ALAMOSA CITIZEN cameras captured the fun at the Five Star Riders Chicano Pride Car Show and C.A.S.A. Hispanic Heritage Celebration, the Alamosa Arts Festival, Creede’s Cruisin’ the Canyon Car Show, the Stephanie Miner 5K Walk & Run at Cole Park, and Adams State football on Saturday night.
After the photos, find some news to catch you up before you start your week.
Five Star Riders present
Chicano Pride Car Show Awards
Best of Show award winner Tommy Vigil.
Joe Greigo People’s Choice winner
Best Truck winner
Best Motorcycle winner
The most fun of the weekend was had by all the vatos showing off their sweet rides at the Five Star Riders Chicano Pride Car Show. Jamie Dominguez brought the homies together as part of a Hispanic Heritage celebration hosted by Adams State’s C.A.S.A. Tommy Vigil (top photo) drove away with the Best of Show Award and Joe Griego the People’s Choice Award. Dominguez and his Five Star Riders Car Club also presented awards for Best Truck, Best Motorcycle and Top 10 plaques. We had a blast taking their photographs.
Alamosa Arts Festival,
Creede’s Cruisin’ the Canyon Car Show,
Stephanie L. Miner 5K Walk & Run at Cole Park
Salida Circus members perform at the Alamosa Arts Festival.
Creede’s Cruisin’ the Canyon Car Show
Stephanie L. Miner 5K Walk & Run
A quilt by Bev Hettinger.
Adams falls to Western Colorado, 24-10
Adams State’s defense played well enough to win with three interceptions and some big moments, but the Grizzlies couldn’t find enough offensive juice and fell Saturday to Western Colorado, 24-10, in the annual Colorado Classic game at Rex Stadium.
Adams had plenty of chances to pull out a victory, trailing 17-10 at half and holding Western at bay through most of the second half. Western scored in the final 1:19 a.m. to make it two touchdown game. Adams fell to 0-3 for the season. It travels to Spearfish, South Dakota to play Blacks Hills State University on Saturday, Sept. 25. Read more on the game here.
News over the weekend
Long -range forecast shows
probability of warm late fall
The Climate Prediction Center, a branch of the National Weather Service, released its 3-month probability forecasts on Sept. 16, and the forecasts don’t show the type of wet weather that Rio Grande water managers would like to see. The outlook for October, November and December is above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation levels.
Why It Matters: While we can appreciate the idea of warm fall days, the Upper Rio Grande Basin has gone another season without summer monsoons and could use late fall and early winter precipitation. Like 2020, 2021 has brought more drought which worries farm operators and Rio Grande water managers. If the forecast holds true, expect an earlier spring runoff in 2022.
Latest 3-month seasonal temperature outlook:
Latest 3-month seasonal precipitation outlook: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead01/off01_prcp.gif
Adams State Releases Fall Enrollment Figures
Adams State continued with the same enrollment trends for fall 2021 — bit of a loss in undergraduate students and a bit of growth in students seeking master’s and doctoral degrees.
The school reported an undergraduate headcount of 1,737 students to start the fall semester, down 47 students from a year ago. Of that population, 1,186 are full time students and 551 are attending Adams part time.
“We know last year during the pandemic all students struggled with remaining engaged while adapting to changing circumstances,” said Adams State President Cheryl D. Lovell. “We are pleased to have remained stable and with new programs being developed we believe the future will see growth in our undergraduate enrollment.”
Adams State saw slight growth in its graduate degree programs (master’s and doctoral) — 1,293 students in 2021 compared to 1,251 in fall 2020. The school’s master’s degree in counselor education accounts for 61 percent of Adams State’s total graduate enrollment.
Database of Adams State enrollment: adams.edu/administration/institutional-effectiveness
Why It Matters: While Adams State has been able to turn around its financial position over the past 3 years and actually has an improved credit rating and good cash management, the school eventually needs to figure out its undergraduate enrollment to truly stabilize and grow its impact on the San Luis Valley. The business model of higher education, at least at small, regional public universities like Adams State, relies on being able to charge the undergraduate student tuition over a four- to six-year period. That’s how schools largely pay for their faculty and staff costs, and why Adams and other schools keep looking to increase their tuition cost.
The Challenge Ahead: The competition for the undergraduate student is intense, and small schools like Adams are challenged to compete against schools that have more to offer in scholarships and financial awards. Then you have community colleges like Trinidad State competing for the high school student and the student looking to get their first two years of general subject matter courses at a lower cost. Higher education is in a changing landscape. How we earn degrees and certificates to gain employment is competitive and changing. How Adams adjusts and where it concentrates its efforts will matter even more as it works to carve out its role in the higher ed landscape.