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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…

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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.

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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…

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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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Phuong Nu Hoang Dong Nguyen, 28, of Nathrop was charged with criminal attempt first degree murder, a Class 2 felony in an vehicle incident Wednesday night.

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Response rates for the U.S. census have begun to rise in Chaffee County as field operations staff hand deliver census materials to those who receive their mail via post office box.

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Buena Vista's Fourth of July parade will not take place this year as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, the BV Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday morning.

Art in the Park, the arts and crafts show in McPhelemy Park on the same weekend, has also been canceled for 2020, a news release from the chamber said.

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LaGree’s Food Store is looking toward a probable opening in the second week of June of its location on U.S. 24 in Buena Vista, said co-owner Megan LaGree.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is proud to announce Sage McGinnis of Buena Vista as the recipient of the 2020 Brett Beasley Memorial Scholarship, GARNA announced in a press release.

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The short blast of a police siren signaled the start of the Buena Vista High School seniors parading from East Main Street in front of Avery-Parsons Elementary School, all the way to historic Comanche Drive-In Theater west of town for a BV-unique graduation ceremony.

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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.

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Faythe Baxter graduated from Buena Vista High School as co-salutatorian, joining her peers, valedictorian Halley DeWalt and co-salutatorian Isabel Dylan.

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Gov. Polis today discussed the new state guidelines around in-person dining at restaurants, day camps and private campgrounds, as well as the decision-making process around implementing or loosening restrictions.

Beginning May 27, 2020, restaurants are allowed to re-open for in-person dining at 50% capacity. The restaurant industry has a significant impact on Colorado’s economy, employing almost 300,000 Coloradans, or 10% of the state workforce.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Tuesday two positive cases of COVID-19 were discovered during the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in Chaffee County to 70.

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Five Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services employees who were exposed to COVID-19 and considered high risk have tested negative twice.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in the county Saturday, bringing the county’s total cases to 69.

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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 …

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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…

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The Buena Vista Recreation Department is opening back up, although its programming, rentals and events are postponed until “at least June 1.”

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"It’ll be a peaceful, comforting live music venue that’s becoming a tradition here in BV. It’s been about 3 years at the People’s Stage, 3 years at the Watershed and now maybe get 100 years here at the Roastery. Who knows, but live, local music is becoming a tradition here.”

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The Heat Is On high-visibility enforcement period kicks off on Friday, May 22, and ends on Tuesday, May 26.

During the 2019 Memorial Day weekend DUI enforcement period, law enforcement agencies arrested 323 impaired motorists. Last May alone, there were 16 impairment-related fatalities on Colorado’s roads.

The legal blood-alcohol content  limit in Colorado is 0.05 percent for driving while ability impaired  and 0.08 percent for driving under the influence. First-time DUI offenders can be punished with up to one year in jail, license suspension and thousands of dollars in fines.

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We honor our students who have worked so diligently during their high school careers as well as the community members who continue to astound us in their collective generosity.

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Because of their hard work and efforts throughout high school, most of our local scholarship winners are also receiving merit scholarships from the colleges and universities they will be attending.

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The Buena Vista High School Senior Awards Ceremony may not have been held due to the COVID-19 quarantine, but that doesn’t mean the awards, honors, scholarships and achievements spread over 41 seniors will go unnoticed this year.

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The move to allow hotels and motels to open their rooms to guests began gradually on Monday and will continue through the beginning of June so long as the county’s COVID-19 situation remains stable, Chaffee County Public Health announced.

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Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could slow down the Buena Vista High School seniors on their march to graduation, especially valedictorian Halley DeWalt and salutatorian Isabel Dylan.

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The long-established kiosk signs at Buena Vista’s popular Boathouse trailhead got a facelift last weekend as part of National Public Lands Day.

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Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer season in Buena Vista, beginning with CKS PaddleFest, although this year’s PaddleFest isn’t so traditional.

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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series is bringing back Dr. Scott Tinker with his new documentary, “Switch On.” In January 2013, Dr. Tinker screened and discussed his first documentary, “Switch.”

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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.

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The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) focuses on the critical “Dream Focused” aspect of being an innovative and effective entrepreneur/small business.  

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The South Arkansas, known as the Little River to many locals, is an important tributary of the main stem of the Arkansas River.

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