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Monte Vista looks back at 2012

Posted: Friday, Jan 4th, 2013

Photo by Stan Moyer Youthful Folklorico dancers in extremely colorful costumes were a highlight of the night's entertainment at Dancing for a Cause in March.

MONTE VISTA—The headlines of the Monte Vista Journal shared an interesting year in Monte Vista. Changes to the city council and police department and numerous community activities and good deeds graced the cover of the newspaper. Following is a look back at 2012 in Monte Vista.


Two Monte Vista buildings were discussed at a meeting to consider the future of the old tire store and police department building.

J.R. Martin was honored as an Eagle Scout in a Monte Vista ceremony. His Eagle Scout project was painting and re-building a facility for the Forest Service.

Rose Wilson resigned from the Monte Vista City Council and was replaced by Debbie Garcia. Wilson said that there were other things she wanted to do such as spending time with family and traveling.


Monte Vista Community Development Corp met to discuss schools, marketing district and heard from Jennifer Dizmang author of Harry Hornacre.

The Monte Vista Arts Council proposed designs for a new use of the old newspaper building during a potluck dinner.

Many people made their way to Monte Vista in February to take part in the agriculture conference held at Ski-Hi Park.

An apparent double homicide was reported on the morning of Feb. 15 in Monte Vista. The investigation into that tragedy is still ongoing.

Former Superintendent Dwayne Newman discussed the possibility of adding an athletic track at the Monte Vista High School.

A portion of the state wildlife refuge was renamed to honor Doug Shriver and Ray Wright. The 121-acre Shriver-Wright State Wildlife area is near Monte Vista.


Monte Vista dancers took part in Dancing for a Cause sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. Danielle Rady and Josh Landes won the advanced dancers category.

Newman announces his resignation from the Monte Vista School District; accepted a position in California.

Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar visited Monte Vista to dedicate the Shriver-Wright wildlife area.

URGAS crematory opened to give owners another option in dealing with death of pets.

Monte Vista Police settled into their new offices located in the old health clinic building.


Rick Needham, Monte Vista police chief, was honored with the Swimming Upstream Award by the Rio Grande Prevention Partners.

Kiwanis members worked to improve Ski-Hi Park in Monte Vista.


Robert Webb was hired as the new superintendent of Monte Vista schools. He had formerly been employed as the middle school principal.

Students opened a 46-year-old time capsule to find mementos from another generation.

A new owner planned to reopen the Monte Villa Inn in Monte Vista. John Nelson anticipated opening the doors by May 26.

Montez Skatepark construction began.

Memorial Day was celebrated at Home Lake where veterans were remembered in a touching ceremony.

Graduates sailed away to the future as the 2012 class attends commencement ceremony.


Fire restrictions were put in place in Monte Vista and around the Valley.

Monte Vista City Council ordered an investigation into city administration and police and applauded employee longevity.

Seventh Rally in the Valley was a success.


A moratorium was set on gas and oil drilling applications in Rio Grande County.

Rich Needham resigned as the Monte Vista police chief; Tom Ortega was appointed as acting chief.

Folk Arts and Fiber Fest brought an eclectic feast of beauty.

Edward M. Kennedy Dental Clinic opened on Second Avenue.

A Monte Vista man was arrested for burglary and robbery facing an array of charges.

Stampede parade rode off into the sunset.


Jose “Art” Medina, Monte Vista mayor, proclaimed Aug. 5 to 11 as National Health Center Week.

The SLV Fair brought animals, quilts, garden products and more to Ski-Hi Park.

A ribbon cutting was held at Bill Metz Elementary and Monte Vista High School.


Potato Festival celebrated the long agricultural tradition in the Valley.

Rocky Mountain Stage Productions and the Monte Vista High School Drama Club presented Hello Dolly.

Work progressed along U.S. Highway 160 in Monte Vista to complete trench work.


The Montez Skatepark was completed and quickly became a favorite place for area youth.

Monte Vista Fire Department won the Circle of Safety Award.

Rapid police response thwarted a burglary attempt at Jack’s Market in Monte Vista.


Boy Scout camp honors helpers.

A Monte Vista liquor store was robbed on Halloween night.

Firefighters donate dinner proceeds to food bank.

A local bank was robbed on Nov. 29. The robber quickly ran away from the scene.


Monte Vista Police Department officers were honored for their service in a Dec. ceremony.

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