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Friday, April 18, 2014

Weather

      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. 

Headlines

     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

Weather

     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.

Headlines

     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

Weather

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

Headlines

     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

Weather

     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.     

Headlines

     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

Weather

     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.     

Headlines

     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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