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Officials secure win for San Luis Valley: Weather radar system now online

SAN LUIS VALLEY — U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-District 3) and local leaders secured a win for the San Luis Valley by ensuring data from its new radar system is now incorporated into National Weather Service systems.

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Humphreys celebrate 10 years of generating hydroelectric power

CREEDE — Descendants of A.E. Humphreys and their friends gathered at the dam holding back the reservoir by the same name Saturday, Aug. 21, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the hydroelectric plant that continues to deliver single phase power to Creede through an agreement with the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (SLVREC).

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Mineral County weighs allowing mattresses at landfill

MINERAL COUNTY — Mineral County commissioners opened a brief discussion pertaining to the acceptance of mattresses and other debris at the county landfill after having tabled discussions in previous meetings.

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Biden names SLV native Salazar as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON DC — Ending weeks of speculation, President Joe Biden named Ken Salazar — former Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama, former US Senator from Colorado and native of the San Luis Valley — as the new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

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2021 Donkey Dash sprints through Bachelor Loop

CREEDE — Creede hit the road running on Saturday with the 2021 Donkey Dash. The event kicked off Saturday afternoon, June 12, and was greeted by Colorado blue skies, warm sunshine and braying donkeys lined up on Main Street.

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Collaborative effort brings interpretive signs to RGNA

The San Luis Valley is widely known for its collaborative partnerships. The beautiful new interpretive signs in the Rio Grande Natural Area (RGNA) at the Highway 142 bridge are a prime example of public and private entities working together to achieve good outcomes for the communities and visitors alike.

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Bears come out of hibernation and it's time to be ‘Bear Aware’

SAN LUIS VALLEY — After a high conflict bear year last year, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is reminding the public to continue to be Bear Aware now that the animals are waking from hibernation.

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SLV Cattlemen’s donates 500 pounds of beef

ALAMOSA — In recognition of Colorado “Meat-In” day, members of the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association donated 500 pounds of ground beef to La Puente Homeless Shelter on Friday, March 19.

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Road crews begin constructing wildlife crossings on US 160 in Archuleta County

PAGOSA SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Transportation and Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. will begin building new wildlife crossings this month on US Highway 160 near Chimney Rock National Monument and Lake Capote.

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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 March 19

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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Working from the epicenter of Center

CENTER — Center’s Skoglund Middle School Principal Luis Murillo responded to the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic during spring break last year at the same time when U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) kicked off a year-long tour of the state’s 64 counties to hear stories from constituents and local leaders.

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Spring fishing clinics at the Rio Grande Club

SOUTH FORK — The Rio Grande Club and Resort in South Fork is hosting a series of fly-fishing clinics beginning Saturday, March 13, and slated to run on Saturdays through May 22.

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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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CBI releases 2020 statewide crime statistics

LAKEWOOD — The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has posted the 2020 crime data for hundreds of statewide law enforcement agencies through the Colorado Crime Stats website.

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Creede School District responds to concerns related to non-binary student

CREEDE — In meetings held by the Creede School District Board of Education on Jan. 26 and Feb. 23, public complaints were heard from parents, community members and Creede BOE member Tim Bachicha regarding a student identifying as non-binary.

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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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A telescopic historical view of Del Norte 

DEL NORTE — The town of Del Norte is wrapped in a rich history that few know about. The small mountain town once contended to be the capital of Colorado only to lose to Denver in the early days of the town’s history.

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SLV Health employees honored for years of service

ALAMOSA — Twenty-five years ago, Janet McGinnis started working at San Luis Valley Health. This year, she was honored, along with 78 other employees, who together have logged a total of 760 years of service with the healthcare organization with a special Years of Service celebration.

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Sargent School District honors new, returning National Honor Society members

MONTE VISTA — Sargent Junior High and Sargent High National Honor Society inducted new members in February. These outstanding students met the rigorous selection criteria of earning a 3.7 cumulative grade point average and consistently demonstrate strong leadership, character traits, and a commitment to service. The high school inducted 10 new members and the junior high inducted 12 new members.

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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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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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RGH continues to fulfill community needs

Rio Grande Hospital (RGH) continues to grow its services to meet the needs of the community. Thanks to an anonymous donor, RGH was able to purchase a state-of-the-art machine for Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT).

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Zodiacal Light and Orion's Nebula

The Zodiacal Light is back for February, March and early April. It just won't be visible when the moon is shining, so you'll have to wait until the moon comes up later.

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  • FOMCES dinner is on Aug. 14

    MINERAL COUNTY — The Friends of Mineral County Emergency Services (FOMCES) have been raising money for local emergency service organizations for several years through their bi-annual dinner and silent auction. This year, the group is eager to gather at the Virginia Christensen Multipurpose Building for another meal and auction of donated items from local businesses on Aug. 14.

  • 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.

  • Woodcarver’s Rendezvous is back for 2021 classes

    CREEDE — The Fourth of July celebrations in Creede were a smash hit and now that the major holiday is in the rearview for another year, the town is ready to welcome back the Woodcarver’s Rendezvous after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event begins on July 10 and will be slightly different than those in the past, but one thing remains the same, it will yield some beautiful artwork and offer an opportunity to learn some fantastic skills from instructors from around the US.

  • FOMCES back on track with annual fundraisers

    MINERAL COUNTY — After a year off, the Friends of Mineral County Emergency Services announced it will be hosting its annual fundraising events throughout the summer in addition to its bi-annual appreciation dinner in August.

  • 2021 National Small Print Show winners announced

    CREEDE — The public is invited to join the Creede Arts Council for its first online exhibition of the National Small Print Show. CAC is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the National Small Print Show, and honoring its founder, Larry Basky.

  • HWA organizing two cleanup days in May

    CREEDE — Headwaters Alliance (HWA) is asking for volunteers to help clean up Highway 149 on the east side of the floodplain on May 5 and the Lower Willow Creek Floodplain on May 8.

  • 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.

  • Judge rules Joergensen will remain in custody

    SAN LUIS — Accused of setting the Spring Creek Fire, Jesper Joergensen will remain in custody after a judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against him following a virtual hearing Monday morning in which the defendant was determined still mentally incompetent to stand trial.

  • URGED hosts OEDIT presentation for possible tax relief program

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — The Upper Rio Grande Economic Development (URGED) group held its March meeting on March 9 and welcomed Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) representative Tom Monaco who gave a presentation on a potential tax relief program for Rio Grande County and the San Luis Valley.

  • 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.

  • Mineral County discusses moving to level Green

    MINERAL COUNTY — Mineral County Commissioners met with Silver Thread Public Health District Director Tara Hardy for a brief COVID-19 update during their meeting on March 1. Hardy reported that Mineral County was maintaining zero cases as of Monday and have maintained that case rate for the past two w