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Despite moving to Buena Vista in mid-November last year, Doug Marsh didn’t have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area right away. He worked full-time as a professional ski patroller at Ski Cooper.

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Local ranch co-owner David Puchi has partnered with RareWaters, a fly-fishing company based in Denver that offers affordable fly-fishing on private lands throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Puchi is part of a small group that owns the historic Maverick Ranch in Wellsville. The ranch is about 5 miles outside Salida, and the Arkansas River runs through it.

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Chaffee County event organizers began planning early to bring safe, locally focused events to the community this Independence Day. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to continue to focus on a summer of healing and recovery, a joint press release issued by the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and Salida Business Alliance stated.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation recently announced it is offering two scholarships of $2,500 each for current college students planning to pursue a career in healthcare.

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Here are three things to note from the June 7 Buena Vista board of trustees meeting:

1 Trustee discussion was dominated by discussion surrounding issues of housing.

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A solemn ceremony at Columbine Manor Care Center May 27 honored residents who died as a result of COVID-19 or who died during the outbreak from March 20 to May 29, 2020 at the senior care center.

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The Little Engine Eatery opened for the season May 2. Located outside the BV Heritage Museum on East Main Street, the train engine-themed food trailer serves quality hot dogs Thu-Sun from 11a.m.-4p.m.

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A driver backed into the portico beam of the Subway building in Buena Vista on June 9 around noon. "It shook the whole building," said a Sandwich Artist working inside at the time of the incident. The Subway remained open for business.

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Entertainer Dierks Bentley and the world’s leading live entertainment company Live Nation announced a ticket sale date and the lineup for the third Seven Peaks Music Festival Labor Day weekend in a press release early Tuesday afternoon.

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The Chaffee County Board of Commissioners convened as the Board of Health on Monday morning to discuss issues affecting events planning in the county and raised capacity limits. Tuesday, Live Nation released its plans to begin selling general admission passes to the Seven Peaks Music Festival on June 18, 4 days before the public hearing on its event application.

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This is Grandma Kroll with her daughter-in-law Lora Turner and her two sons, Bill and Al Turner, about 1923 in the yard of the Turner Farm Buena Vista Heritage will hold its annual meeting Friday, June 11, at Turner Farm. Then from 6-8 p.m., bring your picnic and enjoy entertainment, music a…

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Buena Vista police received a report of gunshots and a man threatening to kill another individual near CR 304 in the Midland Hill Trail area Thursday afternoon, resulting in a suspect being charged with attempted first degree murder.

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St. Vincent Health is set to open its new hospital in mid-July after years of planning and recent construction delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 26,500-square-foot facility, which sits adjacent to the current hospital on West Fourth Street, will offer a slew of services that Lake County residents now must drive out of the county for, including general surgery and therapy and recovery services.

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Rainstorms did not deter veterans and members of the public from gathering at Mt. Olivet Cemetery to honor America’s fallen soldiers.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees will hold a 6 p.m. work session will take place to discuss short-term rentals (STR) and review related issues of policy and licensing prior to its next regular meeting on June 7. No board decisions will be made during the work session.

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Rainstorms did not deter veterans and members of the public from gathering at Mt. Olivet Cemetery to honor America’s fallen soldiers.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees will hold a 6 p.m. work session will take place to discuss short-term rentals (STR) and review related issues of policy and licensing prior to its next regular meeting on June 7. No board decisions will be made during the work session.

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The Buena Vista Public Library hosted representatives from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and Chaffee County Search & Rescue–North for a talk with a crowd of about twenty hiking enthusiasts at McPhelemy park on Friday.

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Red and white caps flew into the air over the Buena Vista High School football field as the stands erupted with jubilant applause, shouts and whistles.

The new graduates celebrated many years of hard work with confetti, streamers, colored smoke and even bubbles as they marched away together, clutching their diplomas. Phones and cameras came out for congratulatory photos and choir and band students danced the Macarena.

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Salidan John McGowan gave a counter presentation to the Nestlé Waters North America economic impact study and Tom Bomer of Unbottle Chaffee County gave comments during the 1041 permit hearing Tuesday.

Commissioners also heard from representatives of Bonfire Entertainment, which is seeking a permit for a 2-day music event to be held Sept. 24-25 at the Meadows in Buena Vista. The company produced Campout for the Cause in prior years.

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CKS Paddlefest’s Spirit Trail Race drew 177 runners who completed a trio of competitions Sunday.

The event included three distances: 8 kilometer, half-marathon (13 miles) and full marathon (26 miles) through the trail system east of the Arkansas River atop Midland Hill.

Competitors came from all over the state, as well as a few from farther afield, from places like Austin, Texas, and West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Body was found in Sagauche County home wrapped in a sleeping bag, decorated with Christmas tree lights

Chaffee County Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday that Jake Rishavy will assume the role of executive director effective July 1.

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The Chaffee Recreation Council offers opportunity for the public to review elements of the Chaffee Rec Plan starting today on the Envision Chaffee County website.

Sales tax returns for March 2021 were 42.46% higher than in the same month last year, according to town treasurer Michelle Stoke.

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The Salida Hospital District Board of Directors heard a presentation May 18 on a new program designed to assist those with lingering effects from COVID-19.

The Post COVID Rehab Clinic is a multidisciplinary program geared to “provide a pathway of relief for community members suffering from lingering COVID symptoms and restore quality of life.”

Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Penrose), who began his term in the Colorado House District 60 seat in January, allegedly made a threat to House Republican leader Rep. Hugh McKean (R-Loveland) Friday night after a caucus meeting.

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In a brief meeting Monday evening, the Buena Vista school district board of directors revisited the topic of allowing non-CHSAA sports to receive varsity letters.

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After wading into the virtual world last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Buena Vista’s summer kickoff – CKS Paddlefest – is back this weekend with live-action river sports fun.

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The board is scheduled to discuss code enforcement changes to the town’s policy on flags and signs, hear an update from Envision Chaffee County on its recreation plan and discuss a floodplain mapping memorandum of understanding with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Buena Vista board of trustees next meeting May 25.

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The Central Colorado Humanists awarded $1,000 scholarship to six 2021 high school seniors.

“All are high-achieving students with grade point averages exceeding 3.9,” CCH said in a press release. “They exemplify the values of the Central Colorado Humanists: Informed by science; guided by reason; inspired by art and nature; motivated by compassion. “All of them wrote compelling essays about the integrity of science. Not all have confirmed the college of their choice – they had multiple acceptances.”

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association will accept entries from May 22-July 1 for its seventh annual photo contest for Upper Arkansas River Valley nature photos, celebrating the group’s 25 years of nature education and stewardship.

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Chaffee County Women Who Care reached an important milestone this month as they gave a grant of $11,700 to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Chaffee County.

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This Friday, the town of Buena Vista and its Historical Preservation Commission will memorialize the first locally landmarked historic structure in BV with the presentation of a plaque to Nancy Locke, the owner of the home at 314 East Cedar St.

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After the COVID-19 pandemic interruption in 2020, Buena Vista High School was relieved to be able to hold its traditional Creative Arts Fair this year. At last, students were able to present their hard work from the school year, and the public was able to come and admire their talent.

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The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce staff, membership coordinator Jon Cobb and executive director Melissa Traynham, stand outside their new offices in the Wedge building at East Main Street and Cottonwood Avenue.

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Chaffee County Public Health adopted an updated local Public Health Order in response to the current Center for Disease Control guidelines and recent Colorado state-wide amended Public Health Order issued May 14 by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Thursday at 5:30 p.m., students at Busy Bees pre-school will celebrate the opening of their Hand-Me-Down Hut, the result of a year-long expeditionary learning project focused on recycling and reusing.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees last Monday, then the Chaffee County Fire Protection District board of directors on the following Wednesday voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the two entities that makes CCFPD “the exclusive jurisdiction having authority to interpret and enforce the fire code adopted by the town within the town’s boundaries.”

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This spring, all roads lead to NAMIWalks Your Way: A United Day of Hope with the destination being mental health for all.

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This fall, a new program not only will teach students how to “fly,” it also will help them realize opportunities in the emerging and expanding field of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), commonly called drones.