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What’s that ring jing jingling? Why it’s Christmas Opening, that time-honored Buena Vista holiday tradition, coming back to town on Dec. 4 and 5.

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Chaffee County nonprofits have a chance to get a little extra money this year as part of Colorado Gives Day Dec. 7.

Colorado Gives is a year-round online donation tool for nonprofits around the state.

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Jailhouse owner Johnny Hughes holds a commemorative local historical landmark plaque presented to him Nov. 18 by, from left, Buena Vista trustee Libby Fay, Mayor Duff Lacy, Historical Preservation Commission members Katy Welter and Nancy Loche, principal planner Mark Doering and HPC member J…

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A new, first-of-its-kind study out of CU Boulder hopes to shed some light on how legal market cannabis impacts the experience of exercise.

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Four units are currently vacant at Sunrise Manor Apartments, at 301 Alsina Street in Buena Vista. Sunrise Manor is Section 8 housing, and is designated for elderly or disabled individuals.

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A U.S. Forest Service news release has announced the availability of Christmas tree permits for sale through Recreation.gov.

Permits for the Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts are $10 per tree and are not limited by a quota, so will not sell out.

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Nominations are now being accepted for the Leopold Conservation Award honoring agricultural landowners in Colorado who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

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After 5 years, Central Colorado Conservancy closed on an easement of 598 acres of newly protected lands with the Arrowpoint Cattle Company, which is owned and operated by two sisters in Chaffee County.

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The American Refrigerator Transit Company started an ice business in 1925, but before that local men such as Harry Foreman cut ice and delivered it to local households for their ice boxes. 

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The Chaffee County Visitors Bureau received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Sustainable Tourism Initiative at a recent Governor’s Tourism Conference in Pueblo.

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Thursday, Nov. 25

EIGHTH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER Nov. 25, noon - 2 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Dine in and carry out offered. To RSVP, call 395-8424 or 395-6597 before noon on Nov. 22.

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Salida nonprofit Colorado Farm to Table announced it donated more than 130,000 pounds of locally grown produce this year at no cost to 109,000 individuals who are struggling with hunger in Chaffee County and across Colorado.

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Colorado’s independent redistricting commissions have completed their decennial redistricting maps, which were approved by the state supreme court.

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Four teams entered the Class 1A football semifinals undefeated and only two would remain for the state championship the following weekend.

The Buena Vista Demons were one of the odd-teams-out as Centauri handed the Demons their only loss of the year, 42-6.

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A chilly November morning and I was once again on the river. Stark cottonwoods, leafless willows and dry brown grass but the water was glass.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and Antero Outdoors are partnering for the 7th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, presented virtually beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2

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The town of Buena Vista and representatives of the Historic Preservation Commission will present Johnny Hughes a bronze plaque memorializing the second locally landmarked historic structure in Buena Vista on Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.

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The town of Wildhorse was located 3 miles north of Buena Vista on the flat before the tunnels.

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Time runs out Saturday, Nov. 20, to order holiday poinsettias and Christmas cacti from the annual sale by the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County.

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Students from Avery-Parsons Elementary School lined East Main Street to cheer on veterans as they drive past on Nov. 12. Buena Vista middle and high school students and families honored veterans at a breakfast and assembly on Nov. 11.

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Buena Vista defeated Meeker for the second time this season with a game-ending play Saturday, but the state quarterfinal playoff game needed extra time to resolve the 22-15 final.

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Chaffee County Commissioners shared a consensus opinion at their Nov. 9 meeting that additional precautions are the right measure at this time in light of the surging case numbers, the county stated in a Friday afternoon press release, adding that virtual meetings are an effective tool for public engagement. A recent high of 36 positive COVID cases was identified on Nov. 9, and >220 positive cases have been reported over the past 2 weeks.

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The Buena Vista Singletrack Coalition is hosting BV’s second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k. The race will start on South Main Square (Front Loop Road) at 9 a.m., Thanksgiving day.

Racers and volunteers will receive shirts, but should register by Nov. 14 to ensure they get one.

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St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Buena Vista will be serving its eighth annual Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Please call 719-395-8424 or 719-395-6597 to let us know you are coming and we will share details on dine in or carry out. To ensure that we have plen…

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Local businesses enthusiastically participated in this year’s annual Scarecrow contest hosted by the Buena Vista Beautification board.

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Serving one’s country is a family tradition for many Americans. And so it was for Buena Vista resident Armand Boudreau Jr., who said he represented a third, consecutive, patrilineal generation to enlist.

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Frank Martinez was drafted into the Army in April 1968. “That’s what they gave me for my birthday,” he said.

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Veteran Art Volk reflects gratefully on his time in the Marine Corps for the honesty, responsibility and other qualities he learned for life outside the military.

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Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Harry “Drew” McFarland graduated from high school in 1978 and worked a short time in the steel mill before the steel industry collapsed. With nowhere else to turn, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as an engineer from 1979 to 1983.

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Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Chaffee County and across the state.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data shows numbers edging up to new highs for 2021.

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The eighth annual film screening benefit event for Buena Vista’s adaptive skiers and snowboarders will take place Nov. 12 at Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the showing will start at 7 p.m.

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is responding with new restrictions.

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The Buena Vista Demons advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A state football playoffs via a 42-14 home victory over the Gunnison Cowboys.

Buena Vista hosts a rematch of Week 5’s thriller over Meeker.

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Volunteers with Chaffee Recreation Adopters helped collect more than 2,200 campsite surveys this summer using a new mobile app created for stewardship work in Chaffee County.

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