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U.S. stocks closed slightly lower Tuesday.

The utilities and consumer staples sectors were the worst performers.

In corporate news, Exxon announced it will reduce its 2020 capital spending by 30 percent.

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Salida High School students Hannah Rhude and Daniel Richardson and Cotopaxi student Jonah Bertolino have been selected as delegates for the 2020 Youth Tour in June in Washington, D.C., Sangre de Cristo Electric Association announced.

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Josh Finger was recently named executive director at Columbine Manor Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility at 530 W. 16th St., Salida.

“Josh brings energy, compassion and a solid skill set developed through the Life Care administrator-in-training program,” Jay Beaudoin, vice president of Life Care Centers of America’s Pikes Peak Region, said in a press release.

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by Brian McCabe

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The Chaffee County Economic Recovery Team (CCERT) reported to the Chaffee County Commissioners Tuesday regarding their recent survey of local businesses and how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Now This Is Love Auction raised $116,514.88, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Scott Peterson, marketing director for the Chaffee County Visitors Bureau.

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With COVID-19 precautions restricting gym access, Kim’s Gym has begun producing video workout classes and posting them to its website.

The YouTube videos are exclusively posted to getufitsalida.com/online-classes for members and nonmembers. However, they are unlisted on YouTube.

Most instructors who taught at the gym before it temporarily closed have been filming workouts either at their homes or at the gym with a camera donated by Mountain Pawn & Gun.

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If you’ve been wanting to visit Cañon City’s Royal Gorge Bridge –or wanting to go back – April is the time to invest.

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The Chaffee County Economic Recovery Team is asking local business owners to fill out a survey to help determine the impact of the coronavirus on local businesses.

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As of Thursday, more than 220 donors had given about $240,000 to Chaffee County Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund (ERF).

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Coloradans who are uninsured now have until April 30 to sign up for individual health insurance during the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period.

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The Leeds Business Confidence Index reported Colorado business leaders’ optimism dropped to its lowest point in the index’s recorded 17-year history, primarily because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Small nonfarm businesses in 35 Colorado counties, including Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache and Lake counties, are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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After realizing Colorado’s stay-at-home order was negatively affecting her coffeehouse more than she expected, Gathering Grounds owner Ashli Campbell decided that instead of relying on takeout orders, she would convert her business into a buying club for essential groceries.

The club has two ordering deadlines: For Wednesday pickups, orders must be placed by noon Monday. For Friday pickups, orders must be placed by noon Wednesday. Pickup time frames for both days are between 4 and 7:15 p.m.

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Last week, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This package is primarily aimed at helping the economy weather the recession triggered by our “social distancing” in response to COVID-19.

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When a shortage of hand sanitizer products due to COVID-19 was announced, four Chaffee County companies took initiative to meet the demand.

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U.S. stocks finished lower Tuesday, marking an end to the worst quarter since 2008. 

The utilities sector led the daily declines, while the energy sector was the only one to finish in positive territory.

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by Henry Netherland

Mail Staff Writer

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a guide for small business owners, independent contractors and freelancers to help them file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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To protect volunteers, staff and the people they serve, all Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity operations will remain closed until April 11 in accordance with Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order in response to COVID-19.

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U.S. stocks rose Monday as markets monitored progression of the coronavirus and governmental stimulus measures globally.

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U.S. stocks finished lower Friday as investors continued to assess spread of the coronavirus and implementation of Congress’ stimulus package.

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Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom described the county’s amended public health order Friday during Chaffee County Public Health’s weekly town hall meeting on Facebook Live and Zoom.

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The Colorado Division of Insurance is taking action to protect insurance consumers and reduce insurance delays for restaurants and workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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The Association of Colorado Chambers of Commerce Executives reminded businesses they need to stay connected to their local chamber of commerce for expertise and resources during the COVID-19 crisis, the association said in a press release issued Friday afternoon.

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Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce welcomed Shears Salon, 7714 U.S. 50, to its membership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 6.

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To accommodate those most at risk for contracting COVID-19, the Salida Walmart Supercenter, 7865 W. U.S. 50, will dedicate a special hour exclusively for senior customers from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays.

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As an investor, you constantly want to see your portfolio move just one way – up. But that’s not possible, because the financial markets will always fluctuate. So, if you’re going to invest for many decades, you need to be prepared for many ups and downs.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center CEO Bob Morasko praised the hospital’s staff and administration during recent preparations for COVID-19 at the Salida Hospital District board’s virtual meeting Tuesday.

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Gov. Jared Polis sent a letter Tuesday to presidents of Albertsons Companies, which owns Safeway, and The Kroger Co., which owns King Soopers and City Market, encouraging new safety protocols for customers and employees.

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U.S. stocks rose Tuesday on anticipation of a fiscal stimulus deal from Congress. 

Energy and financial shares led the rally as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose more than 2,000 points.

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by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center officials said the hospital is actively planning and developing strategies to meet challenges posed by COVID-19.

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by Henry Netherland

Mail Staff Writer

Chaffee County small businesses will be able to sell some of their products at an online silent auction called Now This Is Love Colorado Auction.

New items will be added daily with bids beginning Thursday and ending April 4.

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The Colorado State Licensing Authority adopted emergency rules Friday that will allow only “curbside” pickup at the state’s medical and retail marijuana stores.

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