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President Joe Biden will again be shaping the federal courts in Colorado due to a vacancy being created by a judge who attended school in Buena Vista.

The vacancy is due to the decision of Judge Christine Arguello to give up her full-time spot in favor of working part-time, starting July 15.

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Fading West held a hiring event at Buena Vista’s BV Square on Sept. 14 for its soon-to-open factory. Over 100 people came to learn more about Fading West and roughly 25 applied or inquired about jobs at the factory, said human resources specialist John Ten Brink.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees held a work session to continue discussion of proposed short-term rental policies Tuesday night.

The session was followed by their regular meeting, in which they discussed the town’s draft master water plan, current openings on advisory board and the Chaffee Housing Authority, the trustee handbook and housing affordability grants.

Salida artist David Larcom has been spending the summer with his son, Louis, who is serving with the U.S. Navy in Marysville, Washington, but it hasn’t been all leisure time. He was commissioned by private residents to complete five murals there.

NAMI Chaffee County will be offering a virtual family and friends seminar from 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18.

This is a free 90-minute seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition.

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The time is upon us for Buena Vista’s favorite annual outdoor meal. BV Strong is bringing hundreds of tables onto East Main Street Monday, Sept. 20 in the spirit of food and friendship.

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The special guests list for Renewal, Billy Strings’ 2-day music event and record release party at The Meadows, has been revealed at last. The sold-out show is set to take place on Sept. 24–25. A waitlist is available for any still hoping to attend.

DENVER – A 22-year-old who hijacked a prison officer’s truck in Chaffee County is facing a minimum of seven years in federal prison.

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The Chaffee County Clerk’s Office announced completion of renovations to its ballot processing room at 104 Crestone Ave. and will offer tours of the space Wednesday and Thursday.

The Wednesday tour will start at 9 a.m., and the Thursday tour will be at 3 p.m. Preregistration through the clerk’s office is required.

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The Buena Vista school board met Sept. 13 to hear faculty training results and big picture school-year plans from principals and continue discussions about concurrent enrollment problems, surplus property uses and the superintendent’s latest reopening update.

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After a year of Zoom and outdoor lectures, the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will reopen their lecture series with a reception and a presentation by two paleontologists at the Salida SteamPlant Sept. 19.

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Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board invites the public to the presentation of the National Historic Register for the Maxwell School from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17. The plaque will be presented at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of CR 326 and CR 321/Rodeo Road in Buena Vista.

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Buena Vistans have waited more than 25 years to realize their vision of a trail bridge over Cottonwood Creek upstream from the intersection of Marquette and Arizona streets.

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High Rocky Riders presented Colorado Off Road Enterprises founder Marcus Trusty with a $1,000 check at their recent meeting. Trusty said he started the stewardship group to do something positive for outdoor riders.

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High Rocky Riders presented Colorado Off Road Enterprises founder Marcus Trusty with a $1,000 check at their recent meeting. Trusty said he started the stewardship group to do something positive for outdoor riders.

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Local government took another step to better regulate short-term-housing licenses with the unanimous approval on second reading of ordinance 2021-002 by Chaffee County commissioners.

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The Chalk Creek Stampede returns to the McMurry Ranch in Nathrop Sept. 11-12 where BV Racing will open the Colorado High School Cycling League season opener.

BV Racing coach Taf McMurry says the event this weekend still needs volunteers and race marshals for both days. 

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Town treasurer Michelle Stoke’s quarterly financial report on Aug. 24 came near the end of a long meeting. “Sales taxes: Doing good; balance sheet balances; the projected fund balances is good. Do you want me to go into more detail?” she asked. Good was something of an understatement.

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Applefest returns to Turner Farm on West Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features music all day, an apple pie contest, activities for kids and adults, lunch and a Victorian dress show.

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School is back on this week after the Labor Day holiday and Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates said all is well.

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Rhonda Davis, left, presents a check for $5,000 on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Racquet Club to Jennifer Eggleston, receiving on behalf of the Peak to Peak Pickleball Club. The pickleballers are constructing courts north of the tennis courts.

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Chaffee County is among 25 counties, 42 projects, to receive funding under the Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation program from the Colorado State Forest Service.

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One more substantial, residential subdivision development may be taking off in town after all. Property owner Mitch Yellen and Colorado First Land Office broker Julie Kersting said The Homestead, just north of The Farm, will be moving forward soon.

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Chaffee Arts reported a total of 1,000 visitors to the Open Awards Show at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum during Aug. 21-29. Admission to the art show was free as Chaffee Arts covered visitor admission fees to the museum.

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Buena Vista High School alumnus and Leadville resident Annie Hughes won first place in the women’s category in this year’s Leadville Trail 100 Run.

Hughes placed 14th out of a total field of 681 competitors, more than half of whom did not finish the race. Hughes completed the course in 21 hours, 6 minutes and 58 seconds.

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The Buena Vista school board held a meeting at Buena Vista High School on Aug. 30 to gather community input on how to leverage school properties in order to pursue a set of goals.

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An investigation by The Times shows that local government offices in Chaffee County are not consistent in whether to commit Zoom chats to the public record.

Experts in Colorado’s sunshine laws and records retention policies agree that Zoom chats should included in public records. But virtual and hybrid-virtual meetings are fairly new and not formally or explicitly mentioned in law and policy.

The Chaffee County Assessor’s Office renovation work at the County Courthouse complex began Aug. 30 and is scheduled to last through the end of the year.

The Assessor’s Office will continue to be open for business during renovation, with the public reception area now in room No. 215, just down the hall from its regular office facilities on the second floor of 104 Crestone.

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The Tabor Opera House received national attention in an Aug. 6 New York Times article for its historic stage scenery, which dates from 1879 to 1902. “A Hidden Trove Gives a Glimpse of Opera in the Wild West” tells the tale of what is believed to be the finest collection of historic scenery in North America.

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Chaffee County residents can visit sustainable homes and learn to save money by using less energy at the third annual Chaffee Green Homes Tour on Sept. 11-12.

The free tour kicks off at the Salida Farmer’s Market in Salida (Alpine Park at 5th and E Street) Saturday, Sept. 11, starting at 9 a.m.

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Private Liam True, 19, of Buena Vista graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Aug. 6.

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Buena Vista-based development company Fading West is set to purchase 11 acres of the Railyard subdivision for the purpose of building attainable housing in Leadville.

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The Salida Circus leads a new workshop beginning in September at the Buena Vista Public Library.

Animal Crackers, a program geared toward children ages 2–5, teaches stretching, games and circus skills, will be held at 10 a.m, each Wednesday at the library.

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Colorado Department of Transportation laid traffic counting cables across U.S. 24 in Buena Vista last week.

The counters, one north and one south of Main Street, were part of CDOT’s semi-annual traffic counts conducted throughout the state.

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Children will once again be able to cast their fishing lures at McPhelemy Park for the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby on Saturday, Sept. 4.

The event is open to all girls and boys under the age of 15 for no entry fee. 

The District Accountability Committee, a subcommittee of the board of education, is a group of parents, community members and BV school district staff that studies different school-related issues.

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Chaffee County Public Health is a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program that will offer free DPP classes beginning Aug. 31, in Buena Vista and Salida. For more information and to sign-up, call 719-530-2572.

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BV Strong’s organizers have revealed a new t-shirt design for this year, on sale for their sole fundraising activity. Tees must be ordered by Sept. 9 can be picked up locally on Sept. 17–18. The annual community dinner that fills blocks of East Main Street will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p…

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Indicators from town sales tax revenues to the Friends of Fourmile annual Memorial Day survey report confirm the impression one gets cruising around Buena Vista — outdoor recreation tourism is way up. How are roads holding up to the increased use?

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The Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Department of Human Services, and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced Aug. 16 that agency staff members and other state employees who interact with vulnerable populations and populations living in congregate living settings will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Buena Vista’s board of trustees met for 5 1/2 hours Aug. 24 to work through a jam-packed agenda and 183-page packet.

The session kicked off with a work session for trustee candidate presentations. These were followed by a straw poll to help guide and inform the board’s motions in the regular session.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees appointed Gina Lucrezi to fill the vacancy created when former board member Amy Eckstein resigned on July 14.

Lucrezi was chosen by unanimous vote on Aug. 24 from a field of three interested persons. Lucrezi said she believes in the importance of community and is very connected with BV.

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School openings in Buena Vista are still proceeding according to plan. Students’ first day of school is set for Thursday, Aug. 26.

Students are expected to bring masks, which are required on buses and will be implemented in school when risk of transmission is high, based on staff discretion.