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by D.J. DeJong

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Colorado Mountain College board of trustees approved David Armstrong as non-voting board liaison for the Salida district and a full tuition waiver for students for the 2020 summer term at their board meeting Monday.

Armstrong, founder of First Crop, Inc., chaired the Friends of Salida Schools campaign to bring Salida into the CMC district. 

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The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees will select a Salida board liaison to provide input on Salida’s needs as a campus and as part of CMC’s tax district at its meeting at 2 p.m. today via Webex.

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Salida Middle School officials recently announced the third-quarter honor roll and honor roll of distinction.

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Ruby Brown sits in a room of her family’s home in Salida, in quarantine for two weeks following her return Friday from living in Sayulita, Nyarit, Mexico.

“I haven’t been able to hug my family yet,” she said.

When Brown left in January, after completing high school early in December, she planned to spend some time in Mexico learning Spanish and getting her foot in the door of a planned medical career, before heading off to the University of Colorado-Boulder in the fall.

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by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

Salida High School chemistry and physical science teacher Todd Bright was honored when Boettcher Scholarship finalist Fin Petit nominated him for a Boettcher teacher recognition award recently.

The Boettcher Foundation began recognizing “teachers who have dedicated themselves to providing Colorado students with an outstanding education” in 1992.

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High Rockies Cuisine will no longer offer sack lunches to people who are food insecure at its food truck at Elevation Beer Co., but it will continue providing free grab-and-go meals in coordination with Salida School District at the Salida Boys & Girls Club.

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The Salida school board officially approved extending cancellation of in-person classes until April 17 in a special virtual board meeting Friday conducted via internet.

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When students with special needs reach high school, parents, guardians and schools must start planning out the future of young people who struggle with a variety of learning disabilities.

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Academic testing in Colorado schools has been put on pause for the rest of the school year, the Colorado Department of Education announced Tuesday in a press release.

Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes said administration of end-of-the-year assessments, including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), will be paused for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to extensive school closures throughout Colorado to prevent spread of COVID-19.

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Colorado Mountain College announced Wednesday that all spring in-person commencement ceremonies will be canceled due to precautions that are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Central Colorado Humanist remind college-bound high school seniors in Chaffee County that applications for the group’s scholarships are due by March 31. 

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Longfellow Elementary School officials recently announced perfect attendance for the second trimester.

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With an early and extended spring break for local students due to COVID-19 prevention measures, parents may be looking for ways for kids to keep up their academic skills during the lull.

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The Buena Vista School District announced Friday afternoon that it was closing all school facilities for two weeks, effective today, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,

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Spring sports season, including all official practices and competitions, state speech tournament and student leadership’s advisor U are suspended through April 6 due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Of the 18 junior and senior student-athletes who participated in a winter sport for Salida High School, 13 earned Academic All-State honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association.

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Kindergarten registration for Longfellow Elementary School will take place 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. April 2 at the school office, 425 W. Seventh St. 

Children entering kindergarten in August 2020 must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2020. 

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will offer a class on obstructive sleep apnea from 9-10 a.m. March 17 in the hospital’s second-floor conference room, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida. 

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Order Sons of Italy in America, Christoforo Colombo Lodge No. 1309 recently announced its $500 Sons of Italy Italian Heritage Scholarship available to Salida School District high school seniors.

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Salida Rotary Club will administer a one-time $8,500 Colorado Grand scholarship available to Salida School District seniors who plan to go to a Colorado college or university this year.

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More than 60 people interested in teaching at Colorado Mountain College turned up for an informational meeting with college representatives Tuesday night at Salida SteamPlant.

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Salida High School senior Carlos Barrientos, 17, was named Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County Youth of the Year at the organization’s annual dinner Thursday at Silver Cliff Ranch.

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Colorado Mountain College will hold a career fair from 6-8 p.m. March 3 at Salida SteamPlant ballroom, 220 W. Sackett Ave., for those wanting to know more about teaching credit or noncredit classes part-time in Salida.

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Rebekah Earhart of Salida is among the more than 1,200 cadets and students at The Citadel recognized for their academic achievements during the fall 2019 semester.

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Alpha Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha announced it will accept applications until April 15 for three $1,000 scholarships and one $750 scholarship to be awarded to Salida High School seniors this spring.

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Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees is seeking an advisory board member from the new Salida district in response to the November addition of Salida School District R-32-J to the CMC district.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association announced it will award one or more Brett Beasley Memorial Scholarships this spring to students planning to start post-secondary education in fall. 

Applications must be received by March 20.

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COLORADO SPRINGS – Salida High School senior Colby Pitts stood with 65 other service academy nominees Saturday at the National Museum of World War II Aviation to be honored by Rep. Doug Lamborn.

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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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