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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon

Adams State University

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics skills are now more than ever necessary in order for the U.S. to compete in a global economy. The Adams State University Free Faculty Lecture, “Persistence and Retention of Hispanic Students in STEM Fields,” by Dr. Anicia Alvarez, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in Porter Hall room 130. For information call 719-587-7767.

 
The San Luis Valley Symphony will present its Spring Classics Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in Richardson Hall, located on the Adams State University campus. Under the direction of Dr. William Lipke, the program will feature popular selections including Ludwig van Beethoven’s dramatic Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus, J. S. Bach’s profound Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major. For more information call 719-587-7621.

SLV BLM Grand Opening

The Bureau of Land Management San Luis Valley Field Office will host a grand opening ceremony to welcome the public to their new building on May 7, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The new office is located at 1313 E. Hwy. 160, Monte Vista, CO. We would like to thank the City of Monte Vista and Rio Grande County for their support during the planning and construction of the new building, said Field Manager Andrew Archuleta. The community has been especially welcoming and we look forward to building on those relationships as we serve the San Luis Valley from our new office. The Grand Opening kicks off at 3 p.m. with light refreshments, opening remarks and tours of the new office. The public is encouraged to help the BLM celebrate moving into their new location and tour the facility. The new building consolidates three offices into one, reducing the overall footprint of the office and improving the efficiency of operations. Consolidating the offices improves customer service by providing a one-stop-shop for products such as maps, permits and information about BLM-managed public lands. The BLM San Luis Valley Field Office manages slightly more than 500,000 acres of your public lands in Colorado’s Rio Grande Basin. The landscape includes eight Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, four Special Recreation Management Areas, more than 400 miles of designated routes and countless opportunities to enjoy your public lands. For more information, please contact Heather Salaz at hsalaz@blm.gov or 719-852-7074.

Mother’s Day Happenings

Let the Conejos Library District do your baking for Mother’s Day! The Conejos Library District will be having a mother’s day bake sale on May 9, 2015 from 9:30-1:30 at both the La Jara and Antonito Libraries. All proceeds will go to sponsor the annual summer reading program. For more information call 274-5858 or 376-5904

 
The Valley Community Chorus Concert begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in the Sacred Heart Church, located in Alamosa, Colorado. This concert will pair the words from religious texts, anonymous texts, and poetry from Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling with music by Eric Whitacre, Paul Manz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and others. For more information call 719-587-7621.

RGNA Public Meetings

The Rio Grande Natural Area Commission is seeking public comments on the draft management plan for the Rio Grande Natural Area. The purpose of the RGNA is to “conserve, restore, and protect the natural, historic, cultural, scientific, scenic, wildlife and recreational resources of the Natural Area.” The draft management plan covers 5,900 acres of private land within the Natural Area and is non-binding unless a private landowner agrees in writing to be bound by the management plan. The RGNA Commission is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the draft management plan and obtain feedback on the draft. The plan is intended to be an information document that provides current information regarding resource conditions and includes recommendations. The two primary concerns being addressed within the management plan are the overall number of abandoned and feral horses and trespass livestock grazing. Both of these have tremendous impact on both the riparian and upland vegetation. The draft plan and project maps can be found at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/slvfo/rio_grande_natural.html

The public meetings are scheduled for:

• May 12 – 6 pm. San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District Office, 623 Fourth Street, Alamosa, CO 81101.
• May 13 – 6 pm. Costilla County Public Health Agency, 233 Main Street, Suite C, San Luis, CO 81152.
• May 14 – 6 pm. Antonito Senior Center, 701 Main Street, Antonito, CO 81120.

 
This comment period gives the public a chance to review the draft plan and then identify issues and concerns they might have with the draft plan. The comment period starts on May 11 and will run for 30 days. For additional information, please contact Steve Vandiver at 719-589-6301. You can submit written comments to: rgna.commission@gmail.com. Established in 2006, by the U. S. Congress, the RGNA is located in the southern portion of the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado. The RGNA encompasses approximately 8,800 acres and includes the Rio Grande river corridor from the southern boundary of the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge to the Colorado/ New Mexico state line, extending ¼ mile on either side of the bank of the river.

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 4-29-15

Adams State University

The Adams State University Theatre Production, Marat Sade, is total immersive theatre. Set in the Charenton [pron: Cher (like the singer)-en-ton] Mental Asylum outside of Paris, France, the play asks the question- does revolution come from changing society or changing oneself? Unlike any other play produced at Adams State – directed by Jenna Neilsen – the play opens at 7:30 p.m. May 1, running May 2, 3, 7, 8 & 9; with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. May 10. Seating is limited. Tickets go on sale April 20. Reserve tickets by calling 719-587-8499.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the Friends of the Dunes invite San Luis Valley residents and visitors to come enjoy music in the park on Sunday, May 3rd. Don Richmond, a local San Luis Valley musician, will be performing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the park’s visitor center. Hot drinks will be provided by the Friends of the Dunes for visitors to enjoy while listening to local multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter, Don Richmond. Great Sand Dunes anticipates a large crowd and encourages individuals to RSVP to ensure they receive a seat. Those interested in attending should call the visitor center at 719-378-6399 between the hours of 9am and4:30pm to reserve a seat. The Friends of the Dunes are requesting a small donation for non-members, Friends of the Dunes members will receive free admission to the concert. Attendees who aren’t members of the Friends group will also have an opportunity to become a member. Membership fees and more information on membership perks can be found at www.friendsofgreatsanddunes.org The Friends of the Dunes was founded in 1989 to provide a forum for citizen involvement at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Since the formation of this non-profit organization, the Friends Group has provided much benefit to the park and its visitors. Donations that are received contribute directly to the park. The Friends have supported numerous projects in cooperation with park staff including, the expansion of the park’s night sky program with the purchase of a large telescope, sponsoring events such as the annual summer Junior Ranger Day, and securing and managing resource research grants for major archaeological and scientific research.Visitors should also find some time to enjoy hiking, sand sledding, or splashing in the creek at the Dunefield. Great Sand Dunes visitor center and store are open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. However, Great Sand Dunes is open 24 hours a day. Entrance fees are $3 per person for 16 years and older and free for anyone younger than 16 years. Check the park’s website, www.nps.gov/grsa, for accurate weather information and trail and road conditions before you visit the park. You can also call the park’s visitor center at 719-378-6399 for more information.

Local Community Gardens Kick Off Gardening Season

The local Rio Grande Healthy Living Park (RGHLP) Committee will be hosting a second community process meeting on Monday, May 4th 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Adams State University’s Norma Peterson Room 101 in McDaniel Hall. The meeting will once again be facilitated by Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) landscape architect Emily Patterson. TPL will be presenting the compiled input provided during the October 2014 community process meetings, as well as the community surveys gathered over the winter months, and will be asking for additional feedback on physical and programmatic plans based on previous community input. Due to the community’s interest in a fruit tree orchard, the RGHLP launched a successful campaign in March to raise over $3,000 towards the purchase and planting of fruit trees at the park during the 2015 growing season. Though this community planning process will take more than a year before final plans are in place for the long-term building out of the park, the Committee is already seeing much activity on the land thanks to the community’s active input. Other activity has included a successful community work day held on April 18th where over 60 community members were in attendance to help with clean-up, expansion of the existing garden plot, tree thinning, and fence post placement, among other things. Following the completion of the community planning process, the revised master plan will then go out to bid to select a final planning team, made up of diverse professionals such as a landscape architect, a community planner, an agronomist, and others proposed by the bidding teams. These final plans will be used to inform construction documents for the different phases of the park, as well as for fundraising for the RGHLP. If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please contact Julie Mordecai, 719-580-0379. If you are unable to attend, but would like to send your ideas in writing, please send to RioGrandeHLP@gmail.com. Spanish translation will be available in order for all members of the community to participate. For further updates on the RGHLP visit our website at www.healthylivingpark.org

 
Come celebrate the 2015 gardening season! The Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI) will host their annual garden kick-off party on Tuesday, May 5th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Join us at Boyd Garden on the corner of 11th Street and State Ave. for a potluck dinner, planting in the garden, garden tours, and kids crafts. For more information check out VEGI’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Valley-Educational-Gardens-Initiative or contact Robin Lewis at 589-4567. And don’t forget to bring a dish to share!

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KZBR Wednesday’s News @ Noon 4-22-15

Adams State University

Featuring some of the traditional jazz classics from Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, plus a few surprises, – the Adams State University Jazz Concert begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. For the first time the jazz band and 68 West will perform two tunes together. For more information call 719-587-7621.

 
The Adams State University Music Department Spring Choir Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Sacred Heart Church, located in Alamosa, Colorado. The chamber choir will perform Brahms’ Liebeslieder (Lovesong) Waltzes and the concert choir will perform a variety of pieces. For information call 719-587-7621.

 
Live entertainment by Kazual – the Adams State University Student Athlete Advisory Committee will hold a Backyard Bash with carnival games, food, raffle, and a musical performance by Kazual – from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Plachy Hall. For information call 307-287-2467.

 
The Annual Adams State University Music Department Composers Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Leon Memorial Hall, located on the Adams State campus. The concert will feature newly written chamber music by student composers Ben Paden, Dryden Hill, Logan Hjelmstad, Lais Harmsen, Sage Vickers, and Jon Colson. For information call 719-587-7621.

 
The Adams State University Percussion Extravaganza will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. The concert will feature the works of Levitan, Rennick, Reich, Shostakovich, Trevino, Westlake, and more. For information call 719-587-7621.

 
Get out from behind your desk and get fit. The Adams State University Police Department, Alamosa Police Department, Alamosa Sheriff’s Department, and the Colorado State Patrol organized a 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Colorado. The run begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, in front of Rex Activity Center. The course is approximately 2.5 miles and costs $10 to register, a t-shirt is included. For more information contact Chief Grohowski, ASU Police Department, at 719-587-7901.

Mariachi San Luis!

Mariachi San Luis! The event will be 4/25/15 @ 6:00 PM at Centennial Gymnasium in San Luis. Tickets are $7 and proceeds go to send students to support the program. Tickets can be purchased at Papers of Distinction in Alamosa or Covered Wagon in San Luis.

Alamosa Community Greenhouse

Interested in starting plants from seed? What about transplanting the seedlings? Come learn more and lend a hand at the Alamosa Community Greenhouse this Sunday, April 26 at 2 pm. The community greenhouse is located at 1201 Edison Avenue. This hands-on workshop will be lead by Audrey Liu and address starting vegetables (and some flowers) from seed and then when and how to transplant. Participants will take home a new start. The workshop is free, but donations will be accepted. It is co-sponsored by the SLV Local Foods Coalition, VEGI, and ASU Nielsen Library’s Seed to Seed program. For further information, call Jan Oen at 587-5529.

Trout Unlimited Annual Fundraiser Auction

The San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its Annual Fundraiser Auction on Saturday, April 25th at the Inn of the Rio Grande/Rodeway Inn in Alamosa. Doors open at 6:00 PM for viewing items and the auction begins at 7:00 PM sharp! The $10.00 admission fee includes appetizers and a cash bar will be available. There will be a Silent Auction, Live Auction and Bucket Drawings. Plus, don’t miss the fabulous Catch of the Day drawing! There will be great deals on: Art work by local artists, Guided Trips, Fishing Gear, and Much, much, more. Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and restoration of North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 4-15-15

Adams State University

The Adams State University Faculty Clarinet Recital by Alyssa Powell will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Leon Memorial Hall. The program will include a great deal of variety with pieces by Carl Maria von Weber, Miklós Rózsa, Barry Cockcroft, and Gregory Wanamaker. For more information, call 719-587-7621.

 
The Adams State University Counseling Center will host an exclusive screening of the new documentary “The Hunting Ground,” a film by Kirby Dick, which premiered this spring at the Sundance Film Festival. The film examines the issue of sexual assault on college and university campuses. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Carson Auditorium in the Student Union Building. The event is free. After the viewing, a talk-back panel will discuss the issues presented in the movie. For more information call 719-587-7746.

 
The Adams State University Free Faculty Lecture, “American Debt: Are We Maxed Out?,” by Armando Valdez begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Porter Hall room 130. Controversial, misunderstood, and much-debated, the U.S. national debt is a relevant topic and this lecture will add at least one more perspective to the conversation. For information call 719-587-7767.

 
The Veterans at Adams State are hosting their 3rd annual banquet. The banquet, starting at 5 p.m. on the 18th of April, will be a 1940s USO theme, and will include dinner and a silent auction. Captain Jack Bilack, author of “Flight Medic” will be the guest speaker and entertainment will be Reveille 3, an Andrews Sisters Tribute Act. Tickets are on sale now – $10 for students and $20 for the general public. To get yours call 719-587-8452 or 719-850-3883, or email asveterans@grizzlies.adams.edu

National Library Week

The Conejos Library District will be celebrating National Library Week during April 12-18. Fines will be forgiven for those who visit the library during this week. In addition, we will be giving away a free book for any children who come in and a free ice cream treat will be given to all new patrons who sign up for a library card during National Library Week. Come and celebrate with us at the La Jara and Antonito Libraries. For more information call 274-5858 or 376-5904

The Center for Restorative Programs

The Center for Restorative Programs will offer mediation training in Alamosa on Friday and Saturday, April 17th and April 18th. This training is designed for potential volunteers, but is open to any interested persons 16 or older. Participants must pre-register by April 15th. Call Heather Driedger at (719) 589-5255 to register or for more information.

The Alamosa Optimist Club

The Alamosa Optimist Club proudly presents renowned magician Keir Royale performing one day only in two separate “Magic & Illusion” shows on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Ortega Middle School auditorium. Keir has been performing for over 21years and has received many awards including runner-up for Best Stage Magic at the esteemed Midwest Magic Jubilee. He will amaze and astound with clever illusions, magical surprises and audience involvement suitable for all ages! The annual event helps support the Alamosa Optimist Club’s Youth Eyeglass Project which assists in providing eye exams, glasses, and various visual needs to San Luis Valley youth. Tickets are $5 each general admission seating, and will be sold at the door one hour prior to each performance. Seating is limited, so please plan on arriving early. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimist Clubs conduct service projects which reach five million young people each year. The Alamosa Optimist Club has been providing programs to support youth-oriented endeavors for over 26 years and is proud to be serving the youth of Alamosa and the surrounding communities of the San Luis Valley. The Alamosa Optimist Club meets every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month at noon at the Bistro Rialto Restaurant and invites anyone interested to attend. For more information, contact Kris at 719-480-9420 or at alamosaoptimistclub@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page at “Alamosa Optimist Club”

9Health Fair

Alamosa County Public Health Department has set the date for its annual 9Health Fair. This year the fair will be held on Friday, April 17 from 7a.m. to 11 a.m. You must be 18 years or older to participate. This year’s theme will be “Back to the Basics!” The focus will be on getting participants in and out as quickly as possible. The site co-coordinators, Pat Radford and Kelli Robinson-Gonzales, announced that there will be approximately 20 blood stations to accomplish this. Alamosa 9Health Fair will provide: registration ambassadors to assist with registration forms, Spanish translators, a separate check-in line for online registrations, medical advisors to help you select which blood tests you should choose, colon cancer screening kit – $25, free blood pressure/pulse screening, height/weight/BMI screening, first aid station, Ask a Medical Question/Get a Referral. Alamosa’s fair will not have interactive educational centers. 9Health Fair is endorsed by the Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Nurses Association, and the Colorado Hospital Association. To register online go to www.9HealthFair.org

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KZBR Wednesday’s News @ Noon

Adams State University

The Adams State University Cloyde Snook Gallery exhibit A Fish that is Waterless, new prints by Sarah Smelser, treads a line between elegant and awkward, deliberate and intuitive, skilled and naïve. An artist lecture begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Art Building room 227. A reception will follow. The event is free. The exhibit continues through April 10. For information call 719-587-7823.

 
The Adams State University Brass Choir will share its inaugural performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Leon Memorial Hall. Music performed will be traditional music for brass from the 1400′s, transcriptions of folk songs and choral works. For more information, call 719-587-7621

 
The Adams State University Brass Choir will share its inaugural performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Leon Memorial Hall. Music performed will be traditional music for brass from the 1400′s, transcriptions of folk songs and choral works. For more information, call 719-587-7621

 
The Adams State University Advocating, Celebrating, Educating Conference “Equity in Sports and Other Arenas” will be held April 10 and 11 on campus. The event is free and open to the public. The conference will include a Safe Zone Training. The keynote speaker, Dr. Pat Griffin will address “LGBTQ Inclusion in Athletics: Successes and On-Going Challenges.” For information call 719-587-7208 or visit blogs.adams.edu/lgbtq.

 
The Adams State University Cloyde Snook Gallery exhibit A Fish that is Waterless, new prints by Sarah Smelser, treads a line between elegant and awkward, deliberate and intuitive, skilled and naïve. An artist lecture begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Art Building room 227. A reception will follow. The event is free. The exhibit continues through April 10. For information call 719-587-7823.

La Puente

Are you a parent, teacher, guardian, or children’s group leader looking for a way to teach your kids about how they are a valued part of their community? It can be difficult to communicate with our children about how to help others. La Puente is hosting a CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, April 12th from 1-4 pm to raise awareness of just how far many people in the world must walk in order to receive food and fresh water. In addition to the Walk, individuals and teams have the opportunity to raise funds in support of foreign hunger relief and part of the proceeds will also go to our local Food Bank. Meet at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Cole Park to decorate signs and register at 1 p.m. The walk will begin at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a free meal and live music. Pets are welcome outside. For more information on how you can register for and attend CROP Walk, contact La Puente’s Community Education Office at 587.3499 or email communityeducation.lapuente@gmail.com

The Center and Rio Grande Conservation Districts

The Center and Rio Grande Conservation Districts will be holding their Annual Meeting on April 10, 2015 at the Monte Vista Elks Club. This event is held annually in order for the districts to report what they have accomplished each year to their agricultural producers and partnering agencies. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by each districts business meetings and door prize drawings. Space for this event is limited, so please RSVP if you would like to attend to Brenda Anderson, 719.454.3400 x104.

National Library Week in Conejos

The Conejos Library District will be celebrating National Library Week during April 12-18. Fines will be forgiven for those who visit the library during this week. In addition, we will be giving away a free book for any children who come in and a free ice cream treat will be given to all new patrons who sign up for a library card during National Library Week. Come and celebrate with us at the La Jara and Antonito Libraries. For more information call 274-5858 or 376-5904

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 4-1-2015 (No April Fools Here :)

Adams State University

Biology, Spanish, history, music – psychology, chemistry, and art – the annual Adams State University Student Scholar Days includes presentations from disciplines across campus. Student Scholar Days highlights the academic achievements of undergraduate students at Adams State. Presentations are scheduled for April 2 and April 3 in McDaniel Hall room 101. The event is free. For information visit adams.edu/studentscholars.

 
Adams State University Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy will be joined by fellow author and friend, Laura Pritchett, for a public reading of their work. The event, Further Adventures, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in McDaniel Hall room 101. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Teen Drug Use

Teenage Drug use in our Community. Do you know the signs of teenage drug use? Do you suspect that your child may be using drugs? Learn the signs and symptoms of teenage drug use. Hear testimonials from former teenage drug users. Learn what to do if you have a suspicion that your child may be using. Meet other parents and concerned community members. 6 pm on Wednesday, April 1 st at the Alamosa High school Auditorium.

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 3-25-15

Adams State University

Biology, Spanish, history, music – psychology, chemistry, and art – the annual Adams State University Student Scholar Days includes presentations from disciplines across campus. Student Scholar Days highlights the academic achievements of undergraduate students at Adams State. Presentations are scheduled for April 2 and April 3 in McDaniel Hall room 101. The event is free. For information visit adams.edu/studentscholars.

La Puente’s Outreach Services Center

La Puente’s Outreach Services Center is looking to assist San Luis Valley Veterans through a variety of services including medical and non-medical gas vouchers, household provisions, interview or work clothing, and help with tuition or job training. Eligible veterans are able to receive gas vouchers for appointments within the San Luis Valley and throughout the state of Colorado. These services are offered through a grant which requires documented proof of a veteran’s honorable or Other Than Honorable discharge status either through their DD-214 paperwork or a letter from a V.A.’s office. If you are unsure whether or not La Puente Outreach can help you, please call for more information. Andrea can be reached at 719.587.3781 ext. 30, or through email at andrea.outreach.lapuente@gmail.com. Please Note: funding is limited, so if you or someone you know is a veteran in need of assistance, contact La Puente Outreach Services today.

Teen Drug Use

Teenage Drug use in our Community. Do you know the signs of teenage drug use? Do you suspect that your child may be using drugs? Learn the signs and symptoms of teenage drug use. Hear testimonials from former teenage drug users. Learn what to do if you have a suspicion that your child may be using. Meet other parents and concerned community members. 6 pm on Wednesday, April 1 st at the Alamosa High school Auditorium.

SLV Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 31st at the SLV Health, Education and Conference Center(1921 Main Street, Alamosa) starting at 7:00 PM. At this month’s meeting staff from the Rio Grande National Forest will be on hand to take comments and answer question regarding the revision of the forest plan. The emphasis of this meeting will be Streams, Lakes, Reservoirs, Wilderness, Native Fish and other relevant topics. Participation at these meetings will be used to inform the assessment phase of the Rio Grande National Forest Plan revision. This planning process will decide how the Forest will be managed over the next 20 years, so your participation is important! The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided and a prize drawing will be held at the end of the meeting. Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and restoration of North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 3-18-15

From the Alamosa County Public Health Department

All San Luis Valley residents are encouraged to protect their families from the serious health risks associated with radon by reducing any elevated radon levels found in their homes. Radon is a naturally-occurring, colorless and odorless radioactive gas which is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and contributes to as many as 500 lung cancer deaths in Colorado each year. Approximately 50 percent of Colorado homes have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level. Any house may have high levels of radon even if neighboring homes do not. The repairs can be effectively accomplished for the price of a typical home repair. Alamosa County Public Health Department and the San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership provide vouchers for free radon test kits at your local public health agency locations in Center, Del Norte, Creede, San Luis, La Jara or Alamosa. For more information, contact Regional Environmental Health at 719-587-5206.

Spring cleaning can increase your risk of exposure hantavirus unless you take proper precautions. Hantavirus causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a relatively rare but very serious disease that results in death for more than one-third of those who become infected. In the San Luis Valley, hantavirus is carried by deer mice, which can move into barns, sheds, crawlspaces, and attics to keep warm through the winter. The virus can be found in the urine, saliva and droppings of infected mice. People are infected by breathing in the virus when stirring up dust from mouse nests or mouse droppings in areas with poor ventilation, or when handling mice. To protect yourself and your family, do not sweep or vacuum mice droppings or nesting materials, because breathing dust containing infected droppings or urine is the most common way to be exposed to the virus. Before entering or cleaning enclosed buildings and other enclosed areas where mice may have been present, open them up to air out for 30 minutes. Wear gloves and consider wearing an N-100 rated respiratory mask (available at most hardware stores) when cleaning rodent-infested indoor areas. Spray mouse droppings and nesting materials with a disinfectant and let them sit for a few minutes before disposing of them in a plastic bag. Take steps to keep rodents away from your home. Early medical care is crucial for those who do become infected. First symptoms of HPS appear 1-6 weeks after exposure and are flu-like: fever, headache, muscle pain, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. A few days later, difficulty breathing develops and progresses very quickly to inability to breathe. Anyone who experiences early symptoms in the weeks following exposure to rodents, their droppings, or their nests, should seek medical care immediately and be sure tell the medical provider about the exposure to rodents. Since hantavirus was first identified in the Four Corners area in 1993, Colorado has had more confirmed cases of HPS than any other state except New Mexico. Last year there were two confirmed cases of HPS in the San Luis Valley. For more information call your local Public Health agency (Alamosa County 589-6639; Conejos County 574-4307; Costilla County 672-3332; Mineral County 658-2416; Rio Grande County 657-3352; Saguache County 655-2533) or go to www.cdc.gov/hantavirus

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KZBR’sWednesday’s News @ Noon

Don’t Forget Pam Tebow Will Be In Alamosa!!

For a fraction of the price of a Broncos game ticket, San Luis Valley residents will have the opportunity to meet a member of the Tebow clan right here in Alamosa this April. Pam Tebow (yes, Tim’s mom!) is coming to offer her unique perspective on pro-life issues. For those who may not be familiar with the Tebows, their notoriety as a family increased when their youngest son, Tim, won the Heisman Trophy following his sophomore football season with the Florida Gators. Tim went on to play as a quarterback for the Broncos in the NFL. In 2010, Pam and Tim were in a Super Bowl commercial that celebrated family and life, which, according to a Barna survey, resulted in 5.5 million people “having cause to rethink their stand on abortion.” ESPN aired a portion of the interview with Pam that focused on her refusal to abort “Timmy” when she was advised to do so – a decision that resulted in a thriving and successful young man being allowed to live out his life. Pam Tebow’s incredible testimony of faith, coupled with her son Tim’s fame, has given her a unique platform to spread the pro-life message across the nation. Pam enjoys speaking for women’s groups, nonprofit fundraisers, and other events in cities across the country, and is currently writing a book on parenting. Pam will be sharing her captivating story at the San Luis Valley Women’s Resource Center annual fundraiser on April 9, 2015. The event will be held at River of Life Church in Alamosa. Tickets for the fundraiser are $45 and include the opportunity to hear Pam’s message, followed by a dessert reception and an opportunity to meet Mrs. Tebow. Tickets may be obtained by visiting the SLV WRC office at 3211 Main St. in Alamosa or calling 589-6698.

9Health Fair

Alamosa County Public Health Department has set the date for its annual 9Health Fair. This year the fair will be held on Friday, April 17 from 7a.m. to 11 a.m. You must be 18 years or older to participate. This year’s theme will be “Back to the Basics!” The focus will be on getting participants in and out as quickly as possible. The site co-coordinators, Pat Radford and Kelli Robinson-Gonzales, announced that there will be approximately 20 blood stations to accomplish this. Alamosa 9Health Fair will provide: registration ambassadors to assist with registration forms, Spanish translators, a separate check-in line for online registrations, medical advisors to help you select which blood tests you should choose, colon cancer screening kit – $25, free blood pressure/pulse screening, height/weight/BMI screening, first aid station, Ask a Medical Question/Get a Referral. Alamosa’s fair will not have interactive educational centers.
Which screenings are right for you?
Basic Blood Chemistry (12 hour fast recommended) $35
Blood Cell Count $20
Vitamin D $45
Hemoglobin A1C $30 (for diabetes management /no fasting required)
PSA (For Men Only) $30
9Health Fair is endorsed by the Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Nurses Association, and the Colorado Hospital Association. To register online go to www.9HealthFair.org

 

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 3/4/15

Adams State University

Adams State University will welcome Opera Colorado to campus for a one evening performance of Romeo and Juliet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the newly renovated Richardson Hall Auditorium. Take the journey as Opera Colorado presents the world famous love story of Romeo and Juliet, Gounod’s opera based on the play by William Shakespeare. For more information or tickets, call 719-587-7621.

 
Two one-act plays Central Park West, written by Woody Allen and directed by David Boncyk, and WASP, written by Steve Martin and directed by Jake Webb, open at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Adams State University Xperimental Theatre. Directed The production runs nightly through March 14. To reserve tickets call 719-587-8499.

 
The Adams State University Free Faculty Lecture, “Leading Ladies: Women Political Leaders Across the World,” by Dr. Mari Centeno begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Porter Hall room 130. For information call 719-587-7767.

 
The Adams State University Guest Percussion Concert by Alex Wier will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Leon Memorial Hall. Wier has presented solo recitals at numerous universities around the United States and is a member of the percussion trio Atlas Percussion. For more information, call 719-587-7621.

Outreach Services

Winter is here, and many people in the San Luis Valley are in need of ways to warm their homes. If you or anyone you know is looking for a chance to donate fire wood or fallen timber, please contact Outreach Services at 719.587.3781. Fire wood of all shapes and sizes welcome.

The Alamosa Live Music Association

The Alamosa Live Music Association presents An Evening with John Denver feat. Chris Collins Saturday, March 14, The Windsor Hotel, Del Norte. Join us for a special evening of food and music! Talented entertainer, Chris Collins will pay tribute to the music of John Denver following a gourmet two course meal. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., concert at 6:15 p.m. Tickets: $45, no discounts. Advance tickets available at Narrow Gauge Bookstore, Alamosa and Windsor Hotel, Del Norte. ALMA “Builds Community through Quality Live Music.” For more information like ALMA on Facebook or go to www.almaonline.org.

Press Release From The Conejos County Sheriff’s Office

Press Release from the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office: Early 2014 an investigation was opened by the Colorado Department of Human Services for alleged Fraud Involving Government Assostance Funds of the Conejos County Department of Social Services. Once the Colorado Department of Human Services completed their investigation all of their findings were turned over to the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office on February 18, 2015. The Conejos County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation on a complaint that two employees with the Conejos County Department of Social Services (DSS) improperly approved public assistance. The complaint stated that the party would not be eligible for Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (CW/TANF). It is reported that CW/TANF Eligibility was processes and/or authorized for public assist from July 2014 through January 2015. The benefits included CW/TANF, Medicaid, the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) and supportive services (e.g., clothing, gas, and car tires). The Conejos County Sheriff’s Office is looking back to dates going as far back as August of 2010. As a result of the investigation, there have been two Department of Social Services workers suspended with pay, that allegedly approved the public assistance funds. This matter remains under investigation.

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