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Adams State University
The Adams State University Free Faculty Lecture, “A Bold New Path: Colorado’s Novel Approach to Marijuana Policy,” by Dr. Thomas Heddleston begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, in Porter Hall room 130.
For information call 719-587-7767.
The flexibility in 3D modeling software inspires contemporary artist Joe Meiser. His exhibit, Harvest the Day, opens on November 13 in the Adams State University Cloyde Snook Gallery. An artist lecture will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, November 13, in the Art Building room 227, an opening reception will follow. “Broadly speaking, my creative practice examines conflicting narratives about mortality that come from science, philosophy, and religion, as well as great thinkers’ suggestions on how to lead a good life.”
The show continues through December 17. For information call the Art Department Office at 719-587-7823.
Adams State University
The Adams State University Grizzly Activity Board is hosting a fundraiser to benefit a local child, Jaiden Gulliksen, who has been diagnosed with Stiff Skin Syndrome a rare and rapidly progressing connective tissue disorder, which drastically reduces his mobility. GAB has organized a Halloween Smash Bash, Trunk-or-Treat, and Miracle Minute from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, before and during the Adams State Grizzly Football Game. That evening, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Adams State clubs will trick-or-treat for money throughout the community. The fundraiser will help finance a visit to a specialist in Europe, in order to slow the symptoms of the disease. For more information contact GAB at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit youcaring.com/Jaiden to donate online.
Adams State University spring semester classes begin January 19, 2016. Undergraduate advising has begun for students. For more information call the Adams State Welcome Center at 719-587-8146 or visit adams.edu and click on the “Spring Registration” link.
Want a Job? Need a Job? The Conejos Library District – La Jara Branch will be holding an employment workshop on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:00. Plan on attending the workshop at the library to learn how to search and prepare for a job. For more information call 274-5858.
“FROZEN” Fall Festival
Join us at the Sacred Heart “FROZEN” Fall Festival and Raffle Drawing, an event for young and old alike. The Festival is set to take place on Friday October 30th from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Faistl Hall 709 4th street. There will be games, face painting and prizes. Raffle tickets will be available, purchase one for a chance to win up to $2,500! Kids come in costume. Everyone come hungry for the delectable treats sold at the concession stand. Cost: $1 or a non-perishable food item. All entrance proceeds will assist community members in need.
Basic Food Safety Class
Alamosa County Public Health is putting on a Basic Food Safety Class on Tuesday November 4th in the morning and has offered for people from the Local Foods Coalition to attend for free.
Tu Casa Lunch N Learn
Please Join Tu Casa and Audrey Reich* for a presentation on Self Care and Professional Burn Out! Burnout can be described as “a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.” – Ayala Pines and Elliot Aronson. “A state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way of life, or relationship that failed to produce the expected reward.” -Herbert J. Freudenberger. Burnout can happen to us all! Attend this presentation to learn how to live and work with intention and build resiliency to address and prevent work-related burnout. Please note that if you attended this breakout session at the DV Symposium on 10/23/15, it will be the same presentation. Wednesday, November 4th, 2015*, from *12-1pm* at *Hospice Del Valle* (514 Main St. in Alamosa) for this Lunch N Learn. For those that RSVP, free pizza will be provided. As always this is a free event to the public and a great opportunity to learn about issues in our society and community. RSVP* by e-mailing Fonda at Fonda@slvtucasa.net or call 719-589-2465 to reserve your place. Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
Adams State University
The Adams State University Music Department Wind Ensemble Concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 25, in Richardson Hall Auditorium, located on the Adams State campus. The program will include Winter on Emerald Bay by Alan Lee Silva; Fortress by Franck Ticheli; Sovereign Variants, by James Curnow; Snakes! by Thomas C. Duff, and more.
For information call 719-587-7621
Dr. John Pennington, an educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor, will perform as a guest percussion artist at Adams State University. Sounds of The Earth, begins at 7 p.m. Monday, October 26, in Leon Memorial Hall.
Pennington will perform Moon Child, by Keith Jarrett; Adagio from Sonata I. for Solo Violin, by Paul Creston; Asturias – Leyenda, by Isaac Albeniz and adapted by B. Michael Williams; as well as his own music, Five Elements (Wu Xing).
For information call 719-587-7621
Conejos Library District
The Conejos Library District will be hosting their Annual Pumpkin Carving Event on Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 am at both the La Jara and Antonito Branches. Pumpkins and decorating materials will be provided. Come and join us for some pumpkin carving fun! For more information call 274-5858 or 376-5904
Want a Job? Need a Job? The Conejos Library District – La Jara Branch will be holding an employment workshop on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:00. Plan on attending the workshop at the library to learn how to search and prepare for a job. For more information call 274-5858
Large Item Pickup
To facilitate fall cleanup efforts, the City of Alamosa will be offering large item trash pickup Monday Oct 26th through Friday October 30th for City solid waste customers. Please call the Public Works office before Friday October 23rd at 589-6631 to schedule pickup of the large items. A pick up of no more than three large items will be offered during this time. E-waste (electronics), tires or hazardous material cannot be accepted. Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners must have the Freon removed and the red tag placed on them prior to the time of pickup. Lawn debris must be bagged separately for composting. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 589-6631.
Adams State University
Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema, Adams State University will host a Spanish Film Festival in September. All films will have English subtitles. Four films, Open Cage (Los Bañistas), Yvy Maraey: Land Without Evil, Operation E (Operación E), and Even the Rain (También la Lluvia) be shown at 7 p.m. from September 17 through September 20 in the Adams State Art Building room 227, located in Alamosa, Colo.
With a special screening of Who is Dayani Cristal? (¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Conejos, Colo., at the Parish Hall of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the oldest church in Colorado. The Adams State Spanish Film Festival was made possible by a grant awarded to Adams State by PRAGDA, and several Adams State University Departments. For more information contact Gustavo Plascencia at 719-587-8136.
The Adams State University Counseling Center will host Laughter is Sacred Space, a multimedia presentation by Ted Swartz. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 17, in Carson Auditorium, located in the Student Union Building. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 719-587-7746.
Adams State University Theatre opens its 2015-2016 season with Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. Tickets are on sale right now at the ASU Theatre Box Office. The production begins at 7:30 p.m. on September 25, 26, and October 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Dr. John H. Taylor the production consists of nine short plays that offers unique takes on the moments before, during and after “I do.” It features an A-list lineup of playwrights whose works are witty, warm and occasionally wacky. The Gay Marriage Plays is part of Standing Strong: The ASU Equality Project, ponsored by the ASU Theatre program and the ASU LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Coalition. For ticket reservations call 719-587-8499.
The Valley Community Chorus, through Adams State University, is open to all adults and high school students. No auditions are required. The first rehearsal is September 22.
For more information call 719-206-3081
The Adams State University Music Department will host guest pianist Dr. Alex McDonald 8 p.m. Saturday, September 19, in Leon Recital Hall, located on the Adams State campus. Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist McDonald has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. For information call 719-587-7621
Veterans Coalition of the SLV
Coffee Break for Veterans! Free coffee every Thursday from 8:00am to 11:00am at the SLV Museum, same block as VFW and American Legion. Join us for coffee. Veterans understand Veterans and deserve a place to relax and visit with each other. Sponsored by Veterans Coalition of the SLV, hosted by Women Veterans of the SLV and the SLV Museum, supported by donations from the SLV Community. To donate, call 719-937-2926. The San Luis Valley Thanks You!
Attention Veterans, Veterans’ families, Veterans’ friends and those who care about Veterans. All are welcome to the meeting of Veterans Coalition of the San Luis Valley. September 18, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in Richardson Auditorium on the Adams State University campus located at Edgemont Blvd., Alamosa. For more info call 719-379-2720.
Adams State University
Enjoy a weaving of cultures at Adams State University in an afternoon of soul and spirit. A performance by the Aztec dance troupe Huitzilopochtli (weet-zil-o-pokt-li) followed by a Catholic Mass will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, on the North Campus Green, in front of Rex Stadium. A community cookout of green chile burgers and Sonoran hot dogs will follow. For information call 719-587-7516.
The Adams State University Annual Volunteer Fair is from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, at the Japanese/American Memorial Garden. San Luis Valley non-profits are invited to campus to represent their agency and recruit for volunteers. The Annual ASU Cares Day is Saturday September 19. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for projects that serve area nonprofit agencies. For more information contact Mark Pittman 719-587-8274
Walk For Life
The San Luis Valley Women’s Resource Center is holding its’ annual Walk for Life, Saturday September 12, 2015. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the walk will begin at 8:30 am. The walk will be held at Alamosa Christian Church- 410 McQuerry St. Alamosa, CO 81101. The SLVWRC is asking for a minimum donation of $10 but walkers are encouraged to fundraise! All proceeds will directly benefit the clients of the center. Walkers’ donations cover the cost of a t-shirt and refreshments following the walk. All ages are welcome! There will be balloons and face painting for tiny walkers. Register at the SLV Women’s Resource Center, online at email@example.com, by calling 719-580-6698, or the day of the event
5th Annual Headwaters Hoedown
Get your dancing shoes ready for the conservation celebration of the year! The community is invited to the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust’s Fifth Annual Headwaters Hoedown on Sunday, September 13th from 1 to 5 pm at the beautiful Gilmore Ranch, just west of Alamosa on the Rio Grande. The event will celebrate the many landowners and partners who help RiGHT conserve the Valley’s “land, water and way of life.” The afternoon will feature a local food feast, fine wine and beer, and live music by Don Richmond & the Rifters. There will be a walking ranch tour, a studio tour with sculptor Jim Gilmore, a fabulous Silent Auction and lots of fun activities for kids — so bring the whole family! For information and tickets for the Headwaters Hoedown, visit RiGHT’s website at www.riograndelandtrust.org or call the Del Norte office at 719-657-0800.
Adams State University
The Adams State University Human Performance and Physical Education Department (HPPE) continues to offer the community a variety of affordable fitness tests. Testing is conducted from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Thursday, in the Human Performance Lab room 106, located in the East Campus Building. Fitness testing appointments are mandatory. Fitness tests available include VO2 Max $50, Wingate anaerobic power test $10, FitnessAge $15, and body composition $10. To set up an appointment, contact Dr. Tracy Robinson at 719-587-7663.
“BOUNCE” – an art exhibit by the Adams State University art faculty opens in the Cloyde Snook Gallery on August 31 and continues through September 24. An opening reception begins at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, September 3 in the Art Building. For information call the Art Department Office at 719-587-7823.
The 2015 Adams State University Last Lecture event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, in McDaniel Hall room 101. This year’s presenters are David Wreford and Dr. Nick Saenz. The discussion is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served. For information call 719-587-7827
Walk For Life
The San Luis Valley Women’s Resource Center is holding its’ annual Walk for Life, Saturday September 12, 2015. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the walk will begin at 8:30 am. The walk will be held at Alamosa Christian Church- 410 McQuerry St. Alamosa, CO 81101. The SLVWRC is asking for a minimum donation of $10 but walkers are encouraged to fundraise! All proceeds will directly benefit the clients of the center. Walkers’ donations cover the cost of a t-shirt and refreshments following the walk. All ages are welcome! There will be balloons and face painting for tiny walkers. Register at the SLV Women’s Resource Center, online at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 719-580-6698, or the day of the event.
Friends of the Alamosa Library
Do you have trouble deciding what to read? Friends of the Alamosa Library has a solution for you. September’s sale will feature mystery grab bags of paperback books for $2 per bag. Each grab bag includes older and newer books from a variety of authors in certain genres. Sale hours are 11 to 5 on Friday, September 4th, and 9 to 3 on Saturday, September 5th at Spines, located just north of the post office and near the Skate Park. The Friends will have tables outside to display our full assortment of books. Pamphlets, magazines, and children’s pamphlet-type books are free at this event. The money raised by Spines is used to enhance programs, collections and activities at the public library. Donations of used books may be made at Spines on sale dates or at the library at other times. For more information or to volunteer, contact Rhonda at 719-580-2010, or contact email@example.com.
Friends of the Dunes sponsoring a Volunteer Work Day at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, August 15, 2015
On Saturday August 15, 2015 at 9:30AM, the Friends of the Dunes will sponsor a volunteer work day at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The project is expected to last 2-3 hours and volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00AM. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is extremely grateful for the stewardship in action shown by this indispensable park partner. The service project will provide essential assistance to the Great Sand Dunes Invasive Species Management through Citizen Stewardship program. Invasive weed species in the park can be easily controlled through the efforts of volunteers, as the areas we are treating are generally limited in nature, and do not require anything other than gloves, shovels, and a proclivity for doing good stewardship on public lands! 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 Park Volunteer Work Day, and securing and managing resource research grants for major archaeological and scientific research. Membership fees and more information on this organization can be found at www.friendsofgreatsanddunes.org The VIP Work Day project will assist in the removal of the invasive species, Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus.)An invasive species is generally defined as:
• a species that has been introduced or is non-native to a particular ecosystem; and
• 2) the introduction of which could cause environmental damage or economic loss.
Tall and wooly, with somewhat attractive spikes of yellow flowers at summers’ end, common mullein is known by many names: wooly mullein, velvet dock, flannel leaf, Common mullein can be found where mean annual precipitation is greater than 3-6 inches and the growing season lasts for a minimum of 140 days. Intolerant of shade, mullein will grow in almost any open area including natural meadows and forest openings as well as neglected pastures, road cuts, industrial areas. An area does not necessarily have to be disturbed in order for it to establish. Mullein plants are easily hand pulled on loose soils due to relatively shallow tap roots. This is an extremely effective method of reducing populations and seed productivity, especially if plant is pulled before seed set. A park supervisor will provide on-site and off-site training to safely carry out these duties and responsibilities. Working conditions require standing for extended periods in the sun upon uneven (dirt) surfaces. Long pants, long sleeves, work gloves and eye protection are suggested for participants. An appreciation luncheon for all park volunteers will be served upon completion of the project. To participate in the August 15, 2015, Great Sand Dunes Volunteer Work Day contact Volunteer Coordinator, Eric Valencia, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719-378-6349 for more information about volunteering. To learn more about Great Sand Dunes, visit www.nps.gov/grsa.
The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Blue Canyon Boys at Sundays at Six, Aug 16th at 6 p.m. in Cole Park, Alamosa. The Blue Canyon Boys are one of Colorado’s most celebrated bluegrass acts and are known for their energetic live shows. ALMA “Builds Community through Quality Live Music.” For more information like on Facebook or go to www.almaonline.org.
Q&A Over Methadone Clinic To Be Held
There will be a community meeting to learn and ask questions about the new Methadone Clinic and Heroin Detox Unit, which is coming to the South Side of Alamosa in the next month. Meeting will be held at the SLV Baptist Church (10th & State) on Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. Representatives from Crossroads Turning Point will give a presentation then answer questions in a moderated Question & Answer session.
Tire Collection Day Plus School Supply Drive
Come help support your local schools and clean up the blight within your community. Waste tires can attract and harbor rodents and mosquitoes, both of which carry diseases that can harm humans. Bring your old tires on Saturday, August 15th, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at locations:
• San Luis Valley Regional Landfill, 1600 County Road 44, Monte Vista, CO 81144
• Alamosa County Road and Bridge, 8663 County Road 109 S, Alamosa, CO 81101 All tires will be accepted, but they must be off the rim. No commercial tire haulers will be accepted. The fee is just $1.00 per tire plus a donation of school supplies, which will then be distributed to schools throughout the San Luis Valley. You may donate glue sticks, bottle of glue, box of crayons, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pens, dry erase markers, highlighters, scissors, folders, loose leaf paper, binders, notebooks, Kleenex, backpacks, and/or money donation accepted to the school of your choice. This event is sponsored by San Luis Valley Regional Land Fill, Alamosa County Land Use, Alamosa County Public Health Department, and Alamosa County Road and Bridge. For more information call 719-852-3810 or 719-589-3812.
The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Mariachi San Luis at Sundays at Six, August 2nd in Cole Park, Alamosa. Come celebrate our region’s Hispanic heritage with a favorite local Mariachi group. ALMA “Builds Community through Quality Live Music.” For more information like on Facebook or go to www.almaonline.org.
There will be no Tb testing or immunizations at Alamosa County Public Health Department on Tuesday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 11. We apologize for any inconvenience. Regular hours of 8:00-11:30 for Tb testing and 1:00-4:30 for immunizations will resume August 18. Please call Alamosa County Public Health Department at 589-6639 for more information.
West Nile Virus Found in Alamosa
The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped within the District on July 28th 2015 at 3pm. at the following locations: North West corner of District around the 6mile and the 113, an area on North River Road in vicinity of the 4.5 mile, and a site near the new elementary school. The Alamosa Mosquito Control District responded immediately by treating the areas and searching for sources of mosquitoes. According to Teyler Hurst, District Manager, the District will be deploying all larvacide crews to treat all the standing water within the immediate areas of concern, and if weather permits the adulticide applications will ensue via truck and airplane. AMCD will set 3 additional traps within the areas as well and continue to monitor/test the area until the risk lessens or is eliminated. Please take proper personal protection measures from being infected by mosquitoes. This may include applying an effective repellant, according to directions, which contains 20% to 30% DEET and wearing clothing that covers exposed skin as much as possible. Please contact the District at 589-5409 for more information.
The Search Continues for Missing Man
Joseph Keller, 19, of Cleveland Tennessee remains missing today after an intense search effort that began last Thursday evening in the mountain area just west of Horca, CO. Keller went missing on the first day of his visit to the area while vacationing with two friends. He left to go jogging around 4:30 pm on July 23rd and has not been seen since. Conejos County Sheriff’s Office has been coordinating the search and investigation of Keller’s disappearance with assistance from many agencies and volunteers. Those helping on Monday included the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Department, several search and rescue teams including Conejos County, Alamosa County, Upper Pine River Search and Rescue, Larimer County Search and Rescue & dog team. Volunteers from American Red Cross, Romeo and Sanford Fire Departments, and VA volunteers from Conejos and Alamosa also assisted. Colorado State Rescue Board out of Cortez and search dogs from Winter Park will be out today and this evening. Volunteers have been using a standard grid pattern to make sure that the area is thoroughly covered. In addition, Sheriff’s deputies have made door-to-door contacts. Conejos County Sheriff Howard Galvez is not ruling out foul play. “I’m hopeful that he will be found alive,” said Galvez. Keller’s family has offered a reward for information leading to his safe return. Anyone with information is asked to call 719-376-6778
Become A VIP
Volunteer with the National Park Service (NPS) and help care for these special places. Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) work side-by-side with National Park Service employees and partners. Become a VIP and put yourself at the heart of the park experience. As a VIP you will work in unique settings, preserve the country’s natural and cultural legacy, and help visitors discover the resources, meanings, and values found of your national parks. Whether you work behind the scenes or with park visitors, you can make a difference by helping to connect people with their parks. For more information on volunteering at the park and participating in the August 15, 2015, Great Sand Dunes volunteer day contact Volunteer Coordinator, Eric Valencia, at email@example.com or call 719-378-6349 for more information about volunteering. To learn more about Great Sand Dunes, visit www.nps.gov/grsa.
Rural Philanthropy Days
All San Luis Valley Non-Profit Organizations are invited to meet with potential grantmakers during Rural Philanthropy Days September 23rd, 24th and 25th in Creede, Colorado. Rural Philanthropy Days, a program of community Resource Center is a three-day event that provides a unique opportunity for Colorado’s most influential funders and local grant seekers to strengthen partnerships and better serve the state’s rural communities. Through the RPD program, rural nonprofits can get direct access to the financial resources, collaborative opportunities, and professional development services they need to meet their community needs. For further information contact Event Coordinator, Kim Smoyer, at 719-655-0104, e-mail SLVRPD@gmail.com or visit our website at SanLuisValleyRPD.org.
The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Don Richmond & The Rifters at Sundays at Six, July 26th in Cole Park, Alamosa. Don Richmond & The Rifters are a local favorite and a true musical voice of our region! ALMA “Builds Community through Quality Live Music.” For more information like on Facebook or go to www.almaonline.org.
Block Party for V.B.S July 26th at 2:00 P.M located at The College Heights Baptist Church 2035 Church Ave. There will be free pony rides, games and food and everything is free! For more info call 719-589-6814.
Great Outdoors Colorado
Great Outdoors Colorado is coming to Alamosa to introduce its new five-year, $25 million initiative to inspire youth to reconnect to nature. “Children today spend half as much time outdoor as their parents did. Just living in Colorado does not ensure that its young people are able to enjoy its incredible natural treasures, from urban parks to the mountain backcountry,” said Lise Aangeenbrug, GOCO executive director. “We need statewide, coordinated support to reconnect youth, and GOCO is prepared to provide the leadership necessary to make this happen.” The new “Inspire Initiative” will start with five pilot communities in its first year and focus on providing funding for “places, pathways and programs” that will give youth and their family meaningful experiences in the outdoors. The first planning grants will awarded in October. The initiative will eventually fund 15 communities across the state. Grants will range between $1 million and $5 million per pilot community. GOCO is sponsoring a two-hour, regional workshop on Monday, Aug. 3 in Alamosa to walk interested coalitions through the new Inspire Initiative and the application process. This is an opportunity for coalitions to ask questions, discuss challenges and share successes to date. Each workshop will be followed by a one-hour networking session. The Alamosa workshop is set for 2 to 5 p.m. at the Alamosa Recreation Center, 2222 Old Sanford Road. To attend, send an RSVP and the number of attendees to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the initiative and other workshop dates and locations, visit http://www.goco.org/inspire GOCO will partner with selected communities to build or enhance outdoor recreation sites that are close to residential neighborhoods, build or enhance trails and other pathway to create safe access to those sites, and fund expanded outdoor education and recreation programs for kids of every age. The initiative also will seek to fund more service learning opportunities that could lead to careers tied to stewardship of the outdoors. The outdoor programs will include visits to state parks and/or state wildlife areas operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). GOCO provides about $30 million a year to support CPW, including its youth education and volunteer programs. GOCO funds have added more than 47,000 acres to the state parks system since 1992. The new initiative was crafted after a year of engaging Coloradans through a listening tour in 13 communities across the state, surveys of the public and stakeholders, and close examination of current trends in population, climate, and other factors in Colorado. Concerns about youth not getting outdoors enough or having positive outdoor experiences in their formative years was common throughout the state. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,500 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit goco.org for more information. Since its inception, GOCO has invested $4.8 million in Alamosa County and permanently preserved nearly 30,000 acres, most notably $1.5 million to conserve 1,457 acres of Green Ranch outside of the City of Alamosa.
National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has elected Della Vieira, Director of Alamosa County Public Health Department, to its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. NACCHO is governed by a 27-member board that comprises local and tribal health officials who are elected by their peers. The Board also includes ex-officio members who represent the National Association of Counties and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Vieira begins her 2-year term as an at-large member on July 1, 2015. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.
A community meeting will be held on July 2 at 7 p.m. at the San Luis
Valley Baptist Church, 930 State Ave., Alamosa, to address some of the concerns that have recently been expressed about the neighborhood of South Alamosa. Organizers are seeking the involvement and input of the neighborhood and community as well as seeking a pledge of support from the City Council of Alamosa , the Alamosa Police Department and Alamosa County Sheriff’s office. Everyone is encouraged to attend with ideas and a sense of community pride.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is hosting Bike 2 Build, the San Luis Valley Century on Saturday, July 18th. Pedal 100 miles embraced by the dramatic 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains. Experience the great expanse of the San Luis Valley pedaling beneath the forever reaching blue skies. The ride includes shorter 35-mile and 60-mile loops. Come pedal a benefit ride for Habitat for Humanity. For info, call (719) 589-8678 or email email@example.com.
SLV Federal Bank hosts Annual 4th of July Fireworks
San Luis Valley Federal Bank proudly presents the 19th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show! Please join us on July 4th at the Alamosa Fairgrounds. Gates to the stands will open at 7:30pm and the fireworks will start at 9:30pm. This show is free for everyone so be sure to join us! In the event of bad weather be sure to join us Sunday night at the same time! Please contact Duane Bussey at San Luis Valley Federal bank if there are any questions regarding this announcement.