Friday Health secures
railroad property for parking
Friday Health secured 1.839 acres of railroad property off Sixth Avenue for $500,000 as part of its effort to establish downtown parking for its growing workforce. Friday Health worked the deal through William A. Brandt, trustee for the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad in U.S. bankruptcy court.
“We will use it as a parking lot and for our employees to support the new building,” Friday Health CEO Sal Gentile told Alamosa Citizen on Friday. “We will share it with the city during our off hours.” (photo above)
Friday Health is planning to erect a second building on San Juan between Main Street and Sixth Street. The construction project is expected to start in 2022. Until the new building is ready, Friday Health has been renting other office space around Alamosa to house its employees. It recently leased 14,000-square-feet at Villa Mall. It currently has around 300 employees in Alamosa.
Adams State ag students compete
at Collegiate Farm Bureau event
Adams State University students from the campus chapter of the Collegiate Farm Bureau finished strong at the state discussion meet held in Denver. Mattea Klein earned first place, Chasey Blach took second, and Wyatt Barton brought home fourth in the statewide competition held in November.
Christian Santistevan, Taylor Lewis and Katy Delsaso also traveled to Denver. All the students will attend the national American Farm Bureau Federation convention in February, with Klein competing in the national discussion meet.
A discussion meet gives students the chance to actively participate in a simulated committee meeting, similar to what ranchers or farmers might attend in real life, where they exchange ideas, learn about agricultural issues and work to develop consensus and solve problems, according to the farm bureau website.
Klein, a senior seeking a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in agribusiness while also working on her Master of Business Administration degree, said the discussion meet is her favorite part of the collegiate farm bureau conference. “We are all different people with different ideas and it’s interesting to see that all come together during the discussions,” Klein said.
Rio Grande Water Conservation District
approves 2022 budget
The Rio Grande Water Conservation District Board of Directors approved a fiscal year 2022 budget on Friday. The board approved an annual spending plan of $2 million for the district itself, and adopted revenue funds and expenses for each of its six subdistricts. The conservation district levies a property tax that is collected by the six counties in the San Luis Valley. The 2021 valuation for the Rio Grande Water Conservation District certified by county assessors was $631.4 million.
Alamosa School Board
will revisit COVID-19 protocols
The Alamosa School Board will hold a work session on Monday, Dec. 13, to discuss its reopening plan and will take up the issue also at its board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 16. The school district is getting ready to go on a holiday break. Presumably the conversations will focus on the spring semester of the 2021-22 school year and any adjustments to the school district’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
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