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COLORADO SPRINGS – Reporter Arlene Shovald and Managing Editor Paul Goetz accepted the Jefferson P. Luginbuel Award on behalf of The Mountain Mail at the annual American Legion Mid-Year Conference Saturday in Colorado Springs.

Rob Smith, American Legion Department of Colorado public relations officer, presented the award to Shovald for the annual Veterans Day edition, “Salute to Our Heroes 2019.”

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Chaffee County commissioners will consider a special event permit for Seven Peaks Music Festival during their meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Buena Vista Community Center, 715 Main St.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will offer a class on obstructive sleep apnea from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday in the hospital’s second-floor conference rooms, 1000 Rush Drive, Salida. 

Registered sleep technician TC Rodak will guide participants on how to prepare for a sleep study and what happens during the study, a press release stated. 

In addition to sleep apnea, she will discuss continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. 

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Limited progress has been made in apprehending Jerry Williams, 39, of La Junta and Bryan Webb, 30, of Walsenburg, who escaped from the Custer County Jail Sunday evening, a Custer County Sheriff’s Office press release reported Wednesday evening.

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Several Salida government offices, businesses and organizations will be closed or have their hours affected Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Community members affected by recent changes in use fees at Salida School District facilities filled the Kesner Building boardroom Tuesday evening to express their concerns to the school board during public comment.

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Misty Morris is the administrator of Americans for Justice4Harry. Harry Dunn’s twin brother’s name is Niall Dunn.

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An episode of the Rocky Mountain PBS show “Colorado Experience” featuring Salida’s historic Hutchinson Homestead will premiere at a free showing at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Salida SteamPlant theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Six basketball players representing Salida Elks Lodge No. 808 competed in Colorado Elks Mountain District Hoop Shoot competition Saturday in Glenwood Springs.

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Monarch Mountain will host a race on Saturday with an unusual twist: Since Monarch is celebrating its 80th anniversary, the ages of the two-person teams must add up to 80 or more.

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The All Seasons Adventures guide who assisted Amanda Morris-Hartough on Marshall Pass was Jon Brower.

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Two inmates escaped from custody at the Custer County Jail in Westcliffe at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday when they overpowered the detention deputy and locked her in a cell.

The inmates, Jerry Williams, 39, of La Junta and Bryan Webb, 30, of Walsenburg, were able to take the jail keys and the radio from the detention deputy and escape the building.

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The Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office reported about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday it had located a 2017 Toyota Sienna, stolen by two inmates who escaped from Custer County Jail Sunday, in an open field in Walsenburg.

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Jerry Williams, 39, of La Junta and Bryan Webb, 30, of Walsenburg, escaped from custody at the Custer County Jail in Westcliffe at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

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The Salida High School Lady Spartan swimmers have been putting in a lot of hard miles while practicing lately. That work, however, hasn’t slowed them down during competitions.

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Diane Patten waived her right to a preliminary hearing Friday on charges stemming from a July 2 incident that resulted in the deaths of two motorcyclists on Monarch Pass.

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During a Forest Health Council meeting Wednesday, three specific action projects came out of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan: Treating Together, Chaffee Chips and Envision Healthy Landscapes.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation reported 8,513 DUI arrests during 15 The Heat Is On enforcement periods in 2019, a slight decrease from 9,687 arrests in 2018.

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Jo Myers, Chaffee County Fire Protection District fire inspector, was misidentified in a photo Thursday.

The Mountain Mail makes every effort to print stories accurately. If an error occurs, call the editorial staff at 719-539-6691 so a correction can be printed in the next edition.

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Envision Chaffee County representatives discussed their wildfire prevention goals and initiatives for 2020 with numerous other local organizations at a Forest Health Council meeting Wednesday at the U.S. Forest Service office.

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5:30-7 p.m. – Creative Mixer, a social event for musicians, dancers, writers, artists, art lovers and community members, features artist Kathy Davidoff at Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery, 220 W. Sackett Ave. Free admission and munchies. Everyone welcome. salidacouncilforthearts.org.

6-8 p.m. – Bluegrass Jam Session at Rocky Mountain Guitars, 133 E. First St. Take an instrument(s) and a tune to share. For more information contact Tom Plant at tom.plant@mac.com or Dale Anderson at dzen29@yahoo.com.

6-9 p.m. – Teen Night at Fun Street Family Arcade, 243 F St., offers arcade and video games for high school ages or older.

7-8:30 p.m. – The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association presents a lecture on “Exploring Spruce Beetles,” describing the progress of the spruce beetle outbreak in the San Isabel National Forest, at Salida First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd. Cost is $3 for GARNA members, $6 for nonmembers. Register at garna.org/calendar/thursday-lecture-series-beetle-and-forest-health/.

8 p.m. – Hip-hop artist Eternal of Wu Killa Beez performs an all-ages show at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance at eventbrite.com and $20 at the door.

9 p.m. – Karaoke at Boathouse Cantina, 228 N. F St.

9 p.m. – DJDJ and Ladies’ Night at Victoria Tavern, 143 N. F St. DJDJ spins all genres.

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Salida’s Scout Troop 60 braved subzero temperatures at 10,700 feet of altitude during the troop’s annual year-end snow caving campout.

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While breastfeeding is natural, it does not always come naturally, and the Salida La Leche League offers breastfeeding support to all who want to breastfeed, local leaders said.

Women who want to breastfeed, whether they are working or at home with their baby, can get help at the group’s next meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the Sun Room at First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd. 

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The Noteables women’s chorus and You’ve Got Male men’s chorus are recruiting singers for their spring season, with concerts scheduled for May 1-3.

Directed by Linda Taylor, the concert, titled “Connected,” reflects the multiple ways that we can connect with one another: through nature, spirituality, family, past memories, children, humor, travel, social causes, friendship and music, a press release stated. 

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Online registration is open for the 15th annual Run Through Time Trail Marathon, Half Marathon and 2-Mile Fun Run, which will take place March 14 on the Arkansas Hills Trail System, public lands and local roads.

In a press release, organizers urged participants to register early because prices for the marathon and half marathon will increase on Jan. 16, and both races are expected to sell out. 

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Talking Gourds Poetry Club will rhyme in the new year with a reading by Salida poet Eduardo Brummel at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Telluride Arts Headquarters, 135 W. Pacific Ave. in Telluride.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association will present a lecture on “Exploring Spruce Beetles” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Fellowship Hall at Salida First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd. 

The Colorado State Forest Service reports that the spruce beetle is responsible for the death of more spruce trees in North America than any other natural agent.

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Correct phone number for information about or to RSVP the Alzheimer’s Association Legal & Financial Planning program is 719-372-5983 or 719-372-5985. 

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Salida Deputy City Clerk Sonia Walter, 52, died at 7:29 a.m. Sunday following a wreck on U.S. 285 at mile marker 117, just south of the crest of Poncha Pass.

Trooper Josh Lewis, Colorado State Patrol public information officer, said the incident happened when a 2003 Audi driven by Walter collided with a 2003 Toyota pickup driven by Juan Vigil, 83, of Commerce City.

Vigil sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

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The Elections Division at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office announced Monday three initiatives have been approved for the 2020 general election ballot: Proposed Initiative 107, also known as the Restoration of Gray Wolves; Senate Bill 19-042 National Popular Vote Referendum; and Initiative 76, also known as the Citizen Qualification of Electors.

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Chaffee County Public Health is asking older adults in Chaffee County to participate in a Senior Needs Assessment Survey, which will be available online and in paper copies for the next month. 

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Outdoor enthusiasts from Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southeast Region, which includes Chaffee County, are invited to a caucus Tuesday to hear updates on efforts to open a new state park, to increase public access opportunities and other agency goals for 2020.

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Sonia Walter, Salida deputy city clerk, died last night at the age of 52 at 7:29 a.m. from a fatal car accident on U.S. 285 at mile marker 117.

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Dea Maltby and Julie Feier were past members of the Holiday Park Sisterhood.

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