R&R Market in San Luis nearly closed. A new effort will turn it into a co-op with the goal of rejuvenating a unique community.
The water supply of the San Luis Valley faces pressure as never before
They all remember when the San Luis Valley brimmed with water. South of San Luis, Ronda Lobato raced the rising floodwaters in San Francisco Creek every spring to fill sandbags that protected her grandparents’ farm. North of Center, potato farmer Sheldon Rockey faced so much spring mud that he had to learn to extract his […]
A rural Colorado school district is spending $3 million to connect kids’ homes to the internet. Will it be enough?
SAN LUIS — Tucked in a canyon deep in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, Kimba Rael’s home doesn’t always get cell service or a stable connection to the internet. “It’s a ‘dead zone,’” said Rael, principal of Centennial School District R-1 in San Luis near Colorado’s southern border. One of the few live spots where […]
Coronavirus has spoiled Colorado schools’ decade of planning to improve nutrition, get kids exercising
In Colorado Springs, gym teachers are shooting videos of their own kids making jump ropes out of plastic grocery bags. All across the state, kids are growing weary of pancakes on a stick and calorie-packed Uncrustables PB&Js. In Denver, high schoolers are wondering how to get their PE graduation requirements in a pandemic year when […]
Colorado students may shuffle school districts during coronavirus, leaving a financial mess in their wake
When Centennial School District R-1 resumes classes on Wednesday, the student population will have plummeted from where it was a year ago. The number of children enrolled in the San Luis Valley district was 122 as of Monday, down from 191 at the start of the last academic year. The 36% decrease is preliminary, Superintendent […]
Remote learning robbed Colorado kids of end-of-year traditions. It might also set them back over summer break.
As students close their textbooks for the last time each school year and trade early mornings racing the bell for lazy ones sleeping in, the same threat hangs over most all of them. Losing some of the knowledge base and skills they developed over the academic year — often referred to as the summer slide […]