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Ayla Marie Anderson was born at 12:07 p.m., Feb. 20, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

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Since opening in 2018, Sorelle Delicatessen has grown quickly in popularity.

Chaffee County Times readers voted for the deli in multiple categories in Best of BV 2020, earning the restaurant a Buena Vista-most four awards: Favorite Employer, Favorite Restaurant, Favorite Lunch Spot and Favorite Curbside Takeout Service, the fourth award tied with Simple Eatery.

Tucker Rowan Judd DeLong was born at 4:33 a.m. , Feb. 13, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

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Back in November, Keith Baker won re-election to his seat on the three-person Board of Chaffee County Commissioners, representing the northern part of the county.

Months later, Baker came out on top again in another democratic vote: Baker was named Favorite Public Servant by the readers of The Chaffee County Times Best of BV poll.

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Dedication to giving one’s time for others doesn’t go unnoticed in Buena Vista. For Best of BV 2020, resident Nancy Taylor was voted Volunteer of the Year.

“I’m incredibly honored to be rewarded for doing something that is such a source of joy and enrichment in my life. A huge part of the credit goes to my wonderful friends and neighbors who’ve stepped up to help with countless projects over the years,” she says. “I’m certain there are others in town that deserve this recognition more than I do, and I sincerely thank all who voted for me.”

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The Chaffee County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Chaffee County Department of Human Services announce an individual assistance program aimed at filling existing gaps in both eligibility and funding for Chaffee County residents.

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Are you curious about our local wildlife? Join the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for a virtual lecture, “A Wildlife Wander”, presented by Ryan Kempfer and Chris Kassar of Elk Raven Photography.

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Membership in a 4-H club means more than just projects and meetings. For some, it can inspire a career path.

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Ark-Valley Humane Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the welfare of companion animals through compassion and care, announced the election of its 2021 board of directors.

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Local chapters throughout Colorado are celebrating recognition by the National Association of Secretaries of State of the contributions the League of Women Voters Colorado made to the success of the state’s 2020 elections

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Membership in a 4-H club means more than just projects and meetings. For some, it can inspire a career path.

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Ark-Valley Humane Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the welfare of companion animals through compassion and care, announced the election of its 2021 board of directors.

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Local chapters throughout Colorado are celebrating recognition by the National Association of Secretaries of State of the contributions the League of Women Voters Colorado made to the success of the state’s 2020 elections

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When Mary Lee Bensman was let go due to the pandemic shutdown from her long-time position at The Chaffee County Times last June, she felt lost, initially.

Grace Church and Congregational United Church of Christ will co-host a Lenten worship and reflection on prayer and healing Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m., during Lent via Zoom.

Free income tax return help is available in Buena Vista. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free income tax return preparation and electronic filing again this year, provided by The Rotary Club of Buena Vista.

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Central Colorado Housing’s (a department of UAACOG) Home Repair program can upgrade windows, add insulation, repair or replace furnaces and replace doors. With the sometimes extreme cold weather and heating costs on the rise, these upgrades/repairs will quickly pay for themselves. The program can also address other homeowner concerns such as plumbing problems, electrical problems and fire mitigation (tree trimming) to name a few. Construction supervision is provided at no cost and payment assistance is available to homeowners who qualify.

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For 2021, “Discover – the Heart of Colorado” will be published in spring featuring summer activities and events with a fall-winter edition to follow.

The popular Arkansas Valley Publishing Co. magazine will take the place of the Summer Adventure Guide and Upper Arkansas Winter Guide which have been published for something like 40 years, in addition to Discover.

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The Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy, the long-running fundraiser for The Alliance, will host its 35th year Saturday, Feb. 6.

For this year’s virtual event, The Alliance, a nonprofit which provides support services to victims of domestic abuse in Chaffee County will bring local celebrity chefs, including perennial favorites at the in-person event, into your home to teach you how to make chocolate treats on your own.

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Charles Forster, the former president of Buena Vista’s Collegiate Peaks Bank, was a Salida resident, but his commitment to the town’s businesses and community outreach affected the Buena Vista area as well.

Evie Jo Trueblood was born at 5:48 p.m., Jan. 13, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

Coralyn Bur Toll was born at 4:25 p.m. Jan. 8, 2021, at Saint Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco.

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The Chaffee’s Got Heart Committee is proud of local businesses, organizations and individuals that have gone above and beyond during the pandemic and recently recognized Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery.

CHADRON, Neb. – Chadron State College announced Hayden McGinnis of Buena Vista has qualified for the institution’s fall 2020 Dean’s List with at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

ALAMOSA – Rebecca Carnaghi of Buena Vista received a degree from Adams State University in Alamosa during the Spring 2020 virtual commencement ceremony on June 6.

ALAMOSA – Tracy Lynn Chaney of Hartsel received a degree from Adams State University in Alamosa during the Spring 2020 virtual commencement ceremony on June 6.

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Chaffee County Community Foundation announced the opening of applications for nonprofit organizations seeking grant assistance from Buena Vista, Salida or both.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 18.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Wednesday in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, another vaccination event has been added in the county from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 23.

These slots are available by appointment only and are only for healthcare workers, responders, and those who are 70 and older.

Branson Rhyder Sustrich was the first county baby of the year, born at 1 p.m., Jan. 3, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

Lulu Skye Melton was born at 3:22 p.m., Dec. 26, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

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The Colorado Spirit Program provides free COVID-19 counseling and support made possible through FEMA grant funding administered through the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County are on a well-deserved break through Jan. 4, but will be prepared for the challenges of providing programming in the winter when they open their doors again next year.

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Chaffee County Public Health is strongly recommending that places of worship use online programming rather than in-person services this holiday season.

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This year’s Christmas Opening was limited in scope compared to years’ past because of you-know-what, but the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce was still able to spread holiday cheer.