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Beautification continues

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Photos by Jennifer Alonzo
City of Monte Vista Public Works employee Ramon O'Cana questions if the sign he is hanging is straight. The signs went up around downtown Monte Vista last week, one more step in the town's beautification project.

Fullenwider Park's sign

Strohmayer protests comments by Grayson in Journal article

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014

MONTE VISTA, Rio Grande County Coroner Rusty Strohmayer came before the Monte Vista City Council on Thursday, Oct. 16, to protest remarks made by Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson that were reported in the Oct. 8 edition of the Monte Vista Journal.
"I have a big problem with the chief of police," said Strohmayer. "He doesn't seem to

‘Santa’ robs Family Dollar at gunpoint

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
MONTE VISTA--On Oct. 19 at approximately 9 p.m., a male wearing a red "hoodie" sweatshirt and a Santa Claus style-faux beard robbed the Family Dollar store located at 1369 East Highway 160 in Monte Vista. The male, described as approximately 5'4" tall, was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. He locked employees in the bathroom of the store before taking cash and fleeing the

Ball rolling on Vali Theatre revitalization

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014

MONTE VISTA, The first meeting to start the process of reviving the Vali Theatre was a huge success. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the formation of a non-profit, citizen-driven initiative to revive the Vali Theatre for the community and to take comments and suggestions from the public.
Mayor Debbie Garcia said it would take

Bust nets $508,000 worth of meth

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014

MONTE VISTA, In a press conference at Monte Vista City Hall on Monday, Oct. 13, Police Chief James Grayson stood before the public alongside the arresting officers in his department and gave an account of what lead to the methamphetamine bust in downtown Monte Vista.
"Officer Lopez thought he had a DUI incident because of the actions of the


Posted: Monday, Oct 13th, 2014
MONTE VISTA--Arrested for "Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine" were Francisco Javier Romero-Sotelo, 30, of Sonora, Mexico and Jose Enrique Cubillas-Varela, 28, also from Sonora, Mexico. They are being held in the Rio Grande County Jail. This case is being referred to the Drug Enforcement Administration in Colorado Springs for review and filing with the United States Attorney's Office in

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