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Nope. Almost there, but turn it around and head home. That was the first cancellation of the week for the Basketball Demons. The second came less than an hour before tipoff. Still, Buena Vista did get one game in last week.

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Cause + Medic, the spa and retail supplier of environmentally friendly cleaning products, was voted Best New Business in 2020 and Favorite Massage/Body work.

Coming in first in addition to those two in the Best of BV poll, Cause + Medic’s hydrochloric acid based Clean Republic hand sanitizer was named the town’s favorite as well.

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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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There have been 38 new cases of COVID-19 in Chaffee County in the last week, and 74 in the last 14 days.

One new case was reported among the community and one was reported among staff at the department of corrections Thursday.

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The Ark Valley Humane Society goes films fundraiser live today through March 4.

To purchase tickets, visit BowWowFilmFest.com.

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When Charlie and I both wore the clothes of younger men, I owned a successful organization that provided hunting and fishing opportunities for folks in several states in addition to packaging trips to exotic locations worldwide in the same pursuit.

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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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In December, Chuck and Lindy Chicowitz sold the whitewater rafting outfitter they started on the Upper Arkansas River in 1983. Noah’s Ark will now have two longtime employees at the helm.

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The fall season for Buena Vista High School’s newest athletic group, the Clay Target Team, wrapped up November in third statewide, and the 2021 spring season began in February.

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Chaffee County Public Health, the town of Buena Vista and Sangre de Cristo Electric Association combined resources to schedule Buena Vista’s first mass vaccination clinic Feb. 16.

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Two by two, vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association at the north end of town for Buena Vista’s first mass vaccination event. Chaffee County Public Health distributed 115 of the first round of shots of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

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As COVID-19 vaccinations continue for phases 1A through 1B.2, new cases of the virus continue to be reported.

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As temperatures dipped rapidly Saturday evening, Chaffee County Search & Rescue-North and a Chaffee County Sheriff’s deputy were called to Browns Canyon National Monument to escort a group of hikers back to the trailhead.

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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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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.

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Central Colorado Humanists announced several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in spring 2021. The application deadline is March 31.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is planning to award one or more $500 minimum scholarship(s) this spring for those planning to start post high school education this fall.

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Last Saturday morning Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment moved Chaffee County from Orange to Yellow on the statewide COVID-19 Dial. This was not due to a fundamental improvement in our public health metrics but rather was reflective of the agency “changing the markers on the field.”

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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.

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Third-ranked Buena Vista swept through a half-dozen wrestling matches last week, including win over a pair of Top 10 squads.

The Demons beats the hosts 54-21, Ellicott 57-4 and Salida 54-12 at Manitou Sprigs Feb. 2.

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Buena Vista school district staff will begin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Friday, superintendent Lisa Yates told the district board of directors Monday, with the goal that the staff will go into spring break fully vaccinated.

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COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County surpassed 900 with the addition of 5 new cases reported by Chaffee County Public Health.

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In response to Gov. Jared Polis’s announcement today revealing COVID-19 Dial 2.0, Chaffee County will be moving to the Yellow Level effective at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon by Chaffee County Public Health.

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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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Walden Chamber Music Society is pleased to present a virtual afternoon tea concert Feb. 11-14.

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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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The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol along with local and county law enforcement agencies encourage everyone to be safe during the Super Bowl DUI enforcement period from Feb. 5-8 and not drive impaired.

Almost 100 agencies will increase patrols – including the Buena Vista and Salida police departments and the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office – during the Super Bowl enforcement period to remove impaired drivers from the roads and prevent crashes.

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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.

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