Happenings at a Glance:

April 20, 2017  Business After Hours with TBK Bank
April 21, 2017  FREE David Tipton Concert
April 21-22, 2017  Upper Arkansas Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs
April 22, 2017  HRRMC Health Fair
April 22, 2017  Totally 80’s Dance Party Casino Night
April 22, 2017  FREE Chris Nasca Concert
April 23, 2017  Salida Historical Tour – Absolute Bikes 
April 23, 2017  Tell a Story Teach a Lesson
April 24, 2017  Economic Dev. Master Plan Public Mtg.
April 25, 2017  jalaBlu Mantra & Meditation
April 27, 2017  Restore Pop-Up Shop Watershed
April 28, 2017  Pinon Real Estate Open House
April 28, 2017  Restore Pop-Up Shop Watershed
April 29, 2017  Mountain Mommacon


Buena Vista nominated for America’s Main Streets Competition Award

Cast your vote for BV!  The goal of the America’s Main Streets contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of our Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive. The winning nominee will receive $25,000 in cash and related prizes to help revitalize their Main Street. 

Quarterfinalist voting ends April 24. Follow the link below to cast your vote for Buena Vista today!

The America’s Main Streets contest was organized by Independent We Stand, whose mission is to inspire small business owners to discover their local roots and help consumers understand the importance of supporting them. For more information, please contact Emily Katsimpalis at 719-395-8643 ext. 21.

Please join High Country Bank on Facebook. 
Over the next two months we will have great giveaways, including a treasure hunt for $130.00, in honor of our 130th birthday. 

And you can learn about what is gong on in your backyard! 
We are grateful to have the opportunity to engage our neighbors and work with them in “Building Futures Together.”  

Visit us at www.highcountrybank.net.  Member FDIC.



Colorado Mountain College is seeking a part-time instructor to deliver a Business Statistics class to students at the Buena Vista Correctional Complex. Graduate degree with 18 credit hours in mathematics or statistics required. Please submit a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcripts to Maree Sytsma at msytsma@coloradomtn.edu.

BV street constructionProject Update for the Week of April 9, 2017:

STAY INFORMED: This is for the US 24 Buena Vista Project

Construction work continues on the Buena Vista Enhancement Project along US 24 between Mill Street and Crossman Avenue. Activities include the installation of new concrete curbs, gutters, utility conduits, sidewalks and other roadway features. Paving operations on the east side of US 24 are underway. 

  • Beginning on Monday, crews will extend the project working area to the south of Buena Vista for paving operations on US 24. The paving will begin at the intersection of US 285 and US 24, near Johnson Village, and will work its way north, ultimately ending near mile marker 210. 
    • To accommodate motorists during these operations, there will be alternating one-way traffic in both northbound and southbound directions on US 24. Flaggers will be directing traffic flows. Please be prepared to stop near the work zone. Delays can be expected. 
  • Traffic is currently shifted to the west side of US 24, with one lane open in each direction. There is a right lane closure on southbound US 24 at the City Market, and one of the two entrances to the business is also closed. 
  • Please note working hours are now Monday thru Saturday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, as weather allows.
  • Cottonwood Avenue, located to the east of US 24, is closed due to culvert repairs.
  • In the future, crews will require a full closure of the US 24 / Main Street intersection. We will provide further updates in our subsequent emails.  

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. 

Thank you,
US 24 Enhancement Project
Public Information Team
PI Phone: 719-398-0819

BV Celtic & Old-time Music Jam
Tue, May 9, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where:  Creekside Gathering Place, 203 Cedar St, Buena Vista (next to Columbine Park) (map)
Description:  All abilities are welcome to the Buena Vista Celtic & Old-time Music Jam held the second Tuesday of each month! Bring your instrument(s) and a tune to share. Free with donations appreciated. Call Carole Barnes for more info: 719-395-6704.

BV Community Dance
Fri, May 12, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Where:  Congregational Church at 217 Crossman Street, Buena Vista (map)
Description:  As always, no experience or partner is needed to enjoy the great tunes and instruction from local musicians and callers. $4 ($2/students). Call Carole or Randy at 395-6704 for more info. Sponsored by Arkansas Valley Music and Dance and the Country Dance and Song Society.

Salida Contra Dance
Sat, May 20, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Where:  Poncha Springs Town Hall, 330 Burnett Ave, Poncha Springs (map)
Description:  Caller is Helle Hill. Band is Avourneen. Live music and lively dancing! No partner or experience needed. Beginning lesson at 7 pm. Music 7:30-9:30. Dessert potluck. $7 ($5 AVMAD members). The dance is co-sponsored by Arkansas Valley Music and Dance, and the Country Dance and Song Society.

Country-Western Dance
Fri, May 26, 7pm – 9pm
Where:  Poncha Springs Town Hall, 330 Burnett Ave, Poncha Springs (map)
Description:  All are welcome to come join us for some country-western dance instruction followed by open country-western dancing to recorded music. Music will be country two-step, waltz, and swing. Lessons will start at 7 pm, followed by open dancing at 7:30 pm at the Poncha Springs Town Hall. Partners are not required. Cost is $5. The dance is sponsored by Arkansas Valley Music and Dance.

Salida Old-Time Music Jam
Wed, May 31, 7pm – 9pm
Where:  Hubbub Brewing, 248 W Hwy 50 Salida (map)
Description:  All abilities are welcome, and tunes are shared round-robin style. We gather each month at Hubbub Brewing, 248 W Hwy 50. Contact Andrea Coen for more information: cell (970)309-3175 or email pflowerfiddle@gmail.com. Sponsored by Arkansas Valley Music and Dance and the Country Dance and Song Society.

Salida Historical Town Tour with Absolute Bikes Adventures

Sunday, April 23

Salida burned down three times in the late 1800s so town officials declared that all new buildings had to be built from brick. Thanks to that decision, Salida now has one of the biggest and best-preserved downtown historic districts in Colorado. On the Salida Town Tour, we will ride bikes through the historic district and hear lively stories about the legends and history of the valley, the railroad, the downtown district, the brothels, the gunfights, the ghosts and more. We will also visit the Salida Museum! The guides are John McCarthy, GARNA Board member and railroad history buff, Jack Chivvis, local artist and historian, and Larry Kovacic and Bob Campbell with the Salida Museum. The cost of the program is $15 for GARNA members, $20 for non-members. Price includes 2-hour historical town tour, entry into the Salida Museum (normally $5 for adults), and a Salida trails map courtesy of Absolute Bikes (a $13 value). Online registration is available at http://garna.org/calendar/bike-town-tour-4-23-17/.

GARNA Bloomin’ Fundraiser now through May 9  – GARNA is partnering with Salida Greenhouse to sell annual flower bowls, hanging tomato plants and vegetable and herb starters to help welcome spring and celebrate Mother’s Day. With every purchase of these colorful arrangements, Salida Greenhouse is graciously donating a generous portion of the proceeds to GARNA to support youth and community programs and projects. Three options are available: 14 inch annual flower bowls with colorful varieties, 12 inch hanging baskets of Tumbling Tom tomatoes and individual vegetable and herb starter plants. Additional information and ordering instructions can be found at http://garna.org/calendar/bloomin-2017/. Ordering is taking place now through May 9 and plants will be ready to be picked-up at Salida Greenhouse May 12 through May 26. For questions, please contact GARNA at 539-5106.

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