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Salida Mountain Trails hosted an informal get-together Thursday at Soulcraft Brewing to provide a chance for people to check out the group and visit with members.

SMT representatives Andrew Koransky and Mark Merklein talked about some of the projects the group has either just finished or is planning for this year.

Education

Registration will begin March 2 for the 35th annual Senior Mini College, a noncredit learning experience geared toward senior citizens, at the Pueblo Community College Fremont Campus in Cañon City.

Classes will be offered March 23-27 and taught by local experts, artists and other accomplished individuals, according to a press release.

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About 40 percent of the Decker Fire’s burn area is “moderately burned,” Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) team leader Liz Schackenberg said, and about 1 percent is severely burned.

Schnackenberg said the greatest effects will be felt next summer and start declining after about three years.

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Young artists from Salida Boys & Girls Club held an opening for their art display Wednesday at Gathering Grounds, 203 W. First St.

It is the first time works from the club’s annual art contest have been displayed in a venue other than Boys & Girls Club.

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Friday

  • 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Salida Boys & Girls Club for elementary and middle school age children. 719-539-9500.
  • 9-11 a.m. – Kids First Literacy Club offers free tutoring for first- through fifth-graders at First Lutheran Church, 1237 F St. 719-539-4311
  • 9-11 a.m. — Colorado Legal Services staff member available for case intake interviews at Chaffee County Combined Courts, 142 Crestone Ave. 800-395-2465.  
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Planned Parenthood clinic at 233 E. Second St. 719-539-7291.
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Salida Pregnancy Resource Center, 215 E. Third St., offers pregnancy and parenting information, free pregnancy testing, ultrasound and STD testing. 719-539-7436.
  • Noon – Congregate meals at Episcopal Church, Fourth and E streets. Voluntary contribution for ages 60 and older; $11 for others. Call 539-3342 before 9:30 a.m. for reservations. 530-8980 for Chaffee Shuttle. 539-3341 for Meals on Wheels.
  • 12:15 p.m. – AA at First Presbyterian Church downstairs, 7 Poncha Blvd. 24-hour hotline 888-333-9649.
  • 3-7 p.m. – Buena Vista Boys & Girls Club is open for elementary and middle school age children. 719-221-2095.
  • 6 p.m. – Al-Anon at First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd. 719-207-2695.
  • 6:15-8:15 p.m. – Learn-to-Dance Lesson at Salida Community Center, 305 F St., open to the public.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Prayer and Bible study at Living Waters, 5300 E. U.S. 50. 719-539-6826.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Open AA at First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd. 24-hour hotline 888-333-9649.
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Business

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Uptown Grill, 413 U.S. 50, to its membership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The restaurant officially opened July 6 and was a collaborative effort involving Jeff Schweitzer, Margie Sohl, Pablo Solomon, Zach Stanley, Kristi Solomon and Jennifer Madrid. They also collectively own 50 Burger Shakes & Beer. They met while working together at Laughing Ladies restaurant for years prior to opening the restaurants.

Police & Courts

Iniki Vike Kapu, 27, of Colorado Springs, who pleaded guilty to killing 12 deer, two turkeys and a bighorn sheep in Teller, Fremont and Chaffee counties from 2018-2019, received his final sentence Tuesday in 11th Judicial District Court in Fremont County.

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