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Trevor Martineau, 28, received a sentence of four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, followed by a mandatory two years of parole, Tuesday in District Court. 

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The Colorado Department of Transportation had planned to do some avalanche control work Thursday at U.S. 50 Monarch Pass, but a parked car foiled its efforts.

CDOT had used its Gazex system for avalanche control work the week before, so Lisa Schwantes, CDOT Region 5 communications manager, said Thursday was expected to be a fairly quick operation, possibly less than an hour, using a charge to see if anything would slide.

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Salida Boys & Girls Club is ahead of schedule for moving into its new location, 709 Palmer St., former home of Exer-Flex Health & Fitness.

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Salida High School wrestlers Drew Johnson and Colin King both qualified for this week’s state championships with top-four finishes at the 3A Region 4 Championships Friday and Saturday at Lamar.

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Solvista Health was awarded a $700,000 grant from AspenPointe MSO and the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health toward a comprehensive Regional Assessment Center to treat mental health and substance use needs in rural Central Colorado, Solvista CEO Brian Turner announced Friday.

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The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County will celebrate the 100th anniversary of both women’s right to vote and the League of Women Voters with a drinks and dialogue session from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Salida Rotary Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett Ave.

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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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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.

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The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office is seeking public input on a draft environmental impact statement evaluating proposed expansion of the Parkdale Quarry west of Cañon City.

If approved, the expansion would provide access to approximately 400 million net tons of aggregate used to produce asphalt and concrete as well as railroad ballast, a press release stated.

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Gov. Jared Polis ordered flags lowered to half staff on all public buildings statewide from sunrise to sunset Monday to honor West Metro firefighter and paramedic Dan Moran.

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Seldon Everett Turnbull, of Buena Vista, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of third degree arson, a Class 4 felony and Insurance fraud, a Class 5 felony, in the fire that destroyed three cabins at Pinon Court Cabins, 227 U.S. 24 in Buena Vista.

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Kids and their parents or guardians can dance the night away at a Salida Family Dance presented by Salida Parks and Recreation Department from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Colorado Department of Transportation officials noticed delays on Monarch Pass today as winter maintenance operations and avalanche control work near the ski area is expected to stop traffic for less than an hour.

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Chaffee County commissioners informally agreed Tuesday to continue the resolution for the Seven Peaks music festival special event permit until their Feb. 18 meeting in Buena Vista, at the request of festival organizer Live Nation.

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Salida Soup organizers announced they are introducing two new ways to participate in the monthly microgranting potluck dinner.

Typically Salida Soup, run by the Partnership for Community Action, features a potluck at Salida SteamPlant, to which attendees take a food item and a $5 donation. That entitles them to vote on the night’s three presentations from nonprofit groups. The winning presentation receives the “soup pot” of donations.

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A new study on the Baby & Me – Tobacco Free program, which has operated in Chaffee County the past seven years, indicates it improves the health of mothers and babies and saves Colorado millions in health care costs. 

The program provides financial incentives for women to quit smoking during pregnancy.

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The Poncha Springs Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously agreed in a Monday work session an increase in membership from five to seven would benefit the town. 

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Most raceways at Mount Shavano Fish Hatchery are dry this time of year, but the hatchery continues to stock south central Colorado fisheries throughout the year. 

Technician Andy Claus said the hatchery stocks local lakes and reservoirs year-round, including Frantz Lake, Sands Lake, Antero Reservoir and Eleven Mile Reservoir.

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Salida Police Department recently issued a warning about a new scam that involves callers stating they are calling from a local law enforcement agency and using names of actual deputies or officers.

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An anonymous group of Buena Vista residents is bringing the national Random Acts of Kindness Week into focus for Buena Vista Feb. 16-23.

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Heather Harnish of Buena Vista recently was named to the fall semester dean’s honor roll at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

To be eligible for the honor roll, full-time students must earn a grade-point average of at least 3.7, according to a press release.

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The Salida Planning Commission work session will take place at 6 p.m. today in council chambers, 448 E. First St.

“Call Me Mrs. Evers” will not touch on HIV during its production. Reporter made the error.

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After a little more than three weeks of work, the new ice rink at Centennial Park debuted for a couple of hours Saturday morning.

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The Salida Ski Club was founded in the fall of 1937 with the intent of promoting winter sports in the Salida area. To that end, they formed an alliance with Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad to organize a ski train.

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Salida Planning Commission will participate in an inclusionary housing discussion as well as go over meeting procedures and Bob’s Rules of Order during a work session at 6 p.m. tonight in city council chambers, 448 E. First St.

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Beth Helmke is public information officer for Chaffee County Search and Rescue North.

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U.S. 50 over Monarch Pass will close in both directions at 4:30 p.m. today for avalanche control operations.

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The Arkansas Valley Conduit, the final component of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, will receive $28 million in Bureau of Reclamation funding to begin construction.

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Buena Vista – Buena Vista attorney Dale Enck was arrested late last month by Colorado Springs police on four felony charges related to allegations that he stole thousands of dollars from an at-risk person for whom he had power of attorney in 2019.

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In celebration of Black History Month, LaDios Muhammad will star as Myrlie Evers in “Call Me Mrs. Evers,” a one-woman, 70-minute play about the life story and fight for justice of widow of assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

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The correct phone number for Andrea Carlstrom in regards to the U.S. census coordinator job listing is 719-530-2564. Incorrect information was provided to The Mountain Mail.

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Snow may already be falling at Monarch Mountain this morning as a storm expected to move in overnight is forecast to linger.

Moisture was expected to deepen along the Continental Divide overnight Wednesday, with snow showers breaking out after midnight, mainly across the higher peaks north of Monarch Pass.

Forecasters wrote in area forecast discussion that they will convert a winter storm watch into a warning as the “long duration” snowfall event begins, though any accumulation through this morning will be light.

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Today


Salida

5-7 p.m. – Free Middle School Talent Show at Salida High School auditorium, 26 Jones Ave., features performances by students from Salida Middle School, Crest Academy and Salida Montessori Charter School. Donations will be accepted. Beverages and snacks will be sold.

5-7 p.m. – Artist opening reception for Angelina Antilla and Jesse Miller Murphy at Paquette Gallery at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave. Admission is free. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be served.

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 p.m. – Spondifferous plays all-original music at A Church, 419 D St. $5 cover charge.

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.

Friday


Buena Vista

9 p.m. – All-female band The Sweet Lillies play high-energy, melodic tunes at The Lariat, 206 E. Main St. Cover charge is $10.

Coaldale

7 p.m. – Patsy O’Brien, singer and guitarist from Cork, Ireland, performs at Coaldale Schoolhouse, 287 Hayden Creek Road. Tickets are $15. RSVP to Bruce Warren, 719-530-0838 or bbppww@hotmail.com.

Cotopaxi

6-9 p.m. – Cotopaxi Firehouse Bingo at Deer Mountain Fire Station, 6181 Copper Gulch Road (CR 28). Doors and concessions open at 6 p.m.

Monarch Mountain

11-11:45 a.m. – Ski with a Naturalist, a tour cosponsored by U.S. Forest Service and Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, begins at the sign near Ski Patrol at Monarch Mountain. A naturalist leads the tour on green runs to talk about the history, flora and fauna of the Monarch area. Daily lift ticket or season pass required to access lifts. Tour is free and open to all ages and abilities.

Poncha Springs

5-7 p.m. – Drew Petersen plays guitar at Vino Salida, 10495 CR 120.

Salida

8:30 a.m. – Ski bus to Monarch Mountain leaves Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, 410 U.S. 50, and returns at 3:30 p.m. Round trip costs $5. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult; ages 10-17 need a signed waiver. To reserve a space, call 719-539-6738 or sign up at the aquatic center.

5:30 p.m. – Chris Nasca and Friends with special guest guitarist Noah Pulver perform at Boathouse Cantina, 228 N. F St.

6-7:30 p.m. – Women’s Singing Circle at Yoga Tonic, 132 E. First St. No experience necessary. $5-10 suggested donation.

6-7:30 p.m. – Free dragon-making workshop for all ages, in preparation for the Feb. 8 dragon parade, at Box of Bubbles, 206 E St.

7 p.m. – Bruce Hayes plays rhythm and Celtgrass music at Soulcraft Brewing, 248 W. U.S. 50. Free admission.

7-8:15 p.m. – Friday Dance Party features salsa lessons at Salida Community Center, 305 F St. Free admission but donations are accepted. Hugh Young, 719-221-2864.

7-8:30 p.m. – Further Speaker Series features ultra-athlete Travis Macy, author of “The Ultra Mindset,” hosted by Janie Hay and Emily Marquis at A Church, 419 D St. $10 cash or card. BYOB.

7-9 p.m. – Jive and Dive pool party for middle school students only at Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, 410 W. U.S. 50. Admission costs $5.

7-9 p.m. – Oscar-nominated film “Joker” is screened at Salida SteamPlant theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave. Tickets are $9; available at the box office or eventbrite.com/e/film-joker-tickets-90848019873.

7-10 p.m. – The Rusty Lungs band plays new and classic rock, alternative and country at The 146 Taphouse, 146 W. First St.

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Adults will have two more chances this winter to relax in an extra-warm leisure pool at Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, 410 W. U.S. 50.

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Colorado TINTS and Theatrix USA will present “Stand Still and Look Stupid,” a one-woman play about Austrian-born American actress Hedy Lamarr, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, 10495 CR 120, Poncha Springs. 

Tickets are $20 and will include a complimentary glass of wine. Recommended age for viewing the play is at least 16 years old.

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Flavored tobacco products will continue to be sold in Salida after city council approved an ordinance to regulate city tobacco sales Tuesday in a 5-1 vote, with Councilwoman Jane Templeton dissenting.

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Kyle Fisher, 32, of Cañon City sustained minor injuries when his 2008 Mazda SUV hit a guardrail Monday evening in Bighorn Sheep Canyon.

The crash occurred at about 6:30 p.m. on U.S. 50 near mile marker 225, just west of the Chaffee-Fremont county line.

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Salida Scout Troop 60 conducted a two-day January campout focused on cold weather field skills and expedition planning. Eleven scouts camped in a juniper-rich forest west of Salida near Big Bend. 

“We planned some potential multi-day backpacking trips for the summer,” senior scout Talmage Trujillo Jr. said. “We planned a 42-mile route that follows the Colorado Trail in the Leadville area,” he said. “If the melt cooperates this year, this hike is our first option.” 

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Central Colorado Humanists will host a community celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday in honor of scientist Charles Darwin’s 211th birthday and International Darwin Day.

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