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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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Salida City Council rescheduled its work session from today to 5 p.m. Tuesday, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday today.

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Salida weather

Salida will be mostly sunny today with a high near 46, a low around 24 and a southwest wind at about 5 mph.

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U.S. stocks ended mostly higher Friday, led by utilities and communication services sectors.

In economic news, December industrial production was lower than anticipated, while housing starts were higher than forecast.

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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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The 2020 U.S. census will begin in March, and unlike the 2010 census most information will be gathered online, Brian Meinhart, Census Bureau partner specialist, said Wednesday.

Representatives from Salida, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs, Chaffee County, Colorado Mountain College, school districts, Colorado Department of Corrections and other organizations attended the meeting Wednesday to see how they could assist the Census Bureau in gathering information.

Meinhart said this year, instead of mailing questionnaires to each household, the bureau will send information on how to log onto Census2020.gov and fill out the form online.

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The skies opened up and dumped torrents of rain on Salida in September, even as a flicker of flame and a wisp of smoke started in northern Saguache County.

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Buena Vista – The Buena Vista school board conducted a work session on its facilities master plan Monday, continuing a discussion on the future of some of its older structures as well as how to address growth in preschool classes.

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Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Salida Pharmacy & Fountain to its membership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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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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Adventure, environmental issues and outdoor activity culture will all be touched on at the award-winning lineup of the 15th annual Backcountry Film Festival, which will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $12 for Colorado Mountain Club members and $15 for nonmembers. Proceeds from the festival will fund Colorado Mountain Club, which will in turn support recreation and conservation efforts, maintain avalanche and safety programs and raise awareness of winter management issues.

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Buena Vista – Dog lovers won’t want to miss the celebrated Bow Wow Film Fest today at the Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom, 1012 Front Loop.

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Chaffee County sheriff’s deputies arrested Natavia Lashae Brown, 22, of Buena Vista Jan. 11 on a warrant charging failure to appear. She was held in lieu of $500 bail.

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Most parents want to be able to provide their children with all or part of the means to obtain a college education.

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Henry Netherland joined The Mountain Mail as a reporter in early December and will cover Salida and Poncha Springs governments, business and arts and entertainment as his beats.

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The Colorado Pork Producers Council will elect delegate candidates for the 2021 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body at its annual meeting at 9 a.m. Feb. 24 at Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush.

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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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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) commented on the House of Representatives’ vote Wednesday to send articles of impeachment of President Trump to the Senate.

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Couples looking to have their wedding in Salida or neighboring communities can speak with 37 different wedding vendors at the Heart of the Rockies Winter Wedding Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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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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Salidan Misty Moore and Radd Seiger, spokesman for the family of Harry Dunn, launched the American petition for Justice4Harry Monday to support the extradition of an American woman charged in connection with Dunn’s death in England.

Seiger was in Salida Monday for a meeting with Moore, who began managing the Americans for Justice4Harry Facebook group to show American support for Dunn’s family and help bring to justice the woman allegedly responsible for Dunn’s death.

Dunn, 19, was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a car driven on the wrong side of the road by Ann Sacoolas, wife of an American intelligence officer.

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Salida High School graduate Kathryn Edgington recently was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California.

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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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Boston jam band The Jauntee will perform a two-night run at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Victoria Tavern, 143 N. F St.

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Roberta Smith is the first featured artist of 2020 at Salida Regional Library, 405 E St. Her work will be on display throughout January and February.

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The American dipper, sometimes called a water ouzel, lives year-round in the Arkansas Valley. Unique in that it doesn’t migrate south for winter, it finds almost all of its food underwater.

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A collection of Salida painter Max Ruppeck’s watercolor paintings is on display until March 31 at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, 1000 Rush Drive in Salida.

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The downtown Salida store called True Vintage Finds & Home Goods, 140 W. First St., offers customers handpicked antiques from 14 individual dealers.

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During August, Chaffee County hosted many events, witnessed drier conditions in the eastern part of the county while more precipitation than normal fell elsewhere, and the 4-H Junior Market Livestock Sale pulled down a record sale season.

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Salida police officers arrested Cordera A. Myers, 31, of Salida Jan. 7 on a charge of flight to avoid prosecution – fugitive of justice. He was held in lieu of $1,000 bail.

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The Chaffee County Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to continue the Larks Perch major subdivision preliminary plan until its March 3 meeting.

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The Division of Securities, part of the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), announced the top five investment products or schemes likely to trap Colorado investors in the new year and recommended steps they can take to protect themselves from investment fraud.

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Dr. Tiffany Rhodes, gynecologist at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, will present information on human papilloma virus (HPV) at a Lunch & Learn session at noon today at the hospital, 1000 Rush Drive.