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The Shining Mountains Montessori School will begin accepting applications for enrollment Friday, Jan. 21. Located in the historic chapel at 343 U.S. 24 South, lead teacher and school director Lisa Lamb said the school should open to students in April or May.

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Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates held a Zoom meeting for parents and announced the results of the district’s calendar survey Monday, Jan. 17.

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The Game Trail subdivision northwest of Buena Vista received official designation as a Firewise USA site. The homeowners’ association gained recognition in December, in partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service and Chaffee County Fire Protection District.

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Chaffee County Community Foundation’s municipal community grant cycle opens January 12. Local nonprofit organizations seeking grant assistance from the town of Buena Vista, the city of Salida or both can submit applications January 12 through February 9. 

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The 2022 budget for the town of Buena Vista was approved by the board of trustees Dec. 14 at their final meeting of 2021. The finalized budget with preliminary actuals from 2021 includes these highlights...

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The stated purpose of the Jan. 10 Buena Vista school district board of education’s work session was to discuss and gather feedback on all the district’s recent property sales decisions. However, most of the hour-long work session ended up being devoted to discussing the presently uncertain future of Chaffee County High School.

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The Buena Vista school district’s board of education held its first work session and regular meeting of the year on Jan. 10 in a hybrid format.

The meeting room at 113 North Court St. was full to capacity and about a dozen attended via Zoom.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation’s Interregional Express bus service, also known as the Bustang, stops twice daily in Buena Vista at the northeast corner of Railroad and East Main streets.

Colorado’s minimum wage will increase Jan. 1 to $12.56, or $9.54 for those receiving enough in tips for total pay to meet or exceed the full minimum wage. 

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Colorado’s minimum wage will increase Jan. 1 to $12.56, or $9.54 for those receiving enough in tips for total pay to meet or exceed the full minimum wage. 

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The Buena Vista High School concert band’s spring break is going to be magical. Director Marti Bott and sponsors have arranged for the group to travel to California in March to perform at Disneyland.

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Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell that the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles will begin a new license plate reissue program effective Jan. 1.

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After delaying its opening until Dec. 11 due to lack of snow, Monarch Mountain received 46 inches in the past week for a season total of 117 inches.

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The National Wildfire Coordinating Group notified the town of Buena Vista Nov. 30, that the town’s wildland program no longer meets the group’s requirements, according to a press release from the town.

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Nomination petition packets for this year’s municipal elections became available at town hall on Jan. 4. Those wishing to run for office must obtain the packet and signatures from at least 10 in-town residents by Jan. 24.

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While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has canceled some New Year’s Eve events, others were still planned as of press time. Because the Omicron variant is expected to spread rapidly, partygoers should check venues for the latest updates before heading out.

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Chuck your calendars and tear the shrink wrap off the new ones because another lap around the sun is complete.

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An uncontrolled avalanche occurred on U.S. 50 Monarch Pass at about 4 a.m. Friday, causing the pass to be closed for about five hours while crews cleared more than 6 feet of snow from the highway.

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Beverly Van Campen, creator of Chaffee County Women Who Care, is moving to Michigan, but the work of the loosely organized group of women who have been helping local nonprofit organizations since October 2018 will continue. 

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Traffic over Cottonwood Pass between Chaffee and Gunnison counties was down this year compared to last, according to data provided by Chaffee County Road and Bridge.

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Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 188 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 170 countries and territories. 

About 320 people attended the first Itty Bitty LGBTQ+ Health Fair last month. Jimmy Sellars, event director, said he anticipates running the event quarterly going forward.

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Multiple churches in Buena Vista will be conducting Christmas services, particularly on Christmas Eve. A couple of Christmas Day services will be available, as well as a mass celebrating the Solemnity of Mary on New Year’s Day.

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One of Buena Vista’s longest running food assistance programs is seeking additional volunteers and funding support. The Backpack food program serves between 60 and 75 youth every week and has been in operation for over a decade.

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Christmas week is one of the higher travel periods in Colorado. 

Road conditions can change quickly at this time of year. Drivers can receive updated road and weather information by calling 511 or by checking www.cotrip.org. Specific information regarding Interstate 70 also is available at: www.GoI70.com.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center reports four current hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and a total of seven hospitalizations due to the virus in the last 14 days.

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The Colorado Bandmasters Association seeks to bring together the best jazz students from across the state for the Colorado All-State Jazz Band, including Buena Vista High School senior Malachi Little.

“Heartbreak Kennel: The True Story of Max and His Breeder” by first-time author Cary Unkelbach of Buena Vista was recently named winner of the biography category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by the American Book Fest. 

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Fading West Development’s factory out at Gregg Drive and Rodeo Road kicked into gear a little over 3 weeks ago, CEO Charlie Chupp said.

The facility’s first completed projects should start landing in the exit bay early next year.

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The Buena Vista school district will add an electric school bus to its daily route schedule in 2022 at no cost to the school district.

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The United States Postal Service possesses no records or correspondence relating to postal surveys conducted in Buena Vista in 1997, according to a response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Times in late October.

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The Arkansas Valley’s river rafting guides have had a few days to consider Arkansas Valley Adventure and Colorado River Outfitters Association’s lawsuit against federal labor regulators, filed Dec. 7.

Most were agreed that wages should be increased across the raft guide industry.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees had their final meeting of the year Tuesday night, Dec. 14.

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Buena Vista school district’s board of education gathered on Dec. 13 for its final meeting of the year.

Superintendent Lisa Yates also held her weekly Monday Minute Zoom meeting.

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Monarch Mountain is open. As of Monday, the ski area has more than 30 runs available and all of the lifts are open. 

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Monarch Mountain will be closed today due to extreme weather conditions the ski area announced Tuesday.