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Collegiate Peaks Bank made a donation of $150 to the Buena Vista Optimists which is intended to go towards funding the Mountain Mania Car Show this July.

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March 16, Quilts of Valor presented a quilt to Joe Beakey of Poncha Springs.  He served in the Air Force for 26 years, received a Bronze Star, served in Vietnam and was in Washington, D.C. serving while Gerald Ford was president.  Photo is of Joe and Judy Query who made his quilt and present…

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Gary Mason of Poncha Springs served in the Army from 1965 to 1968 in Vietnam.  He received a Purple Heart and is a disabled veteran suffering cancer caused by Agent Orange.

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“I continue urging my fellow Coloradans to stay home whenever possible. This global pandemic is not a competition about what you think you can get away with. The data we put forth today shows that staying home is crucial to saving lives. These are not statistics on a page, these are your neighbors, your friends, and even your family members,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “Our community and our economy will come out of this stronger than before but that means everyone must do their part.”

Gov. Polis and the Department of Health and Environment also updated the public health order corresponding with the stay-at-home executive order.

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 The Association of Colorado Chambers of Commerce Executives reminded businesses they need to stay connected to their local chamber of commerce for expertise and resources during the COVID-19 crisis, the association said in a press release issued Friday afternoon.

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Chaffee County Commissioners authorized the convening of a Chaffee County Economic Recovery Team to engage local businesses to begin an assessment that will help determine the impact of the coronavirus on local businesses.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently created a series of “myth busters” or facts about some claims and questions about COVID-19 that have been making the rounds.

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To accommodate those most at risk for contracting COVID-19, the Salida Walmart Supercenter, 7865 W. U.S. 50, will dedicate a special hour exclusively for senior customers from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays.

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Wilderness. A word that has been a functional part of our vocabulary for many years. But recent fires and flooding here in the upper Arkansas Valley have caused me to consider this word with a slightly different view.

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With so many closures and cancellations now, parents are juggling extra variables to keep the kids happy and healthy. For some it may be a rare occasion where everyone stays at home. If you are scratching your head, here is a helpful list of activities to help make the best use of your time. Glued to your smartphones is not on this list.

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Embracing Aging Planning Committee has chosen to reschedule the event from May 16 to Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

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The Chaffee Common Ground Citizens Advisory Committee opened the Spring 2020 grant cycle on March 20. 

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Started in the ‘80s by Mary Ann Grindle, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is available in Buena Vista each year, directed by the IRS and sponsored by the Buena Vista Rotary Club.

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Colorado State Parks remain open, but all campgrounds and playgrounds are closed effective immediately. Restrictions and closures continue to be subject to change.

When getting outside, Coloradans must practice social distancing to help prevent COVID-19 and limit community spread. Updated information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is available at cpw.state.co.us.

In addition, all U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, restrooms, trailheads, cabins and fire lookout rentals, picnic sites and trash facilities are closed to the public. Check with your local National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, or US Fish and Wildlife Service office for specific closures and allowed recreation activities.

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Gov. Jared Polis sent a letter Tuesday to presidents of Albertsons Companies, which owns Safeway, and The Kroger Co., which owns King Soopers and City Market, encouraging new safety protocols for customers and employees.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center CEO Bob Morasko praised the hospital’s staff and administration during recent preparations for COVID-19 at the Salida Hospital District board’s virtual meeting Tuesday.

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Bobby Woelz, director of the Saguache County Office of Emergency Management, said his department is following orders issued by the state of Colorado and increasing its COVID-19 orders.

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Chaffee County Public Health will host two drives to collect unused personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used for health care and essential staff who must work throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order Wednesday to take effect at 6 a.m. today and to expire April 11.

“Our generation is being called upon to sacrifice to save the lives of our fellow Coloradans and our fellow Americans,” Polis said during a news conference announcing the order. “And that sacrifice is staying at home. And that is a sacrifice for those who live paycheck-to-paycheck.”

Essential tasks, such as grocery shopping, filling prescriptions and picking up takeout food will be allowed. Outdoor activities are still allowed, although everyone is encouraged to stay 6 feet from the nearest person.

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Social distancing is being upheld and encouraged by the Buena Vista town government and emergency services; however, all are remaining active to support residents and keep things running as smoothly as possible.

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Coleman Smith, the founder of Coletrain Music Academy in Buena Vista and founding member of BV favorite Rapidgrass, just completed a two-week tour of India with the Bluegrass Journeymen.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked no shortage of anxiety about health and wellness, as well as innumerable rumors on how to beat the respiratory virus.

Dr. Evron Helland, a Buena Vista chiropractor and nutritionist with a background in cellular biology, recommends calcium to his patients.

The element is best known in nutrition for its role in building strong bones. But in its ionic form, calcium plays an important role in fortifying the cell membrane against unwanted intruders like viruses.

“This is even the first line of defense, even before antibody production,” Helland said.

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The end of the Douglas Adams classic “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” is wrong. And yet, it’s right at the same time.

The true meaning of the answer to the “Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” is hidden in the dolphins’ parting thought in the book, “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.”

The secret is the fish – sardines for the sake of this argument – they were fed for doing tricks. The answer, however, lies at the molecular level.

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Chaffee County Public Health confirmed the fourth and fifth cases of COVID-19 in Chaffee County Wednesday.

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The town of Buena Vista has reported its first sales tax returns of 2020, with receipts attributable to January coming in 35.33 percent higher than the same month in 2019.

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The Chaffee County Community Foundation announces today the official launch of a matching campaign and assistance availability for the Emergency Response Fund, a critical local relief fund that will provide direct financial assistance to Chaffee individuals, families, and nonprofits affected by COVID-19.

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Chaffee County Public Health confirmed a fourth case of COVID-19 in Chaffee County Wednesday morning.

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Chaffee County Public Health, on behalf of Chaffee County commissioners, is promoting the 2020 census on its social media platforms on Facebook and YouTube (Chaffee County 2020 Census).

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While U.S. economists are uncertain of the economic trajectory resulting from mass closures of certain businesses because of COVID-19, Emily Gallagher, assistant professor of finance at Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado-Boulder, said there are ways for small businesses to su…

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