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Twenty-four competitors from Salida and the surrounding area took their best shots Saturday during the Salida Elks Hoop Shoot at Salida High School.

In the ages 8-9 division, Cotopaxi’s Sophie Eggleston won the girls’ division while Salidan Henry Pottebaum won the boys’ division. Finishing behind Pottebaum were Shaun Crowther of La Jara in second and Cotopaxi’s Garrett Gillespie in third. 

Most of the Salida High School boys’ basketball team has been playing together for years. With only one senior on the team right now and two others injured, the Spartans will be led by underclassmen this season. The players, however, know they can lean on each other.

With only three players from last year’s team graduating, the Salida High School boys’ basketball team is returning lots of players with varsity experience this season.

The Salida High School boys’ basketball team split its first two games of the season over the weekend. The Spartans ran all over Del Norte in an 82-47 victory Friday, but lost a defensive battle Saturday at Pagosa Springs, 50-35.

The Salida High School girls’ basketball team started its season with a pair of tough games over the weekend. The Lady Spartans hosted Del Norte Friday then traveled to Pagosa Springs on Saturday.

The Salida High School coed cheerleading team finished sixth in the 2A/3A coed division in the state championships Friday at the Denver Coliseum.

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With a brand-new roster competing on varsity this year, the Lady Spartans have a lot to learn. Head coach Heather Eagen, however, is confident the team we’ll get there.


The Salida High School Lady Spartan swimmers swamped their opponents Wednesday at their first meet of the season and only home meet, finishing with 185 points, 136 points ahead of the Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates, the second-place team at 49 points.

Fire had swept through the landscape several years past, and the stream’s course was a tangle of deadfall that regularly turned navigating its banks into an exercise in precarious balance, scrambling and contortion.

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In the past, Salida High School’s competitive spirit team would compete at its league meet and then state. 

This season, the team upped its schedule and competed an additional three times while also participating in a showcase event before its league meet. 

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The Colorado High School Activities Association added a new category for cheerleaders to compete in this year: a game-day division. 

At first, Salida co-head coach Sarah Evans planned on having the team switch from the traditional format to the new game-day category, which entails much of what the cheerleaders do on the sidelines – cheering and getting the crowd involved. 


The Salida High School cross-country team raced against some of the top squads from Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional Nov. 23 in Casa Grande, Arizona.


Five members of the Salida High School boys’ soccer team were nominated for the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 3A All-State team. Of the five, one scored a spot on the All-State first team while two others received All-State honorable mentions.

In exchange for nonperishable food items or cash donations, visitors to Monarch Mountain will get to ski or snowboard for free on Monday. 

Anyone who takes a donation to the ski area will receive a complimentary lift ticket, valued at $94, for the day.


The Salida High School girls’ swimming team lost nine seniors from last year’s record-breaking squad, which had 11 state qualifiers and four individual event finalists, the team’s most ever.

This is an exciting time of year at Colorado Parks and Wildlife when a new class of trainees is sworn in as rangers and get their park assignments.


Salida’s Heart of Rockies Snowmobile Club got its new snowcat Saturday, and the club hopes it will make the trails it grooms along Marshall Pass better than ever before.

I filled my mug with a handful of ice, followed by a generous dollop of single malt over the top and let it sit, allowing time for the ice to cool the liquor’s heat.


After sharing space with the rental shop for the last decade, Monarch Mountain’s ski and ride school will have its own space this winter.

Monarch Mountain will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, a day earlier than the proposed opening day of Thanksgiving.


The Salida High School boys’ soccer team had a lot of awards to carry home Thursday after their end-of-season banquet, as all five seniors, Quinn Bosanko, Colby Pitts, Bowman Russell, Cole Walters-Schaler and Nico Wilson, were named to the 3A Tri-Peaks All-League team.

BUENA VISTA – Chaffee County United Soccer wrapped up its 2019 season, which included an elite-level win for the club’s U-15 girls’ team at the Socctoberfest tournament on the first weekend of November in Farmington, New Mexico.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife released 14 endangered black-footed ferrets Monday in a prairie dog colony on the Walker Ranch in Pueblo West.

The release was part of a decades-long effort by CPW, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners to restore “the rarest mammal in North America,” a CPW press release stated.


Sixteen scouts from Salida Scout Troop 60 earned the archery merit badge during a three-day, two-night November campout focused on archery on the Arkansas River near Big Bend. 


Spartan Ultra races are typically 50 kilometers long, almost 5 miles longer than a marathon, and have 60 obstacles along the route to add some extra challenges. 

“It’s a sport about suffering,” said Salidan Dolan Potts. “They seem almost psychotic, but they’re really quite fun.”


Cotopaxi High School senior Chance Gulliford will get to play ball at the next level. 

Gulliford recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Adams State University after he graduates. 


Kevin and Michele Busch recently competed in the inaugural NORRA 500 dirt bike race in Ensenada, Mexico, winning the 50+ Vintage Dudes category and finishing second overall among the bikers. 

The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association announced it is partnering with REI Co-op for the #OptOutside and #garnaopttoact social media campaign during the holiday season.


Kaya Schwarz continued her upward trajectory in cutting this year. The 15-year-old Salidan had her most successful season yet and was named the champion in the Southern Colorado Cutting Horse Association’s 2,000 Limit Rider division.

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group for the trail, is looking for local residents who would be interested in joining its ambassador program.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service will host public meetings to discuss the draft resource management plan for Browns Canyon National Monument beginning today in Salida.

The six runners who formed Colorado Mountain College’s first sanctioned cross-country running team in August recently completed their first season of competitive 8K racing in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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DENVER – The Salida High School boys’ soccer team came within one minute of reaching the 3A state championship game Wednesday but ultimately fell short in overtime, 2-1.

Playing Roaring Fork in the semifinals at Denver’s All-City Stadium, junior Kai Brown broke a scoreless tie in the 73rd minute. With a defender on his hip, Brown made a move across the goal, getting the goalie out of position and then blasting a shot into the net from the side of the box to put Salida up, 1-0.

With 1:20 left in the game, however, Roaring Fork scored to tie the contest. A Salida defender was in the right position but failed to clear the ball, and the Rams scored from within the box to send the game into overtime.

Monarch Mountain will spin its lifts again this weekend, giving skiers and snowboarders two more bonus days to ride the mountain before its original opening date. 


The Salida High School volleyball players got together for a banquet Monday to celebrate their season. 

The team’s coaches spoke about their teams while several players received awards. 

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