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City council honors long-time employee

Posted: Friday, Jun 14th, 2013

Photo by Toni Steffens-Steward Mayor Art Medina presents a certificate to City Clerk Rhonda Valdez.

MONTE VISTA—The Monte Vista City Council honored the city clerk for years of service and heard reports at their June 6 meeting.

City Clerk Rhonda Valdez was recognized for her 20 years of service to Monte Vista. Her children were in the audience to see Valdez receive a plaque from Mayor Jose “Art” Medina.

Councilor Debbie Garcia said “Rhonda is an amazing person,” and complimented her organizational skills. Others on the board and in the audience thanked her for her work.


Shane Burris came to the board to request a discounted rate to rent the Ski Hi facilities. Burris and Sons Bucking Bulls will host a training event, the Jason McClain Bull Riding School, on June 22 and 23.

The board agreed to approve the request, which will allow them to pay a $100 administration fee rather than the $300 rental charge.

Recreation Director Jay Cochran recommended the discount, because the program will encourage young people in the area to participate in the rodeos.

Public hearing

The board held a public hearing to discuss the transfer of ownership for a liquor application submitted by Katarzyna Toczek for Rio Bravo Liquor, which will operate at the former Park Avenue Liquor store.

City Attorney Gene Farish explained, “Really, the only issue is the character of the applicant.” There were no comments against the transfer and the council unanimously approved it.

City manager

Don VanWormer, city manager, told the council that there had been a request for donations from the Relay for Life organization. The race will be held in Alamosa this year, but has previously been held in Monte Vista. The board agreed to contribute $250.


Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson told the council “calls for service are up significantly.”

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