Happenings at a Glance:

January 19, 2017 – GARNA Hayden Pass Fire and the Role of Fire in Wildland Management
January 19, 2017 – Business After Hours – Quincy’s Steak and Spirits 5-7pm
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 – 32nd Annual Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy



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BV Shared Office Space

Includes VoIP telephone, secure hi-speed internet, access to private conference room, printer, convenient downtown BV location, private restrooms & synergy.

FREE if you just need a couple days of productivity

weekly $35 or monthly $100

Call Chris 303-506-4926 or David 740-415-3192

New Bees Thrift Shop

Located just east of the elementary school at 624 E. Main Street.  New Bees offers something for everyone at amazing low prices.  Come in a find just what you need or maybe just what you want.  New Bees accepts donations and profit are used to serve needs within the community.  Call (719) 395-6295 for donation and store hours.  New Bees has specials throughout the week. 

This week’s special Jan 24 – 28 is on picture frames.

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!

GARNA Presents:
The Hayden Pass Fire and the Role of Fire in Wildland Management
Thursday, January 19 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 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 http://garna.org/calendar/hayden-pass-fire-1-19-17/. 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, Jan. 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 http://garna.org/calendar/2017-env-present/ If still available, they will be sold at the door. For more information, please call GARNA at 719-539-5106.

GARNA Presents:
Snowshoe Hike at Leadville Fish Hatchery
Friday, January 27 from 10:00 am – 1:00 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 http://garna.org/calendar/snowshoe-fish-hatchery-1-27-17/. For more information, please call GARNA at 719-539-5106.

BV street constructionUS HWY 24 Construction Update:

Businesses along Highway 24 are OPEN for business!  The construction work continues on the Buena Vista Enhancement Project along US 24 between Mill Street and Crossman Avenue making it a bit cumbersome to access the businesses, but it is well worth it.

 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.

Hwy 24 construction information can be found at:  US 24 Enhancement Project/Public Information Team Phone:  719-398-0819 Email:  us24buenavista@PublicInfoTeam.com.  The best way to receive regular updates about the project and construction progress is to sign up at CDOT’s website www.codot.gov/projects/us-24-buena-vista-enhancement-project.  Information will be updated weekly, regarding restrictions.

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