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DA releases arrest affidavit in death of 23-month-old girl in Conejos County

ALAMOSA — Details are emerging in the Feb. 3 death of a 23-month-old girl in Conejos County. Following an investigation conducted by the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the girl’s babysitter, Denise Cordova, was taken into custody on Friday, Feb. 24, by CCSO. Cordova, 47, is facing charges of murder in the first degree and abuse of a child.

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Identity of body found in MV released 

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Police Department and the Rio Grande County Coroner have released the name of the man whose body was found in a yard in the 700 block of Clay Street on Feb. 2. 

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Authorities investigating RGCSO deputy-involved shooting

SOUTH FORK — A Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a suspected car thief exchanged gunfire Monday morning, Nov. 7, in a South Fork subdivision, the RGCSO reported.

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Juvenile arrested at MVHS football game for allegedly possessing stolen gun

MONTE VISTA — A juvenile male from Alamosa was arrested Friday, Oct. 21, at the Monte Vista High School football game for allegedly possessing a stolen handgun, according to a press release issued over the weekend.

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Investigation ongoing after police pursuit in Costilla County

COSTILLA COUNTY — An investigation is ongoing after a police chase and the discovery of a property with several reportedly stolen items was made by Costilla County Sheriff’s deputies as well as several other law enforcement agencies last week.

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Man fires on law enforcement in Costilla County

ALAMOSA — Deputies with the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) were dispatched to a residence on Governor Road approximately five miles south of Fort Garland on Friday afternoon, Sept. 9, related to a report of an individual shooting at his neighbor.

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DA dismisses case against Joergensen, reinstates day later

ALAMOSA — On Wednesday, March 9, two days before his next scheduled court appearance, District Attorney Alonzo Payne dismissed the case against Jesper Joergensen, charged with 141 counts of arson in connection with the Spring Creek fire that burned roughly 156 square miles and destroyed 149 structures. The decision was announced in a public service announcement sent to the Courier.

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Two Monte Vista men arrested for burglary

MONTE VISTA — Two men were arrested on suspicion of burglary Sunday, Feb. 27, after being found with over $50,000 in stolen property, reported the Monte Vista Police Department.

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SCSO provides update on missing woman from Crestone area

SAGUACHE — Although nothing definitive is known at this time, Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick said the whereabouts of Jenifer Ann Driver, who went by her spiritual name Mountain Sun, was still unknown.

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Monte Vista woman dies in head-on crash

ALAMOSA COUNTY — A 46-year-old Monte Vista woman died in a head-on crash on Highway 160 near milepost 227 on Friday afternoon, Nov. 12, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

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Anthony Cuevas found guilty of first-degree murder of mother

PUEBLO — Anthony Cuevas, formerly of Monte Vista, was found guilty on July 15 of first-degree murder in the gruesome death of his 58-year-old mother, Maria “Mary” Cuevas Garcia, in October of 2019.

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Anthony Cuevas of Monte Vista now on trial for first-degree murder of mother 

PUEBLO — The trial has begun in the case of Anthony Cuevas, of Monte Vista, who is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the gruesome death of his mother, Maria “Mary” Cuevas Garcia, in October of 2019.

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Anthony Cuevas of Monte Vista now on trial for first-degree murder of mother 

PUEBLO — The trial has begun in the case of Anthony Cuevas, of Monte Vista, who is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the gruesome death of his mother, Maria “Mary” Cuevas Garcia, in October of 2019.

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SLV REC maintenance project to begin June

SLV Rural Electric Cooperative will be conducting a maintenance project along Highway 160 from mile marker 183.5 to mile marker 178 beginning June 7.

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MVPD Chief Dingfelder encourages people to sign up for Reverse 911

MONTE VISTA — During a report at the Monte Vista City Council meeting, Monte Vista Police Chief George Dingfelder talked about Reverse 911 calls in the San Luis Valley. Chief Dingfelder said they are encouraging citizens to sign up for the emergency notifications.

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N.M. man arrested after high-speed chase through Rio Grande, Alamosa counties 

MONTE VISTA — A 19-year-old man from New Mexico led multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed pursuit, speeds reaching 110 mph, Wednesday afternoon, May 19, through Monte Vista and into Alamosa before being arrested.

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Valley law enforcement recognized at memorial

ALAMOSA — A breeze brought many flags in front of the Police Department to life for the annual San Luis Valley Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony in Alamosa on Wednesday, May 12. Leaders from local law enforcement agencies and elected officials spoke at the event including Alamosa Chief of Police Ken Anderson, Alamos County Sheriff Robert Jackson and Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman among others.

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MVPD: Two minors arrested following prank armed robbery  

MONTE VISTA — Two minors were arrested Sunday, May 2, following a prank armed robbery, the Monte Vista Police Department reported.

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Prescribed fires planned on Rio Grande National Forest

MONTE VISTA — The San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit plans to conduct several prescribed fires this Spring on the Rio Grande National Forest. Ignitions will take place only if conditions are favorable and will meet burn plan parameters.

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CDOT replacing culvert on US 285 north of Monte Vista

RIO GRANDE COUNTY ― The Colorado Department of Transportation will repair an aged culvert on US Highway 285 just north of Monte Vista. The exact location of the US 285 project is at MP 52.3 approximately one mile north of the US 160 and US 285 intersection.

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Monte Vista Rotary Dick Boyce Memorial Book Scholarship deadline approaching

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Rotary Club is once again offerring the Dick Boyce Memorial Book Scholarship to a qualifying high school senior from either the Monte Vista or Sargent high schools.

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  • Monte Vista man arrested on various charges

    MONTE VISTA– Terrance Carter, 33, of Monte Vista was arrested on various charges last week after the Monte Vista Police Department served a search warrant in the 600 block of Jefferson Street, looking for stolen property from several thefts.

  • 4 of 7 in ‘Love Has Won’ group facing more serious charges

    SAGUACHE —Seven members of the controversial religious group “Love Has Won” were in Saguache County Court on Wednesday, May 12, in individual, continued proceedings related to their involvement in the body of Amy Carlson, also known as “Mother God” and leader of the group, being discovered in a house owned by the group in Moffat.

  • Judge rules Joergensen will remain in custody

    SAN LUIS — Accused of setting the Spring Creek Fire, Jesper Joergensen will remain in custody after a judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against him following a virtual hearing Monday morning in which the defendant was determined still mentally incompetent to stand trial.