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Buena Vista closed out the year 2020 with a year-to-year increase of 20.7% in sales tax returns in the month of December.

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Cause + Medic, the spa and retail supplier of environmentally friendly cleaning products, was voted Best New Business in 2020 and Favorite Massage/Body work.

Coming in first in addition to those two in the Best of BV poll, Cause + Medic’s hydrochloric acid based Clean Republic hand sanitizer was named the town’s favorite as well.

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In December, Chuck and Lindy Chicowitz sold the whitewater rafting outfitter they started on the Upper Arkansas River in 1983. Noah’s Ark will now have two longtime employees at the helm.

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Sangre de Cristo Electric Association’s wholesale electricity provider, Tri-State Generation, filed a plan with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission at the end of last year that states the wholesaler would double its solar and wind resources by 2030.

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For 2021, “Discover – the Heart of Colorado” will be published in spring featuring summer activities and events with a fall-winter edition to follow.

The popular Arkansas Valley Publishing Co. magazine will take the place of the Summer Adventure Guide and Upper Arkansas Winter Guide which have been published for something like 40 years, in addition to Discover.

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Charles Forster, the former president of Buena Vista’s Collegiate Peaks Bank, was a Salida resident, but his commitment to the town’s businesses and community outreach affected the Buena Vista area as well.

The decision on exemptions for the lease of the Tennessee Pass Line by Colorado Midland & Pacific Railway Company from line owner Union Pacific Corporation will have to wait, pending consideration of arguments presented to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board in opposition to the actions.

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Salida lost a leader and friend with the death of Charles “Charlie” Forster, 72, following a long battle against a type of lymphoma cancer.

A family friend confirmed late Thursday that Mr. Forster, the former president of Collegiate Peaks Bank died peacefully Thursday at his home in Salida.

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The Chaffee’s Got Heart Committee is proud of local businesses, organizations and individuals that have gone above and beyond during the pandemic and recently recognized Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery.

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Even during a pandemic, new dining opportunities have developed in Buena Vista, with more coming in 2021.

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Speculation over what kind of freight a proposed reactivation of the Tennessee Pass line by the Colorado Midland & Pacific Railway Company has sparked much discussion between different interest groups in Chaffee County and beyond.

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Sales tax returns for the town of Buena Vista were up 9.81% in October and 18.04% in November 2020, town treasurer Michelle Stoke said in a memo to town trustees.

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One aspect of the 2020 market that is not disputed by the statistics is that demand for real estate remained strong, and prices continued to increase over previous years.

At both ends of the county, the percentage of pending, closed and new listings were remarkably similar, as were the increases in the median closed prices.

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As the early phases of work to reactivate the Tennessee Pass Line begin, local and regional officials are voicing concerns about the proposal to once again run trains along the long-dormant track.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association released the results of its 2020 waste audit at the end of December, which tracks the trash disposal and recycling habits of Chaffee County Residents.

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“I have some of the top brokers, in my opinion, in the county. I’ve got a great group of brokers,” said Full Circle owner Catherine Fisher. “Mona (Bellantonio) has been in this for over 28 years. I’ve got Bruce Ward, 35 years; Mary Kale, 16 years. I believe they’re some of the top brokers.”

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“I have some of the top brokers, in my opinion, in the county. I’ve got a great group of brokers,” said Full Circle owner Catherine Fisher. “Mona (Bellantonio) has been in this for over 28 years. I’ve got Bruce Ward, 35 years; Mary Kale, 16 years. I believe they’re some of the top brokers.”

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While many unknowns still linger about the lease of the Tennessee Pass rail line announced on New Years’ Eve, rafting outfitters are concerned about the return of train service on the tracks along the Arkansas River, which have been unused since 1997.

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The final day of 2020 brought unexpected news to the Upper Arkansas Valley with the announcement that a rail company was making moves to resume service on the Tennessee Pass Line, renewing the possibility that trains may again travel the rails for the first time in decades.

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It’s been almost 25 years since the last trains rolled through Chaffee County, and over 56 years since the last passenger train offered service to and from Salida over Tennessee Pass.

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 The passage of the bipartisan SB20B-001 allocated $35.15M to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs for grants to certain small businesses across Colorado, struggling from the COVID-19 pandemic. SB20B-001 was sponsored by Sens. Faith Winter and Kevin Priola, and Reps. Leslie Herod and Shane Sandridge.

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A new mixed-use development at the corner of East Main Street and South Court Street in Buena Vista will be hosting a ground-breaking ceremony at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18.

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The Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce warned its subscribers about a scam e-mail titled “INVOICE” that appears to have been sent by the chamber on Dec. 10.

Bailey-Kent Funeral Home owner Shannon Kent was permanently barred from operating funeral home and cremation services by the Department of Regulatory Agencies on Tuesday

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LEADVILLE – Bailey-Kent Funeral Home owner Shannon Kent was permanently barred from operating funeral home and cremation services by the Department of Regulatory Agencies on Tuesday.

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Jill McQueen, MSN, NP-C, has joined the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Neurology Clinic. McQueen will work directly with Dr. Yvonne Rollins, M.D., and Dr. Suzanne Lesage, M.D., seeing patients at the HRRMC Outpatient Pavilion in Salida.

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Sales tax returns for the month of September jumped by 19.44% compared to the same month last year, according to Buena Vista town treasurer Michelle Stoke.

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The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce will launch its #ShopBVFirst campaign the week of Thanksgiving, promoting local businesses in an effort to get shoppers to spend their money locally this holiday season.

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Salida Hospital District Board of Directors heard an update on progess at the Buena Vista Health Center as the project nears completion.

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A groundbreaking ceremony at the Railyard development on Sept. 21 marked the first stage of the project’s vertical construction beginning with six residential structures.

Legacy Bank broke ground Oct. 7 on its planned 3,100 square-foot facility at 430 East Main Street, at the corner of East Main and Court Street, planning for an opening soon after Memorial Day next year.

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Sales tax returns are in for July, the highest-earning month of the year in Buena Vista, with receipts rising 8.85% over the same month in 2019.

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When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March this year, quickly leading to numerous cancellations of events and state mandates aimed at slowing the spread of the viral respiratory illness, staff and trustees in the town of Buena Vista were concerned about the effect Stay at Home would have on a tourism economy based on getting outside.

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Last week, the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced that events coordinator Melissa Traynham would be stepping up as the chamber’s executive director.

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Sales tax returns for June were up by 8.52% over that month last year, according to the latest report from town treasurer Michelle Stoke.

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The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Buena Vista clinic’s expansion will include a decontamination room for patients with infectious illnesses like COVID-19, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Department of Regulatory Affairs.

Spurred on by interest rates that have dipped below 3 percent – historically low rates – Chaffee County mortgage lenders say they’re seeing business as much as double compared to 2019.

Gov. Jared Polis officially extended an executive order requiring bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol at a certain time Friday, but extended that time from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Melissa Traynham has been promoted from events coordinator at the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce to the chamber’s executive director, the chamber’s board of directors announced in a press release Monday.

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Permits for building, mechanical, electrical or plumbing work issued in the county in the first half of 2020 are down from last year by 16.44 percent, according to a report from a July meeting of the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners.

Bret Picciolo with Charter Spectrum Communications, said that a third party working in the Buena Vista area cut a Charter Spectrum fiber cable shortly before noon Monday, causing the loss of internet and phone service in the Buena Vista area.

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“It’s a 2-year phased process, and for us actually its our third go at this one,” said Chip White, the vice-president of CCT. Fiber will reach the town by “going down the county road to going down the Sangre de Cristo Electric easement all the way from Buena Vista to an infrastructure starting point at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, then we go from that point all the way over their utility poles all the way into St. Elmo.”

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Valley-Wide Health Systems is set to open its integrated primary care clinic on U.S. 24 Monday, Aug. 3.

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"Would you rather work from downtown Denver, or would you rather work from downtown Buena Vista? Or anywhere in the area here?"

For Bill Lockett at Collegiate Peaks Realty in BV, that’s a rhetorical question. But it’s a question that many of his clients have been seriously asking themselves after COVID-19 moved many professionals out of the office and into the world of working remotely.

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission voted unanimously to raise fees on river outfitter licenses at its meeting last week.

CPW boating safety manager Grant Brown said the fees have never been increased before and have been the same since 1995.