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After a bumpy first minute that saw the Bayfield Lady Wolverines score on a corner kick against the Lady Spartans Friday, Salida came back and dominated the game, winning 5-1.

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A new regional option for mental health care in the rural central mountain region was one step closer to reality as ground was broken Thursday for Solvista Health’s Regional Assessment Center on the Heart of Rockies Regional Medical Center campus.

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Chaffee County reached a vaccination rate of 53.5 percent of the total county population fully vaccinated for COVID-19. A total of 18,946 first and second vaccinations have been administered in the county thus far.

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NOTE:  What I write today is true today. New information is rapidly emerging and updates are forthcoming when relevant.

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Ark-Valley Humane Society is hosting the Fourth Annual Tails on the Trail – A 5k walk/run for the animals. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be virtual. 

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Editor’s note: Most social events have been canceled due to precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following events, most of which are online, were scheduled as of press time but are subject to change.

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Following a nearly year-long investigation, Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested Wednesday morning, charged with the first degree murder in the death of his wife Suzanne Morphew, who went missing May 10, 2020.

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White faced ibis line the banks at Frantz Lake recently. Salidan Bill McIntire saw the birds, took a photo and sent it to The Mountain Mail through the website. Photographers can share photos at themountainmail.com under the “Submissions” tab or by emailing them to pgoetz@themountainmail.com…

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In the midst of the fourth wave of COVID-19, several key developments have taken place over the past couple of weeks related to state and local public health orders, incidence trends, and vaccination rates.  

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Salida High School junior Emma Logan, 17, accepts a $1,000 donation from Monarch Community Outreach board member Susan Boucher. The donation will go toward the junior and senior prom, “Salidabration,” which will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at Chaffee County Fairgrounds. Joining Emma were fell…

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Dorothy Sanchez receives potted flowers and more from Ark-Valley Helping Hands volunteers Saturday. The organization delivered flowers, handmade greeting card and a box of cookies to 80 Chaffee County seniors for its second annual May Day event. The cards were made by local students and cook…

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A Colorado Parks and Wildlife pathologist found human remains inside the stomachs of a sow and her yearling bear that CPW wildlife officers suspect of killing and eating a 39-year-old woman Friday north of Durango.

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Longfellow Elementary School fourth-grader Addison Bungay, 10, picks the larger pebbles out of her pan while panning for gold on the Arkansas River at Salida Whitewater Park Thursday. Sara Wilcox’s class took advantage of the warm weather to try their hand at prospecting.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. May 5 and 8:30 a.m. May 6 online and in Grand Junction.

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A new film released Wednesday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife showcases the “Shadows of the Forest” in Colorado’s high-elevation wilderness – the Canada lynx.

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In response to the loss of recycler Angel of Shavano, Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, Chaffee County and associated municipalities and organizations, including the Salida Sustainability Committee, are evaluating alternative recycling options.

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Merriam turkeys flock toward Chalk Creek from CR 162 Tuesday. Native to Colorado, several flocks of the wild fowl roam Chalk Creek Canyon and other areas of Chaffee County. Colorado Department of Wildlife spring limited license turkey hunting season began April 10 and runs until May 31.

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Salida Sunrise Rotary is offering grants in youth, education and vocational projects; community service; and environmental programs. Grant applications open April 15 through May 15.

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Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could someday be threatened by development or other non-forest uses now have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands – and receive compensation for doing so.

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A red-naped sapsucker sits on an aspen branch. Photographer Wendell Day said, “It is always a joy to see a red-naped sapsucker in an aspen grove this time of year. That is a sign the sap is rising and the temperature will get warmer soon.” Photographers can share photos at themountainmail.co…

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Awareness around Child Abuse Prevention Month in April is meant to spotlight the youngest members of our communities as well as the adults and agencies that care for them. 

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Even as the focus on COVID-19 and the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines have taken precedence in public health over the past several months, Chaffee County Public Health continues to offer other vaccinations to keep a variety of other diseases at bay.

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Local historian and tour guide Steve Chapman, of Salida Walking Tours, describes an 1880s shootout from Salida’s colorful past to a group of students from Salida Montessori Charter School Thursday. The students were participating in a Greater Arkansas River Nature Association project and lea…

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The Salida Spartan football team put up a tough fight Friday but they just couldn’t stop the powerhouse Glenwood Springs Demons, losing 49-0.

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Chaffee County Housing+Health will host a presentation by AJ Fawver of Verdunity, a consulting firm that focuses on growth management and fiscal responsibility for municipalities, at its final Speaker Series session at 5:30 p.m. April 29.

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Monarch community outreach presented Salida Circus with a $1,500 donation towards a series of summer circus camps. Salida Circus holds workshops at Ramps and Alleys on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children and adults. There to give and receive the donation from left to right front row: Ulysses…

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Basketball meeting set for April 27

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Colorado Mountain College will host its fifth sustainability conference from 9 a.m. to noon on April 23. Presented by Colorado Mountain College’s sustainability studies program, “Envision Sustainability 2021” will be accessible through Zoom across the college’s district and beyond.

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High Country Bank employees Elisa Taylor, front left, Chereyl Weiss, Amber Holmes and Haley Elzinga, from left back, present a $500 donation to National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI Chaffee County representatives Eunice Collette, Cindy Sasso and Katie Davis. The funds will be used to p…

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Josh Oberleas, Crest Academy physical education and outdoor leadership teacher, shows Eliot Miller, 11, the proper technique for casting. The fishing outing for some of Crest Academy’s students took place Tuesday near the Salida boat ramp. Helpers included other Crest teachers and volunteers…

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NOTE:  What I write today is true today. New information is rapidly emerging and updates are forthcoming when relevant.

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Local author, John DiGirolamo, has a passion for policing and was inspired to tell the officers stories after listening to a summer full of negative portrayals of police officers in the media in 2020.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Wednesday the county adopted an amended local Public Health Order effective through Aug.  31, which updates the amendment issued April 16. 

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