This Week at a Glance:

December 15, 2016 – Business After Hours
December 16, 2016 – Holiday Art at AVDI
December 16, 2016 – Stedman’s Open House
December 16, 2016 – High Country Bank Open House
December 16, 2016 – David Tipton 5-7pm
December 16, 2016 – Christmas Vigil at CUCC
December 17, 2016 – A Horsey Christmas at Mini-Blessings
December 17, 2016 – Chocolate & Wine Pairing 4-8pm w/ TJ Hittle 5-7pm
December 18, 2016 – Great Santa Soak at Mt. Princeton

BV street construction

Project Update for Week of December 2nd, 2016

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 curb, gutter, utility conduits, sidewalks and other roadway features.  Cottonwood Avenue southbound at US 24 will continue to be closed due to safety repairs of the bridge. Work hours are now from 7 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday as weather allows.

A partial winter shutdown of work may begin on Friday, December 9, with primary work resuming in March. Road closures and traffic control devices will remain in place throughout the winter, along with occasional work being conducted within specified project areas. A Public Information Meeting will be held at 5:30 PM on March 6th at the Buena Vista Community Center, with representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and A&S Construction discussing the 2017 project work with the public.

In the past two weeks, construction work north of Main Street was shifted from the west side of the street to the east side. The lanes and sidewalks on the east side of US 24 will be closed for a significant time during the reconstruction work, but all businesses will remain accessible. Long-term lane closures are still in effect along this stretch of US 24 and all traffic has been shifted to the west side of US 24. One lane is open in each direction of the highway, and flaggers are helping traffic during regular project work hours. In the coming weeks, the traffic south of Main Street will also be shifted to the west side of US 24.

100% of the curb and gutter installation on the west side of the project has been completed, as well as 100% of the sidewalk work. All electrical work has been completed, including caisson work for streetlight installations. All manholes and water valves have been adjusted in preparation for winter. On the east side, excavation has begun for the sidewalk that will stretch the length of US 24 between Main and Crossman.

Businesses along US 24 have maintained normal hours, but the regular driving pattern for accessing them has changed. Flaggers are helping traffic crossing US 24 at non-signalized intersections.

CDOT and A&S thank you for your patience as we work to improve the highway.

CONTACT:  US 24 Enhancement Project/Public Information Team
Phone:  719-398-0819

STAY INFORMED: The best way to receive regular updates about the project and construction progress is to sign up at CDOT’s website  Information will be updated weekly, regarding restrictions. Safety critical traffic pointers can be found in CDOT’s weekly lane closure reports:

Giving Trees to benefit shelter dogs & cats are up at the Downtown locations of Gone to the Dogs.  The holiday trees are decorated with photo ornaments of the current resident dogs & cats at Ark Valley Humane Society.  Each ornament has a photo of the dog or cat on the front and their “wishes” on the back.  The wishes include such items as special dietary treats, indestructible chew toys, orthopedic beds, training sessions, winter coats and more.  The main wish of all of the animals is for a permanent, forever home.  The special gifts will add to each dog’s overall enrichment of life during their time at AVHS. The items go home with the dog or cat when they are adopted.   Anyone wanting to grant a wish can come into Gone to the Dogs 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  The Salida location is at 117 N. “F” Street and the Buena Vista location is at 300 E. Main. Gone to the Dogs will deliver the special gifts to AVHS no later than December 24.  For more information, Call 539-1800 in Salida or 966-5445 in Buena Vista.



Every June more than 1,600 junior and senior high school students from across the United States embark on a chaperoned weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Sangre de Cristo Electric participates every year by sending a student(s) to represent the cooperative. The 2017 Youth Tour will be June 8 – 15.

The Youth Tour opens big doors for small town kids. For some it may be their first airplane ride, first visit to Washington D.C., first time to make friends from outside their community. For everyone it provides an opportunity to see government in action, shake hands with senators and members of congress, and have experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. It’s an opportunity to meet kids from other places in rural America and make new friends from all over the country, while learning about history outside of a textbook.

To apply for the 2017 program go to and click on Youth Opportunities. Under the “Youth Tour” tab you will find the application and information about applying.  To be eligible, students must currently be a junior in high school and have a parent or guardian that is a member of Sangre, and submit a 300 – 500 word essay. The deadline for submitting your application is 5:00 pm on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Co-op youth have loved participating in the Youth Tour for over 50 years. One student from last year’s trip declared, “Youth Tour is a fabulous opportunity and a once in a lifetime experience. I cannot express how thankful I am for this chance to discover so much about our national capital.” Another said, “My feet hurt, but my mind was full.” Can you think of a better way to spend a week? 

For more information or questions please contact Linda Nyberg, Communications & Marketing Specialist at (719) 395-2412, (800) 988-3823, or, please put “Youth Tour” in the subject line. Good luck!

Who Will You Meet?

  • A member of the Colorado General Assembly
  • Colorado’s U.S. senators
  • Colorado’s Members of Congress
  • New friends from across the country

What Will You Learn?

  • How electricity is generated and delivered to your home
  • Electric safety
  • History outside the textbook
  • What patriots have done for this country
  • The difficulties of governing when there are so many different opinions
  • All you can absorb from the Smithsonian Museums
  • The importance of standing up for the people and issues important to you

What Will You See?

  • Mount Vernon
  • U.S. Capitol
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • Korean Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Iwo Jima Memorial
  • Air Force Memorial
  • Navy Memorial
  • 911 Memorial
  • World War II Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Memorial
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • National Cathedral
  • Library of Congress
  • Declaration of Independence
  • US Constitution
  • An electric co-op
  • Colorado state capitol
  • So much more

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