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Pole Pedal Paddle offers thanks

Dear Editor:

The Salida Pole Pedal Paddle was held April 17, and it was a huge success thanks to the tremendous support of local volunteers and generous sponsors.

This race is a logistical, and it requires a lot of assistance from the community; we had close to 50 volunteers on course this year. To each of you who worked to make this event possible, thank you.

Special thanks to: Dena and Shawn Gillis with Absolute Bikes, Angela and Chief with High Side Bar & Grill and Dick Eustice and Chaffee County Search and Rescue. All of your efforts were integral.

I would also like to thank all of the private landowners; without your permission and assistance this race would not be possible. Thanks to: Caleb and Deanna Hathaway of Monarch Sled Dog Rides, Travis Heinrichs, Wiley and Mike with Independent Whitewater.

Additionally, thanks to all of the permitting agencies and organizations: Thomas Skaja with the Forest Service, Sean Reynolds with the Bureau of Land Management, Glenn Cottone with Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Chaffee County commissioners, Josh Hadley with Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services, Diesel Post with Salida Parks and Rec and Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation.

Thanks as well to the motorbike park users at the Big Bend OHV park for sharing the park with us for the day.

Thank you to all of our local sponsors: Gary Lacy and Recreation Engineering and Planning, Mike McGovern and Amicas Pizza and Microbrewery, Dena and Shawn Gillis with Absolute Bikes, Nate and Diana Porter with Salida Mountain Sports, Zack and Mike with Badfish SUP, Lauren Thomson Design, High Side Bar & Grill, Alan and Elisha with Canyon River Instruction, Kurt and Alli with Mo Burrito for our amazing volunteer lunches, Elevation Beer Co., Soulcraft Brewing, Oveja Negra, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Clint with Riverboat Works, Café Dawn and Little Red Hen.

The Salida 3P benefits FIBArk Youth Paddling Program, which offers local youth the opportunity to safely learn and engage in whitewater sports. To the FIBArk board of directors and the City of Salida Parks and Rec, thanks for doing such great work in our community.

Thanks to all the 3P super fans who are excited to tackle this adventure race every year. You’re the reason we host this event, and we love that you enjoy the backcountry nature of the Salida 3P.

Last and most certainly not least, I want to thank the core volunteer committee of Robin Nejame and Matt Fritz. Your efforts created a smooth and spectacular event.

Looking forward to the 2023 Salida 3P!

Alli Gober, race director,

Salida Pole Pedal Paddle

Contacting Officials

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Federal government

President Joe Biden — The White House, Washington, DC 20500; 202-456-1111. Email:

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (5th District) — 2371 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515; 202-225-4422. Colorado Springs office: 1125 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Suite 330, Colorado Springs, CO 80920; 719-520-0055. Buena Vista office (no mail delivery): 415 E. Main St.; 719-520-0055. Website:

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — 261 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202-224-5852. Arkansas River office: 129 W. B St., Pueblo, CO 81003; 719-542-7550. Website:

U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper — Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave NE Suite SR-374 Washington, DC 20510 , 202-224-5941. Denver office: Byron Rogers Federal Building 1961 Stout Street Suite 12-300, Denver, CO 80294, 303-244-1628. Website:

State government

Gov. Jared Polis — State Capitol Building, Room 136, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80203; 303-866-2471. Website:

State Sen. Kerry Donovan, District 5 — State Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Room 338 A, Denver, CO 80203; 303-866-4871. Email address: Website:

State Rep. Ron Hanks, District 60 — State Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Room 307, Denver, CO 80203; 303-866-2747. Email address: Website:

Local government


City council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, in council chambers, 448 E. First St. Visit for more city information.

City council members

Dan Shore, Ward 1 719-221-6384

Jane Templeton, Ward 1 719-539-4618

Mike Pollack, Ward 2 719-207-0019

Justin Critelli, Ward 2 N/A

Alisa Pappenfort, Ward 3 719-221-2911

Harald Kasper, Ward 3 719-221-5259

P.T. Wood, mayor 719-530-2624


Chaffee County commissioners meet at 9 a.m. on the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Chaffee County Courthouse, 104 Crestone Ave., Salida. On the third Tuesday of each month, the meeting is held at the Buena Vista school district meeting room in Buena Vista. Visit for more county information.

County commissioners

Keith Baker, District 1,

Greg Felt, District 2,

Rusty Granzella, District 3,

County administrator’s office – 539-2218


School board meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Kesner Building. Visit for more school information.

School board members

Carrie Mattix 719-530-5406

Jodi Breckenridge Petit 719-530-5406

Cheri Post 719-530-5406

Joe Smith 719-530-5406

Greg Reed 719-530-5406

Jeannie Peters 719-530-5406

Joel McBride 719-530-5406

School Administration

Supt. David Blackburn — 719-530-5203

Salida High School Principal Tami Thompson — 719-530-5400

Salida Middle School Principal William Wooddell — 719-530-5304

Longfellow Elementary School Principal Charles McKenna — 719-530-5260

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