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Buena Vista – Buena Vista schools were placed on lockout Thursday afternoon by the Buena Vista Police Department following reports of a suspicious person.

The Buena Vista Police Department reported that it received information at about 2 p.m. from an another agency concerning a social media post about schools.

The Buena Vista School District notified parents about 2:54 p.m. Thursday that Buena Vista police had put the schools in lockout. The text and phone notifications stated the schools would dismiss on time with officers on duty to escort students.

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Shavano Academic Booster Club observes its 30th anniversary this year, having recognized nearly 2,000 students in the Salida School District.

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Central Colorado Humanists and Vino Salida will host a book signing with “Salida Sam” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, 10495 CR 120, Poncha Springs.

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Buena Vista nonprofit organization elevateHER announced it will significantly expand its programming in the upcoming year.

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The Board of Education of Salida School District R-32-J announced it has two vacancies on the board following the Nov. 5 election. 

In accordance with state law, the board declared a vacancy in director District 1 and director District 5 at its meeting Tuesday, according to a press release. 

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Colorado cottage food producers can learn food safety and meet the requirements for the Colorado Cottage Food Act in a class from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds meeting room, 10165 CR 120.

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The barbaric nature of the children in “Lord of the Flies” when they’re stuck on the island inspired Salida Middle School eighth-grader Clara Streeter to make a special dish Tuesday for the school’s annual Book Feast, which combines reading with food.

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BAILEY – South Park Educators Association and Park County School District RE-2 recently reached a memorandum of understanding, prompting teachers to return to the classrooms Oct. 24 following a 10-day strike.

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Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is celebrating the centennial of the passage of women’s suffrage in Colorado.

The college will celebrate women in film throughout November in the International Film Series, at 6 p.m. Fridays in the Climax Building KW Room.

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While volunteering for local non-profits The Alliance and The Grainery, Salida High School junior Sophie Pressly noticed something: Very few high school students in the area were volunteering.

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Bailey – Specific details about the exit of Park County School District RE-2 Superintendent Joe Torrez are not yet known, but a brief statement was released by the district Nov. 5 announcing his departure effective Dec. 31.

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Leadville – Lake County School District will build a new elementary school, thanks to the 1,240 Lake County residents who voted yes on Lake County ballot issue 4A.

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Colorado Mountain College and On performance running shoes will present a meet and greet and run with world-class middle-distance runner Andrew Wheating Nov. 24 at CMC Leadville.

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The Salida school board will vote on a resolution to declare board director vacancies at its meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Kesner Building boardroom, 349 E. Ninth St.

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The Family Birthing Center at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will offer a childbirth class from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday in the hospital’s second-floor conference rooms, 1000 Rush Drive.

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Salida High School officials recently announced the first-quarter honor roll and honor roll of distinction.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will offer a class on obstructive sleep apnea from 9-10 a.m. Nov. 19 in the hospital’s second-floor conference rooms, 1000 Rush Drive.

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Salida Middle School officials recently announced the honor roll for the first quarter.

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Becky Leonard of Salida Sunrise Rotary Club met Tuesday with LaRae Bradbury and Linda Cardinelli of Salida Elks Lodge No. 808 at the Salida Early Childhood Center to accept an $1,800 check to help with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and register children for the program.

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Rebekah Earhart of Salida was among 860 cadets and students recognized on the dean’s list for their academic achievements during the spring semester at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Salida School District Transportation Director Evalyn Parks reported Thursday that route No. 6 has been eliminated because of a shortage of drivers.

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BAILEY – More than 100 residents attended the monthly meeting of the Park County RE-2 school board Thursday to comment on the district-wide teachers’ strike that began Oct. 14.

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Bailey – As teachers of the South Park Educators Association continued their strike, Park County School District RE-2 informed parents that school would reopen starting Monday and remain open.

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DENVER – A former Buena Vista elementary and high school student is among eight persons being honored by the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver.

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Housing and development experts Monte Anderson and Kevin Shepherd will speak about the costs and benefits of development and affordable housing Wednesday and Thursday in Salida and Buena Vista.

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Four Longfellow Elementary School choir members will go to the Colorado Elementary All-State Choir thanks to the first Helping Hand Grant awarded by the Walden Chamber Music Society.

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Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center will offer a four-week water safety instructor (WSI) course from Oct. 21 through Nov. 15.

Two course options will be offered: Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a press release stated. 

Additional time will be required for hands-on teaching.

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The Buena Vista Heritage Museum in partnership with the Buena Vista Historical Society was awarded a grant that will allow the museum to digitize more than 2,000 historical images.

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Salida Sunrise Rotary Club announced it will accept applications for scholarships from Oct. 15 until 5 p.m. Dec. 1. 

The scholarships are for students who will be attending a vocational/technical school, community college, college or university in January, according to a press release. 

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Salida School Board will discuss additional staff positions; a recommendation to change contract timing, which would result in 13 payouts in 2019-20; and priorities for the strategic plan and unified improvement plan at their regular meeting at 6 p.m. today at The Kesner board room, 349 E. N…

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Salida High School will celebrate homecoming this week with a parade, dance, sports and the crowning of its queen.

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Dr. Arri Eisen, professor of science and society at Emory University, will speak on “Biology and Buddhism: What I’ve Learned About Life During a Decade Teaching Science to the Dalai Lama’s Monks and Nuns” at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Ivy Ballroom of the Surf Hotel, 1012 Front Loop in Buena Vista.

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A smoke advisory for the Decker Fire “strongly recommends” limiting outdoor activities for students and in particular for the very young and elderly.

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slide shows to illustrate their projects.

“Students choose something to study, research it for six weeks and then put a presentation together as the final project,” said Samantha Bahn, teacher at Crest Academy. “This is a schoolwide project.”

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The Family Birthing Center at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will offer a childbirth class from 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 8 in the second-floor conference rooms at the hospital, 1000 Rush Drive.

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