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Partnership drives Neighborhood Watch

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015

MONTE VISTA-- Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson and Officer Wil Pena led the latest Neighborhood Watch (NW) meeting at City Hall last Thursday, Feb. 26.
"Last night at the Neighborhood Watch meeting at city hall, Officer Pena and Chief Grayson opened the meeting by stating the purpose of the meeting: to set us up as a partnership that

MVPD sergeant assaulted

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
MONTE VISTA--A Monte Vista police officer was injured Wednesday afternoon trying to break up a fight between two brothers, one with a hammer in his hand and the other with a shovel.
Monte Vista Police Sergeant Russell sustained minor injuries when the brother with the hammer, Henry Dean Frazier, 50, of Monte Vista, threw it at the sergeant when Russell

Motions, trial set in Dupont murder

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015

DEL NORTE--A request for jailhouse communications drew debate during a court hearing last Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the case of Mark Gutierrez, 47, charged with murder in the shooting death of Edward DuPont, 27, in Monte Vista last May 8.
The District Attorney's office requested a copy of Gutierrez's phone call recordings -- other than calls between Gutierrez and

Snowstorm hits Valley, cancels school

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015

SAN LUIS VALLEY--For the first time all winter, the San Luis Valley could declare a snow day on Monday.
After unseasonably warm temperatures and extended periods with no precipitation, this past weekend began to make up for some of the winter the Valley had missed so far.
Weekend snowfall reports ranged from 8 inches in Alamosa to nearly

Valley Publishing awarded 13 at CPA conference

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015
MONTE VISTA--Valley Publishing staff received 13 awards at the Colorado Press Association's annual awards banquet held Feb. 21 in Denver-- five first place awards, six second and two third.
With 13 being the highest number of awards ever presented to Valley Publishing newspapers, Publisher Jennifer Alonzo says, "I am incredibly proud of our staff for such an amazing showing at

New clinic moves closer to reality

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015

MONTE VISTA, The future Rio Grande County Hospital Clinic to be built in the former Super Foods building cleared yet another stepping stone as the Monte Vista City Council gave its resounding conditional approval for the plans at their meeting Feb. 19.
The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) had met on Feb. 10 and found the development is

Walk of Love brings peace to Monte Vista

Posted: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015

MONTE VISTA--Jesse Varner and Michael Mora asked for help in their quest to end violence in the community and the world.
Almost 30 people showed up on a dreary winter day to make that happen. The first ever Walk of Love, was held in Monte Vista on Saturday, Feb. 21.
"We are two guys that are tired of

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