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October 2021 town sales tax revenues were reported by Buena Vista treasurer Michelle Stoke at the Jan. 11 board of trustees meeting.

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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 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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Denver-based InBankshares, Corp and Wiley-based Legacy Bank announced that they entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Legacy will merge with and into InBank.

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Opening in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic was a big extra challenge for the Buena Vista LaGree’s Food Store, but not an insurmountable one.

Located along U.S. Highway 24 North at the former location of Shopko, the Buena Vista LaGree’s opened in mid-June 2020.

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The mind behind last September’s 2-day “Renewal” concert and previous years’ “Campout for a Cause,” Scotty Stoughton, provided an after action report at a community meeting at Asian Palate on Dec. 2.

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A Buena Vista-based outfitter is suing the federal government and asking a judge to bar implementing a new hourly wage rule. Duke Bradford, AVA’s owner, and Colorado River Outfitters Association are plaintiffs in addition to the company.

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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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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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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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 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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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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A public hearing on an application for a retail marijuana license, the second of two allowed within town limits, will be held on Nov. 9 at the Buena Vista board of trustees meeting in the Community Center at 715 West Main Street.

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August’s sales tax revenues for the town of Buena Vista were revealed at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting. The tide has finally ebbed, with revenues falling by 7.74% from July’s all-time high.

The latest town tax revenue data was reported in the Sept. 28 board of trustees meeting.

Town treasurer Michelle Stoke revealed that, as predicted, revenues for the month of July topped those of June and set a new record all-time high.

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Gone to the Dogs stores in Salida and Buena Vista have new owners as of Oct. 6.

Laura and Tony Bussing have retired, “passing the leash” to Sasha and Tom Smalley after 12 years in business.

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The latest town tax revenue data was reported in the Sept. 28 board of trustees meeting.

Town treasurer Michelle Stoke revealed that, as predicted, revenues for the month of July topped those of June and set a new record all-time high.

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Gone to the Dogs stores in Salida and Buena Vista have new owners as of Oct. 6.

Laura and Tony Bussing have retired, “passing the leash” to Sasha and Tom Smalley after 12 years in business.

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Colorado’s Central Mountain Small Business Development Center will host an in-person outdoor industry summit from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 25 at the Salida SteamPlant and Event Center as well as online in live, virtual format.

Two dozen speakers are scheduled to present on topics such as growth and scale opportunities, public land stewardship, sustainable tourism education and funding resources.

Thanks to a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Forest Service and the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative, the threat of catastrophic wildfire is lessening around Monarch Pass.

Ski Cooper recently announced that it will raise its company minimum starting wage to $15.25 per hour. Recent economic challenges and changes in the labor force and demographics combined with Ski Cooper’s strong financial performance of late, are among the several factors that prompted the increase.

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Town & Country Salida is now The Faricy Boys.

With its flagship store in Colorado Springs, the Salida dealership is the third location for the company.


Local business owner and pharmacist Dr. Lucas Smith will be honored Nov. 4 as this year’s recipient of the Horizon Alumni Award from the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Legacy Bank held a public grand opening of its newly constructed building at 106 North Court St. at East Main in Buena Vista on Wed., Sept. 22.

Mayor Duff Lacy and town administrator Phillip Puckett met with Legacy Bank leadership the night of Sept. 21 to tour the new building.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees passed a resolution to adopt updated ordinances regulating short-term rentals toward the end of their regular meeting on Sept. 28.

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After months of anticipation and several delayed start dates, St. Vincent Health officially opened  Lake County’s new hospital last week with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the public. At the event, St. Vincent Health CEO Brett Antczak, along with several other local leaders, offered remarks about the future of health care in Lake County.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center announced Thursday it plans to comply with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program for hospital staff.

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More than 35 years after it first opened as The Pantry, the natural food store at the north end of Buena Vista continues to grow and evolve—now under the leadership of Adam and Anna Heinauer.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Housing construction, described as one of BV’s three pillars of economic growth by town treasurer Michelle Stoke, continues to be a local industry characterized by vigorous activity. But growth alone does not solve an affordable housing crisis.

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Chaffee County has been nominated for a 2021 Governor’s Award in the Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative category, which “acknowledges an activity, event or project undertaken by a community or region to promote tourism in Colorado.”

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Melanzana is expanding its manufacturing operation on Harrison Avenue after Leadville City Council voted earlier this month to approve a conditional use permit application filed by the retailer.

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Chaffee County commissioners approved a resolution for a moratorium of the submission, acceptance, or processing of applications for short term rentals that exceed 6 percent of the housing units available in unincorporated Chaffee County.

The Lake County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval to the Board of County Commissioners of a preliminary plan application filed by Alan Elias to build a gated subdivision, AngelView, in Twin Lakes earlier this week. The application was heard by the commission last week.

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Town treasurer Michelle Stoke presented a budget report including April’s town tax numbers at the June 22 Buena Vista trustees meeting.

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SDCEA board of directors candidates Charles A. Abel II and Dan C. Daly were re-elected to their respective board seats during the electric cooperative’s annual meeting at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort last month.

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Construction continues at Fading West’s factory off Gregg Drive as The Farm enters development phase 2.

“As of today we are about 75% complete,” Fading West CEO Charlie Chupp said July 13.

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Local businesses are reporting high traffic through the holiday weekend and the summer season in general. Owners and managers also report varying levels of concern over staffing and supply chains.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of new providers of gastroenterology services.

HRRMC has partnered with Colorado Springs-based Associates in Gastroenterology (AG) to offer gastroenterology services locally, according to a press release.

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Realtors are in agreement: BV’s residential real estate market in 2021 is great for sellers, with unprecedented price increases in the past year. Growth trends in home prices can be traced back as far as 2014. The only difference swinging out of the pandemic is that the steady growth of home and lot prices has gone into a steep climb, with no clear end in sight.

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Jim and Daphne Myers, owners of Sasquatch Outpost in Bailey, recently went to extrordinary measures to provide both transportation and housing for a pair of new Bailey residents.

The most recent affordable housing project began June 15 with groundbreaking for Salida Ridge at Confluent Park, adjacent to the U.S. Forest Service Office on U.S. 50 east of Salida.

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South Main’s first business will change hands this fall

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Robin Vega of Clean Republic explains how her business debuted early in the COVID-19 pandemic and thrived in Buena Vista.

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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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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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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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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.

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

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