Services set for Dennis Lopez

The funeral for Dennis Lopez will be Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa. A rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m., followed by the mass at 11 a.m. The mass will include the speech he gave when he accepted the Adams State Billy Adams Award last October.

Friends and colleagues of Lopez continued to write in with their thoughts and remembrances for Lopez, a popular educator and historian who died suddenly last Friday.

“I believe everyone who knew Dennis admired his kind spirit and generous personality,” Adams State President Cheryl D. Lovell said. “The campus community is experiencing tremendous shock and deep sorrow with his sudden passing. Dennis will be missed.”

“He was my principal mentor,” said Kevin Jones, principal at Center Consolidated Schools. “A tremendous man. We lost a good one. Godspeed.”

“My heart is broken,” said Theresa Rudder. “Dennis was such a gentle man and the quintessential gentleman.”

Sacred Heart Church requires masking during its services as part of its COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

SLV job fair draws in high school students

SLV Boces, the Colorado Workforce Center, and the Colorado National Guard teamed up Monday to host a Spring Job Fair that attracted hundreds of students from high schools across the San Luis Valley. Students found a wide-range of job booths from SLV Health to the Fort Garland Museum to Blanca Forestry. All told, 50 businesses and post-secondary institutions participated, including Adams State, Colorado State Mechanical Engineering and Trinidad State College.

Maverik seeks fermented malt beverage license

Maverik, the new convenience store under construction in Alamosa on Highway 160 West and set to open this year, is seeking city council approval for a fermented malt beverage license. The city council is in session Wednesday evening. The full agenda is here.

Maverik is requesting that the license cover the entirety of the structure at 3141 Main Street.

Public invited to comment on forest plan

SAGUACHE – The Rio Grande National Forest’s Saguache Ranger District seeks public input on a proposal for the Cantonment Vegetation Management Project. 

The proposed project would improve timber stand health and decrease fuel loading through timber management activities that focus on timber production, restoration and maintenance, according to the Rio Grande National Forest office. The objectives will be accomplished through a variety of silvicultural activities as described in Table 1 of the proposed action. Stands identified within the analysis area need treatment to reduce the heavy impacts from western spruce budworm, dwarf mistletoe, overstocking, and poor stand health.

The activities would improve the overall forest ecosystem, moving it closer to desired conditions outlined in the 2020 Rio Grande National Forest Land Management Plan.

View the scoping letter, maps, and information about how to comment HERE. There will be additional opportunities for input as the planning process continues, but early participation is encouraged.

For additional information on the proposed Cantonment Vegetation Management Project, contact Rachael Sanchez at 719-655-2547 or

Comments will be accepted until March 14, 2022.

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