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Governor John Hickenlooper was in Alamosa on Saturday to officially sign a measure into law that changes Adams State College to Adams State University, following a 66-year run as Adams State College. The new designation was sought by school officials and state lawmakers as a way to attract students to the institution that Hickenlooper called the heart of the San Luis Valley. The switch to university designation won’t add more graduate programs, nor will it bring extra state funding to the school, which has seen its appropriation from the state dwindle to $10 million, nearly a 30% drop since 2005. Instead, the school sought the change to help attract out-of-state students, many of whom associate a college with a two-year institution. The university designation should also help graduates be more competitive in the job market. While in Alamosa on Saturday, the governor also signed a measure that would allow for the rehabilitation of the Beaver and Rio Grande reservoirs.
A woman who was injured by a bear outside her home near Trinidad is recovering, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials. The woman was airlifted to St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo for treatment. She was reportedly alerted by a grandson late Friday afternoon that a bear was in the yard. The woman got her grandchildren inside, then went back out and beat pots and pans together in an effort to scare the animal away. But instead, the bear reacted by swiping at, or biting, the woman, before she was able to get away. The bear ran off after a neighbor shot at it, but it returned after Las Animas County Sheriff’s officials and a wildlife officer arrived and it was shot and killed. The bear, believed to be a male about 1 to 2 years old, will be examined to see if there was anything that prompted the attack. The incident occurred in the Santa Fe Trail Ranches subdivision about 5 miles southwest of Trinidad.
The U.S. Postal Service last week announced a modified plan to consolidate up to 140 mail processing locations by next February. The modified plan does not include any locations in Colorado, including the Alamosa Mail Processing Center however, Alamosa’s mail processing center is still on the consolidation schedule for 2014. The postal service indicated last fall that it would be consolidating the Alamosa facility with the Denver processing and distribution center to save $445,864 annually. When the change is implemented, first class mail will take two to three days rather than one day to get from one place to another. The consolidation will only close the mail processing center in Alamosa. The Alamosa Post Office will remain open and unaffected by the closure.
Gilbert O. Sanchez, 36, of Pueblo, the man who is accused of killing three Alamosa teens in an alleged high-speed drunken crash at the corner of Pueblo Boulevard and Northern Avenue in Pueblo, is free on bail. Sanchez was released from the Pueblo County Jail on Thursday on $200,000 bail. Sanchez’s release includes reporting daily for alcohol and drug tests, arranged through the jail, to assure that he is not in violation of his bond.
Clayton Michael Hershberger, 23, of Westcliffe, died Friday evening as the result of a one-vehicle accident on Colorado 115, about 7 miles north of Penrose. According to the Colorado State Patrol, Hershberger was driving southbound on Colorado 115 about 6:35pm Friday in a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve. The car began to rotate clockwise and Hershberger overcorrected, causing the car to rotate counterclockwise. The vehicle went off the left side of the road becoming airborne and colliding with the hillside, rolled and came to rest on its top. Hershberger was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, but died on scene. Alcohol and excessive speed are suspected to be factors in the accident.