Adams State delivers the fun
in its Homecoming of the Century
The weekend belonged to Adams State. The university promised a fun-filled weekend with its Homecoming of the Century celebration, and it delivered with the best homecoming parade Alamosa and the San Luis Valley have seen in decades, a top-notch fireworks show, and an entertaining football game.
The parade crowd on Main Street Alamosa was in the thousands, and the mix of student clubs, community organizations, and some marching bands created a happy downtown. The Grizzlies football team remained winless on the season at 0-7, but their effort and the entertainment factor made it that the outcome didn’t matter so much.
A gritty performance by Bradley Smith, a starting linebacker who 24 hours ahead of the game was urgently inserted as the starting quarterback after COVID protocol sacked Adams State’s regular QBs, was the talk of the campus and the town. He, along with another two-way player Bryce Hampton, heroically made Adams State competitive in a 45-38 loss to Chadron State of Nebraska. Smith threw for three touchdowns and had a 70-yard run for another. Hampton caught two of Smith’s TD throws and had an interception return for a touchdown in the first half to get Adams State initially on the scoreboard.
Homecoming photos by Amber Newhouse
Alamosa School Board president
makes election endorsements
Michael Mumper, president of the Alamosa School Board, put out notice that he’s supporting board incumbents Amy Raya and Gloria Solis in the November school board elections. Mumper issued his endorsement Friday in an email message.
“This is a critical time for local school boards across America, and Alamosa needs caring and courageous Board members more than ever,” Mumper said.
Solis is running unopposed for the school board District 4 seat, while Raya and challenger Patrick Colvin are competing for the District 7 seat. Star Quintana, also a current board member, is running for re-election against Justin Rilling in the school board District 1 race. Quintana was the lone “no” vote in the school board’s recent decision to require masks for a 14-day period in the elementary and middle schools to help address COVID outbreak concerns.
There are two other school board seats up for election in November: In District 6 candidates Brenda Almeida and Heidi Richardson are running; and in District 3 Amanda Wilkinson is the one candidate.
“I am supporting Board incumbents Gloria Solis in the 4th District and Amy Raya in the 7th District. I hope you will do the same,” Mumper said in his endorsement. “As the president of Alamosa School Board, I have had the opportunity to watch Amy and Gloria’s work up-close. While I have not agreed with them on every issue, I have always been impressed with their hard work, serious approach, and their focus on what is best for our students – even in the face of angry and often misinformed citizens.”
Alamosa City Council candidates sound off on issues
Candidates running for the Alamosa City Council in November addressed their positions on homelessness, housing, and downtown Alamosa, among other issues in a questionnaire distributed by AlamosaCitizen.com.
There are two competitive city council races, an at-large seat, and a seat to represent Ward 2 of Alamosa. The at-large city council race features incumbent city councilman Jan Vigil and challenger Donnie Bautista, while the Ward 2 seat has drawn in candidates Darrell Cooper, Lori Smith, and Kyle Woodward. David Broyles, the current Ward 2 city council representative, did not seek re-election.
Ty Coleman, the current mayor, and Mike Carson, the current Ward 4 representative, are unopposed in their bids for re-election.
The questions from The Citizen and answers from all the candidates is here.