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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.

The Buena Vista Demons picked up two wins in the first week of 2022 to improve to 5-1, 3-0 on the season.

The Demons hosted Banning Lewis Academy and won 57-36 Wednesday, Jan. 5, then traveled to The Vanguard School Friday and won a close contest 42-35.

The Lady Demons split games in the past week to move to 5-2 for the season.

The 51-38 loss to league power The Vanguard on Friday, Jan. 7 was their first Tri-Peaks League loss and they now stand at 2-1. On Wednesday, they traveled to Banning Lewis Academy and returned home with a 48-21 victory.

The Buena Vista Demon wrestlers gained valuable experience at the Cheyenne Mountain Classification Clash Saturday, Jan. 8.

Representing Class 2A, the Demons placed 11th out of 16 teams. Individually three Buena Vista wrestlers placed second and one placed fifth.

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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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Buena Vista High School sophomore Abram Durbin of Nathrop caught a 24-inch rainbow trout in Salida’s frozen Frantz Lake on Dec. 27. Becky Berry captured the catch before the 17-year-old returned it through the ice hole. Durbin has been ice and fly fishing for a couple of years now, learning …

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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 Lady Demons went 1-1 at their own home tournament. On Friday, they soundly defeated Gunnison 44-23, then fell to Grand Valley 47-22 Saturday afternoon.

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After making a schedule adjustment when the season’s first winter storm stopped travel to the Western Slope Friday, the entire Buena Vista wrestling team headed south to Salida for the Rob Mickel tournament.

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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.

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The annual Polar Plunge was welcomed into its fourth year by a large crowd and 35 individuals jumping into the frigid Arkansas River.

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The annual Polar Plunge was welcomed into its fourth year by a large crowd and 35 individuals jumping into the frigid Arkansas River.

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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.

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In recent weeks, Leadville District Ranger Pat Mercer presented to the Board of County Commissioners and the Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI) on the district’s plan to address vehicle-based dispersed camping.

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New camping management at the Tunnel View dispersed camping area near Buena Vista cooperatively put in place by the Bureau of Land Management and Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area has been deemed a success by agency staff. 

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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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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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Four teams entered the Class 1A football semifinals undefeated and only two would remain for the state championship the following weekend.

The Buena Vista Demons were one of the odd-teams-out as Centauri handed the Demons their only loss of the year, 42-6.

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A chilly November morning and I was once again on the river. Stark cottonwoods, leafless willows and dry brown grass but the water was glass.

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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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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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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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The Buena Vista Singletrack Coalition is hosting BV’s second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k. The race will start on South Main Square (Front Loop Road) at 9 a.m., Thanksgiving day.

Racers and volunteers will receive shirts, but should register by Nov. 14 to ensure they get one.

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The second round of the state Class 1A playoffs brings back the 8-2 Meeker Cowboys, who visited in Week 5 and left following Tam Flower’s 40-yard field goal as time expired to loft 10-0 Buena Vista to a 17-14 victory.

That Saturday afternoon Sept. 25 saw Cowboy running back Kelton Turner run over, through and around the Demon defense, gashing them for 100-plus rushing yards in the opening quarter on his way to 215 mostly first-half yards

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The eighth annual film screening benefit event for Buena Vista’s adaptive skiers and snowboarders will take place Nov. 12 at Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the showing will start at 7 p.m.

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The Buena Vista Demons advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A state football playoffs via a 42-14 home victory over the Gunnison Cowboys.

Buena Vista hosts a rematch of Week 5’s thriller over Meeker.

No. 3 seeded Buena Vista will host Gunnison at 7 p.m., Friday in the opening round of the 2021 CHSAA State Football Playoffs Class 1A tournament.

“I like the draw for sure,” Buena Vista coach Matt Flavin said. “Friday night, 7 p.m., should be a fun time.”

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The Buena Vista track teams both qualified for the state meet for the fifth consecutive time Friday at Rocky Ford.

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BV Racing saw 10 riders compete in the Colorado High School Racing League state championships at Durango Saturday.

The team finished 11th overall, led by Mitchek Colley’s 26th-place finish in the 101 racer varsity girls event.

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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.

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Buena Vista lost a tough volleyball match Thursday in Manitou Springs. The 14-1 Lady Mustangs tripled kills over the Volley Demons en route to a 25-14, 25-17, 25-17 victory.

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Buena Vista jumped right in and kick-started its offense into a touchdown run less than 2 minutes into a 49-6 rout of Rye Friday night.

The 7-0 Demons had struggled early in recent games, so this week coach Matt Flavin flipped the script.

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BV Racing finished runner-up at Eagle and in its conference while securing a dozen riders at state in Durango later this month.

Leading Buena Vista’s entry in the Colorado High School Racing League state championship Oct. 23-24 are varsity riders Ace England and Mitchek Colley.

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Buena Vista lost matches at The Vanguard School and Pagosa Springs last week.

“We had a rough week another couple of tough games that we had opportunities to win but couldn’t quite finish,” Buena Vista coach Jamie Page said.

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.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $5.7 million in implementation of Chaffee County’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which maps where to treat forested lands to reduce risk at the highest cost efficiency and community benefit.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife has promoted Sean Shepherd to become the new area wildlife manager, replacing Jim Aragon after his retirement earlier this  year.

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Retired Times and Denver Post outdoor writer Bob Good of Buena Vista has recovered from his auto accident well enough to elk hunt again. Successfully, we see.

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The Hill Gang turned out in numbers to cheer the Buena Vista High School cross country teams Saturday in Salida.

Zaila Smith won the girls 5k Salida Cross County Classic race at Hutchinson Ranch in 20 minutes, 8 seconds.