Behind the stunning morning photographs
the Valley woke up to on Monday

Mike Henderson woke up early Monday, looked outside and said to himself, ‘I need to go take a photo of this.’

Henderson’s stunning photographs of the 7 a.m. San Luis Valley skies taken from Blanca Vista Park broke the internet. “Perhaps the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen this morning,” said one Instagram user after the photographs were posted by The Alamosa Citizen on its social media platforms.

“It was so beautiful being out there, I almost cried,” said the photographer. Henderson is a web developer and outdoor enthusiast who frequently finds stunning imagery of the San Luis Valley. Fellow photographer Dennis Schoenfelder was also present to capture the beauty. Schoenfelder appears in one of the photographs.

Photo Credit Mike Henderson 

Fright Fest volunteers needed

The Alamosa Police Department needs volunteers and vendors for its 5th Annual Fright Fest at the Army National Guard. If you or your business would like to help volunteer for this event please reach out to Tammy Brubacher at 719-589-2548 or The Fright Fest runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Adams State Writing Contest
for high school juniors and seniors

The Adams State University English Department Writing Contest deadline has been extended to November 1, 2021. This is a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, with a chance to win scholarships to Adams State and have their writing published in the University’s literary journal, The Sandhill Review. The Prize pool is as follows:

Grand Prize – $1000 ASU Scholarship; 1st Prize x 5 – $500 ASU Scholarship; 2nd Prize x 5 – $250 ASU Scholarship; 3rd Prize x 5 – $100 ASU Scholarship

Judges will include faculty from English, communications and media as well as creative writing, literary criticism, communications and media students. Categories of submission include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual digital narratives, and literary criticism and analysis.

The deadline for submission will be Sunday, November 1, 2021 at midnight. Visit for more information. Or email Michelle Le Blanc at or leave a voicemail at 719-587-7386.

New Adams State Theatre ​​production
opens Wednesday

Adams State Theatre presents the dark comedy “You are What You” written by Mora Harris and directed by Kathylee Duran. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 through Oct. 30, in the Xperimental Theatre. While the play has lots of emotion, there are also a lot of laughs. Tickets are $9 for the general public, $8 for seniors and students, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current Adams State identification. The production is recommended for ages 16 and older. All audience members are required to wear masks while inside of the Theatre Building. The box office number is 719-587-8499.

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