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A total of $245,550 in grant money was distributed by the Chaffee County Marijuana Excise Tax Advisory Board to 14 organizations, supporting 17 programs and projects.

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Joi Santa Cruz won the Christmas tree in the Alpha Omicron Chapter No. 770’s 2022 raffle. The raffle raised $1,100. Proceeds benefit a local high school scholarship, Easter Seals and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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ElevateHer, an organization that supports activities for girls and young women, receives a $1,500 donation from Monarch Community Outreach. From left are Rick Boucher, Susan Boucher, Jenny Colwell, Michael Kivley, Daniela Wohlwend, Lauren Fuegel, Clay Lambert and Brian Berger.

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The Roy Williams Foundation is accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to students who want to pursue an education in a mental health-related field.

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The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees unanimously approved a letter of support for Monarch Gardens, a proposed 36-unit low-income housing tax credit project at 75 Nickerson Ave., Monday at the board’s first meeting of 2023.

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Miriam Brans, Longfellow Elementary second-grader, drew animals looking at a snowman. Salida will be mostly sunny today with wind chill between zero and 10, west-southwest wind 10-15 mph increasing to 20-25 mph, gusting up to 35 mph, high around 42 and low near 17.

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The Chaffee County Community Foundation will accept municipal grant applications through Feb. 10 from qualified nonprofit organizations serving Salida and Buena Vista.

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The Region 15 Opioid Settlement Governance Committee, which serves Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park counties, is accepting applications until Jan. 31 for stipends to help individual behavioral health providers tackle the high cost of living in the area.

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In their second slalom race of the season Jan. 20 at Eldora, the Lake County Lady Panthers of the Colorado High School Ski League placed consistently, taking fourth as a team. 

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The St. Mary’s High School Lady Pirates plundered the Salida High School Lady Spartans basketball team 52-29 Tuesday at home. 

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The Salida Board of Education met in special session Saturday prior to its annual all-day retreat/work session.

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Dr. Maria Riemann and Salida Clinic, 920 Rush Drive, recently were welcomed to membership in Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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The Colorado Department of Early Childhood will launch the statewide universal preschool program, called UPK Colorado, in the 2023-24 school year, and online applications became available Jan. 17.

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Many people plan to take an early retirement, so when that day arrives, they’re ready for it. But what if you were to face an unplanned retirement? Would you be prepared to deal with the financial issues?

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Current property owners in the Salida Hospital District who paid property taxes during the period from 2018-2021 will receive a check from Salida Hospital District sometime in March.

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Chaffee County Child Care Initiative self-reported its teacher-to-child ratio had not been met in compliance with state childcare rules and regulations, Liz Ryan Sax, strategic communications consultant, reported late Wednesday.

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U.S. stocks were initially dragged lower by the tech-heavy Nasdaq but mostly recovered in the final trading hour as the tug-of-war between growth concerns and hopes for a Fed pivot continues.

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The Colorado Department of Early Childhood will launch the statewide universal preschool program, called UPK Colorado, in the 2023-24 school year, and online applications became available Jan. 17.

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Salidan Nora Oubre, 7, selects a new color for a dog picture she is coloring at the Salida Regional Library while twin brother Finn watches. Nora said she is using all of the colors for her picture, in which the dog appears rainbow.

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The Walden Chamber Music Society is accepting applications until April 1 for a $1,000 scholarship available to graduating seniors from Chaffee County who wish to make music their college and career choice.

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Plans are currently in motion to build onto the Chaffee County Veterans Memorial at the Poncha Springs Visitor Center at the intersection of U.S. 50 and U.S. 285.

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The Ark-Valley Humane Society animal shelter in Buena Vista has seen significant changes in the last five years, including building renovations and more flexibility with the application process due to prior pandemic restrictions.

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Vickie Sue Vigil, Arkansas Publishing Co.’s advertising director, is a featured Sales Superstar in the January 2023 issue of Editor & Publisher, or E&P, magazine, saluting the best of the industry’s sales professionals.

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Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze reported the closure of Chaffee County Child Care Initiative by county department of human services and sheriff on Tuesday.

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Snow-topped Mount Shavano and other peaks in the Sawatch Range emerge from the cloud cover Monday afternoon to hints of blue sky and sunshine. The National Weather Service predicts a 20-30 percent chance of snow showers in Salida through Wednesday with highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.

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After finishing modestly lower last week, equities got off to an encouraging start Monday with U.S. stocks finishing notably higher.

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Weds., Jan. 25

Buena Vista

7-9 p.m. – Open Mic Night at The Lariat, 206 E. Main St.

Poncha Springs

6 p.m. – Movie Night in the heated tent outside Elevation Beer Co., 115 Pahlone Parkway.

Salida 

5 p.m. – Local talent Pax Presley plays an eclectic mix of contemporary covers backed by acoustic guitar at Soulcraft Brewing, 248 W. U.S. 50.

6 p.m. – Trivia Night at High Side Bar & Grill, 300 W. Sackett Ave. Prizes for top three teams.

7:30-10 p.m. – Comedy on the Rocks at Tres Litros Beer Co., 118 N. E St., features comedians Sam Ellefson, Savannah Lobel and Ron Ferguson. Proceeds from 50/50 raffle go to Chaffee County Search and Rescue South.

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Jessica Goldmuntz Stokes, a Denver author with local ties, tells the story of dealing with her mom’s Alzheimer’s disease by finding her way in the labyrinth. Her book, “Seeking Clarity in the Labyrinth – A Daughter’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s” became available on Amazon on Jan. 10, a year …

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Volunteers will soon be conducting a Point in Time survey to count Chaffee County’s homeless population.

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Chaffee County Writers Exchange is sponsoring its second annual Youth Writing Contest, which will run from Feb. 10 through March 10 and has one category for ages 10-13 and a second for ages 14-18.

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The Noteables chorus is recruiting male and female singers for “Earth Songs,” the group’s spring concert series schedule, for May 5-7.

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With new developments on the rise in 2023, including The Farm apartments and the future Carbonate Street development, Fading West is continuing to grow.

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Nearly a month after losing three carriers, the Buena Vista Post Office is struggling to keep abreast of the endless stacks of mail and packages.

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The Salida High School girls’ swim team finished fifth at the Trojan Invite this past weekend at Fountain-Fort Carson High School.

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The results of a hospital employee engagement survey will be the focus topic at the Salida Hospital District board of directors regular meeting starting at 2 p.m. today.

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