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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 School Board approved staff recommendations for the capital wish list for the upcoming Salida School District budget during the regular meeting Tuesday.

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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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Central Colorado Humanists announced the group will accept applications until March 31 for several scholarships of $1,000 or more to be awarded in spring. 

The scholarships will go to outstanding college-bound high school seniors at Buena Vista High School and Salida High School, students in nontraditional programs or home-schooled students who plan to attend an accredited college or university full time next fall, a press release stated. 

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Salida Montessori Charter School recently learned from Annie’s Homegrown that it received a $3,000 Grants for Gardens award to use for the school’s garden.

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A standing-room only crowd filled the Salida SteamPlant ballroom Saturday to listen to Western Colorado University professor Dr. Duane Vandenbusche talk about Monarch Mountain’s history.

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Rachel Pokrandt, Colorado Mountain College vice president and campus dean for Leadville and Chaffee County, gave CMC trustees an update on the college’s presence in Salida School District R-32-J at their meeting Wednesday in Vail Valley.

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Several Salida High School and Horizons Exploratory Academy students voluntarily took unexcused absences from some of their afternoon classes Wednesday to go to Riverside Park and let people know how they feel about threats to the environment.

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Salida Montessori Charter School recently announced that it received a Colorado Creative Industries and Think 360 Arts Colorado Arts Partnership (CAP) Grant.

CAP Grants support Colorado schools in innovation and creativity in arts in education programs, according to a press release.

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Mike Broemmel, a former White House staff member in the 1980s, will present “The White House Up Close: How the White House Really Works,” an in-depth analysis of the inner workings of the White House, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Box of Bubbles, 135 E. Second St. in Salida.

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Shavano Academic Booster Club honored 44 Salida School District students at its first-semester awards ceremony Monday night at Salida High School auditorium, 

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Longfellow Elementary School celebrated literacy and its connection to the arts Thursday night with an Art Opening-themed Family Literacy Night.

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Five names were omitted from the Salida High School honor roll of distinction listed in the Jan. 22 edition:  seniors Carlos Barrientos, Jamison Batinich, Quinn Bosanko, Gianna Fritz and Cooper Wood. Incomplete information was provided to The Mail.

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Due to an increase in facility fees at Salida High School, the Salida Men’s Town Team Basketball League won’t be shooting any hoops this winter.

“It’s because of the money,” league director Dave Granzella said about why the league canceled its season. “We couldn’t afford it at all.”

In previous years, Granzella said it cost the league around $1,500 to use the school’s facilities. This year, the price tag increased to $10,000.

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Salida High School graduate Jesse Deeann Schoenfeld recently was named to the fall semester dean’s honor roll at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

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Abby Jo Groover of Salida recently was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

A 2019 Salida High School graduate, Groover is a sophomore majoring in criminal justice.

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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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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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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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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.

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The Salida school board will discuss capital projects and the district strategic plan at its meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Kesner Building boardroom, 349 E. Ninth St.

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State Rep. Jim Wilson (R-Salida) received the 2019 Legislator Excellence Award Tuesday from Colorado Kids Identified with Dyslexia.

The award was presented by a group of mothers with dyslexic children who have created an advocacy group called Colorado Kids Identified with Dyslexia (COKID), which maintains a presence at the state Capitol, a press release stated.

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder involving the skills used in reading such as decoding letters, words and sounds.

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BUENA VISTA – When students at Buena Vista High School and McGinnis Middle School return from Christmas break Jan. 9, they’ll start the new semester in a new school building.

After generations of Buena Vista students moved through its halls, the old middle school and high school building closed its doors for the last time Dec. 

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Colorado Department of Education official pupil count statistics show Salida School District R-32-J had an influx of 66 students between Oct. 1, 2018, and Oct. 1, 2019. New students brought the total to 1,331 students in the district this year.

The school with the largest population growth is Salida Middle School with 26 students added to the student population, mostly from a large entering fifth-grade class.

Salida Early Childhood Center added 25 students to its roster this year.

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Study habits are a struggle for all students; we all hate when we need to “study” or “work hard for good grades,” but getting good grades can mean better for you later on in life.