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Salida Circus is seeking acts for its online Social Distance Extravaganza, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

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by Henry Netherland

Mail Staff Writer

With local organizations and businesses converting to virtual mediums to maintain daily operations as much as possible, Salida SteamPlant is following suit by offering individual virtual cinema screenings.

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by Brian McCabe

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Chaffee County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday in a special meeting to amend one of the due dates for the Live Nation Seven Peaks concert.

Assistant county attorney Daniel Tom pointed out the agreement with Live Nation requires a 20 percent payment, or about $20,000, on the estimated $269,000 to cover the county’s costs, such as hiring extra law enforcement and emergency personnel. 

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Something’s Gonna Happen

Something’s gonna happen

And we all said that’s true.

Something’s gonna happen

But no one really knew.

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Alpha Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority has canceled its 37th annual salad luncheon due to COVID-19 social distancing precautions. The lunch was scheduled for April 15.

“We appreciate the support of our community,” sorority member Diana Wood said.

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Local artist Lindsey Scot Ernst recently was honored with Best in Show at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter for her fine art jewelry.

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With circus schools closed and gigs canceled internationally because of COVID-19, Salida Circus training manager Joe Lobeck decided to train outside his Chicago, Illinois, apartment, where he soon attracted attention from numerous passersby and local media.

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Steve Chapman, Salida Walking Tours historian, announced that while his book signing on Friday has been canceled, an online book event will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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

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Chaffee County United (CCU) youth soccer club will host a silent disco from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at A Church, 419 D St., to raise money for coach training for the club.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association will address composting and show how Elements Mountain Compost is recycling organic waste and creating high-quality soil products in their Thursday Lecture Series, with “All About Composting” on Thursday and a tour of Elements Mountain Compost on Sunday.

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When Chelsea Johnson’s husband, Lee, introduced her to the family welding business, OJ Welding on CR 140, it opened the door to her career as a sculptor. 

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Chaffee County commissioners unanimously approved an amended resolution for the Seven Peaks 2020 music festival during their Tuesday meeting.

Commissioners met with Sean O’Connell, representing organizer Live Nation, to discuss the resolution. The commissioners’ three main concerns were sound levels, Live Nation working with nonprofits on encouraging recycling with Chaffee County Public Health and Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and questions about how Live Nation might handle the COVID-19 virus.

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Artwork by students from Longfellow Elementary School is being featured through April 30 at Salida Regional Library, 405 E St.

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Shawn Waggoner & The Tumblyweeds will perform at a musical fundraiser in support of The Grainery Ministries, Salida’s food bank, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Salida SteamPlant theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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High Country Fine Arts Association will present a magical and musical double feature on Leap Year Day.

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Chaffee Arts announced Teresa Booth Brown will be the judge for the Open Awards Art Show May 1-10 at the Heritage Museum in Buena Vista.

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The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Salida held a festive pancake and jambalaya dinner to celebrate Mardi Gras Tuesday. Salida High School’s jazz band and the Wail’in Hennies played music that got people up on their feet while around 20 volunteers prepared and served the dinner.

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Cody Oldham, a 15-year-old wildlife and landscape painter from Florrisant, will show his work at the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery, 220 W. Sackett Ave., throughout March, beginning with an opening reception at 5 p.m. March 6.

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Canine lovers can indulge in a series of pup-related short films Feb. 29 at the Bow Wow Film Festival, with proceeds benefiting Ark-Valley Humane Society.

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KHEN 106.9 FM, “Free Range Radio,” is the community radio station for the Upper Arkansas Valley. This week’s local programming includes:

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Young artists from Salida Boys & Girls Club held an opening for their art display Wednesday at Gathering Grounds, 203 W. First St.

It is the first time works from the club’s annual art contest have been displayed in a venue other than Boys & Girls Club.

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World traveler and longtime Salida artist Roberta Smith has offered some of her work for viewing at Salida Regional Library, 405 E St., through February.

With the title of “Equations,” it is a group of quite amazing assemblages and drawing-mixed media images from an imagined world linked to our own – we readily recognize almost all the actors. 

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Salida Council for the Arts updated their new website to increase the efficiency of their organization. The web address is salidacouncilforthearts.org.

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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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KHEN 106.9 FM, “Free Range Radio,” is the community radio station for the Upper Arkansas Valley. This week’s local programming includes:

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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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Two paintings by Poncha Springs artist Judy Sprague, “Ancient Pueblos” and “Apples,” have been accepted into the 39th annual Western Spirit International Art Show and Sale to be held March 7-April 19 at Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

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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. 

Admission costs $10 per person.

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The Riverside Stories series returns Feb. 13 with the environmental showcase EarthxFilm at the Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom, 1012 Front Loop in Buena Vista.

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