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As the coronavirus began spreading in Colorado in early March, businesses across the board had to either close or severely alter their operations to comply with regulations. Even as COVID-19 regulations ease, local business owners continue to feel the effects of the temporary closure.

Patio Pancake Place, 640 U.S. 50, closed March 17 under the direction of Gov. Jared Polis.

Manager Dan Peacock said they assisted laid-off employees with filing unemployment claims if needed. The business also gave away all of its fresh produce and bread to employees and their families. Thousands of fresh eggs were donated to the community.

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Claire Carlson didn’t get to compete for Cotopaxi High School on the track this year, but she’ll get to continue her athletic career at the next level when school resumes.

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A preliminary hearing set for Friday for four Buena Vista Correctional Facility inmates charged in the murder of fellow inmate Matthew Massaro was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions and reset for June 10.

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The total number of deaths of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Chaffee County rose to 19 with the May 24 death at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center of a 90-year-old man who had tested positive for the virus in early April, Chaffee County Public Health reported Friday.

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As Colorado transitions out of lockdown toward a loosening of COVID-19 social and economic restrictions, it can become confusing as to what is and isn’t permitted, especially due to the overlap and often conflict between state and locally mandated protocols.

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Chaffee County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ernest Lugene Williams, 41, of Buena Vista May 24 on charges of simple assault and domestic violence. He was held without bond.

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Buena Vista – Buena Vista’s Fourth of July parade will not take place this year as a precaution against spread of COVID-19, the BV Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday morning.

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Colorado Mountain College announced it has created a Back to Business program featuring individual business counseling and a variety of webinars addressing common challenges businesses are facing during the pandemic and along the road to recovery.

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Salida City Council members will discuss how summer events and activities will take place in the era of COVID-19 during their virtual work session at 6 p.m. today.

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Chaffee County Fairgrounds will reopen its riding arenas to the public beginning today, with hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In keeping with Gov. Jared Polis’ executive orders, all groups and individuals will be asked to limit riding in arenas to 10 people at a time, according to a press release.

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Chaffee County commissioners will conduct four public hearings, one as the Chaffee County Board of Health, during their online meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

To attend, visit chaffeecounty.org and find the meeting link on the right-hand side of the home page.

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Salida weather

Salida will be increasingly cloudy today with a high near 82, a low around 48, a west wind at 5-10 mph and a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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A four-year-old girl who wandered away from her Four Elk Subdivision home north of Buena Vista Friday morning, was found over a mile from where she was last seen following a two-hour search conducted by multiple agencies.

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Phuong Nu Hoang Dong Nguyen, 28, of Nathrop appeared in District Court Thursday for a hearing on advisement on a charge of attempted first-degree murder, a Class 2 felony.

Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said in a press release that Nguyen was driving a car that went down a 1,000-foot embankment on the south side of CR 321 above Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort Wednesday afternoon.

Her 5-year-old daughter was a passenger in the car.

Both were rescued from the wreck and transported to Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center with minor injuries

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Salida city officials recommend that local restaurant and bar owners fill out their temporary modification applications and submit them to the City Clerk’s Office as soon as possible if they wish to expand their exterior premises.

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U.S. stocks slipped into negative territory at the end of the trading session Thursday, after President Donald Trump announced he will hold a news conference today about China.

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Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed A+ Glass, 317 E. Ninth St., to its membership with a remote ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Kampgrounds of America recently announced that Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA, 16105 U.S. 50, is now part of the KOA family of campgrounds, the second owned by the Heart of the Rockies group.

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The Salida High School drama team will present a 50-minute family comedy show called “10 Ways to Survive Life in Quarantine” via Zoom webinar at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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COVID-19 statistics for Chaffee County remained unchanged Thursday at 70 positive or probable cases and a total of 18 deaths due to the virus.

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Now that school is officially out and restrictions have eased somewhat, families may want to get out of town to do something a little different to ease cabin fever.

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Crest Academy started the school year with 46 students and ended with 45.

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The Salida arts community recently lost one of its most beloved members, contemporary artist Mel Strawn, who died May 17 at age 90.

He was known as a pioneer of early digital art, a painter and a stone lithography printer, but he also was passionate about Asian calligraphy and Oriental composition.

Strawn worked in a number of formats, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpting and digital. He was a prominent figure in the Colorado abstract art scene.

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Phuong Nu Hoang Dong Nguyen, 28, of Nathrop was charged with criminal attempt first degree murder, a Class 2 felony in an vehicle incident Wednesday night.

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Buena Vista's Fourth of July parade will not take place this year as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, the BV Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday morning.

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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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Members of Denver psychedelic rock band Shwarma said they are relieved to finally drop their conceptual second full-length album, “Emily’s Aparments” Tuesday after two years of work.

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The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to continue as planned with three road improvement projects and one public works addition, while postponing four general fund projects, during a virtual meeting Tuesday night.

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With recession concerns intensifying in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, investors may be wondering whether small cap stocks are poised to struggle. Are small companies more vulnerable now than they have been during other periods of economic distress? And what are the implications for the …

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Salida weather

Salida will be mostly sunny today with a high near 78, a low around 45, an east-southeast wind at 5-10 mph and a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m.

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A fire broke out Friday in a Nathrop barn workshop. Reporter made the error. 

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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Karen RayAnn Wilkins of Salida recently was named to the spring dean’s list at Western Colorado University in Gunnison.

A 2019 Salida High School graduate, Wilkins is majoring in elementary education.

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by Henry Netherland

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Salida City Council unanimously approved a resolution at a special meeting Tuesday that amends the local state of emergency declaration to allow outdoor dining and retail spaces in specified public areas on F Street.

As a result of expansions and to accommodate social distancing, portions of F Street in the downtown area will be barricaded, but intersecting streets will remain open. F Street from Sackett Avenue to First Street and from First to Second streets is the affected area. Second Street, First Street and Sackett Avenue will remain open.

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Crest Academy educators awaited their students outside the school Tuesday as they collected materials loaned to students during the last months of school.

Crest teachers sent home books and other learning materials, including juggling balls and scarves for physical education, when in-person learning was discontinued in March.

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