June 3, 2015

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Seeking faces for Vietnam memorial

Six years ago my husband and I made our first trip to Washington, D.C. Because the Vietnam War was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. 

SMT offers thanks for work day

Dear Editor:

Salida Mountain Trails’ monthly trail work day (ShinDig) Nov. 8 was focused on restoring portions of the Dead Bird Trail on the Methodist Mountain Trail System.

Dear Editor:

Salida Mountain Trails’ monthly trail work day (ShinDig) Nov. 8 was focused on restoring portions of the Dead Bird Trail on the Methodist Mountain Trail System.

Thanks to all who participated and in particular to Josh Jones and Andrew Koransky for coordinating. Also, thanks to Poco Mexican restaurant and Jug Liquors for sponsoring lunch, and to Lee Hart for hosting.

Salida Mountain Trails is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization committed to building and maintaining sustainable, multi-user, nonmotorized trails on public lands near the city of Salida.

For more information about SMT and its calendar of volunteer opportunities and events, visit SalidaMountainTrails.org or facebook.com/SalidaMountainTrails.

Mike Smith,

Salida Mountain Trails,

Salida

Wednesday 06/03/2015
Civility, community’s future
Posted: June 03, 2015

In his May 21 guest opinion titled “Working together for the good of Salida?” Councilman Hal Brown acknowledged recent “calls for reconciliation and cooperation” in the wake of the contentious political discourse that has plagued our city of late. 

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Student council offers thanks
Posted: June 03, 2015

The Student Council of Salida High School would like to thank the Salida Fire Department for its help with the 2015 graduation ceremony. 

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Tuesday 06/02/2015
No harm in raising standards
Posted: June 02, 2015

I am writing this letter in response to the letter I read in last Thursday’s paper, submitted by Mr. Groover, regarding the grade-point average needed to achieve honor roll. My question is, why should the school district be expected to not hold its students to higher standards? 

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Salida doesn’t need Tasers
Posted: June 02, 2015

Salida City Council will address the amended 2015 budget June 2. One of the items in the amended budget is $7,500 for the purchase of Tasers for the police force.

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‘Only two kinds of flat roofs’
Posted: June 02, 2015

The highly publicized roof leak at Longfellow Elementary School and the recent spate of stacked-box, flat-roofed houses reminded me of a tried and true architects’ adage,

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Monday 06/01/2015
Thanks offered for garden grant
Posted: June 01, 2015

The Longfellow Elementary School Garden committee would like to thank Support Our Schools Salida (SOSS) for giving the new Longfellow School Garden a generous grant for $3,000. 

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Honor roll should benefit more
Posted: June 01, 2015

We are writing in support of Dewey Groover’s letter expressing his concern that changes were made to the grade-point average required by Salida middle and high school students to be named to the honor roll. 

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Friday 05/29/2015
Howard Hall thanks community
Posted: May 29, 2015

We would like to thank everyone for helping to make the Mexican Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Howard Hall Association May 16 in Howard a great success. We hope everyone enjoyed the great dinner and the fun of bidding on the many nice silent auction items. 

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Reader questions board decision
Posted: May 29, 2015

This letter is in response to the article in The Mountain Mail on April 28: “Poncha Springs reopens firewood business discussion.” A bit of an oxymoron as there was no discussion allowed. 

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Thursday 05/28/2015
Questions admin evaluation
Posted: May 28, 2015

Dear Editor:

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Thanks offered for help
Posted: May 28, 2015

April came to a close as did the official end of Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

The Department of Health & Human Services Child Welfare Division, Family & Youth Initiatives and the Alliance against Domestic Abuse would like to thank The Mountain Mail for the support and coverage of events that took place in April.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
Thanks for Cleanup/Greenup
Posted: May 27, 2015

I would like to say a huge thank you to the Arkansas River community who made the 24th annual Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup May 16 another huge success, filling our trash bins to the brim.

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SteamPlant Friends offer thanks
Posted: May 27, 2015

The Friends of the SteamPlant would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to all of our Friends who donated their time, money and energy this last year.

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Tuesday 05/26/2015
Teachers offer thanks for raptors
Posted: May 26, 2015

The first-graders at Longfellow Elementary School were recently treated to an informative and entertaining presentation about birds of prey by the Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center.

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Chamber offers Scramble thanks
Posted: May 26, 2015

Smiles were in full gear for the annual Salida Golf Scramble May 15. Nineteen teams signed up to enjoy an afternoon of golf and Business After Hours at the Salida Golf Club.

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Monday 05/25/2015
Council for the Arts offers thanks
Posted: May 25, 2015

The Salida Council for the Arts hosted the Valley Visions Art Exhibition Opening Reception May 1, featuring 40 artists from the Arkansas Valley. 

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Responds to Brown opinion
Posted: May 25, 2015

In reference to Councilman Brown’s guest opinion, “Working together for the good of Salida?, the question mark was most appropriate.

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Thanks for extinguishing fire
Posted: May 25, 2015

At 4:55 a.m. May 9 we discovered a large fire had started in our garage. We immediately called 911 and within 10 minutes the first emergency personnel and fire truck arrived; within just minutes, more and more trucks, equipment and additional firefighters arrived.

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Friday 05/22/2015
‘Will council address these issues?’
Posted: May 22, 2015

City council presently addresses Administrator MacDonald’s performance review. Such reviews often venture into the general operations and philosophy of a city. 

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Second-grade team offers thanks
Posted: May 22, 2015

To the employees of our Salida Safeway and to those shoppers who happened to choose last Thursday morning for their grocery run, thank you from the Longfellow second-grade teachers and students. 

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Thursday 05/21/2015
Thanks offered for Cancer Climb
Posted: May 21, 2015

The 2015 Tenderfoot Cancer Climb was a success. The committee would like to thank everyone who sponsored, donated, volunteered and participated in this year’s hill climb for American Cancer Society. 

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Another blockade for students
Posted: May 21, 2015

On May 12 I attended the school board meeting to bring forward a concern regarding a change that had been made to the requirement for attaining honor roll status in the Salida middle and high schools. 

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Gold is Earth’s present dilemma
Posted: May 20, 2015

How is evil “live” turned backward?

Everything alive is alive because it is supported by soul. We know this, because when the soul comes into the body, the body lives. When the soul leaves the body, the body dies.

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Warns of telephone scam
Posted: May 20, 2015

We have been out of town for several weeks, so this is not as timely as it should have been. Before we left, we were nearly victims of a phone scam. 

We were aware of the many warnings about them and didn’t think it could happen to us, but we underestimated the skill with which scammers operate. 

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Avoid giving up SteamPlant
Posted: May 20, 2015

On behalf of KHEN 106.9 FM Community Radio and its Symphonic Salida collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, I strongly urge the Salida City Council to find any way they can to avoid giving up control of Salida SteamPlant. 

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Tuesday 05/19/2015
Thanks offered for Casino Night
Posted: May 19, 2015

I’ve been a board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County since 2011, serving on numerous committees. The experience continues to be both an education and an inspiration. 

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Leave SteamPlant alone – please!
Posted: May 19, 2015

I applaud the Friends of the SteamPlant, and anyone else for that matter who defends our public infrastructure such as the SteamPlant, the pool and our parks and trails. Keep up the good work and sing your praises loud and clear. 

And, thank you, Mountain Mail, for providing opportunity to let us air this stuff out.

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