This Week at a Glance:

January 11, 2017 – Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited Meeting
January 14, 2017 –
Second Saturday
January 14, 2017 –
jalaBlu Free Yoga
January 16, 2017
– Spring Classes start at CMC
January 17, 2017 – yalaBlu Intro to Yoga Series
January 19, 2017 – GARNA Hayden Pass Fire and the Role of Fire in Wildland Management
January 26, 2017 – GARNA OWL: A Year in the Life of North American Owls
January 27, 2017 – GARNA Snowshoe Hike at Leadville Fish Hatchery
January 28, 2017 – Unbridal Show
February 4, 2017 – AADA Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy


BV street construction

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. 

A partial winter shutdown has been extended to late January due to favorable working conditions. Primary work will resume 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.

The west side of the project is 95% complete, and all west side construction regarding sidewalks, electrical work, and the installation of curbs and gutters is finished. On the northeast side, exacavation is complete and underground electrical work is nearly finished. Removals on the southeast portion of the project are underway, and wintertime concrete work may occur in the near future, weather depending.

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:

Colorado Central Telecom cares about customer service. That’s why we now have two brick-and-mortar locations to better serve our customers. The Buena Vista office is located at 107 Cottonwood Avenue, next to Hi-Rocky. The Crestone office is at 116 South Alder, in the Sangre de Cristo Inn. Both offices are open 9-5, Monday through Friday. When was the last time you met face-to-face with your internet provider? Come on down!

The Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its first member meeting of 2017 in the front room of The Boathouse Cantina, located at 228 North F Street, Salida on Wednesday, January 11th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  The meeting is open to all Chapter members and the public is encouraged to attend as well.  Social hour starts at 6:00 p.m. providing an opportunity for everyone, whether coming from home, work or school, to purchase food and all types of drink.

This month’s program will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Jeff Spohn, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Aquatic Biologist for the upper South Platte River region, will present a program on the Eleven Mile Canyon fishery.  Attendees will learn about current conditions of this unique stream and what the future holds for the populations of large trout.

Non-member attendees will have an opportunity to win a nice door prize with a continuation of our fishing-related guest quiz.  Whether you’re an experienced angler, a long-time member, a new member just beginning to fish or a guest attending for the first time and want to learn more about trout, habitat, and opportunities join CPC at this meeting. For additional information contact Keith Krebs at (719) 539-6359.

The Hayden Pass Fire and the Role of Fire in Wildland Management

Thursday, January 19 from 7:00 pm8:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Salida, Fellowship Hall

Interested in learning more about last summer’s Hayden Pass Fire and its effects on the San Isabel National Forest? USDA Forest Service, Mountain Zone Fire Management Officer Chris Naccarato will provide insight and information on the Hayden Pass fire and the role of fire in modern wildland management. His presentation on the history of fire management in America will cover how wildfire and prescribed fire have historically been used, how public perception of fire has changed over time, and a vision of fire’s role in the future. Chris is a fifth generation descendant of local pioneers. A certified Fire Behavior Analyst, he has been fighting fire for over 25 years and has fought fire in 36 of the 50 states as well as in Canada and Mexico. Before his time in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, he served 9 years as a member of the Pike Hotshots, an elite 20-person wildland firefighting crew. Chris has been the Mountain Zone Fire Management Officer since 2003 and is responsible for all fire preparedness, suppression, prescribed fire, hazard fuel reduction and fire prevention for the USDA Forest Service Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts. The cost of the program is $5 for GARNA members, $7 for non-members. Online registration is available at For more information, please call GARNA at 719-539-5106.

2017 GARNA Environmental Presentation

OWL: A year in the life of North American owls with Paul Bannick

Thursday, January 26, doors open at 6:30 pm, presentation begins at 7:00 pm

Salida SteamPlant Theater

This year’s Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s (GARNA) environmental presentation is OWL: A year in the life of North American Owls presented by Paul Bannick. The program will featuring video, sound, stories from the field and several dozen new images from Bannick’s book: OWL: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. Rare images will chronicle each stage in an owl’s life: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and, finally, winter’s migrations and competitions for food. The program will show how owls use the unique resources available to them in each habitat to face those challenges. Mr. Bannick’s photography can be found prominently in bird guides from Audubon, Peterson, The Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and in several volumes of the Handbook of the Birds of the world. His work has been featured in a variety of publications from The New York Times, Audubon, Sunset, Nature’s Best Photography Magazine, Birds and Blooms, Ranger Rick, Pacific Northwest (two cover stories), Seattle Times, Alaska Air Magazine, and in many other books, magazines, parks, refuges, and other outlets in North America and Europe. The event will be held at the Salida SteamPlant theater. Doors open at 6:30 pm, the presentation will begin at 7:00 pm. A special thank you to Salida Sunrise Rotary and the GARNA Birding Club for their support of the event. Tickets are $7 for GARNA members and $10 for non-members of the association; kids 16 and under are free. Tickets are available online at If still available, they will be sold at the door. For more information, please call GARNA at 719-539-5106.

Snowshoe Hike at Leadville Fish Hatchery

Friday, January 27 from 10:00 am1:00 pm

Join GARNA for an easy showshoe hike around the forest of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery through a lodgepole pine forest and past small frozen lakes. The Hatchery provides a peaceful environment with a potential to hike to the Colorado Trail. On a sunny day there are beautiful views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, the two highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains. The Leadville National Fish Hatchery grounds encompass 3,072 acres southwest of Leadville at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Depending on group ability levels, we may break into two groups of more advanced and more beginner level snowshoers. After the hike, a brief tour of the hatchery will be offered for those who are interested. The hike will be led by Michelle Mueggler, Recreation Planner for the San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District. The cost of the hike is $5 for GARNA members, $7 for non-members. Online registration is available at For more information, please call GARNA at 719-539-5106.

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