A belated Happy Father’s Day to all the great role models. Here are a few items to get your Monday started …
1. About the SLV Rural Poll
Our first-ever SLV Rural Poll is a project we launched toward the end of 2021 and we’re appreciative to the hundreds of registered voters across the six counties of the San Luis Valley who took the time to complete the 48-question survey. On Sunday we reported on the quality of life questions that were presented in the random survey, and today we present the results of the only survey that has asked voters in the San Luis Valley for their view on the Renewable Water Resources proposal as well as other water and environmental issues.
Also in Monday’s package is a report on the communications we received through the Colorado Open Records Act that show Douglas County residents highly skeptical and a bit outraged that their county commissioners were considering the RWR proposal. We have more open records requests into Douglas County and we’ll keep you abreast on what we uncover.
2. Packing boxes, moving across town
They’re packing boxes and loading up the moving vans at the Alamosa School District Administration Building on Victoria Street (top image). That’s because Superintendent Diana Jones and the administrative staff for Alamosa schools are moving across town to make way for Alamosa Online School and the district’s Alternative Education program which will now occupy the Victoria Street office.
The new administrative offices will be at 403 Santa Fe Ave. The school administration staff will share space with the San Luis Valley Early Childhood Council, which moved from Main Street to the Santa Fe address two years ago. When the Alamosa School Board greenlighted the integration of Alamosa Online Schools and the school district’s alternative education program, it created a need to find space for the new arrangement. The school board looked at options, including purchasing. Ultimately, though, it opted to move the AOS and alternative education staff into the administration building and have administrative staff relocate with the SLV Early Childhood Council, where space was available.
3. Expect 15-minute delays along the Gun Barrel
Starting June 27, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a resurfacing project in Saguache and Rio Grande Counties along US Highway 285. The project will take place from the north side of the city of Monte Vista to the south side of the town of Saguache, the stretch of highway locally known as the “Gun Barrel” (mile points 52.4 to 86). CDOT says motorists can expect 15-minute delays.
4. ICYMI: Kinda like a punt in football
The retired district court judge who was expected to establish rules that would spell out how much access “historic landowners” have to what is now called Cielo Vista Ranch above San Luis, instead “punted” and said he will assign a special master to rule on any disputes that arise between the owner of Cielo Vista Ranch and the San Luis Landowners. It’s a report we published last week. Here it is, ICYMI.
5. On The Valley Pod: Narrow Gauge Book Coop
We call it the best little bookstore in Colorado and we had a great conversation with Narrow Gauge Book Coop Manager Allison Cruse about it on the latest episode of The Valley Pod. Take a listen. In our podcast studio Monday is Mandy Pittman, organizer extraordinaire of the Alamosa Farmer’s Market. Subscribe to the Alamosa Citizen podcasts on our favorite streaming service and follow along.
6. Movies, a chile contest, and a community celebration in Center: The new Frontier Drive-Inn throws its first community event on Saturday, including a movie selected by Center students to be revealed that evening. Adam Gildar, Frontier Drive-Inn program director, has been planning the event with the Center community. Look forward to The Dish Cook-Off. Nice $1,000 grand prize. All the details in the flier above.