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The COVID-19 team at Chaffee County Public Health recently changed its process of exposure notification for COVID-19 test results.

The change is due to the increase in demand for services related to COVID-19 and the realization that there is currently not enough capacity to address the increased need.

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Linda Lafford presents Marine Rick Pruitt of Buena Vista a Quilts of Valor hand-stitched creation on Veteran’s Day.

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Avery-Parsons Elementary Students gathered outside the school Wednesday Afternoon to thank veterans for their service. Complying with social distancing requirements, vets drove through the school’s pickup circle waving flags and honking their horns as students held up signs of gratitude.

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Buena Vista High School found a sense of normalcy in an unusual school year with a brief homecoming-style parade Saturday afternoon. The caravan of floats traveled down Railroad Street from East Main to the school.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported Friday a 51-year-old man succumbed to COVID-19, to which he was probably exposed during out-of-town activities. He is the 15th victim to die in Chaffee County.

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Starting today, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will implement several changes to the type of COVID-19 tests offered at its facilities.

All routine outpatient COVID-19 tests will be sent to Mayo Clinic for results.

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COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County since the beginning of the pandemic has passed the 500 mark. Thursday’s 8 reported cases put the county’s total count at 502. In the last seven days 41 cases were reported by Chaffee County Public Health.

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On Nov. 3, Coloradans voted to pass Proposition #114 - The Restoration of Gray Wolves, a measure directing the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to develop a plan to reintroduce gray wolves west of the Continental Divide. With this decision, the planning process for reintroduction will begin.

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Chaffee Arts is pleased to announce a holiday art market located at Arkansas Valley Digital Imaging art gallery, 317 E. Main St. in Buena Vista.

The market will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 20 through Dec. 27  

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Music is returning to the Arkansas Valley as ensembles figure out how to perform while adhering to public health guidelines on social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Chaffee County Public Health is launching Chaffee’s Got HEART. This is a new campaign that serves as a unifying message that the strategies to mitigate COVID-19 are still necessary, especially for keeping schools open to in-person learning and businesses operating at the safest capacity possible.

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The Scarecrow Hide and Seek contest hosted by BV Beautification Advisory Board inspired a creative array of 15 straw folks and spooky tableaus around town last week.  Fun was shared by the scarecrow hosts as well as the seekers who ventured out in search of names and numbers to submit for a …

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Dave Butler describes his work as the service officer with the American Legion Post 55 in Buena Vista in humble terms – a traffic cop helping veterans navigate the Veterans Administration.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday and 34 cases reported in the last seven days.

Monday 3,301 new cases were reported statewide, bringing Colorado’s pandemic total to 135,537.

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Brandon Chism conducts distanced singers of the Arkansas Valley Chamber Choir and Orchestra, in a Monday evening rehearsal of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, which the group will perform, livestreamed from the sanctuary of ClearView Church on Dec. 11.

“The performing arts, that can be a place where people of significant differences can come together and not just tolerate each other, but really support each other and help us focus on what’s most important,” Chism told The Times last week. “If there was ever a time we needed a performance like this concert, I believe it’s now.”

The performance will be streamed live at www.clearviewcommunity.org at 7 p.m., Dec. 11.

There will be links on ClearView’s main page to take them to the live stream on YouTube. More information about the concert can also be found on their Facebook page by searching for @ArkValleyChamber.

Also on Nov. 14, music will fill the ClearView Sanctuary and stream into your home with a performance by the Alpine Orchestra.

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The Alpine Orchestra will perform “Through the Ages,” at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 with a program for what director Mary Hallman calls “a double string quartet with two more,” featuring the music of Mozart, Debussy and Bach, both real and imagined.

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This photo from 1884 shows the Denver South Park and Pacific railroad depot which was located across from Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.

The DSP&P was later called  the Denver Leadville & Gunnison  and after that it was the Colorado Southern Railroad.

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Applications are open on a first-come, first-served basis for small business grants for local food service industry and small businesses who have experienced losses or expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Every semester Buena Vista High School recognizes our outstanding students earning a grade point average of 3.8 or greater.

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Filmmaker Connie “Paprika” Leaverton of Buena Vista garnered another accolade for her documentary “Hiko in Tonga” last month, earning the award for best editing in the feature documentary at the Marina Del Ray film festival.

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Avery-Parsons Elementary School has changed the time for its drive-through, no-contact parade to 1:30-2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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We would like to acknowledge the students of Avery-Parsons Elementary School as they took part in the traditional Halloween parade down East Main Street last Friday.

You impressed us, students, by wearing masks as you marched up and down the street showing off your costumes.

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Joe Cogan, a rancher and conservationist in the Buena Vista area with an encyclopedic knowledge of Arkansas Valley lore, died Saturday at the age of 86.

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Chaffee County Democrat Keith Baker won the election for county commissioner Tuesday garnering 7,820 votes or 57.94 percent.

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Chaffee County Public Health is working with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to update the county mitigation plan in light of an increased case count in the county.

Six new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Chaffee County Public Health from Saturday to Monday, bringing the pandemic total to 449 cases for the county.

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Domestic violence and rape occur in every community and can affect anyone no matter their age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality.

On November 9th from 12 to 1 p.m. the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County will host a Zoom presentation by the Chaffee County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Rape.

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This photo from BV Heritage shows the stagecoach bridge built across the Arkansas River for the Colorado Midland Railroad. 

The trail down Midland Hill was used by the stage and freight wagons to bring passengers down to Buena Vista. 

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