• RG County juror information exposed

    RIO GRANDE COUNTY — The Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office issued a statement on Tuesday that jury files containing personal information had been exposed for 8,878 Rio Grande County residents in addition to potential jurors in Pueblo, Weld and Crowley Counties.

  • P&Z finalizes work on marijuana ordinance

    MONTE VISTA—Barbara Sears and Ruthanna Seger of the Monte Vista Planning and Zoning Commission met on Thursday,Aug. 10 to finalize work on their proposed zoning ordinances and license requirements for marijuana establishments. If voters approve the ballot question allowing retail, medical, infused products, testing facilities and grow facilities in the city limits, the commission’s proposed ordinance will go before city council for final approval. Commissioners met with City Attorney Karen Lintott and City Manager Forrest Neuerburg.

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Healthy Living – A nutrient dense, plant rich (NDPR) diet is best for preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes

A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition reported that higher plant protein intake is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. In their analysis, they estimated that replacing one percent of calories from animal protein with calories from plant protein would decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes by 18 percent.1

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Pepper commissioned to officer in the U.S. Navy

NEW PORT, R.I.—Monte Vista native Chief David Pepper was commissioned to an officer in the United States Navy on Aug. 1.

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Skeffs honored by El Pomar Foundation

MONTE VISTA– More than 20 years of “demonstrating excellent leadership and service to the community” has earned Ray and Collette Skeff an “Award for Leadership and Service” through the El Pomar Foundation.

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Rio Grande Hospital keeps the dream going

DEL NORTE— Rio Grande Hospital hosted their annual fundraising event for the 11th year, Keeping the Dream Alive, on Saturday night, Aug. 12 at the Del Norte schools bus barn. The event included dinner, a brief program about the important healthcare needs which Rio Grande Hospital provides in Del Norte, Monte Vista, South Fork and Creede, a dinner and an auction.

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Baling twine recycling program taking off

MONTE VISTA— The baling twine recycling program has been improving the San Luis Valley for roughly a year and a half, but there is still a lot of twine out there to wrap up.

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    Garcia baby benefit Friday

    MONTE VISTA— The Monte Vista Co-op Car Care Center employees are hosting a Frito Pie benefit dinner on Friday, Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m.

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    Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee to meet

    MONTE VISTA— The Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative conference room located at 3625 West U.S. Highway 160, Monte Vista.

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    Second Annual Nonprofit Collaboration Summit Oct. 12

    ALAMOSA— San Luis Valley nonprofits are invited to attend the Second Annual SLV Nonprofit Collaboration Summit on Thursday, Oct. 12 at River of Life Church. This one-day event is an opportunity for nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members to network, share and collaborate. As one participant stated about last year’s summit, “The most valuable part of this event is getting a broader picture of SLV nonprofits and having the opportunity to connect and discuss, and meeting people face to face.” As a result of the San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days event held in Creede in September 2015, a coalition of Valley nonprofit leaders began planning an annual Nonprofit Collaboration Summit. Last year, 121 attendees representing more than 70 nonprofits connected with others across the Valley. At this year’s event, attendees will have the chance to engage in purposeful networking and discover innovative ways to share resources. Participants will engage in facilitated discussions addressing the most pressing challenges facing the Valley. To learn more and register for the 2017 SLV Nonprofit Collaboration Summit, visit http://crcamerica.org/slvcollaborationsummit2017/.

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    City hosting contest for CML Cities & Towns Week

    MONTE VISTA— The City of Monte Vista is hosting a coloring/drawing contest for students in preschool to third grade and an essay contest for students fourth to 12th grade to celebrate Colorado Cities & Towns Week. The contest theme is “My city/town is great because…” It encourages students to think about the important services that the city/town provides. It is open to any grade student living in the city.

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    Valley-Wide clinics accepted to Colorado State Innovation Model

    SAN LUIS VALLEY — Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. (VWHS) is proud to announce the selection of 11 primary care sites in the second cohort of the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM).

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    RGPP Key Leader Board merges with county IOG

    MONTE VISTA—The Rio Grande Prevention Partners (RGPP) met for a lunch on Wednesday afternoon with the Rio Grande County Interagency Oversight Group (IOG), which brings together leaders from several different agencies dealing with prevention and substance abuse. Attendees included administration from Crossroads Turning Points, Monte Vista School District, Rio Grande County Public Health and Department of Social Services, San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group, Probation as well as representatives from municipal entities and government leaders in addition to many other advocates. The IOG and RGPP have merged, so following the IOG’s regular meetings for other business, they can meet with RGPP to follow the progress of the Communities that Care (CTC) process and help make decisions for the direction of local prevention efforts. “Even if we have small differences, we’re all focused on helping youth and prevention,” stated Emily Brown, Rio Grande County Public Health director.

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    City Views

    As recently reported in the Monte Vista Journal, certain community members have taken it upon themselves to criticize the city council because there are vacant storefronts in downtown Monte Vista.

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    Public invited to meet police chief candidates MONTE VISTA—Are you interested in meeting the candidates for the chief of police for the city of Monte Vista?