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Chaffee County commissioners, meeting as Chaffee County Board of Health, voted 2-1 Wednesday to maintain the county’s current cap of 5,000 people at outdoor events.

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Poncha Springs trustees unanimously voted Monday to authorize drafting a letter to the Chaffee County Planning and Zoning Commission, expressing their “strong opposition” to the Chaffee County Recreation Plan as presented by Envision Chaffee County.

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Chaffee County commissioners approved a motion by Commissioner Keith Baker Tuesday to give Live Nation until July 6 to amend its application for an event permit for the Seven Peaks concert scheduled for Sept. 3-6.

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Salida received a clean audit of its comprehensive financial report from McMahan and Associates Tuesday at city council’s regular meeting.

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Buena Vista Trustees voted unanimously, to approve the town’s 2021 budget Tuesday night.

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Through the opengov.com platform, people can interact with the City of Salida’s proposed 2021 budget in ways not possible before. 

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The Chaffee County Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Authority Intergovernmental Agreement received unanimous approval by commissioners during the Chaffee County meeting Tuesday. 

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The Chaffee County Fairgrounds will be the site for the Nestlé Waters North America 1041 application, scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 20 and 9 a.m. Oct. 22, Chaffee County commissioners unanimously decided Tuesday.

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Chaffee County Democrats kicked off the election season with several small rallies to introduce local candidates.

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Eight community members urged Salida City Council to take action and denounce hate in the community at council’s regular meeting Tuesday. 

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Nestlé Waters North America will pay for a hydrologist and water court expert attorney to review Nestlé’s 1041 application renewal for Chaffee County. Chaffee County commissioners unanimously approved use of funds Tuesday and the county will select these experts. 

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The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to table the vote on possible annexation and zoning of the Moltz property north of Little River Ranch and east of the Tailwind subdivision.

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The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Poncha Springs Town Hall, 333 Burnett Ave.

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Buena Vista – The Buena Vista Recreation Department will host a volunteer event to rehabilitate the pump track facility at the river park, just east of the BV Community Center, from noon to 4 p.m. June 19 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 20.

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With Salida Mountain Trails’ ShinDig trail workdays paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization turned to a local professional trail builder to help keep the trails in tiptop shape. 

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About 86 percent of Chaffee County households that receive their mail via post office box have had U.S. census self-responding material hand delivered to them by field operation personnel.

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Chaffee County commissioners agreed during a Monday work session to consider and vote on a request for $1,500 from Salida-area Parks, Open-space and Trails and Eagle Scout candidate Jackson Karls for landscaping and a bench cover at Mimi’s Corner at CRs 144 and 160.

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Ark Valley Equality Network hosted its second annual Pride Awards online Saturday, honoring community members for their contributions and work for the LGBTQ+ community.

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The Salida school board will examine the district’s budget during an online work session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Zoom.

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All 2020 Ark Valley Pride events will be canceled except for the Equality Network Pride Awards, which will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at arkvalleypride.com.

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by Henry Netherland

Mail Staff Writer

Salidans gathered for a “sit-in for solidarity” Tuesday in Alpine Park and then walked down F Street to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ark Valley Equality Network provided an online version to those unable to attend in person.

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The Salida Community Center, Ark-Valley Humane Society and Central Colorado Humanists are working together on food distribution for local residents in need at 10 a.m. today at the center, 305 F St.

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Ark Valley Equality Network will host a Rural & At-Home #BlackLivesMatter In-Home Rally at noon today in Alpine Park.

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Salida City Council members will discuss how summer events and activities will take place in the era of COVID-19 during their virtual work session at 6 p.m. today.

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Many residents of Salida, Poncha Springs, Buena Vista and unincorporated Chaffee County will soon get their chance to participate in the U.S. census as the U.S. Census Bureau resumes 2020 census field operations in Colorado this week. 

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In a letter to Salida City Council, Family & Youth Initiatives cited reasons why it is opposed to Salida’s proposed Ordinance 2020-09, which would allow alcohol consumption in public parks.

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Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell released copies of the preliminary ballots that county residents will receive in the mail for the June 30 primary election.

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Salida city officials announced the city will ease COVID-19 restrictions and move to Tier III of its Action Plan starting today.

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Salida City Council will review the Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan during a virtual work session at 6 p.m. today.

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Interim City Clerk Erin Kelley said today’s Salida City Council work session has been canceled, but its regular meeting Tuesday will still take place virtually at 6 p.m.

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Chaffee County commissioners will conduct a public hearing to consider renewal of the Nestlé Waters North America 1041 permit during their meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, which will take place online.

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State Sen. Kerry Donovan will host a virtual town hall from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday to answer COVID-19 related questions in Senate District 5 – Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Lake and Pitkin counties.

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