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The National High School Trail Championship race came down to a photo finish for the boys, as brothers Sullivan and Porter Middaugh raced across the finish line just 0.02 second apart, with Porter diving forward trying to beat his older brother.

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The Arkansas Hills Trail System will be filled with runners Saturday as the National High School Trail Championships and Beas Knees Citizens Race start and end near Riverside Park in Salida.

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Against roughly 100 competitors from around the country, Buena Vista resident Cindy Newell claimed a victory at the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in Guthrie, Okla.

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Wendy Skean of Nathrop and Raymond Ferbrache of Salida both won their divisions Wednesday at the 2021 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships last week in Winter Park.

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A new Chaffee Rec Adopters program that enables public lands stewardship begins this month.

Volunteers are needed to use a newly developed mobile app to inventory dispersed campsites at twice monthly meet-up and training events. Adopters also can inventory sites on their own and take actions in areas important to them, once they receive a short training.

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The Central Colorado Unmanned Aircraft Systems Club invited Chaffee County SWAT and Buena Vista school district representatives to their drone park Tuesday for a flight demonstration and presentation.

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The return of the Mountain Mania Car Show drew 126 entrants to East Main Street July 10.

Buena Vista resident Max Champie took home the Grand Champion award with his orange 1969 Chevy Camaro.

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Zaila Smith took first in the women’s and second overall in the Independence Day Freedom 5k with a time of 20 minutes, 14 seconds.

The event drew 154 participants, making it the second-largest competitor pool in the race’s history.

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Buena Vista nonprofit elevateHER has hired a new executive director, according to a June 17 press release. Daniela Wohlwend has taken over for Kristen Van Norman, who founded the organization in 2017.

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BVHS alumni Mason Finley is heading to his second Olympic Games.

Finley won the competition to join the U.S. Olympic team at trials June 25, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

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The Lady Demons brought home a seventh-place team finish including a state champion from 46 teams competing at the Class 2A state track and field championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood last weekend.

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Central Colorado Conservancy, a Salida-based nonprofit, was recently awarded $390,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The money is from the foundation’s Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and Environment (RESTORE) program.

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The Buena Vista Lady Demons soccer team played in the final 8 of the Class 2A State Soccer Championships on Saturday, June 19. They were on the road to play Crested Butte on the pitch at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison.

Buena Vista High School recently completed its second spring season. This year included 5 Stand as a competition as well trap. On the trap range Buena Vista did exceptionally well.

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The Buena Vista Lady Demons soccer team played in the final 8 of the Class 2A State Soccer Championships on Saturday, June 19. They were on the road to play Crested Butte on the pitch at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison.

Buena Vista High School recently completed its second spring season. This year included 5 Stand as a competition as well trap. On the trap range Buena Vista did exceptionally well.

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Robert “Speedy” Garnett of Buena Vista was recently recognized for participation in 40 years of national tournaments June 4 in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Envision Forest Health Council partners will treat the overgrown forest above the Arkansas River north of Buena Vista to improve wildlife habitat and reduce risk of wildfire and its potential effects on area residents and infrastructure.

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The centennial edition Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo that took place last weekend. The event was attended by at least 1,500 people and was characterized by good stock and good contestants.

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The Buena Vista Lady Demons soccer team had their final game of the season prior to entering state tourney competition when they went to Lake County in Leadville on Monday, June 7.

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The girls won the 14-team meet and the boys took fifth of 15 as the Buena Vista track teams competed in a twilight meet at Del Norte High School June 11.

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As FIBArk weekend approaches, Tom Waters, director of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, said the river is getting close to peak flow.

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Local ranch co-owner David Puchi has partnered with RareWaters, a fly-fishing company based in Denver that offers affordable fly-fishing on private lands throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Puchi is part of a small group that owns the historic Maverick Ranch in Wellsville. The ranch is about 5 miles outside Salida, and the Arkansas River runs through it.

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The Buena Vista Public Library hosted representatives from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and Chaffee County Search & Rescue–North for a talk with a crowd of about twenty hiking enthusiasts at McPhelemy park on Friday.

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In the final week of school filled with all the usual activities including exams, final projects, graduation, prom and others, the Buena Vista Demon baseball team went 4-for-5 this week.

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CKS Paddlefest’s Spirit Trail Race drew 177 runners who completed a trio of competitions Sunday.

The event included three distances: 8 kilometer, half-marathon (13 miles) and full marathon (26 miles) through the trail system east of the Arkansas River atop Midland Hill.

Competitors came from all over the state, as well as a few from farther afield, from places like Austin, Texas, and West Palm Beach, Fla.

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The Chaffee Recreation Council offers opportunity for the public to review elements of the Chaffee Rec Plan starting today on the Envision Chaffee County website.

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Buena Vista’s girls soccer program is getting noticed around the state as they keep winning matches. The Lady Demons notched an 8-0 shutout on the road and 3-2 overtime win in their home opener.

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The Buena Vista girls brought home the trophy from the Del Norte Tiger Invitational May 21.

Zalia Smith and Mallory Salazar’s 1-2 podium punch in the 800 (2 minutes, 39.63 seconds and 2:43.67, respectively) and 1,600 (5:43.95 and 5:51.67) runs, a pair of relay team wins and a slew of other top 10 finishes gave Buena Vista the team win.

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After wading into the virtual world last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Buena Vista’s summer kickoff – CKS Paddlefest – is back this weekend with live-action river sports fun.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association will accept entries from May 22-July 1 for its seventh annual photo contest for Upper Arkansas River Valley nature photos, celebrating the group’s 25 years of nature education and stewardship.

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elevateHER, the Chaffee County nonprofit that connects young women with the great outdoors, empowering them and building foundational skills for careers in the outdoor industry, will be hosting its first Climb-a-Thon fundraiser on Friday, May 28.

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Join GARNA and Stephanie Shively, wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service Salida Ranger District from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 20, for a presentation on the status of the boreal toad in the Pike and San Isabel National Forest.

Season D sports are getting underway for Buena Vista High School athletics.

After a year of sports seasons in rearranged order due to COVID-19, the spring will have “Normal, traditional sport seasons,” said Buena Vista High School athletic director Troy Baker: Baseball, track and girl’s soccer.

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Demons quarterback Haden Camp could’ve given the Buena Vista backfield – but not the offensive line – the night off Friday as Class 2A spring football playoffs opened.

En route to a 49-0 drubbing of Clear Creek, Camp had a direct hand – and feet – in the Demons’ first five touchdowns, which spanned just the first quarter plus 10 seconds.

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Join Greater Arkansas River Nature Association executive director Dominique Naccarato for a fun, experiential introduction to birding in the Upper Arkansas Valley from 8:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at Sands Lake in Salida.

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Who’s 6-foot-8, weighs 325 pounds and gets paid on average $15,500,000 a year as an offensive tackle for the New York Giants?

If you know your Upper Arkansas Valley sports trivia, that’s a no-brainer – it’s Buena Vista High School football alumnus Nate Solder. If not, then the newly-launched Online Sports Database is for you.

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The No. 1 Buena Vista Demons passed their biggest test of the spring football season 42-18 to enter the playoffs as the top 2A seed.

The Demons will host Clear Creek again, this time at 7 p.m., Friday. The Demons won the April 7 game at home 42-0.

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Chaffee County Public Health issued a public health order April 23 that director Andrea Carlstrom said would be amended in the future to respond to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Work on the trail to the summit of Mount Columbia, long considered one of the more miserable climbs in Colorado’s repertoire of fourteeners, is nearly complete after five seasons of work, but for the time being the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative will be moving on to other projects.