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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input until July 3 about its draft 10-year plan to manage the Arkansas River bighorn sheep herd that ranges from near Buena Vista and Salida to Cañon City and Pueblo West.

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Participants rode hard in the 101st Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo last weekend, delighting fans with a display of showmanship and skill.

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Buena Vista has a summer filled with outdoor musical performances and events lined up for June-September of 2022.

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Central Colorado Unmanned Aircraft Systems will participate in Drone Safety Day, a day dedicated by the Federal Aviation Administration to focus on drone flying.

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In this era of political discord, news driven upheaval, and assorted fears of our choosing, a little therapeutic recreation can go a long way to settle us down.

My preferred outlet has been fly fishing. For decades, it has been a reliable stress reliever and all around great way to spend time out of my self and the trap of time.

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Kayakers took to the river at South Main to compete in a display of tricks as audiences watched a Pro Freestyle Kayak Competition Saturday.

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DENVER – With visitation to Colorado trails expected to increase over the holiday weekend and beyond, a group of eight federal, state and county land managers remind visitors to plan ahead before heading to public lands.

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The Colorado State Land Board designated 14 new campsites on its 3,400-acre parcel in the Fourmile Travel Management Area in Chaffee County. A pandemic-driven surge in outdoor recreation resulting in resource damage prompted the project.

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association are hosting the 31st Annual Clean Up Green Up in conjunction with Colorado Public Lands Day May 21.

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Browns Creek Alliance, a Chaffee Recreation Adopters group, is hosting a clean-up day at 9 a.m., Monday, May 16, at the popular Browns Creek/Raspberry Gulch dispersed camping and recreation area west of Nathrop, at the base of Mount Antero.

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The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association are hosting the 31st Annual Clean Up Green Up in conjunction with Colorado Public Lands Day May 21.

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Browns Creek Alliance, a Chaffee Recreation Adopters group, is hosting a clean-up day at 9 a.m., Monday, May 16, at the popular Browns Creek/Raspberry Gulch dispersed camping and recreation area west of Nathrop, at the base of Mount Antero.

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Buena Vista will host the Locals Concert presented by the Salida-Aspen Concert Series with a repeat performance at 7 p.m., May 1, at the Buena Vista High School Performance Commons. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m..

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Collegiate Peaks Off Road rentals opened at 710 U.S. Highway 24 at the intersection with Crossman Avenue March 1.

Ben and Wendy Collier opened the business after moving to the valley from Texas a year ago with their four children.

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Contrary to popular belief, Roger Hill’s legal battle to fish wherever he chooses on the Arkansas River is alive and well.

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The Continental Divide Trail Coalition published the results of the 2021 Small Business Survey with the release of the third biennial CDTC Small Business Report earlier this month.

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In public comment, Dave Holt of Buena Vista Rotary Club addressed the Chaffee County commissioners Tuesday regarding the three event rule which would preclude the Rotary holding the “Colorado versus Texas Tomato War” event Sept. 17 at The Meadows in Buena Vista.

Monarch Mountain is extending its ski season until April 17, the ski area announced Tuesday, citing in excess of 2 feet of snow falling during the most recent storm cycle.

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The U.S. Forest Service Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts are seeking public input until April 4 on managing vehicle-based dispersed camping on National Forest System lands in Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache, Park and Lake counties.

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The town of Buena Vista has partnered to evaluate the community’s existing parks and trails system, identify gaps, and provide recommendations for future planning efforts with the University of Colorado Denver Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program.

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The inaugural Pi Day 5K Run and Relay was hosted by One Love Endurance Events at the Buena Vista River Park Sunday.

The event, which awarded no trophies or places, still drew more then five dozen participants.

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Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is currently accepting applicants for the role of administrative director who will serve alongside the impact director in a shared leadership model.

To protect wintering big-game animals and sage grouse species, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that the collection of shed antlers on all public lands west of I-25 is prohibited from Jan. 1 through April 30.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife received 3,701 reports of sightings and conflicts with bears in 2021, which was a 28 percent decrease from the average number of reports over the previous 2 years in the Centennial State.

Bear activity varied across the state in 2021, mainly attributed to weather and drought patterns in Colorado for most of the spring, summer and into fall.

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Western Archery co-owner Brad Love said construction of their new Colorado Outpost complex at U.S. 285 and U.S. 50 in Poncha Springs is coming right along.

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The April 5 deadline for applying for big game licenses is fast approaching.

In order to meet this deadline for new hunters, the Buena Vista Hunter Education Association is hosting the spring classes beginning March 7 at the Buena Vista High School. Classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 for five nights, three nights the first week and two the second week. Exact dates are March 7, 8, 10, 14 and 15. 

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To help landowners create defensible space around their homes, Chaffee Chips will coordinate free neighborhood slash removal and chipping services in five geographic areas this year.

The countywide fire mitigation program reduces the threat of wildfire by helping homeowners remove potential fire fuels.

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When does a trail to a high alpine lake become loved to death? That is the question at Lost Lake, one of Chaffee County’s most treasured gems. 

At 11,800 feet in elevation, the destination gained popularity once promoted online and in visitors’ guides as an easy trek to a tranquil, emerald-green lake.

CDOT will perform avalanche mitigation operations on US 50 Monarch Pass today, Tues., Feb. 22, beginning at 5 p.m. Motorists will encounter a lengthy delay of at least two hours.

However, please be aware this delay may be extended should unusual circumstances arise. Regional travelers and skiers leaving Monarch Ski Area should plan ahead.

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The U.S. Forest Service is working toward making a historic cabin near St. Elmo available for overnight rentals.

The Iron City Cabin, which is located a half-mile east of Saint Elmo on FSR 292 next to the Iron City Campground, could be open to guests for $120 per night as soon as this summer.

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DENVER – Colorado river outfitters, including one in Buena Vista, won an important court ruling on Thursday in a fight with the Biden administration over an increase in the minimum wage for guides.

The federal appeals court in Denver granted the outfitters' request to temporarily block the increase pending the outcome of an appeal in a lawsuit the outfitters filed in December. It seeks to have the increase overturned.

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The town of Buena Vista is looking to recruit a handful of residents inside or outside of town limits to consider joining our fun and productive advisory boards. These groups meet throughout the year to provide insight and input to town staff.

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A new, casual 5k race is coming to Buena Vista’s River Park this spring. The Pi Day 5k will be local company One Love Endurance’s first ever event on March 13.

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The town of Buena Vista hosted Chris Leiber of NES Landscape Architects for a public open house regarding the historic Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds and Chicago Ranch Master Plan Jan. 20.

In two sessions, Lieber presented project details, progress and future plans. He also fielded questions from community members.

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The future of Duke Bradford and the Colorado River Outfitters Association’s lawsuit against Joe Biden and the Department of Labor is uncertain. But whether it succeeds or fails, it is having a number of effects that are rippling through the rafting industry.

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Chief Judge Philip A. Brimmer of the U.S. District Court for Colorado ruled that the request for a preliminary injunction did not meet the legal standard required for him issue it.

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The Chaffee Common Ground Citizens Advisory Committee releases its third annual report today. The report summarizes 2021 investments and the program’s third funding cycle.

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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 …