILLA COUNTY — Costilla County Public Health and the San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership recently announced the update and relaunch of MySLVConnect.com. MySLVConnect.com is an online resource guide dedicated to improving health equity in the San Luis Valley region of Colorado.

  • Several arrests made following burglary of Lowe's Market

    ANTONITO — Several arrests were made after the Lowe's Market in Antonito was broken into on Monday, Oct. 30, Conejos County Sheriff Garth Crowther reported.

  • Halloween events set for Blanca, Fort Garland, San Luis

    FORT GARLAND/SAN LUIS — Halloween-related events will be held in Blanca, Fort Garland, and San Luis, beginning on Oct. 27.

  • Mountain Valley Transit begins free shuttle service in Conejos County

    CONEJOS COUNTY — A new transportation service is coming to Conejos County. Mountain Valley Transit will begin serving Antonito, Romeo, Manassa, and La Jara with a free shuttle service between those communities and Alamosa starting Nov. 6.

  • Hernandez brings Seafood Express to Fort Garland

    FORT GARLAND — Avery Hernandez came to the San Luis Valley about a year ago, loved it, and decided to move to the Fort Garland area. He had a successful family seafood restaurant in New Braunfels, Texas.

  • Fun With 911 event continues to grow

    LA JARA — The fourth annual Fun With 911 event was held on Oct. 14 in La Jara and was a big success this year, according to organizers.

  • Envision San Luis celebration set for Oct. 13-14

    SAN LUIS — San Luis will be the place to be Oct. 13-14. The Town of San Luis and the Costilla County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) have been working for to settle various issues and to renovate the beautiful white Sangre de Cristo Cultural Heritage Center in the middle of San Luis. Issues have been resolved.

  • Bear Creek community awards $27K to three students

    CONEJOS CANYON — The mountain community of Bear Creek, located 17 miles west of Antonito, has awarded three scholarships to three graduating high school seniors for 2023. The Bear Creek Scholarship Committee raises funds throughout each year from its residents as well as many local businesses for these college scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to one graduating senior from each high school in Conejos Canyon — Antonito, Sanford, and Centauri.

  • Juntos 4-H preserving tradition in SLV through programs

    COSTILLA COUNTY — Juntos 4-H is focusing on the families of Costilla County. Carol Gurule, the SLV Juntos 4-H Youth Development Specialist with the CSU San Luis Valley Extension office, is partnering with several other organizations for several events which preserve family traditions and strengthen family bonds.

  • American Legion Post 142 adds more services for Veterans, community

    SAN LUIS — American Legion Post No. 142 in San Luis continues to provide more services for Veterans and for the community.

  • Colorado Master Gardener Program application period open now to Sept. 15

    Whether you are a person doing your own backyard gardening or someone who does it for a living, the Colorado Master Gardener program may be for you. The Colorado Master Gardener program is a program where you learn about gardening in Colorado. The first step is to apply now, between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15, at ColoradoMasterGardener.org or go to https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/about/become-a-colorado-master-gardener-2/.

  • Valley Roots Food Hub continues to spotlight local producers

    MOSCA — Valley Roots Food Hub is an organization that noticed the disconnect between the agriculturally rich San Luis Valley and the local population which had limited access to the food grown here.

  • Bennet staff schedules office hours in Costilla, Conejos counties

    SOUTH VALLEY — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced his San Luis Valley Regional staff will hold office hours in Costilla and Conejos counties on Tuesday, July 25. Bennet and his team are committed to answering Coloradans’ questions, listening to their concerns, and helping them navigate federal agencies –– including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and more.

  • One-vehicle crash claims life of 27-year-old Capulin resident

    ALAMOSA — On Saturday night, a one-vehicle accident claimed the life of a young woman from Capulin.

  • Results of water quality surveys available

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — Residents of San Luis Valley may remember filling out several surveys last fall. One dealt with water quality in domestic wells. Another dealt with stressors affecting agricultural workers.

  • Programs available to help people learn about business

    COSTILLA COUNTY — Rural America, including San Luis Valley, has been in the spotlight recently. There are several organizations from the federal government to local non-profits, who focus on providing business training, resources for town managers, community leaders, and entrepreneurs to help them create more economic opportunities for their community to thrive.

  • SdCAA hosting annual Congreso de Acequias on March 11

    SAN LUIS — The Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association (SdCAA) recently announced it is hosting the 11th annual Congreso de Acequias on Saturday, March 11, at Centennial School in San Luis.

  • Costilla County Sheriff's Deputy, wife honored by Heroes of Blue

    SAN LUIS — On Jan. 7, Costilla County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Schultz and his wife, Tanya White, were honored by Heroes of Blue, an organization that recognizes officers that have shown exceptional resilience and willingness to continue the difficult work of a police officer, despite danger and injury.

  • SLV Federal Bank supports community with Spirit of Giving

    ALAMOSA — For 23 years, San Luis Valley Federal Bank has been giving back to the San Luis Valley community with the Spirit of Giving event, from Nov. 14-Dec. 16 this year. Each year, the bank takes $30,000 to help non-profits throughout San Luis Valley. This year 205 non-profits were eligible to receive funds.

  • Soul Players of the Valley conducting survey

    SAN LUIS — Soul Players of the Valley is conducting a survey that will be used to form an economic recovery plan.

  • South Conejos Saddle Club forms in Antonito

    ANTONITO — Richard de Herrera, Alice Trujillo, and Marty Guerrero met at the Antonito Senior Center a year ago, discovered a mutual interest in horses, and this sparked an idea — the South Conejos Saddle Club.

  • Community Christmas concert set for Dec. 4

    LA JARA — The Gathering Our Communities in Christ Christmas concert is Dec. 4 in the Centauri High School gym at 3 p.m. This special concert brings the community choir, youth choir, elementary school's honor choir, and families together to celebrate the season of Christ's birth.

  • CPRD to proceed with Trail Gulch Project

    MONTE VISTA — The Conejos Peak Ranger District of the Rio Grande National Forest announced Thursday, Oct. 27, the availability of the final decision notice and environmental assessment for the Trail Gulch Vegetation Management Project. District Ranger, Andrea Jones, has documented her decision to implement the project as originally proposed, with a minor modification.

  • Halloween events set for Conejos and Costilla counties

    CONEJOS-COSTILLA — Halloween is right around the corner and there are several festivities planned in Conejos and Costilla counties.

  • Silver Sage 4-H Club sets fundraiser for Nov. 7

    BLANCA — The Silver Sage 4-H club in Costilla County is holding its second fundraiser Nov. 7. They are selling tickets for a chance to win a semi-truck load of wood logs. The drawing will be held at the Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center.

  • Gurule chosen as junior trustee for San Luis

    SAN LUIS — Jared Gurule was recently voted in by his peers, the San Luis mayor, town manager and town board as the new junior trustee for San Luis.

  • Bear Creek Community awards $22,5000 to three students

    BEAR CREEK — The mountain community of Bear Creek, located 17 miles west of Antonito, has awarded three scholarships to three graduating high school seniors for 2022. The scholarships are awarded to one graduating senior from each high school in Conejos Canyon — Antonito, Sanford, and Centauri.

  • San Luis business owners organizing events

    SAN LUIS — Boughtbytheblood Designs and Tres Loco Gear is presenting several events in the coming months.

  • Edgar leading North Conejos School District

    LA JARA — Darren Edgar is back on his home turf as the new superintendent of the North Conejos School District.

  • Minimum wage to increase to $13.65 in 2023

    DENVER — Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced Tuesday, Sept. 13, in a press release that Colorado’s minimum wage will increase in 2023.

  • SLVAAA encouraging seniors to get vaccinated

    ALAMOSA — The SLV Area Agency on Aging in Alamosa currently has a program where vaccinated seniors 60 years and older can receive a meal voucher for free fresh food through Moki Kitchen and a gift check from Butterball for free groceries from area supermarkets.

  • Momentum growing in SLV early childhood services

    ALAMOSA — “There is so much momentum and recognition that we’re seeing and hearing right now.”

  • 10th annual Rocky Mountain Estates Firehouse Art Show July 9-10

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN ESTATES — It’s time for the 10th annual Rocky Mountain Estates Community Firehouse Art Show and Fundraiser. Refreshments, live music by Randy Brown, the work of world-class artists are part of the event.

  • NCSD narrows superintendent search to three candidates

    LA JARA — The North Conejos School District has selected three finalists for the position of superintendent at a meeting Thursday night, March 17. Interviews for the positions are scheduled for April 4 at the district board room.

  • North Conejos High School celebration postponed

    LA JARA —The North Conejos School District announced that the public celebration for the new high school building set for March 26 has been rescheduled to May 27 and 28.

  • Gov. Polis appoints three from SLV to statewide committees

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — Governor Polis announced his most recent rounds of appointments to statewide committees and boards on Monday, Nov. 1, naming three individuals from the San Luis Valley to serve in various capacities.

  • San Luis Valley Transit Plan seeks public input

    SALIDA — In 2021, the Chaffee Shuttle was awarded funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to conduct a transit planning study for the San Luis Valley.

  • 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.

  • SLVAHEC accepting applications for Summer Health Careers Institutes

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — The San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center (SLVAHEC) is currently accepting applications for its 2021 Summer Health Careers Institutes.

  • San Luis Valley to get nearly $400K in Revitalizing Main Street grants

    STATEWIDE — The Colorado Department of Transportation continues to award Revitalizing Main Streets grants to help communities improve their roadways and community infrastructure, supporting strong economic activity and public safety. Recipients in the San Luis Valley were Alamosa, Crestone, La Jara and Manassa.

  • 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.

  • Four San Luis Valley communities selected for 2021 Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program 

    In 2021, DCI will work with Antonito, Center, La Jara, and San Luis for a full year, with intensive team building and planning during DCI’s IN THE GAME: Small Town Challenge, spanning the month of April, virtually on DCI’s zoom. Communities are also eligible for ongoing support to build and maintain momentum around implementing solutions to affect their challenge.