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Friday, March 7, 2014
There is a good chance of snow for our area today into tomorrow morning. Expect 3 to 5 inches in the valley and up to 8 inches along the divide.
An altercation took place last night at the Royal Gorge Republican Women’s “Meet the Candidate” event.
Fremont County Coroner candidates Carlette Brocious and Randy Keller were invited to speak at the event. According to Keller, the son-in-law of his opponent, Adam Messer, got in his face and pushed him.
Canon City Police issued Messer a summons for a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.
Colorado’s seventh avalanche fatality this winter was a member of the Wolf Creek Ski Patrol.
The skier was conducting research in Conejos County when he was caught in an avalanche. The skiers name has not been released.
The four finalists for the superintendent position at Buena Vista school’s will be interviewed today.
The school board will hear recommendations from the interview committee tonight and will make their final decision March 12th.
The City of Salida is looking for a new Community Development Director.
The director performs a variety of supervisory, technical and administrative tasks such as planning, budgeting, coordinating and directing the overall operations and activities within the Community Development Department.
State Senator Gail Schwartz and Representative Millie Hamner will hold a town hall meeting tonight from 5 to 6:30 pm in Leadville.
Senator Schwartz will meet with Buena Vista area residents tomorrow from 2:30 to 3:30 pm at the Roastery.
The City of Salida will be installing a new sidewalk at the north end of Alpine Park beginning on Monday. Fourth Street between E and F will be closed through Friday.
A hand full of Buena Vista art galleries are staying open late tonight as part of First Friday.
Jimmy “Rocketman” Descant’s exhibit at the Jailhouse from 5 to 9 pm will highlight the evening.
The Monte Vista Crane Festival is taking place this weekend at the Ski Hi Complex.
Events include bus tours to view Sandhill Cranes, an arts and crafts fair and a Saturday evening dinner.
It’s time to “spring forward.” Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday. Set your clock ahead 1 hour before going to bed Saturday night.
The Salida Lady Spartans will take on Trinidad tonight in the first round of the regional tournament. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm and you can hear the game on Eagle Country 104.
The Cotopaxi boys take on Norwood tomorrow in Regional play. The Pirates tip-off in Gunnison at 3:30 pm.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
A weather system will move into our area tonight bringing with it a good chance of snow through Saturday morning.
Expect snow accumulations tomorrow of 5-8 inches in the higher elevations, a rain/snow mix for the valley.
A 14-year-old Salida boy has been arrested in connection to vandalism at Salida schools.
The Salida student was taken into custody after two anonymous sources came forward.
The juvenile admitted to spray painting pro Buena Vista graffiti on school property, and police are looking for another juvenile who might have been involved.
The 14-year-old will charged with criminal mischief, defacing public property and third degree trespass.
Sunglass company Native Eyewear, is in their final days of its annual Locals Only Project.
Salida is one of the five mountain towns in the finals.
Voting is being conducted on the Native Eyewear Facebook page. The deadline to vote is tomorrow.
The Salida Council for the Arts is inviting Salida area artists to submit their work for exhibition in the annual all-Salida “Valley Visions” show.
The non-juried exhibit will be on display May 2-27 at the SteamPlant.
Deadline for entries is April 11th.
The Collegiate Peaks Forum is opening their 2014 lecture series tonight with a speech by Dr. Martin Laforest of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Laforest’s talk is entitled, “How Extremely Tiny Is Becoming Extremely Huge.”
The free lecture will begin at 7 pm at the Buena Vista Community Center.
Adult co-ed volleyball is starting tonight in Buena Vista. Cost is $15 per person. Sign up at 6:15 pm at the BV High School Gym.
Congratulations to Buena Vista senior Aaron Sebastian who has signed a letter of intent to play football at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
The Broncos are releasing 12-time Pro Bowler Champ Bailey to make room in the salary cap. Bailey was set to make $10 million in 2014.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Sunny skies and highs in the low 50’s are in store for the valley today. Expect highs in the low 30’s in Leadville and the high country.
The Salida Hospital District canceled it May 6th board of directors election because only three people submitted nomination forms and there are only three seats were up for election.
Harry Payton and Thomas Eve, both of Salida, and Debbie Ferrel of Buena Vista will take the oath of office at the May meeting.
The Salida City Council approved an amendment to the Salida Natural Resource Center Development Corporation agreement, expanding the agreement to include site planning, entitlements and site preparation.
The vote was 4-2 with Mike Bowers and Melodee Hallett voting no.
A body was found yesterday in a car along Park County Road 33 near the turnoff for Boreas Pass.
Sheriff Fred Wegener said it is unknown how long the car and body had been there. The sheriff said the deceased was a young male.
Construction crews are set to begin work on the U.S. 24/285 railroad bridge on March 24th, nearly one year after the project’s original start date.
The replacement of the bridge west of Johnson Village was supposed to have begun in May 2013, but was delayed by the Union Pacific railroad, which owns the tracks underneath the bridge.
Children’s dental services for Medicaid and underinsured patients are now being offered at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Michael Purcell will offer general exams and cleaning services the second Tuesday of each month.
To make an appointment, call 719-543-7123.
The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office is forming an Explorer Post at the department.
Youth Explorers are young men and women interested in learning more about law enforcement firsthand. Eleven young men and women, ages fourteen to twenty-on, have been riding with deputies and attending a wide variety of training.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program or to request an application is encouraged to contact the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office.
The City of Salida Recreation Department has scheduled two field trips in March.
A trip to the Monte Vista Crane Festival is scheduled for this Saturday.
A day trip to the Jorgensen Ice Rink in Gunnison happens on Friday, March 14th.
Cost for each trip is $25, register at the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center.
The Avalanche beat the Blackhawks last night 4-2. With 20 games remaining in the season, the Avs are only one point behind the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago.
Athletes can register now for the 66th annual FIBArk Whitewater Festival. Register online at www.fibark.net.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A slight chance of a rain/snow mix is in store for the valley today. High temperatures will be in the upper 40’s.
Snow is likely in the high country. One to two inches is possible in Leadville and along the divide—highs will be in the low 30’s.
The Salida School District is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism of Salida school property.
Sometime between the evening hours of Thursday, February 27th and the early morning hours of Friday, February 28th, property at the Kesner Building, Salida Middle School and the high school stadium was vandalized.
You are asked to contact the Salida Police Department. You may remain anonymous.
It’s Caucus Time.
The Republican Precinct Caucus is at Salida High School tonight with registration beginning at 6:15 pm.
Republicans will nominate election judges, elect precinct committeepersons and elect delegates to the county assembly.
Democrats in the north end of Chaffee County will meet tonight in the Buena Vista High School lunchroom. Democrats in southern Chaffee County will meet at the Salida Community Center. Both locations meet at 6:30 pm.
Six people have filed to run for the three open seats on the Buena Vista Board of Trustees.
Earl Richmond, Eric Gibb, Dave Volpe, Ed Barkowski and incumbents Duff Lacy and Jerry Steinaur all filed.
Mayor Joel Benson will run unopposed.
Buena Vista voters will go to the polls April 1st.
The Colorado Department of Transportation will present information related to possible traffic calming and safety measures for Highway 50 through Salida at the Salida City Council work session tonight. The work session begins at 6 pm in council chambers.
All interested residents and business owners are encouraged to attend.
The Canon City Council extended the moratorium on the operation of retail marijuana establishments last night at their regular meeting.
The moratorium gives the council more time to formulate, consider and adopt new ordinances for licensing retail marijuana stores.
A free health insurance enrollment and information forum will be held tomorrow at the West Custer County Library.
Stop in anytime between 10 am and 6 pm to speak one-on-one with a certified counselor.
The forum is being sponsored by the Custer County Medical Center and Connect for Health Colorado.
Ascension Episcopal Church in Salida is holding their 42nd annual Shrove Tuesday all you can eat pancake supper tonight from 5 to 7 pm at the church located at 4th and E Streets.
Adults $5, kids $3. All proceeds benefit local outreach programs.
The Nuggets suffered their sixth straight loss last night, losing 132-128 to the Timberwolves.
Peyton Manning has passed his annual physical examination and has been cleared to play in the upcoming season. No issues were found with his surgically repaired neck.
Monday, March 3, 2014
It’s a mild start to the week with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 50’s forecast for the valley. Higher elevations will hold on to a 50 percent of snow with daytime highs in the low 30’s.
The investigation continues today into whom spray painted pro Buena Vista graffiti at Salida High School.
Vandals wrote “Salida sucks,” “This is revenge,” and “BV” on buildings at the high school, the Kesner Building, the middle school and the football field.
The vandalism was discovered Friday morning.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Chaffee County Crime Stoppers.
Atmos Energy will begin replacing aging gas mains on H Street in Salida today as part of the H Street Reguild Project.
H Street from 3rd to 5th Streets will be closed for about 2 weeks while the lines are replaced.
The City of Salida is hosting a public meeting to describe the scope of the H Street Rebuild Project at 6 pm tonight at the SteamPlant.
A timeline will be given for the project and a question and answer period will follow.
The Buena Vista School Board meets tonight at 6 pm in the school district office.
The board and interview committee members will meet for interview training tomorrow as the search for a new superintendent continues. Four finalist will arrive Thursday for tours of the schools and interviews.
David Slavish of Buena Vista has announced his intention to run for Chaffee County Coroner.
If Slavish receives the Republican nomination, he will face incumbent Randy Amettis in the general election in November.
The Lady Spartans basketball team advanced to the Regional Tournament with wins over Buena Vista and The Classical Academy over the weekend. The Spartans finished fifth in the district tournament and will take on Trinidad Friday night for round one of the regional tournament.
The Buena Vista boys and girls teams failed to make regionals.
A new show featuring area coaches and players in all sports is beginning today on Heart of the Rockies Radio.
“Sports Spotlight” can be heard Monday through Friday on The Peak 92.3 at 7:10 am and 4:10 pm and on Eagle Country 104 at 6:50 am and 4:50 pm.