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Homelake celebrates 125 years of serving

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 31st, 2016
HOMELAKE -- Serving those who served our country, the Colorado State Veterans Living Center at Homelake is celebrating its 125th birthday this year.
Home to more than 4,000 service veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents, the center was established by an act of the Colorado State Legislature in 1889 after lobbying by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)
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Valley pays tribute to Dusty

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 31st, 2016
Photos by Jennifer Alonzo & Raelee Alonzo
Monte Vista native Dusty Claunch, 27, was laid to rest in the SLV Cemetery, following a service with processional from Ski Hi Park. Emergency personnel from throughout the Valley gathered to lead him to his final resting place. Claunch died Friday in a crop dusting plane crash.
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Public works has busy summer

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 31st, 2016
MONTE VISTA--Summer has been a busy season for the Monte Vista Public Works Department. Department head Rob Vance presented the city council with an update on his department's ongoing projects during the council's regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18.
Vance first shared that his crew was busy with the after-Stampede clean up. The Stampede banners have come down for
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Wisdom named county administrator

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 31st, 2016
RIO GRANDE COUNTY-- Roni K. Wisdom has been named the new county administrator for Rio Grande County. Wisdom has been in training and learning the ropes for the last few months and will officially assume her new responsibilities on Thursday, Sept. 1.
The new county administrator has a long history of working with governments and creating partnerships in her well
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Farmers market offers fresh produce, lots more

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
The Monte Vista Farmers Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, goat milk products, homegrown meats, jewelry, wafels, cheesecakes and much more. The market runs Fridays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot across from the Monte Villa Inn on 1st Avenue.

Photos by Jennifer Alonzo
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Local man dies in crop duster crash

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- A Monte Vista High School graduate died in a crop dusting accident Friday morning after his plane crash landed in a barley field just inside the Alamosa County line off Road 6 East and Highway 112.
The pilot, Dusty Claunch, 27, of Monte Vista, was deceased at the scene. Dusty had worked for Rio Grande Sheriff's Office for
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Marijuana discussion smokes up

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 24th, 2016
MONTE VISTA--Tempers and shouting smoked up the Monte Vista City Council chambers during the regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18 as the topic of a retail marijuana facility was the first issue of discussion. Community members and the council deliberated and argued amongst themselves and with each other for 90 minutes about how best to handle the subject before them.
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M.V. grad dies in crop duster crash

Modified: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
ALAMOSA -- A Monte Vista High School graduate died in a crop dusting accident Friday morning after his plane crash landed in a barley field just inside the Alamosa County line off Road 6 East and Highway 112.
The pilot, Dusty Claunch, 27, of Monte Vista, was deceased at the scene. Dusty had worked for Rio Grande Sheriff's Office for
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