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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.

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Three fourth quarter touchdowns Friday night propelled Buena Vista to a second straight thrilling finish, this time a 28-21 victory over North Fork in Hotchkiss.

The Demons (5-0) fell behind the Miners (4-1) 14-0 in the second quarter, rallied in the fourth quarter to take the lead, immediately lost it and then drove 80 yards in five plays for the game winner.

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The Lady Demons dropped a volleyball match to Banning Lewis last week.

The match, which Buena Vista dropped 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 25-15, was hastily scheduled after Tuesday’s scheduled county rival Salida was quarantined.

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There is very nice prime color now on the drive up to Cottonwood Lake and also on the drive up to the top of Cottonwood Pass, reports photographer William Helms. Taken Monday afternoon, Sept. 27, this photo looks toward a shoulder of Mt. Princeton from CR 344 off Cottonwood Pass road. Approa…

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Saturday morning’s starting temperature was 43 degrees, but by the time the podium placers crossed the East Main Street finish line, it was nearly 80.

The heat did not seem to phase the eventual champion, who made the kilometer half-century look like another day in the office.

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14erFest’s Vitamin B group ride drew three locals Sunday morning.

The trio met at the Black Burro vendor tent on East Main Street before catching a ride to the entrance to Fourmile Recreation Management Area and making their way from there to the Vitamin B trailhead 6 miles north off CR 377.

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14erFest 2021 kicked things off with a 5k race on Friday, Sept. 24. About 30 people participated and Emily Roth put down the fastest time, finishing the race in a bit over 20 minutes.

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The line waited, Jacob Phelps set Seth Moss’ long snap down and Tam Flowers booted it 40 yards for a game-winning field goal as time expired Saturday, lifting the Demons to a 17-14 homecoming victory over Meeker.

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Recent dry conditions prompted Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze to implement Stage 1 fire restrictions effective at 8 a.m., Sept. 24 for unincorporated Chaffee County.

The long-range weather forecast predicts little to no moisture for Chaffee County, a press release stated.

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14erFest is bringing dozens of events to Buena Vista this weekend, starting on Friday and continuing through Sunday. East Main Street will close to vehicle traffic from Colorado Avenue to Court Street to make way for a vendor village and meet-ups for dozens of events.

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14erFest is bringing dozens of events to Buena Vista this weekend, starting on Friday and continuing through Sunday. East Main Street will close to vehicle traffic from Colorado Avenue to Court Street to make way for a vendor village and meet-ups for dozens of events.

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The Buena Vista Demons beat Peyton the old-fashioned way Friday - with a hard-earned victory.

Buena Vista (4-0) trailed for the first time this season through the second quarter but asserted itself in the second half to claim a 21-8 victory.

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The Buena Vista Classic high school cross country meet was held for the first time at McMurry Ranch in Nathrop Tuesday and BVHS boys and girls varsity teams both earned wins at the inaugural event.

Molly McMurry placed second for the Lady Demons with a time of 23 minutes, 42.5 seconds and Nate Plotner took first place in 19:10.40.

The Chalk Creek Stampede time trials were held at McMurry Ranch in Nathrop Sept. 11–12. 22 teams sent almost 300 racers around the 13-mile course over 2 days. BV Racing entered 26 participants in the event. Salida Racing entered 27.

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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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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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Buena Vista’s Zaila Smith won the 2A girls race at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede (Pre-State) 2021 by almost 26 seconds.

Smith finished the 83-runner, 5,000-meter event in 20 minutes, 14.4 seconds, well ahead of runnerup Eliana Caucutt of Golden View Classical Academy’s 20:40.2.

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The Demons golf team and Collegiate Peaks Golf Course hosted the second round of the Tri-Peaks League Tournament Tuesday.

Tournament medalist Chandler Smethers led the Demons to a third-place team finish. Smethers carded a 78 to finish 4 strokes ahead of a 2-way tied for second.

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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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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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Buena Vista blew out the rivalry game in the fourth quarter, racking up 24 final points en route to a 47-0 home win over in the season opener Salida Aug. 26.

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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. 

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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?

The BVHS Demons opened the unofficial football preseason with a multi-team scrimmage at defending 2A spring state champion Manitou Springs Aug. 19.

“Thursday night went very well for both JV and varsity teams.  The coaches loved our effort and communication,” Demons head coach Matt Flavin said. “Those were the goals we wanted them to work on. We are still making mistakes, but those can and will be fixed during the season.”

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The Salida Ranger District manages the new Chaffee Rec Rangers’ work on all public lands in Chaffee County.

The program was developed under the Chaffee County Outdoor Recreation Management Plan to help address the impacts of dispersed camping.

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Coming off its best season in years, the Lady Demons placed three players on the Class 2A all-state soccer team.

Buena Vista’s leading scorer, junior forward/midfielder Jamison Litvay, earned one of the dozen first team honors.

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After a close second place finish in Fairplay and win in Buena Vista in this summer’s Triple Crown, Leadville local Marvin Sandoval and his miniature burro Buttercup won the long course race. Tracy Loughlin and burro Mary Margaret of Salida crossed the finish line shortly after.