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After a year of Zoom and outdoor lectures, the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will reopen their lecture series with a reception and a presentation by two paleontologists at the Salida SteamPlant Sept. 19.

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Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board invites the public to the presentation of the National Historic Register for the Maxwell School from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17. The plaque will be presented at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of CR 326 and CR 321/Rodeo Road in Buena Vista.

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High Rocky Riders presented Colorado Off Road Enterprises founder Marcus Trusty with a $1,000 check at their recent meeting. Trusty said he started the stewardship group to do something positive for outdoor riders.

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Applefest returns to Turner Farm on West Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features music all day, an apple pie contest, activities for kids and adults, lunch and a Victorian dress show.

After a year of Zoom and outdoor lectures, the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will reopen its lecture series with a reception and a presentation by two paleontologists discussing “The Colorado Fossil Discovery that Rocked the World.”

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Chaffee County residents can visit sustainable homes and learn to save money by using less energy at the third annual Chaffee Green Homes Tour on Sept. 11-12.

The free tour kicks off at the Salida Farmer’s Market in Salida (Alpine Park at 5th and E Street) Saturday, Sept. 11, starting at 9 a.m.

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Private Liam True, 19, of Buena Vista graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Aug. 6.

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The Salida Circus leads a new workshop beginning in September at the Buena Vista Public Library.

Animal Crackers, a program geared toward children ages 2–5, teaches stretching, games and circus skills, will be held at 10 a.m, each Wednesday at the library.

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Children will once again be able to cast their fishing lures at McPhelemy Park for the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby on Saturday, Sept. 4.

The event is open to all girls and boys under the age of 15 for no entry fee. 

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Chaffee County Public Health is a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program that will offer free DPP classes beginning Aug. 31, in Buena Vista and Salida. For more information and to sign-up, call 719-530-2572.

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Chaffee County Public Health is a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program that will offer free DPP classes beginning Aug. 31, in Buena Vista and Salida. For more information and to sign-up, call 719-530-2572.

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BV Strong’s organizers have revealed a new t-shirt design for this year, on sale for their sole fundraising activity. Tees must be ordered by Sept. 9 can be picked up locally on Sept. 17–18. The annual community dinner that fills blocks of East Main Street will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p…

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According to a survey conducted by hungerfreecolorado.org in April 2021, 16% of Colorado children do not get adequate nutrition due to financial constraints, while a third of Coloradans lack reliable access to nutritious food.

How much these issues impact Buena Vista remains something of an open question.

Kasen Grey Cogan was born at at 8:22 a.m., July 28, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

Harper Bo Tresch was born at 2:27 p.m., Aug. 4, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

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In addition to the history and festivities of Gold Rush Days, families celebrated a summer of reading July 31 with the Buena Vista Public Library’s Burro Tail End of Summer Party in McPhelemy Park.

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This 1902 photo is of Town Lake at McPhelemy Park with the Princeton Hotel on the right. On the far left is the two story brick schoolhouse with the St. Rose Catholic Church in the center. 

The hotel was on the west side of the lake where the Lakeside Motel is now located. The brick schoolhouse is on the location of the Catholic Church Hall and the St. Rose church is where the present Catholic Church is located now. 

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Colorado’s Move Over Law recently was modified to define what “slow down” means in relation to specific speed limits.

The law requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle (police, fire and ambulance), a tow truck or a highway maintenance vehicle when their red, yellow or blue emergency lights are activated, a press release stated.

Holden Harrison was born at 5:55 p.m., July 8, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

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Gold Rush Days is coming back to Buena Vista July 31–Aug. 1.

Performances will take place at the train depot at McPhelemy Park and at the Buena Vista River Park, the vendors location, with a shuttle running in between.

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Wildflower ID hike July 24 GARNA will host a hike from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 24, led by Robin Dunn of Leadville, a wildflower expert.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m., at the Presbyterian Church in Leadville and will carpool from there.

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Scott Hartman, voter service coordinator for the Chaffee County League of Women Voters, was presented with the 2021 statewide LWV Individual Achievement Award at the LWVCO Convention in May.

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The return of the Mountain Mania Car Show drew 126 entrants to East Main Street July 10.

Buena Vista resident Max Champie took home the Grand Champion award with his orange 1969 Chevy Camaro.

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Bud and Joyce McBroom, center, are presented a Quilts of Valor piece by Connie Biederbeck, left, and Judy Querry. The Mesa Antero resident served in the U.S. Army Special Forces in Central and South America in the mid-1960s, Vietnam ‘67-’68 and other assignments as followed in Korea, the Middle East and Africa.

Finn Rey McClure was born at 3:30 p.m., June 14 at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

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Gordon Henry and his wife Holly display their Quilt of Valor. Gordon joined the Navy and became an Aviation Electricians Mate in a fighter squadron and then the Naval Aviation Cadet program. He flew single engine, single seat jet attack aircraft from aircraft carriers and several Naval Air s…

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This  photo was taken in front of the windows of the Buena Vista Mercantile, which was on the north corner of Main and Railroad streets.

 This is the old Gone to the Dogs building now being totally remodelled and soon open for business.   

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The Great Colorado vs Texas Tomato War, a popular annual event at Twin Lakes in the 1980s, is being revived in Buena Vista by the Buena Vista Rotary Club.