IT’S Martin Luther King Day around the San Luis Valley on this Monday, Jan. 19. This morning’s photograph was taken over the weekend at the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge. Here’s what the week ahead looks like …

St. Benedict Campsite discussion
on city council agenda

The Alamosa City Council has on its Wednesday meeting agenda a discussion “on allowing the provision of electricity at the St. Benedict Campsite.” Mayor Ty Coleman previewed that conversation when he was a guest on the The Valley Pod hosted by “Overall what we’re trying to do is listen to the constituents to see exactly what they’re feeling to come up with the solution that we feel is going to be beneficial,” the mayor said on the podcast. “You have a certain segment of the people who want to help the homeless and you have people who don’t want to help the homeless, and you have people in the middle who aren’t sure where they stand.”

The campsite is intended to provide a place for individuals to relocate from “unsanctioned private property or public property campsites,” the city said when St. Benedict was established in May 2020. “Without it, the city is unable to enforce its ‘no camping’ ordinance if there is no place to send individuals once removed from an area.”

The city council meeting begins at 7 p.m. The full agenda is here.

Adams State back in session

Adams State resumes classes with the start of its spring semester. The Grizzlies are in session for the next 17 weeks, with a spring break scheduled for March 21-25 and the Adams State Spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

SLV Women’s March slated for Jan. 22

The 2022 San Luis Valley Women’s March will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. The start of the march to “Build a More Civil Community” is at the corner of Richardson Avenue and Main Street (Hwy 160 W) in Alamosa. The San Luis Valley Women Alliance for Change Together organizes the march annually. It’s easy to participate. You just show up.

San Luis Valley rallies
to support Cano Espinosa 

More than $3,000 has been raised through a GoFundMe campaign to support Cano Espinosa of Antonito following a fire that destroyed his personal dwelling last week. Link to story:

In addition to the GoFundMe campaign which is here, Antonito is hosting a “Drive up Hamburger Fundraiser” for Cano on Saturday, Jan. 22. The fundraiser will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Antonito Town Park. The Vietnam-era veteran is known to locals for creating twin castles that sit on his property. The castles, which were not damaged, have become a local landmark for Antonito and travelers alike.

Get emergency alerts from SLV 911

San Luis Valley 911 has launched an emergency alerts campaign to help Valley residents learn of emergencies like the Xcel Energy power outage on Dec. 30. The SLV E911 Authority is the valley-wide dispatch emergency communications system managed by a board of directors made up of officials from the six-counties of San Luis Valley. You can sign up for emergency alerts here: ​​

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