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Rhythms on Rio lineup has ‘something for everyone’

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Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country will be performing on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Rhythms on the Rio. He will be performing to sets, including a recreation of Bob Dylan’s ‘Nashville Skyline.’
DEL NORTE – Rhythms on the Rio, the San Luis Valley's largest and longest-running music festival, will return to Del Norte on Aug. 2-4. Organized by the South Fork Music Association, it has been held annually since 2006, except 2020 and 2021, to raise money to put musical instruments in the hands of San Luis Valley kids. Last year the event raised $15,000 for local school music programs.
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Faith Hinkley Veterans Memorial Park Fundraiser is July 27

MONTE VISTA - The Faith Hinkley Veteran’s Memorial Park Fundraiser is being held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Chapman Park in Monte Vista. The event will raise funds toward the completion of the Memorial Paver Installation Project, at Faith Hinkley Veteran’s Memorial Park. This is sure to be a memorable event and will honor local fallen heroes and all the brave women and men who have served.
The Monte Vista Kids Connection was the top float in the Ski-Hi Stampede parades on Friday and Saturday.

Ski-Hi Stampede parades, rodeo pack the streets and the stands

MONTE VISTA – The 102nd annual Ski-Hi Stampede brought crowds of people to downtown Monte Vista for colorful parades and to the Ski-Hi Complex for thrilling PRCA action.
In 1949, the Monte Vista Coop opened in a small building near the railroad tracks, across from what is now Polished Edge in Monte Vista. The building is no longer standing.

Monte Vista Coop celebrates 75 years

MONTE VISTA – In 1949, a group of forward-thinking farmers formed the Monte Vista Coop to pool resources to buy in bulk. Today, 75 years later, the Monte Vista Coop has more than 8,000 members and offers farming and ranch necessities.

HIPPY holds graduation ceremony

ALAMOSA – On Saturday, June 22, a graduation ceremony was held for San Luis Valley children ages 3-4 who completed the HIPPY Program. Tiny smiling tots with their colorful caps and gowns, nice outfits, and pretty dresses, lined up to march at the Alamosa Rec Center, where the ceremony was held.

Ribbon Cutting held at Church Project

MONTE VISTA – Approximately 40 people gathered at the Church Project for its ribbon cutting and official opening on Friday, July 5. Church Project owner Madeleine Ahlborn was joined by her parents from Wisconsin, her Godparents from Wyoming, and fellow artists to christen the building at 256 South Broadway.

Wine and Chocolate Festival to hit South Fork this weekend

SOUTH FORK - A new festival is coming to South Fork this weekend and those who have tickets are in for a treat. The inaugural South Fork Wine and Chocolate Festival, hosted by the Town of South Fork and the Rio Grande Club and Resort, will feature fine wines from selected wineries and chocolate from professional artisans.
Obituaries
Obituaries
Stanley Dale
Stanley Dale "Cowboy" Henderson, 66, died surrounded by family and his loving fur babies Derby, Moose, Clifford and Lucky, at his residence in Del Norte on Saturday, May 25, 2024. He was born on Jan. 26, 1958, in San Antonio, Texas, to Daniel "Byrd" and Beverly Henderson.
George W. Blake
George W. Blake, 103, passed away at Homelake Veterans Center in Monte Vista, Colo., on May 8, 2024
Leola Roberts
Longtime Monte Vista resident Leola Roberts, 95, died May 24, 2024, at her home in Monte Vista.
Calvin Harold Kernen
Calvin Harold Kernen passed on Feb. 11, 2024, in Arcata, Calif. Cal was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Del Norte, Colo., to Swiss immigrants Friederick Alfred and Mary Albertina Kernen and was proud to have turned 98 ½ years old just days before his passing.
Beverly Sue Benson (formerly O’Rourke) Bacon
Co-founder of Miner, Tines passes away Beverly Sue Benson (formerly O’Rourke) Bacon, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully in her Tucson, Ariz., home on March 4, 2024, at the age of 88. Born in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 21, 1935, Beverly lived a life filled with love, passion, and remarkable accomplishments.
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