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Tourism’s importance to the local economy, tourism’s effect on outdoor recreation, workforce issues and more were topics of recent resident and business surveys and a Future of Tourism Workshop that the Lake County Tourism Panel implemented. All are part of work the Lake County Tourism Panel…

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Drought conditions in the Chaffee County area are not likely to abate any time soon, as climatologists at the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration have predicted a return of La Niña for the second winter in a row.

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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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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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The third quarter financial report was delivered to the Buena Vista board of trustees at their regular meeting on Nov. 23 by town treasurer Michelle Stoke. 

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The Chaffee Housing Trust and Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity both offer programs designed to provide affordable and sustainable homeownership to qualifying residents.

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September tax revenues for the town of Buena Vista were revealed at the Nov. 23 board of trustees meeting when town treasurer Michelle Stoke reported another strong month.

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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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Incidents of COVID-19 in November reached 400 during the weekend with the addition of 13 new cases Saturday.

By Monday another 13 cases brought the total to 413.

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Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Surveys and Decennial Censuses paint a somewhat vague picture of the change of housing costs and incomes for residents of Buena Vista and outlying areas.

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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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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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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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The Colorado Department of Transportation announced drivers soon will begin seeing new regulatory signs designed to enhance safety for bicyclists along the state highway system.

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Buena Vista residents’ concerns about the local post office have gained the attention of Colorado’s U.S. senators. After post office box rates sharply increased in late summer, resurrecting a decades-old controversy, BV joined many other rural Colorado communities in lamenting the state of their postal services.

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Chaffee County commissioners unanimously approved a temporary policy to move all county public meetings to a fully virtual format through at least Jan. 4 at their regular meeting Tuesday.

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“When you go to the grocery store and it feels more expensive, that’s because it is,” Veronica Nigh, senior economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, said in a recent report on the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner in 2021.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Wednesday that as cases hit record highs, and to prepare for future surges, the department has begun streamlining protocols, emphasizing personal accountability and responsibility.

Not all cases will be directly contacted by public health so positive cases are asked to contact public health and let them know if they are a breakthrough case.

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A 69-year-old unvaccinated man and a 92-year-old woman from the north end of Chaffee County of unknown vaccination status are the two most recent deaths from COVID-19 in the county.

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Second-ranked Centauri has outscored its opponents 41-7 this season based on a balanced attack and big-play opportunism.

No. 3 Buena Vista (11-0) travels down the San Luis Valley for a 1 p.m., kickoff at 10-0 Centauri High School in La Jara in the Class 1A state semifinals.

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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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As Lake County’s real estate market continues to boom, demonstrating impressive growth in recent years, new developments are emerging where buildable land is available, and Lake County Building and Land Use is enduring a significant increase in building permits submitted to the department.

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Chaffee County has seen a steady increase in building permits for single-family dwellings every year for the last 11 years, except 2020 and 2017. In 2010 91 permits were issued for single-family homes, while 293 permits have been issued so far in 2021.

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From quick naps trailside to long stretches of sleep-deprived running on desert trails, this year’s finish line of the Moab 240, an endurance race that stretches throughout Utah’s vast landscape, was welcomed by Leadville ultra endurance runners Annie Hughes and Marvin Sandoval, who ran a portion of the race together in early October.

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Building permit data from the past 5 years in both Buena Vista and Chaffee County indicate strong growth in single family dwelling permits issued. Multi-family dwellings have not shown growth as strong or consistent in town and are not as closely tracked or reported by the 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’s moratorium on short term rental license applications has expired, allowing applicants to submit for licenses or renewals since Monday, Nov. 8.

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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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Transmission of COVID-19 in our county is at an all-time high, Andrea Carlstrom, director of Chaffee County Public Health, stated in a press release Wednesday.

The health department is planning a different response to COVID-19 during the current surge in cases.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases since data collection began in March 2020 topped 2,000 people in Chaffee County Tuesday with the addition of 36 new cases.

It was the largest increase this month. Nov. 2 was the second largest, with an increase of 29 cases. Thursday saw an additional 27 cases reported.

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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 resource advisory committee covering the Rocky Mountain region for the Secure Rural Schools program is being restructured. The Greater Rocky Mountain RAC in the Rocky Mountain Region will be created by consolidating the Saguache-Upper Rio Grande, Rocky Mountain and San Juan RACs.

Chaffee County received more than $250,000 from the program this year.

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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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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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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.