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Mayor Rothermich leads Community Classroom at Haskin Elementary

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Haskin Elementary fourth-grader Jentrie Werner Rothermich was appointed mayor of her classroom. The class and others at the school are participating in the Community Classroom program.
CENTER — Ashley Lane’s fourth-grade classroom is one many third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms participating in the Community Classroom at Haskin Elementary. The students in each room are given specific job positions, such as a police officer, banker, homework clerk, and mayor, just to name a few of the many positions.
Temple Grandin

SRMAC keynote speaker is Temple Grandin

MONTE VISTA — The Southern Rocky Mountain Agriculture Conference (SRMAC) will be held at the Outcalt Event and Conference Center at SLV Ski Hi Complex on Feb. 6-8, and Temple Grandin is the keynote speaker.
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Six Center High School students and a teacher attended the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) Conference in December of 2023 and participated in the Student Leadership Academy. The six students who were chosen to attend were Isis Soto, a sophomore, Leilany Soto, a sophomore, Selah Harrington, a senior, Devannie Nunez, a junior, Ahyari Fimbres, a junior, and Elijah Swanson, a sophomore and their teacher Hanna Hays.

CHS students attend Student Leadership Academy at CASB Conference

CENTER — Six Center High School students were chosen from the Center School District to participate in the Student Leadership Academy while attending the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) Conference in Colorado Springs in December of 2023.

CCSD thanks board members for their many contributions

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Center Consolidated School District recognized the efforts of its board members pictured from left to right - Kim Duran, Misty Montoya-Palacios, Lyn Bogle, and Richie Barela, and not pictured Lloyd Garcia.

Outgoing Center Consolidated School District board member Enrique Aguilar was thanked for his six years of service on the board.
CENTER — With January being School Board Appreciation Month, Center Consolidated School District Superintendent Carrie Zimmerman recognized the district’s six board members for their contributions.
Police Reports

Police Department report Feb. 19-23

Daniel Lucero of Alamosa was cited for theft under $300, uninsured vehicle and drivers vision obstructed.

 Jazmine Ortega, 19, of Alamosa was cited for disorderly conduct.

Daniel Mayo, 20, of Monte Vista was cited for disorderly conduct.

Angel Garcia, 18, of Alamosa was cited for reckless endangerment, reckless driving, criminal mischief.

Shawn Finlev, 33, of Alamosa was cited for trespassing.

Nathan Gibson, 38, of Alamosa was cited for criminal mischief, obstruction, throwing missiles at vehicles, reckless endangerment.

Michael Quintana, 25, of Alamosa was cited for theft under $300 and trespassing. ...

Trout Republic
by Kevin Kirkpatrick
Kevin Kirkpatrick

Summer on the wane

It's hard to believe but the summer is half over for most of us, and more so, I guess, for those who have kids in school.

Community News
A recent aerial photo of the Monte Vista Coop at 1901 E. Highway 160 on the eastern edge of Monte Vista.
Monte Vista Coop celebrates 75 years
MONTE VISTA – In 1949, a group of forward-thinking farmers formed the Monte Vista Coop to pool resources to buy in bulk. Today, 75 years later, the Monte Vista Coop has more than 8,000 members and offers farming and ranch necessities.
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The Community Garden Festival in Crestone on May 18 was well attended, according to organizers.
Crestone Community Garden held its annual Garden Festival
CRESTONE – Crestone held its annual Community Garden Festival on Saturday, May 18.
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The Mountain Valley High School Class of 2024 received a standing ovation from the crowd after receiving their diplomas on May 18.
Community celebrates Mountain Valley H.S. grads
SAGUACHE – The 2024 graduating class of Mountain Valley High School proudly marched down the aisle inside of the gymnasium on Saturday, May 18.
DOLA grant awarded to Range View affordable housing project in Saguache
SAGUACHE — The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) has awarded the Saguache County Housing Authority a Strong Communities Infrastructure Program (SCIP) Grant for the Range View affordable housing project in the Town of Saguache.
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The Moffat Fire Department hosted Moffat Elementary School students to learn about fire safety and emergency preparedness at the fire station. Northern Saguache Ambulance District also attended the event.
Moffat students learn fire safety from Moffat firefighters
MOFFAT – On April 29, the Moffat Fire Department hosted Moffat Elementary School students for a safety experience and educational lesson at the fire station. Elementary children from the school marched in excited and eager to learn about the different things the fire department crew do in the event of emergencies and fires.
Sports
Sports

Bareback, bull ride champs determined on final day

Scottie Knapp of Albuquerque, N.M., rides Ironman for an 86 1/2 point ride to win bull riding on Sunday.
MONTE VISTA – The 102nd Annual Ski-Hi Stampede took place over the weekend with several participants from all over the country and some from out of the country competing. Two of the rough …

Stampede kicks off with Friday slack

Riley Pruitt of Gering, Neb., recorded the best time in the Friday’s Ski-Hi Stampede slack’s tie-down roping in 8.6 seconds.

MONTE VISTA – The 102nd Annual Ski-Hi Stampede got underway Friday afternoon with the slack at the Stampede rodeo grounds. There were three events -n the slack – barrel racing, …

Alex P. Kahler golf tournament is Aug. 10-11
ALAMOSA – The annual Alex P. Kahler Golf Tournament will take place on Aug. 10-11 at Cattails Golf Course. The tournament is a 36-hole stroke play event over the two days. There will be a …
Monte Vista's Kaden Mellott was the Player of the Year.
Several locals on 2A SPL baseball team
ALAMOSA – The Class 2A All-Southern Peaks League baseball team was released in June with 14 players from the San Luis Valley being honored. League champion Monte Vista had the most …
Del Norte Rotary tourney is July 19
ALAMOSA – The Del Norte Rotary Golf Tournament will take place on July 19 at the Rio Grande Club and Resort in South Fork. The entry fee is $130 per person and a lunch will be provided. …
Retirng Alamosa High School athletics director Greg King was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The induction ceremony took place at the Bismarck Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck, N.D. King has 46 years experience in sports which includes coaching stops at Walsenburg, McClave, Stratton, Del Norte, Norwood, La Veta and Sargent. He also served as athletics director at Del Norte, Grand Junction, La Veta, Sargent and Alamosa.
King inducted into NHSACA Hall of Fame
Retirng Alamosa High School athletics director Greg King was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The induction ceremony took place at the …
Harrison Kalinka of Freeman, Kan., was the only bull rider to complete his run as he scored 84 points on Bring the Heat Saturday at the Alamosa Round-UP.
Bulls have upper hand at Round-UP
ALAMOSA – It was a good weekend at the annual Alamosa Round-UP in bull riding. At least it was for the bulls. Of the 16 bull riders who entered this year’s rodeo, only one was …
Obituaries
Obituaries
Stanley Dale "
Stanley Dale "Cowboy" Henderson, 66, died surrounded by family and his loving fur babies Derby, Moose, Clifford and Lucky, at his residence in Del Norte on Saturday, May 25, 2024. He was born on Jan. 26, 1958, in San Antonio, Texas, to Daniel "Byrd" and Beverly Henderson.
George W. Blake
George W. Blake, 103, passed away at Homelake Veterans Center in Monte Vista, Colo., on May 8, 2024
Leola Roberts
Longtime Monte Vista resident Leola Roberts, 95, died May 24, 2024, at her home in Monte Vista.
Beverly Sue Benson (formerly O’Rourke) Bacon
Co-founder of Miner, Tines passes away Beverly Sue Benson (formerly O’Rourke) Bacon, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully in her Tucson, Ariz., home on March 4, 2024, at the age of 88. Born in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 21, 1935, Beverly lived a life filled with love, passion, and remarkable accomplishments.
Calvin Harold Kernen
Calvin Harold Kernen passed on Feb. 11, 2024, in Arcata, Calif. Cal was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Del Norte, Colo., to Swiss immigrants Friederick Alfred and Mary Albertina Kernen and was proud to have turned 98 ½ years old just days before his passing.
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