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With increased collective anxiety about the spread of COVID-19, several local attorneys are encouraging residents to speak with professionals to fill out their wills instead of using online templates.

With time on my hands, I began to sift through my collection of fly rods, sorting them in order of utility for the spring fishing season, checking the condition of reels, lines and leaders.

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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.

by Susan Matthews

Salida Regional Library

Where do we stand? What are we doing? How can we help you?

These are the questions we at Salida Regional Library are asking ourselves on a daily basis.

Where do we stand? Currently we are following state guidelines: having a modified staffing schedule, reducing the number of and staggering work times of staff to get some of our essential functions taken care of. 

by Carrie Classon

Joe’s red truck is parked behind his house. It hasn’t moved in days. 

Joe gets in his red truck every morning and drives around. He’s a member of every fraternal organization, a regular at the brewpub and has friends in every corner of town. Joe picks up a coffee and spends most mornings greeting people out the window of his red pickup. 

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by Joy Jackson

Salida Regional Library

World War I pulled in with a tide of death and destruction; when it pulled back, a deadlier tide of influenza washed over the entire world.

The convergence of WWI with one of the deadliest pandemics on record had one bright note: The American Red Cross was at its strongest, reinforced by a large cadre of volunteer nurses. Here in Salida the Tuesday Evening Club, who were the founders of the library, started a Red Cross chapter in an effort to support troops who were headed overseas.

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by Heather McFadden

Early Childhood Council

Research shows that children, even infants and toddlers, can pick up on tension. Children are watching, and your calm presence provides reassurance that things will be OK. 

Here are five strategies to remind you to focus on taking care of yourself as an important way to care for your child: 

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One good thing I have noticed happening with the coronavirus issue is that people being confined to home are spending more time with their families and going back to things they may not have done for awhile, like cooking, working on hobbies, cleaning closets and cupboards, reading, etc.

Wilderness. A word that has been a functional part of our vocabulary for many years. But recent fires and flooding here in the Upper Arkansas Valley have caused me to consider this word with a slightly different view.

“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that …

A watery sun struggled to compete with the clouds that smothered the Sangres, fingering down their flanks in a darkening gray. With each gust of upslope wind, flurries of graupel swirled about to patter softly against my jacket and expire into the water with a soft hiss.

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.

by Baxter Black, DVM

Butch has a theory about hard-core born-to-rope ropers: as soon as they build a loop and take one swing, it kicks their brain out of gear.

To demonstrate how this theory works he told me about a friend of his. We’ll call him “Chope” for short.

For some reason I have always associated pineapple with Easter and spring, so with spring officially here and Easter just around the corner, today’s recipes focus on pineapple.

by Emy Luebbering

Ark-Valley Humane Society

Our shelter temporarily closed its doors March 14 as a precaution. We are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to reduce potential spreading of COVID-19 to more people. Pets are not at risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

by Becky Nelson

Salida Regional Library

News of the coronavirus is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to grocery stores, to playgrounds. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the pandemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. 

The foundation of a house is what supports the entire structure. If the foundation isn’t built correctly, the structure will eventually be destroyed by the forces of nature that constantly work against it.

It’s a very gray day. Today is exactly the sort of day I am most grateful for dogs.

What is euphemistically referred to as the “down time” of angling – those frequent lulls between fishing and catching when questions existential in nature arise, oft involving exploration of themes such as futility, inadequacy, folly, exasperation and the very nature and purpose of creation …

Editor’s note: Joanne Letko, a Colorado Master Gardener from Chaffee County, wrote this week’s “In the Garden.”

As I researched to write last week’s article about Emotional Support Animals, I recalled a former high school student who was able to cope with severe bipolar disorder because of his blackL ab, Tom.

 With so many people now having to go gluten free, whether it be celiac disease or gluten intolerance, recipes for gluten-free foods are in demand.

Colorado is the No. 1 United States producer of gluten-free proso millet. The Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity each month to highlight products grown in the state, and this month the featured product is gluten-free proso millet, a grain that can be used in many ways, from main dishes to trail mix.

During the past eight months our community has experienced no less than two anxiety-producing events together. It began with the Decker fire on Sept. 8 and now the COVID-19 virus has moved into our Colorado neighborhood. 

Betty Lynne is a cowboy. If you don’t believe it, ask her husband to show you the snapshot of her bruise.

I want to express my gratitude for the community’s support and patience as we evaluate and adjust our library services because of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of our patrons, volunteers and staff are our top priority.

It’s not a good idea to trim a dog’s whiskers. At the base of these hairs are follicles packed with nerves that send sensory messages to the brain.

We were able to get outside some this past weekend and begin pruning some of our fruit trees. It was nice to be outdoors and doing some “gardening” activities that will help in the coming months.

Editors note: This column original ran Sept. 14, 2012.

What do your fellow citizens fear most? Almost half of them – 49 percent – are most afraid of running out of money during retirement, a higher percentage than the 44 percent whose chief concern is failing health, according to a recent survey by Aegon Center for Longevity and other groups.

I think Pollyanna might have gotten a bum rap.

More than once in my life I’ve been accused of having a “Pollyanna attitude.” I didn’t actually know what this meant, except that it was not a good thing. 

Being “a Pollyanna” implied having an unrealistically sunny view of whatever was happening. Since Pollyanna and I had been linked so often, I thought I should finally read the book. 

Nothing is more wonderful than coming home to the love of a pet, especially after a difficult day. Pets lift our spirits and make us smile. It should not be surprising then, that for many people with psychological disorders, these wonderful animals are their emotional support, their way to live.

The cow went down in the pasture. I took it as a sign.

The world is watching the spread of the new coronavirus with concern. Uncertainty is being felt around the globe, and the crisis is unsettling on a human level as well as from the perspective of how markets respond.

One advantage for an angler living here in the valley is getting to pick and choose the times you hit the river.

Bob suggested we all do push-ups.

I guess I should mention that I don’t know Bob. Peter, my husband, knew Bob in high school. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure Peter and Bob were even close pals in high school. But Bob sent me a Facebook friend request shortly after he became Facebook friends with Peter and, even though I don’t know Bob, I accepted. Then Bob challenged me to do push-ups. 

Pit bulls are among the most lovable dogs in the world. Unfortunately, due to years of misinformation and bad press, they are also among the most misunderstood dog breeds. The truth is they make great family pets.

“Boys will be boys,” reflected Jack, as he told me a story from his youth.

A reader asked: “What is going on with the hours at the Nathrop Post Office? When we moved here eight years ago, we had full service, but it seems to be getting cut back more and more. Recently, there was a handwritten sign saying it would only be open from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.”

There are two types of anxiety. One is an acute, palpable panic. In these moments, we are keenly aware of our anxiety. Perhaps I nearly hit another car, and for the next 10 minutes my heart is racing. Or an advertisement for some medicine provokes in me an uneasiness related to my own mortal…

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