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As the holiday season approaches, the giving season has begun. Some local residents may not have enough food or may not be receiving a gift for this season, so helping agencies have begun their efforts to see that everyone has a happy holiday season.

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The Salida Ranger District of the The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest, will sell Christmas tree cutting permits from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24.

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The proposed rate increase for water bills is 3 percent and for sewer is 4.5 percent. The net increase would be about 3.2 percent since wastewater makes up a smaller portion of the bill. Reporter made the error. 

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Spartan Ultra races are typically 50 kilometers long, almost 5 miles longer than a marathon, and have 60 obstacles along the route to add some extra challenges. 

“It’s a sport about suffering,” said Salidan Dolan Potts. “They seem almost psychotic, but they’re really quite fun.”

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The Colorado Department of Transportation advises travelers to use caution and prepare for an autumn snowstorm that is forecast to hit western parts of the state today and linger through Friday morning. 

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Cotopaxi High School senior Chance Gulliford will get to play ball at the next level. 

Gulliford recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Adams State University after he graduates. 

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Friday is the deadline for taking the city’s community survey on the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) master plan. 

“We are trying to get as many people as possible to answer our survey,” Ryan Wiegman, recreation coordinator, said in a press release.

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Chaffee Common Ground recommended grant funding for the Envision Community Wildfire Protection Plan. News editor made the error.

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A hearse carrying the remains of Chaffee County Sheriff’s Deputy Roy Williams was escorted through Chaffee County Monday morning by a procession of law enforcement and other emergency vehicles.

Williams, 28, died Nov. 5.

Emergency vehicles from Salida, Buena Vista, Chaffee County and neighboring counties provided the escort.

The procession started in Buena Vista, drove down U.S. 285 to Colo. 291, through Salida and onto U.S. 50.

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Kaya Schwarz continued her upward trajectory in cutting this year. The 15-year-old Salidan had her most successful season yet and was named the champion in the Southern Colorado Cutting Horse Association’s 2,000 Limit Rider division.

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The Chaffee County 4-H Council held its annual awards ceremony Sunday at Chaffee County Fairgrounds to recognize its members’ achievements.

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service will host public meetings to discuss the draft resource management plan for Browns Canyon National Monument beginning today in Salida.

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Y&K Excavation announced it will be doing water line work starting today on G Street between First Street and Sackett Avenue.

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Buena Vista – Buena Vista schools were placed on lockout Thursday afternoon by the Buena Vista Police Department following reports of a suspicious person.

The Buena Vista Police Department reported that it received information at about 2 p.m. from an another agency concerning a social media post about schools.

The Buena Vista School District notified parents about 2:54 p.m. Thursday that Buena Vista police had put the schools in lockout. The text and phone notifications stated the schools would dismiss on time with officers on duty to escort students.

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Shavano Academic Booster Club observes its 30th anniversary this year, having recognized nearly 2,000 students in the Salida School District.

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A deer gored a 56-year-old Franktown man, who was treated and released at a hospital Wednesday evening, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported.

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Buena Vista nonprofit organization elevateHER announced it will significantly expand its programming in the upcoming year.

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Sgt. 1st Class Frederick J. Lechak, 30, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart during special services at Fort Carson in November 1967. The medals were accepted by his wife, Magdalene I. (Martinez) Lechak of Salida.

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Free transportation for veterans to VA medical appointments is available Monday through Friday at the Chaffee County Veterans Service Office, Suite 134 in the Touber Building, 448 E. First St. in Salida.

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Holiday Park tree tags are available at The Mountain Mail office, 125 E. Second St., for those who adopted a tree before Monday. 

Those who adopted a tree after Monday can pick up their tags next week

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DENVER – The Salida High School boys’ soccer team came within one minute of reaching the 3A state championship game Wednesday but ultimately fell short in overtime, 2-1.

Playing Roaring Fork in the semifinals at Denver’s All-City Stadium, junior Kai Brown broke a scoreless tie in the 73rd minute. With a defender on his hip, Brown made a move across the goal, getting the goalie out of position and then blasting a shot into the net from the side of the box to put Salida up, 1-0.

With 1:20 left in the game, however, Roaring Fork scored to tie the contest. A Salida defender was in the right position but failed to clear the ball, and the Rams scored from within the box to send the game into overtime.

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Buena Vista schools were placed on lockout Thursday afternoon by the Buena Vista Police Department following reports of a suspicious person.

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“Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark,” moves to the roaring 1920s in the Salida High School drama team’s performance of the classic Shakespearean play at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Salida High School auditorium.

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Dr. J. Curtis “Curt” Kovacs, Salida, served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1971.

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Jim Alloy, Spec. 4, U.S. Army, grew up on a ranch in Poncha Springs with his parents and his brother, Sam, and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 at age 19.

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Outdoor activities with a group of like individuals can be a transforming experience for disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans.

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The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a procession through Chaffee County in honor of Deputy Roy Williams on Monday morning.

The procession of first-responder vehicles and family will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will travel south on U.S. 24 through Buena Vista to U.S. 285. 

It will continue south on U.S. 285, east on Colo. 291 to F Street in Salida, then south on F Street to U.S. 50, where the procession will go westbound leaving Salida city limits.

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Monarch Mountain will spin its lifts again this weekend, giving skiers and snowboarders two more bonus days to ride the mountain before its original opening date. 

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DENVER – The Salida High School boys’ soccer team came within one minute of reaching the 3A state championship game Wednesday but ultimately fell short in overtime, 2-1.

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Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. John E. “Jack” O’Connor writes about the single most important mission of his 24-year Air Force career in his book, “They Touched Our Heroes for the Last Time – Repatriation of Fallen POWs and Other Tales.”

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Kathryn Ruth Martin’s first husband was Albert Bursch. Incorrect information was provided to The Mail.

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Students, teachers and veterans attended the dedication of the Veterans’ Rock Monday at Cotopaxi School.

The ceremony was held at 11 a.m. Monday in a symbolic gesture that echoed the Armistice of 1918, which ended World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The Veterans’ Rock is a bas relief sculpture of the U.S. flag on a large granite boulder, inscribed with the words “Honoring veterans past, present and future. Thank you for your service.”

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Carl Hasselbrink, a Vietmam veteran, was a 17-year-old kid living in Chicago when he joined the U.S. Army in 1963.

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Larry Morris spent 27-plus years in the U.S. Air Force, 12 years enlisted, two as an officer candidate and 15 years as an officer. He retired in the grade of major. Now for the first time after retiring in 1979, he has taken the time to talk about his experience in the Office of Special Inve…

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While volunteering for local non-profits The Alliance and The Grainery, Salida High School junior Sophie Pressly noticed something: Very few high school students in the area were volunteering.

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The moniker “Poet of the Rockies” is a bold stamp to place upon a writer, one that some would not be able to live up to. It would take an education within the ranks of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad before Cy Warman could be honored with this title.

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After 110 minutes of nail-biting intensity, the Salida High School boys’ soccer team beat Faith Christian in a shootout Saturday in the Class 3A state quarterfinals, 1-1 (4-2). 

“That was an exciting game, that’s for sure,” said SHS senior Colby Pitts.

Faith Christian started the game strong, heading in a corner kick in the 36th minute to go up 1-0. “We were fortunate, especially in the first half,” said Salida head coach Ben Oswald. “We couldn’t find our game, and they came at us with a high intensity.”

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Su Casa Furniture & Sleep Shop hosted its third annual Drive-by Food Drive Saturday to benefit the First Presbyterian Church food pantry.

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