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The year 2020 began as every other year. Daily familiar, comfortable, predictable routines. Cue February: The global pandemic reaches America. Our reality changed: We were sent to our rooms (homes) by “The Landlord.”

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Parenting is hard, even in good times. And now parents are being asked to do more than ever. From teaching a child or two (maybe more) while working from home, to choosing which bills to pay until unemployment checks come in or trying to stay informed but then feeling overwhelmed with advice…

The Walden Chamber Music Society is still planning to treat audiences with a concert on Sunday, May 31. Tune in to YouTube for the virtual concert “From My Life: Musical Memoirs” performed by pianist Jo Boatright.

In a unanimous decision by the Chaffee Arts Board of Directors, the Open Awards Art Show at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum Courthouse Gallery will not be held in 2020, and will be rescheduled in 2021.

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Even before the closure dictated by the COVID pandemic, two Avery-Parsons students broke the old school record for Accelerated Reader this year. Joseph Drexler and Aberlyn Leon both surpassed the long-standing record of 779 points set in 2015 by Maya Magee. Joseph went on to score an incredi…

The photo in last week’s paper was identified by Jim Foreman and some others.  It is from the 1940s.  This is the dam at the town lake and the spillway with the rock wall. 

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Envision Chaffee County has led community planning and implementation since its inception in 2016. Envision’s mission is to catalyze citizens to support the community and landscapes that make Chaffee special. Programs address clean water, small town vibrancy, recreation, friendly people, rur…

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The annual Memorial Day service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Buena Vista still took place Monday. A small crowd joined the American Legion Post 55 in honoring those who have fought and died for this country.

Franklin D. Roosevelt coined one of America’s iconic maxims in his first inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

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20 years ago

May 25, 2000

Beckelhymer is top runner for BVHS Demons

The Buena Vista Boys Track Team placed 10th at the State Track Meet this past weekend at Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo with a team score of 28 points.

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Coloradoans across the state are being encouraged to participate in CSU Extension’s new gardening initiative Grow & Give, a modern Victory Garden project designed for citizens to grow vegetable gardens and plant extra to share with local food banks and community members in need.

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If you can identify this 1945 location, call Suzy Kelly, 719-395-2572, or e-mail skellyranch@gmail.com. The first with the correct answer will be recognized in the next column.

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The Chaffee County Community Foundation has opened the application process for organizations interested in applying to Sangre de Cristo Electric Association’s Community Grants program. The $32,350 will be awarded to organizations serving residents living in Chaffee, Custer, Lake and Fremont …

Rhoda Celeste Coleman was born at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida on May 9, 2020, at 9:40 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 10.7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

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The American Legion will be hosting its usual Memorial Day ceremony at Mount Olivet Cemetery this Monday, May 25.

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Limits on the size of public gatherings means that the graduating class of 2020 won’t get the same ceremony that past classes have, but Chaffee County is making sure that seniors feel recognized through their own available means. Or bale-able means, in this case. Ken, Taf, Scout and Megan Mc…

20 years ago

May 18, 2000

Architect: County jail must move

The Chaffee County jail should not be remodeled or expanded … Roy T. Blythe of Blythe Design Plus said, “It is not feasible to remodel the existing building to accommodate the county’s needs for detention space. Security is difficult to achieve, programs and management styles have changed and the facility is not conducive to the movement of inmates, staff or the public.

The dark building in last week’s paper was identified by Nancy Locke and an email from Matt Hutson. It is the building on the corner of Main Street and Colorado Avenue. It is now Antero Treasures.

Salida Community Center Director Elaine Allemang recently announced statistics showing the number of people served in the center’s food distribution events has nearly tripled over the last two months.