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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

  • 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.