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Thursday, April 24, 2014


     A Spring storm system will impact our area this weekend.  The system could potentially bring several inches of wet snow to elevations above 600 feet and wind driven rain below 6000 feet.


     Chaffee County Commissioners will hold a special meeting today with the E911 Authority Board to discuss the county’s potential 911 rate increase.

     The commissioners could then adjourn to executive session to get legal advice regarding the rate increase application to the Public Utilities Commission.

     The Colorado Department of Transportation and the City of Salida are conducting an online survey to gather citizens input on a vision for the Highway 50 corridor through Salida.

     You can access the survey from the City of Salida website.  There is a link to the survey on the homepage under “Hot Topics.”

     The deadline to take part in the discussion is May 2nd.

     The old Moose Lodge in Leadville has been condemned.  Several large cracks around the front and sides of the building have appeared and seem to have shifted slightly.

     The building is located at the corner of East Sixth and Poplar Streets.

     Chaffee County Clerk Joyce Reno and Chaffee County Undersheriff John Spezze are hosting a Liquor Server Training Class Tuesday April 29th.

     Russ Elliot of the Colorado Department of Revenue will conduct the class.  All employees of all licensed liquor establishments are encouraged to attend.

     The class is free.  Register by end of business tomorrow by calling 530-5600.

     The Ark-Valley Humane Society is sponsoring their 3rd annual Pet Health Fair from 12 to 4pm this Saturday at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

     The Pet Health Fair is free and open to the public.       

In Sports—

     The Rockies lost to the Giants last night 12-10.  The Rockies are on the road to begin a 3 game series with the Dodgers tomorrow.

     Game 4 of the best of seven first round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Avalance and the Wild is tonight.  The Avs lead the series 2 games to 1.



Wednesday, April 23, 2014


     Isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible along the divide today and tonight.  The main threat will be cloud to ground lightning.

     Increasing southwest winds, combined with low relative humidity could produce critical fire weather conditions for the rest of the week.


     Classes resume today as usual at Avery Parsons Elementary School in Buena Vista, this after a bomb threat prompted an evacuation yesterday.

     The incident began at around 2pm, just before school was to let out for the day.  Chaffee County Undersheriff John Spezze is not saying how the threat was delivered.

     A Colorado Springs bomb squad dog was brought in to sweep the school for explosive devises.

     The building was declared clear at 5:30pm yesterday.

     An investigation into the matter is under way.     

     The search for a new Chaffee County Fairgrounds manager to replace retiring Jim Mick continues.

     Chaffee County Commissioners, staff and fair board are looking at changing the job description that would match future development.

     Chaffee County administrative assistant Patty Baldwin has been handling the booking of the fairgrounds since last November.

     The Salida Natural Resource Development Corporation Board voted to not pursue an ice rink for the Vandaveer property at yesterday’s meeting.

     The main fear voiced by the board was that the City of Salida would ultimately have to subsidize it.

     The U.S. Forest Service is delaying the opening of seasonal gates in the Fourmile Management Area due to spring snow.

     During most years, gates are closed in the Fourmile area from December 1st to April 15th.

In Sports—

     Registration for the Buena Vista Softball League’s girl’s fast pitch and the adult rec league are now under way.

     Sign up on their website, www.buena vistaco.gov.

     Play starts June 2nd.


     The Rockies defeated the Giants last night 2-1.  The Rockies will try to sweep the 3 game series this afternoon.    



Tuesday, April 22, 2014


     Warm temperatures continue today with a slight chance of afternoon and evening thundershowers.


     Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center deputies were conducting scheduled cell checks this past Sunday when they discovered that an inmate was unresponsive in his cell. 

     Deputies and detention center medical staff immediately began resuscitation efforts but were unsuccessful.

     The inmate, a 53-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The name of the inmate is not being released.  An investigation is continuing.

     The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Town Hall to vote on the water main extension engineering contract.

      Following the special meeting, trustees will hold a work session where they will discuss capital improvement planning.

     The Cuter County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum tonight beginning at 6:30pm at the Custer County School.

     Candidates for county commissioner, sheriff and coroner will be present.

     In recognition of Earth Day, the first Green Drinks Salida event will take place tonight at 6pm at Rivers Edge.

     Green Drinks is an informal networking event where eco-conscious businesses, agencies and individuals can gather and talk about all things “green,” sustainable and ecologically good for planet Earth. 

     Colorado residents who are behind on their home heating bill can apply for help through April 30th.

     Applications can be downloaded from the website Colorado.gov.    

In Sports—

     The Wild beat the Avalanche last night 1-0 in game 3 of their best of 7 first round playoff series.  The Avs lead the series 2-1.  Game 4 is Thursday night.

     The Rockies mauled the Giants last night hitting 5 home runs in an 8-2 win.  Game 2 of their 3 game series is tonight.



Monday, April 21, 2014


     Spring like weather is on tap to start the week.  Temperatures will be in the upper 60’s in the valley, upper 40’s for the high country.  Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening.


     The Salida City Council will host a special meeting tonight at 6 pm in Council Chambers.  Council will adjourn to executive session to discuss a couple of lawsuits against the city:  Auxier vs the City of Salida and the Dale Lee vs the City of Salida case.

     The special meeting will be followed by a work session where council will review the structure and foundation of the Natural Resource Center Development Corporation.

     The Buena Vista School Board will meet tonight in executive session to screen applications for the position of superintendent.  The board will determine which candidates will move forward and undergo background checks.

     There’s a vacancy for the Chaffee County Fairgrounds manager and that will be the topic of discussion when the Chaffee County Commissioners meet tomorrow morning at 9am at the county courthouse. 

     The Salida Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Salida Fire Department and EMS crews will conduct a day-long mock DUI event today at Salida High School.

     New Street is closed from Jones Avenue to D Street because of the event. 

In Sports—

     Shane Sigle of Durango turned in the fastest time in the Pole, Pedal, Paddle race on Saturday. Sigle skied down Monarch Pass, mountain biked to the river then kayaked to the finish line in 2:19:02 to win the Men 40-98 division.

     Other winners in their division were Rachel Friedman of Nathrop, Cormac McGeough of Carbondale, Spencer Lacy of Boulder, Sandra Carroll of Salida, Adam Mahouwald of Sante Fe, N.M., the relay teams of Here for Beer, Team GERD, Dinastars and the Junior Relay team of Absolute Badfish Jr. Allstars. 

     In a 4 hour 8 minute marathon, the Phillies outlasted the Rockies to win 10-9 yesterday at Coors Field.

     The Rockies begin a three game series with the Giants tonight.

The Avalanche is up 2 games to none in their best of seven first round playoff series with the Wild.  Game 3 begins at 5pm today in Minnesota.           



Friday, April 18, 2014


      A storm system will move through our area this weekend bringing a chance of snow for the high country and a rain/snow mix for the lower elevations. 


     The 9Health Fair is stopping in Saguache tomorrow from 7:30am to 11:30am at Mountain Valley School.

     Basic blood screening is available for $30.  Other free screenings will also be available.

     Several organizations will host an Earth Day party from 11am to 2pm tomorrow at Riverside Park.    

     Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and Salida Recreation Department are sponsoring the event.

     Xcel Energy will offer giveaways and Atmos Energy will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.   

     The 3rd Annual Consignment Horse and Tack Sale is tomorrow from 9am to 2pm at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

     Proceeds benefit the Chaffee County 4-H Horse Program and the Chaffee County Fair & Royalty Program.

     Chaffee County Republicans will host a social tomorrow beginning at 5pm at the Country Bounty Restaurant.  The results of the state assembly will be given and local candidates will speak.

     The event is open to all Chaffee County Republicans and independents.

     Several Easter Egg hunts take place tomorrow.

     The Cotopaxi Lions Club will sponsor the hunt at the Cotopaxi School beginning at 9am.

     The Buena Vista Rotary Club will begin their hunt at 9am at Columbine Park.

     The Upper Arkansas Service Club is hosting the hunt in Salida starting at 9:45am at Thonoff Park across from the court house.

     The Poncha Springs hunt starts at 10am at Chipeta Park.

     Westcliffe will hold their hunt at the Feed Store Restaurant beginning at 10am.

In Sports—

     The Broncos Salute to Fan’s Tour is stopping in Buena Vista tonight.

     Meet Miles the Mascot, cheerleaders and defensive end Malik Jackson and tight end Virgil Green.

     The Salute to Fan’s Tour is from 7 to 8:30pm at the Buena Vista Middle School gymnasium.

     The Ark Valley High Rollers will host a spring mix-up roller derby bout tomorrow at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

     Skaters from Eagle, Gunnison, Grand Junction, Pueblo, Boulder, Durango and the San Luis Valley will join the High Rollers.

Doors open at 11am with the bout starting at noon.       



Thursday, April 17, 2014


     Sunshine returns today with highs near 60 in the valley and in the low 40’s for the high country.

     The next system to affect our area will arrive Friday night and last through the weekend.


     Salida Mayor Jim Dickson has issued a press release concerning the recent controversy surrounding the “consolidation” of the Recreation and SteamPlant departments by City Administrator Dara MacDonald.

     The Mayor said: 

     This press release is being issued to clear up an unfortunate misunderstanding about the organization of city departments.

     On April 3rd, the city issued a press release that stated “The Salida SteamPlant and Hot Springs Pool/Recreation Departments have merged to create the Arts and Recreation Department.”  That statement was in error.  Since then, attempts to clarify what has actually happened have failed.  So here is another try.

     Prior to the April 3 press release, the city was organized into seven departments:  Administration, Community Development, Police, Fire, Public Works, Pool and Recreation and SteamPlant.  Today, those same seven departments still exist, and no new department has been created.

     What has happened it the administrative duties of two of the seven department heads, Pool and Recreation and SteamPlant, have been realigned.  Section 2, Article III of the Sailda Municipal Code grants the city administrator “the responsibility and authority to appoint, supervise and discharge all nonelected department heads and employees, excepting the city attorney, the municipal prosecutor and the municipal judge.”

     It is the opinion of the mayor and city council that “appoint, supervise and discharge” includes authority to define duties and prescribe workload.  That is what has happened.  That is why the city council took no action on the merger.  There was no merger.

     We all regret the error and the misunderstanding that has resulted.

     Salida Recreation’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt is tonight from 5 to 6:30 at the Hot Springs Aquatic Center.

     Cost is $3 per child.

     Registration is now open for the annual Salida Chamber of Commerce 9-hole golf tournament.

     The tournament is scheduled for May 9th with Business After Hours to follow at the Salida Golf Club.

     To register your team, call the chamber at 539-2068.

In Sports—

     The Nuggets ended the regular season last night with a 116-112 loss to Golden State.  The Nuggets finished the season with a 36-46 record.

     The Stanley Cup playoffs are under way and the Avalanche will face Minnesota tonight in the first round.  Game 2 of the best of seven series is Saturday.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014


     A storm system that will be capable of producing accumulating snow will arrive today and continue into tomorrow.     


     Salida City Council unanimously decided last night to continue the adoption of Chapter 16 of the municipal code until May 6th to give city staff to gather more information from the public regarding changes in the code.

     Council also approved an ordinance designating narrow-gauge caboose No. 0576 as a local historic landmark.

     The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees swore in three new members at their meeting last night.

     The new members are Galen Angelo, Adrian Quintana and Douglas Kline.

     Chaffee County Commissioners will consider decreasing the number of people needed at an event to require a special event permit from the county at their next meeting.

     Commissioners want more time to gather information from Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services Director Josh Hadley.

     Colorado Mountain College has announced the hiring of James Taylor as the new campus vice president for the college in Leadville and Buena Vista.

     Taylor is currently vice president of campus education for Ameritech College in Salt Lake City.

     Taylor will begin his duties with CMC May 12th.

     The Commodity Supplemental Food Program will provide food boxes to eligible low-income senior citizens from 9am to 11am tomorrow and Friday at the Salida Community Center.

     People interested in receiving food boxes must take proof of county residency, age and gross income.

In Sports—

     Entrants have until tomorrow to register for the ninth running of the Salida Pole, Pedal, Paddle to be held this Saturday.

     The event features a 6-mile backcountry ski leg down Monarch Pass, a 20-mile bike ride along the river and ends with a Kayak run down the Arkansas River.

     Register online at 3psalida.com.

     The Rockies beat the Padres last night 3-2.  Game 3 of their 4 game series is tonight.

The Nuggets lost to the Clippers last night 117-105.  The Nuggets wrap up their season against the Warriors tonight.      



Tuesday, April 15, 2014


     Expect sunshine and warmer temperatures today, but changes are on the way.

     The next system that will be capable of producing accumulating snow, potentially heavy at times, will arrive Wednesday and continue into Thursday.     


     A free legal clinic for people who have no attorney will be from 3 to 6pm today at the Salida Regional Library. 

     Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil law.

     Walk-ins are welcome and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

     Chaffee County Commissioners meet today at the Buena Vista school district building.

     Commissioners will consider adopting amendments to the county’s special event permit, reducing the number of people involved in an event from 1,000 to 500 to require a special event permit.

     The Salida Natural Resource Development Corporation board will consider the possibility of building an ice rink at the Vandaveer Ranch site during their meeting at 11am today in council chambers.

     The board will also consider a renewal of a property lease with John White.

     Salida City Council will take public comments tonight after a second reading of an ordinance that would repeal and re-enact the Chapter 16 land-use and development code. 

     The council will meet at 6pm in council chambers at the Touber Building.

     Council will also hear a second reading of an ordinance that would allow for medium sized trees to be planted in parkways.

     Salida Hospital District directors will hear a presentation on the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center wellness program during their monthly meeting tonight at 6pm at the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association community room in Buena Vista. 


     The Commodity Supplemental Food Program will provide food boxes to eligible low-income senior citizens from 9am to 11am today, Thursday and Friday at the Salida Community Center.

     People interested in receiving food boxes must take proof of county residency, age and gross income.


     Early registration begins today, and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 16th annual Monarch Crest Crank, which will take place September 14th on the final day of Salida Bike Fest.

     The event benefits the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse.

     For more information, send an email to crestcrank@gmail.com.

In Sports—

     The Rockies lost to the Padres last night 5-4.    



Monday, April 14, 2014


     Clearing skies today as the system that brought rain, snow, thunder and lightning to the area moves out.

     The next system that will be capable of producing accumulating snow, potentially heavy at times, will arrive Wednesday and continue into Thursday.     


     The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6:30pm in Town Hall.

     The board will swear in newly elected trustees Galen Angelo, Douglas Kline and Adrian Quintana.

     The Buena Vista School Board will meet in executive session tonight to determine the participants in the superintendent application process.  An open session will follow to announce the appointments.

     A free legal clinic for people who have no attorney will be from 3 to 6pm tomorrow at the Salida Regional Library. 

     Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil law.

     Walk-ins are welcome and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

     The Salida Police Department and the Chaffee County Sheriffs Office have responded to numerous calls in the past week of stolen vehicles, trailers, motorcycles and ATV’s.           

     If you have information that would assist the detectives in this case please call the Chaffee County Crime Stoppers hotline at 539-5299.

     Rewards of up to $1,000 are offered and callers can remain anonymous.

     Another ski season has come and gone.  Monarch Mountain wrapped up the season with their annual “Kayaks on Snow” on Saturday.  The annual season ending parking lot tailgate party and cook-off was held yesterday.

In Sports—

     The Avalanche lost to the Ducks yesterday 3-2 in the last regular season game.  The Avs finish the season with a 52-22-8 record.

The Avalanche will face the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs.  Game one is Thursday, game 2 is Saturday.      

















































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