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Arkansas Valley Indivisible will hold an event from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Alpine Park featuring “Cardboard Cory,” a life-sized cardboard photo cutout of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo).

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Turner Farm and Apple Orchard west of Buena Vista will be the site of one of the few Fourth of July celebrations in Buena Vista this year.

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United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband reiterated Tuesday that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from face mask requirements are fraudulent, accord…

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Children from western Fremont and southern Chaffee counties, including Howard, Cotopaxi, Coaldale, Swissvale, Salida, Poncha Springs, Maysville and Nathrop are asked to draw their favorite summer weather and send them to The Mountain Mail.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation is offering two $5,000 scholarships for any certified emergency medical technician or paramedic who lives or has lived within the Salida Hospital District, which encompasses all of Chaffee, western Fremont and northern Saguache counties.

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Jesse Marchildon will share his experiences with permaculture and regenerative agriculture through the lens of social and ecological justice at 7 p.m. today on Zoom as part of SOIL, Sangre de Cristo’s community meeting. 

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Plans for Salida High School prom, after-prom and graduation ceremonies are taking shape.

The administration at Salida High School announced Friday the events cancelled in April and May will take place July 17 and 18 with some modifications to accommodate COVID-19 precautions. 

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Former Colorado Governor and onetime presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper won the Democratic primary race for United States Senator against Andrew Romanoff, former speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, according to unofficial election results released by the Secretary of State …

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center received a $199,900 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).

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Centers for Disease Control removed the specific 65 years of age threshold from the older adult classification and now warns that among adults, risk increases steadily as you age. 

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The Upper Arkansas Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge  No. 43,  announced it has awarded $2,000 in scholarships to three local students interested in pursuing public service and law enforcement careers.

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Dear Mountain Mail readers:

After 84 years as a five-day daily newspaper,  The Mountain Mail will be converting to a two-days per week format.

Over eight decades, The Mail persevered through a depression and world war and in the valley worked through closures of its largest employers – the D&RG Railroad and Climax Molybdenum – and recessions.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds boaters and stand-up paddleboarders to be safe on the water and always wear a life vest, also known as a personal flotation device (PFD).

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This summer is forecast to have above-normal wildfire potential in many areas, and the Bureau of Land Management is asking the public to help prevent human-caused wildland fires.

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This summer is forecast to have above-normal wildfire potential in many areas, and the Bureau of Land Management is asking the public to help prevent human-caused wildland fires.

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Editor’s note: Most social events have been canceled due to precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following events, most of which are online, were scheduled as of press time but are subject to change.

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Michael Mosteller appeared in District Court Wednesday for a hearing on advisement.

Mosteller is alleged to have stolen six vehicles between June 18 and 19 in Chaffee County, from Salida to Buena Vista.

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The state of Colorado has partnered with the legal community to create a volunteer program that will connect attorneys with small businesses needing limited legal advice on COVID-19 related issues.

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The 10th Shakespeare in the Park production has been pushed to June 2021 during Salida ArtWalk weekend, director Devon Kasper said.

Many elements came into play, and although she hoped to move the show to early August, Kasper said there were “still too many snail-paced uncertainties” to go through with it.

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The U.S. Forest Service has postponed until fall its closure of CR 322, the Mount Princeton Road, for repairs. 

Jen Swacina, Forest Service customer service representative, said the work is required because of failed water bars that have caused erosion down the width of the road.

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Salida Fire Department is waiting to make a decision on whether Fourth of July fireworks will take place.

“We’re looking at rain and conditions over the next few days and week,” firefighter Kathy Rohrich said.

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William Chapman was a familiar sight in downtown Salida, wearing a duster coat and carrying a painted walking stick with bandanas on it he named Gloria, and he was often found sitting on the steps of the caboose, where he read and talked with those who knew him.

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Caleb Richardson, a 2018 Salida High School graduate, recently was named to the spring dean’s list with distinction at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

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The Salida Board of Education will make decisions on several items related to reopening schools in fall during a special meeting at 6 p.m. today.

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The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce will not hold Gold Rush Days in August, postponing the event until 2021 due to COVID-19.

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Bars and other venues will be allowed to reopen today under new guidelines in the recently amended public health order from Chaffee County Public Health.

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A rash of car thefts over a 24-hour period from Thursday to Friday between Salida and Buena Vista resulted in an arrest Friday morning.

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The National Weather Service in Pueblo has issued a  Flash Flood Watch for portions of central Colorado and southeast Colorado, including cities and towns along the U.S. 50 corridor from Salida to Pueblo.

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Cooler weather and calmer winds Thursday were expected to help firefighters combating the East Canyon Fire near Mancos following four days of strong winds and red flag warnings.

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Salida Hot Springs Aquatics Center will reopen Monday with restrictions.

Restrictions include capping access at 25 with staff, closing locker rooms and requiring everyone outside the pool to wear face coverings, a press release stated.

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U.S. Forest Service road crews will make repairs to CR 322, the Mount Princeton road, that will close the road to motor vehicle traffic Monday through June 26.

Failed water bars have caused erosion down the width of the road and heavy equipment will be needed for repairs, the Forest Service reported.

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