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Absolute Bikes

Absolute Bike Demo Program has officially launched! They are also offering discounts on E-bikes they carry at their shop!

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Ark-Valley Humane Society

Buena Vista, CO (April 08, 2024) – Ark-Valley Humane Society is set to receive a $2,500 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for animals in Chaffee County.

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Ark-Valley Humane Society celebrates volunteers and fosters

Ark-Valley Humane Society (AVHS) held a volunteer appreciation event on Sunday, April 21st.

All volunteers and pet foster parents were welcomed to join staff and board members at the shelter to celebrate the incredible lifesaving work they do for Ark-Valley Humane Society. Click Read more to see who received special awards!

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BOGO Deal at Osake Steak and Sushi Bar!

Take advantage of this excellent BOGO special at Osake Steak and Sushi Bar on Monday through Thursday from April 22 to May 30:

11am-9pm, BOGO Entree’ Dining is available for you at Osake’ Steak and Sushi Bar with the Osake’ mud season pass below. We’re excited to take this opportunity to give back to our loyal customers. The Pro Tip details: Prior to each time that you dine, present the pass below to your server (phone save or print). Buy one entree, receive a second entree (of equal or lesser value) absolutely free. Dine in only- Monday through Thursday open to close 11am-9pm (excludes Monday May 27). Expires May 30, 2024. Cannot be combined with any other Osake’ offers. Thank you, and enjoy!

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CCPH Offering Go-Kits & More

Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) is excited to announce the CU Anschutz Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) is offering Emergency Go-Kits and Battery Backup Power Systems for eligible Medicaid recipients. There are also virtual trainings available to anyone about “Surviving In Place,” this course is also available in Spanish too. The Go-kits include essential items and necessary supplies that you can easily grab during an emergency.

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Chaffee Chips announces 2024 wildfire mitigation events

April 7, 2024 — To help landowners create defensible space around their homes, Chaffee Chips will coordinate free neighborhood slash removal and chipping services in several geographic areas this year.

The countywide fire mitigation program reduces the threat of wildfire by helping homeowners remove potential fire fuels. Property owners in the service areas are asked to cut and clear brush and trees before the event and pile them at their curbs.

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Chaffee County collaborates on an awareness campaign to dispel stigma and promote recovery from addiction while reducing the tragic toll of fentanyl and other opioids.

Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park counties collaborate on an awareness campaign to dispel stigma and promote recovery from addiction while reducing the tragic toll of fentanyl and other opioids.
“Recovery starts when stigma ends.”
That’s the message of a new local public awareness campaign created to dispel stigma around addiction, including opioid use disorder, and to inspire the community to rise together to meet the challenge of this devastating epidemic.

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Chaffee County Housing Authority

The Chaffee Housing Authority invites you to participate in an important survey regarding affordable housing issues and a potential ballot measure this November. Click Read more to see how to participate in the survey.

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Chaffee County Landfill Closed on Wednesdays for Public Drop-offs, Beginning May 1st

Effective Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, Chaffee County Landfill will no longer be open to the general public on Wednesdays. This schedule change will allow adequate time for Landfill staff to address on-going equipment maintenance and repair needs, update its tracking systems and regulatory reporting compliance requirements, and manage wind-blown litter pickup. Commercial waste hauler customers will still be able to utilize the Landfill on Wednesdays upon making arrangements with the Landfill manager.

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Chaffee Housing Authority Seeking Homes for Open Doors

The Chaffee Housing Authority, in cooperation with the City of Salida, is asking short term rental owners and vacation home owners within the City of Salida and the surrounding area to transition their short-term rentals, rarely-used vacation homes, unoccupied accessory dwelling units, or other under-used houses to a long-term rental for local workforce. If you or someone you know has a housing unit that is generally empty or generally hosts out-of-town visitors, the Chaffee Housing Authority would happily match your home with members of the local workforce who are unable to find rental homes in this unprecedented rental market. More information can be found by visiting the Chaffee Housing Authority’s website at www.chaffeehousingauthority.org and select the Open Doors Program for more information and to apply to participate in the program. 

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Chaffee Rec Adopters Get Ready for a Summer of Taking Care of Public Lands

April 3, 2024 — The Chaffee Rec Adopters program addresses fast-paced growth of outdoor visitation through community volunteerism. Now in its third summer, program volunteers have given close to 2,000 hours of volunteer time through dispersed campsite clean ups, barbed wire fence removal, wetlands restoration, public land monitoring and dispersed campsite installation. 

A collaboration of individuals, organizations and land agencies, the Chaffee Rec Adopters announce its events calendar for 2024. Projects include dispersed campsite installation with the Bureau of Land Management, barbed wire fencing removal to improve wildlife habitat, dispersed campsite cleanup, continued restoration on Fourmile Creek and monitoring with the Chaffee Rec Collector App.

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Colorado Trails Symposium, Sept. 25 & 26, is seeking Sponsors!

The Colorado Trails Symposium is looking for sponsors to help provide meals and donations for attendees during the conference.  The Colorado Trails Symposium provides inspiration, connection, and education for trail professionals to help meet the challenges and opportunities of managing trails on public lands. 

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Common Ground invests more than $1.6M to support forests,recreation management and rural landscapes

May 15, 2024 — The Board of County Commissioners approved $1,616,745 in grant awards to 16 recipients during the Spring 2024 Chaffee Common Ground funding cycle. Recommendations by the Citizens Advisory Committee were approved Tuesday at the Commissioners’ regular meeting.

The grant funding package includes $747,526 for forest health and wildfire resilience, $333,000 to sustain rural landscapes, and $536,219 for recreation management that protects watersheds and landscapes in Chaffee County. Matching cash and in-kind funds total $5,703,011.

This marked the sixth funding cycle since the ballot measure generating Common Ground revenues passed in 2018. To date, $9.3 million has been awarded to 54 groups and partnerships for 86 programs and projects. Matching investments for these grants will bring $33.2 million in value to the community by 2027.

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Cougar Divide Fuels Reduction Project set to begin mechanical thinning

LAKE GEORGE, Colo., March 15, 2024 – The South Park Ranger District on the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands will implement the Cougar Divide Fuels Reduction Project in support of the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service 10-year Wildfire Crisis Strategy. The specific area of this project is approximately 230 acres of National Forest lands along Forest Road 223 west of County Road 77, about seven miles north of Lake George in Park County, Colorado. The project is scheduled to begin the week of March 18 and is expected to last approximately two months.

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Geranium Fundraiser for LWVCC Starts May 15

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County spring fundraiser and annual Geranium Sale opens May 15th and will run through May 29th.

Plan now to order your red, pink and white geraniums and two-toned mosquito-repelling scented geraniums.  The locally-sourced plants are $17.50 each and must be pre-ordered.

The League’s mail order and online sale can be accessed at https://lwvchaffeecounty.org.

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Guidestone Colorado is Offering Summer Programs!

Registration is Open for Farmhands Spring Break and Summer Camp Programs. We are so excited to offer a Spring Break Camp in March and a variety of Farmhands Summer Programs from the end of May through mid-August at the Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center and Hutchinson Ranch, Longfellow Elementary and Salida Middle School Gardens, and the Community & School Farm! Our garden and homestead programs allow youth to ‘dig in’ and learn how to grow their own food, participate in farm and ranch life, interact with farm
animals, and play!

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Kim’s Gym

Kim’s Gym aims to be a healthy, supportive community for all ages. Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or have years of experience.

Enjoy a variety of group fitness classes and workout in a fun, friendly, group environment. Classes include HIIT, Senior Circuit, Mat Pilates, Yoga and Strength.  Check out our full schedule HERE!

Kim’s Gym is offering a new class that is an inspirational, motivational, and empowering workout for women and young girls of all ages.
This calisthenics based workout will build self-esteem, self-worth and self-love through mindful exercise and motivational speech. It is a workout that encourages personal growth, bravery and confidence. Light weights and body weight are used for resistance.

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May Sale at Joyful Journey Hot Spring’s Gift Shop!

For the entire month of May, take 12% off most items in the Gift Shop.

We have gorgeous jewelry created by local artists, hand made beauty products, Joyful Journey mugs, local artist print art and post cards, very cool stickers, healthy essential oils, necessities and much more!

If you haven’t visited the Gift Shop in a while, now is your time! We have added so many amazing items. The shop is open to all who visit us at Joyful.

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Salida Circus and Colorado TINTS Presents From Conflict to Peace: A 45 Year Photographic Retrospective of the Troubles in Northern Ireland by Sean McKernan, on Sunday, June 2, 7pm at A Church.

Join Salida Circus and Colorado TINTS on Sunday, June 2nd, at 7pm at A Church for: Conflict to Peace: A 45 Year Photographic Retrospective of the Troubles in Northern Ireland by Sean McKernan, Suggested donation $15 In this powerful and revealing photographic retrospective, renowned Belfast documentary photographer, Sean McKernan, has assembled a rare collection of images that depict four decades of the turbulent history of a deeply divided society and the arduous path to peace. Covering the period of hunger strikes of 1981 through the 1998 peace process, and even more modern images including post-Brexit and the disputes about the Irish language in Northern Ireland, these visually stunning images are both epic and highly personal… shedding light on a shared history that continues to resonate with people worldwide. Join photographer Sean McKernan as he discusses his decision to become a social documentary photographer and why he created this exhibit based on his community of West Belfast. 

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Salida Community Gardens

Community Gardens are spaces to cultivate an appreciation for local food, gardening techniques, health, and creativity in our community.

Three sites are available in Salida for folks who may not have access to growing spaces but want the opportunity to gather with others, learn gardening skills, and enjoy the benefits of growing their food while being supported with the infrastructure, tools, and support that they may not otherwise be able to access.

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Salida Council for the Arts

Salida Council for the Arts will award scholarships to two outstanding, college-bound Salida-area students in the amount of $1,000 each. Those who are eligible are students attending Salida High School, as well as students in non-traditional programs or home-schooled students who plan to pursue studies in a creative discipline as a full-time student at an accredited college or institution. Creative disciplines may include, but are not limited to: Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, Multimedia, Writing, Communication, Performing Arts, Culinary Arts.
Deadline to apply is April 2, 2024.

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Salida Museum hosts their 2024 Open House on Saturday, May 25th! FREE ADMISSION!

The Salida Museum will be presenting our 2024 Open House on Saturday, May 25, from 10am to 4pm. Admission will be free and refreshments will be served. All the exhibits will be available for your inspection. Steve Chapman, local Salida historian, will be giving presentations on Salida history at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Steve is a lively speaker, and his knowledge of Salida history is extensive.  Don’t miss this chance to hear him. To all of you who attend museum functions or in other ways benefit the museum, we thank you for your continued support.  Special thanks goes to the volunteer docents who keep the museum open for visitors.

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Salida Pharmacy & Fountain

Salida Pharmacy & Fountain offers Cologuard colon cancer screening tests and UTI testing for a urinary tract infection for any female 12 & older. Sign up for a test at salidapf.com

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Salida Pregnancy Resource Center Receives a Grant Providing the Gift of Car Seats to Qualifying Fathers!

The Salida Pregnancy Resource Center received a grant from the Chaffee Community Foundation to provide gifts of car seats to qualifying fathers in Salida, Buena Vista and the surrounding area. The program, Dad’s Car Seat Program, will provide a new car seat for children, infants to one year of age. To qualify for the program fathers will register with the Salida Pregnancy Resource Center at 215 East Third street. To read the full press release, click here!

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Small Business Development Center is Offering Live Virtual Workshops

Central Mountain SBDC, is thrilled to invite you to our upcoming series of FREE live virtual workshops designed to empower you and supercharge your business growth. 

Why Attend?
Our immersive workshops are tailored to help you elevate your skills, broaden your horizons, and scale your business to new heights. By attending, you’ll gain access to expert insights, connect with industry leaders, and discover practical strategies to enhance your expertise—all at no cost to you! Plus, these workshops are not just live sessions; you can revisit the content at your convenience with our on-demand options.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

Small nonfarm businesses in 16 Colorado counties and neighboring counties in Utah are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business
Administration, announced Associate Administrator Francisco Sánchez of SBA’s Office of Disaster Recovery & Resilience. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began Oct. 3.
The deadline to apply for economic injury is Aug. 5, 2024.

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