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Registration is currently open for all events at runsignup.com.  The marathon field is over 60% full, and the half marathon field is over 70% full.  Registration prices will increase after Jan. 31.

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While I fancy that my purpose and intent is the creation of Art, in reality there is much to be done for the warmer fishing seasons ahead and being helpful to those with the fishing itch in the colder months.

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When Coloradans register their vehicles in 2023, they will be charged $29 unless they opt out of the Keep Colorado Wild Pass.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southeast Region Sportsperson’s Caucus will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan.11 at the Southeast Region offices in Colorado Springs. The meeting will also be streamed live via the CPW Facebook page.

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Though the program isn’t widely known, Buena Vista’s Recreation Department granted 25 scholarships to 18 local kids this year, with 56 local businesses sponsoring the department and its scholarship fund.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists initiated their deer and bighorn sheep population assessments on Dec. 12. The surveys will be conducted using low-altitude helicopters. CPW hopes to conclude the assessments by early January.

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The Fremont County Tourism Council announced Thursday it has been awarded a $60,000 Tourism Marketing Match Grant from the Colorado Tourism Office to create and market a GPS-enabled audio tour of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, featuring history, geology, wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities on the Arkansas River.

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Frozen waters provide unique recreation opportunities for people to go places that are inaccessible by foot most of the year. Whether ice fishing, skating, sledding or snowshoeing, it is important to take the right precautions and bring the correct equipment to keep you and your family safe. 

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If your season includes adding a Good Dog to your family, give them your all. The rewards have always come back to me tenfold and leave me with no regrets from sharing time with them.

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It’s that time of year again! Products are available from GARNA’s 8th annual Photo Product Fundraiser including notecard sets, a 2023 calendar and canvas and metal prints that showcase the natural beauty of the Upper Arkansas Valley. Images featured in these products were chosen from the 90 …

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Nearly 70 runners showed up Saturday for One Love Endurance’s Ugly Sweater 5k, the final race in their Holiday Hustle 5K Series, with an additional 10 taking on the Fun Run around South Main.

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The Buena Vista Public Library featured 20 local authors at the second annual Local Author Fair on Dec. 3. Each author had a book or two to help interested readers get to know them, as well as some candy or cookies to correlate with the Chocolate Walk taking place that day.

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Kicking off the holiday season, permits are now available in the San Luis Valley and Royal Gorge field offices through Dec. 24, 2022, for tree cutting on Bureau of Land Management public lands.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to share this year’s annual 2022 Future Generations Act Report and the Strategic Plan Progress Report.

CPW staff is devoted to maintaining the agency’s important mission while also exploring innovative ways to accomplish our strategic goals so programs can evolve with the growing needs of our customers.

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More than 140,000 trail users crossed the Whipple Bridge in 2021 and an average of 600 people per day in July — a 20% increase over the prior year based on Bureau of Land Management trail counter data.

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Thanksgiving morning in Buena Vista saw a brisk run with the BVSC Turkey Trot 5K & Fun Run, part of the Holiday Hustle 5K series hosted by One Love Endurance Events.

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Buena Vista’s annual Christmas Opening is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, filling the day with festivities and local shopping opportunities. Activities include the Polar Plunge, the Ugly Sweater 5k, and a Chili Cook-Off, among others.

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More than 140,000 trail users crossed the Whipple Bridge in 2021 and an average of 600 people per day in July — a 20% increase over the prior year based on Bureau of Land Management trail counter data.

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Thanksgiving morning in Buena Vista saw a brisk run with the BVSC Turkey Trot 5K & Fun Run, part of the Holiday Hustle 5K series hosted by One Love Endurance Events.

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Buena Vista’s annual Christmas Opening is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, filling the day with festivities and local shopping opportunities. Activities include the Polar Plunge, the Ugly Sweater 5k, and a Chili Cook-Off, among others.

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The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is launching a new website, www.colorado.gov/avalanche, to help backcountry travelers get current information on avalanche conditions in the Colorado mountains.

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting in Gateway, Keystone Policy Center presented the “Final Summary of Recommendations for the Colorado Wolf Restoration and Management Plan” from the Stakeholder Advisory Group.

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Christmas tree permits for the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands are available to purchase online through Recreation.gov. Permits for the Leadville, Salida, San Carlos, South Park and South Platte Ranger Districts are currently on sale. Sales for the Pikes Peak Ranger District will begin Nov. 25

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted to approve revisions to personal floatation device types to match U.S. Coast Guard changes during their November meeting on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18.

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Only 5 months after Colorado Parks and Wildlife certified a new state record brook trout for the first time in 75 years, the record was again reestablished by Matt Smiley of Lake City.

Smiley caught an 8-pound, 9-ounce brookie on Oct. 8 from Waterdog Lake, located on the east side of Lake City in Hinsdale County within the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Independence Pass on Colorado Highway 82 is closed for the season. The roadway closed at approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 due to a winter storm. The closure was extended into a seasonal winter closure on Friday, Nov. 4.

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will discuss revising personal flotation device types to align with changes made by the U.S. Coast Guard during its meeting Nov. 17-18.

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Changing your clocks with your driving habits during daylight saving time can help prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions. Wildlife experts advise drivers that wildlife is on the move so be aware, drive with caution and slow down at night. 

This Sunday, Nov. 6, marks the end of daylight saving time in Colorado. This means drivers will set their clocks back an hour, see dusk earlier and witness more wild animals migrating to their wintering habitats during rush-hour traffic on highways. 

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With the onset of November and the decline of warmth, fly fishing often slides down the list of things to do. Cold water and shorter days cause the trout to shift behaviors and the angler to be a bit choosier on when to rig up and get out there.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is holding its eighth annual photo contest for nature photos taken in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, as an opportunity for local photographers to share their creative work and support GARNA. Photos must be from within the Upper Arkansas Valley Watershed, Leadville to Cañon City.

The Bighorn Springs State Wildlife Area conservation easement required of Blue Triton Brands to maintain its 1041 status is progressing and is estimated to be complete by the Dec. 31 deadline.

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President Joe Biden visited Camp Hale in October to dedicate the historic site as the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, permanently protecting 53,804 acres of land where the famed 10th Mountain Division lived and trained during World War II. 

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Buena Vista High School graduate Joseph DeMoor brought home gold from the 2022 Skyrunning World Championships in Italy’s Ossola Valley Sept. 9-11.

Skyrunning involves running above 6,500 feet at a grade-2 climb with an incline over 30%, according to the International Skyrunning Federation. The championships featured three races: Vertical, Sky and SkyUltra.

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resident Joe Biden visited Camp Hale in October to dedicate the historic site as the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, permanently protecting 53,804 acres of land where the famed 10th Mountain Division lived and trained during World War II. 

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New benches and natural fencing will be placed at popular recreation areas in the towns of Salida, Poncha Springs and Buena Vista this month, as the Southwest Conservation Corp completes a project funded by Great Outdoors Colorado.

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The Colorado League race series held 2 days of high school mountain bike racing the weekend of Oct. 8-9 on the iconic McMurry Ranch.

This family has hosted almost 40 cycling events and has supported our events since 2010 when the very first Colorado League race included 155 racers.

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The BV Beautification Advisory Board has taken on a project to add improvements to the Dog Park located across from the Community Center on East Main Street. Directed by BV Recreation special projects manager Earl Richmond, a group of volunteers started work on a walking trail within the par…

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Lindsey Trenkle lopped five minutes off last year’s time and took a podium finish on her home course in Nathrop Sunday to lead BV Racing in the Chalk Creek Stampede Piedra Regional Series.

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The iconic perception many have of fly fishing is the rhythmic to-and-fro motion of casting a fly. Hypnotic in its timing and grace, it was the first thing I recognized as a youth and it attracted me to the sport. It helped that there was often a fish on the end of the angler’s line after I …

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The U.S. Forest Service held a public meeting in Buena Vista Monday to talk about resuming the prescribed burn near Trout Creek in Fourmile.

“It’s a fire adapted ecosystem that has been subjected to prolonged fire control, so there is a lot of fuel on the forest floor ready to burn,” Forest Service Salida District ranger J. Perry Edwards said. “We need to be doing more of this, not less. Otherwise conditions will become dangerous, promoting large scale wildfire conditions or an unhealthy forest ecosystem.”

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Just before noon on Sept. 25, families gathered near the middle of 14erFest’s Vendor Village on East Main Street for the return of the Kids Strider Race.

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The Peak to Peak Pickleball Club held an opening dedication Wednesday, Sept. 21, for the town’s six new pickleball courts as more than 100 people attended the opening.

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Around 300 participants joined the Autumn Run on Sept. 17, many for the first time.

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The Texans held out for awhile, but in the end the Colorado contingent captured the Texas flag, winning the Great Colorado vs. Texas Tomato War Saturday.

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Driving along the stretch over Monarch Pass of U.S. 50, the view includes the results of fire mitigation work of felled spruce beetle-infested trees.

The methods of dealing with the trees and terrain look very different on either side of the Continental Divide and between the San Isabel and Gunnison national forests.

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Rob and Katie Ferris of Buena Vista and Greg Justis of Salida will be recognized as Club Heroes at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County’s Great Futures Gala on Wednesday Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

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This story has been corrected as the original band lineup in the story was from last year. The correct lineup has been added while the previous one has been deleted.

The Buena Vista Hunter Education Association offers one class in the fall and one in the spring. This fall’s online class involves registering for the conclusion class as well as taking the online class and tests. The conclusion class will be Sunday, Oct. 9.

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The Autumn Run, formerly the Autumn Color Run, hosted by One Love Endurance will return to Buena Vista Sept. 17.

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The town of Buena Vista will begin a trail project later this fall to address erosion, safety concerns, congestion and additional issues on the popular Whipple Trail, which begins on the east side of the town bridge over the Arkansas River.