Happenings at a Glance:

March 21, 2018  Women’s History Month Panel Discussion
March 21, 2018  Chamber Board Meeting
March 22, 2018  $30 Thursdays at Ski Cooper
March 22, 2018  FREE Income Tax Return Prep
March 22, 2018  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes
March 22, 2018  BV Supper Club
March 22, 2018  Reel Rock Film
March 22, 2018  Collegiate Peaks Forum Series
March 22, 2018  Open Fellowship/Worship
March 23, 2018  BV Rec. Dance Registration
March 23, 2018  Ski with a Naturalist
March 23, 2018  Free Concert Series Vino Salida
March 23, 2018  Adult Martial Arts
March 23, 2018  Game Night
March 23, 2018  American Legion Bingo
March 23, 2018  Salida Country-Western Dance
March 24, 2018  Great Divide Grinder-Fat Bike Race
March 24, 2018  Buena Vista 9Health Fair
March 24, 2018  Community Dog Walk
March 24, 2018  Gifted Spirits Bazaar
March 24, 2018  Puppy Classes
March 24, 2018  Intro to Agility
March 24, 2018  Ski Cooper Live Music
March 24, 2018  Free Concert Series Vino Salida
March 24, 2018  Salida Contra Dance
March 25, 2018  Ski with a Ranger
March 25, 2018  Learn to Swing Dance!
March 25, 2018  Open Gym Volleyball
March 26, 2018  Monday Morning Art
March 26, 2018  Adult Martial Arts
March 26, 2018  BV Supper Club
March 27, 2018  Women’s Self-Led Workout Group
March 27, 2018  Local Appreciation Days at Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy
March 27, 2018  FREE Income Tax Return Prep
March 28, 2018  Men’s Coffee & Conversation
March 28, 2018  Puppy Classes

Salida SteamPlant Hosts Bow Wow Film Festival, Proceeds Benefit Ark-Valley Humane Society

Ark-Valley Humane Society is teaming up with the Salida SteamPlant to host the Bow Wow Film Festival-short films for the love of dogs on Saturday, April 7th starting at 7:00PM.

The Bow Wow Film Festival is a joyful, traveling, dog centric collection of short films that celebrates the human canine bond. The festival features the year’s best pooch themed shorts all wrapped up in one beautiful, 90 minute, fun-loving package. The mission of Bow Wow Film Festival is to celebrate, educate and inspire all things doggie, through the art of short film.

“This will be a really fun evening for animals lovers and film lovers alike,” AVHS Marketing & Development Director Caitlin Reese said. “We’re also so excited to partner with Salida SteamPlant as they host this film festival in their beautiful theater,” Reese said.

Tickets for the film festival will be $10 and can be purchased online HERE! or locally at the SteamPlant, Salida Chamber of Commerce, and Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista. Popcorn will be available and attendees will be entered to win some fun raffle prizes.

About Ark-Valley Humane Society

Founded in 1995, Ark-Valley Humane Society advocates for the welfare of all animals through compassion and care. With a Live Release Rate of 99%, Ark-Valley Humane Society is dedicated to providing each animal with the care they deserve and the hope for a second chance. Over 145 companion animals were spayed or neutered in 2017 through our Chaffee County Community Assistance Spay and Neuter programs. Our vision for the future is to enhance the lives of all companion animals through humane education and partnerships, to create a safer and happier world for all companion animals, and to enhance the human-animal bond through education and responsible pet ownership.

About Salida SteamPlant

The historic SteamPlant Event Center offers a riverside, multi-use facility to accommodate corporate functions, community gatherings and private events of any kind. The versatility of the SteamPlant makes it perfect for events ranging from conventions or conferences to concerts, art shows, movie screenings, galas, weddings, family reunions and community gatherings. The ballroom has all of the ingredients to accommodate your needs – including a dance floor, mezzanine, kitchen and dressing rooms.


Salida Community Garden – a few plots are available

Spring is here and it is time for community members who want to grow their own healthy, organic food to start thinking about gardening. A limited number of plots are available for the 2018 growing season at the Salida Community Garden, located at West Second and I Streets. Each plot measures 10 by 20 feet and the rental fee is $50 per plot. The Community Garden supplies tools, hoses and water. Gardeners provide watering devices and do their own soil preparation. Plot holders are asked to attend an orientation session on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. and are also expected to volunteer for at least one three-hour community garden work day. The Salida Community Garden is a project of the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association. To inquire about a plot, please contact GARNA at info@garna.org or 539-5106. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. More information.

State of the Snowpack
Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 until 8:00 pm
Salida Mountain Sports

What happened to winter? With the lack of snow fall this winter, many of us may be wondering the impacts on our snowpack. Spend an evening learning from local experts about the state of our snowpack, winter weather forecasting, spring snow travel considerations and more. Presenters are Kerston Rohrig and Rich Rogers. Kreston Rohrig is a Forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Kreston has worked and taught for multiple mechanized and backcountry guiding operations throughout Colorado and Alaska. He was the Snow Safety Director for a cat skiing operation and has spent the last three winters heli ski guiding in Haines, Alaska. Rich Rogers is on ski patrol at Monarch Mountain and is an all-around local weather guru. Suggested donation: $3. Please RSVP by emailing info@garna.org. More information.

Reservoirs and Snowpack – Managing Water in the Upper Arkansas Basin
Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
UAWCD Offices and O’Haver Reservoir

Got snow? It’s been quite the winter when it comes to snow and precipitation. What is the outlook in the Upper Arkansas River Basin for 2018 and what are water managers doing to prepare? Join GARNA and the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District (UAWCD) for an overview of water administration and management in the Upper Arkansas Basin and learn about the importance of storage reservoirs in the upper watersheds such as O’Haver Lake and other types of storage potential in our community – alluvial storage. We’ll also discuss how we plan for drought years and the other exciting work being done by the UAWCD and other agency partners with regards to water protection and supply in the Upper Arkansas River Basin. This program will have 2 parts. The first part will be held at the offices of the UAWCD office in Salida. Following an introduction and presentation at the office, participants will carpool to O’Haver Reservoir for a field visit and picnic lunch. Presenters are Jord Gertson, hydrologist for the UAWCD and Chelsey Nutter, UAWCD Projects Manager. Registration and more information.

Dear Friends of BVMA,

It’s been an unusual winter with the lack of snow and warm temperatures. Despite the weather we have had a very fun and successful winter here at BVMA. Thanks to all of you who came out for our courses and guided trips over the past 4 months!

As Spring approaches, we are excited about new opportunities and wanted to let you know about our upcoming courses. Below is a list of some of the highlights. Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have thoughts or questions.

April 7th – First Aid and CPR: This is a 5 hour course covering the basics of 1st Aid, CPR and AED use. Cost is $120 and no prior experience is necessary. See our website for more info or to sign up.

April 21st – Mountain Navigation 101: This course is focused on map and compass skills and has both a classroom and outdoor practical application portion. Navigation is an essential skill set for anyone who spends time in the outdoors. Cost is $75 for this full day course. No prior experience is necessary. Info and registration will be on the website soon. Email us at reservations@bvmountainadventures.com to sign up.

April 22nd – Mountain Navigation 201: This course will build on the fundamentals and focus on using online mapping tools, GPS, and cell phone apps to plan trips and navigate in the backcountry. This is a more advanced course in navigation for all backcountry users. Mountain Navigation 101 or equivalent experience required. Cost is $85 per person. Info will be on the website soon. Email us to sign up.

April 28th-29th: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification: This 2 day course, Sponsored by SOLO Wilderness Medicine enables current WFR’s to recertify their credentials. Holders of WFR certs from SOLO, WMA, NOLS/WMI, and Desert Mountain Medicine can recertify using this course. Cost is $295 per person. Call or email to sign up, spaces will fill fast.

May 5th-6th: Ski Mountaineering Clinic: This 2 day clinic will focus on the skills needed to climb and ski big Spring objectives. All skills will be taught by a certified AMGA Rock and Ski Guide. Cost is $395 per person and includes the use of crampons and ice axe. Register online or call us for more information.

We look forward to seeing you in the mountains this Spring!

Chris Nicewarner, Owner


BUENA VISTA, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Technology Constructors Incorporated (TCI) will begin construction again on Monday, March 26 to complete the new traffic signal at the intersection of US Highway 24 and Crossman Avenue. A one-lane closure will be in place next week for the start of the project. The estimated completion date is mid-April.

Based on increased traffic volumes and the intersection being located in the busy business corridor of Buena Vista, the City and CDOT have recommended the installation of a traffic signal to improve the safety and efficiency for all users. This includes multi-modal improvements for motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians, plus better access for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Normal working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. In special cases these hours may be extended. Weekend work also may occur if a need is determined and agreed upon. 


  • A one lane closure will be in place for the start of the project
  • All pedestrians and motorized vehicles should expect travel impacts throughout the construction project. 
  • Detailed information will be disseminated on a weekly basis and updated when more significant impacts are expected. 

Contact Information & Notifications
For more information, or if you would like to be added to our public outreach list to receive construction updates, please contact us at:
Phone: 970-946-1935
Email: info@heyredmarketing.com
Project Alert Signup and Website Updates: http://bit.ly/BV_Intersection_US24_Crossman


NATHROP, CO – Starting at noon today, Thursday, March 22, there will be a wide-load restriction in place on US Highway (US) 285 from approximately mile marker 140 to 148. The construction zone location, for which the restriction is in place, is south of Buena Vista on US 285 from the US 24 junction near Johnson Village to the community of Nathrop.

Wide-load vehicles must use alternative routes. The 10-foot wide restriction will be in place through June 22.

STAY INFORMED: The public is encouraged to sign up for updates to stay informed. Subscribe by contacting the project hotline phone number at 970-903-1110 and/or email address at info@heyredmarketing.com. Information also is located on the website at www.codot.gov/projects/us285-wildlifeunderpass-nathrop.


Project will enhance safety along highway corridor near Nathrop

NATHROP, CO – Starting on Monday, March 12, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Sema Construction will begin working on US Highway (US) 285 from the US 285/US 24 junction to Nathrop. The goal of the $3.5 million dollar project is to enhance safety along this corridor with the construction of a wildlife underpass and the installation of a new left-turn lane at a busy county road.

“Approximately 70 deer have been killed by motor vehicles in the past two years in this location and close to 250 in the last decade, making safety a concern for both motorists and wildlife,” said Andrea Meduna, project engineer. “As much as 70 percent of all reported crashes in this area are wildlife-vehicle collisions. Studies have shown that wildlife crossings, coupled with fencing, can reduce collisions by over 75 percent.”

The wildlife underpass will be approximately 85 feet long, 12 feet tall and 32 feet wide. Deer fencing will also be installed, which will help channel the animals into the underpass. This eight-foot-tall fence will stretch approximately one-quarter mile south of the underpass and approximately one mile north of the underpass. Other features will include “jump-outs” or wildlife escape ramps, which are one-way earthen ramps that animals can use to get back over the fence to safety, should they get trapped within the highway corridor. Additionally, deer guards (like cattle guards only wider) will be installed at highway accesses and small mammal crossings will be constructed under the highway. 

The project also includes widening of the highway to accommodate a new left-turn lane for southbound US 285 traffic turning onto Chaffee County Road 301/Fisherman’s Bridge.


  • Work on US 285 is scheduled to begin Monday, March 12 with a completion date in June.
  • Normal working hours will be from 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday. In special cases these hours may be extended.
  • Weekend work is not anticipated.

For more information or to be added to our public outreach list to receive construction updates, please contact:
Phone: 970-903-1110
Email: info@heyredmarketing.com
Website: www.codot.gov/projects/us285-wildlifeunderpass-nathrop/

Get your limited-time-only local discount cards to support the BVHS choir!

Buy the 2018 BVHS Soundscapes Discount Card HERE!

The 2018 BVHS Soundscapes Discount Card features eight amazing offers and discounts from many of BV’s favorite businesses.  For $20 this card can be yours, and valid for the rest of 2018.  That’s an amazing deal to support our amazing BVHS choir program.  Every discount card purchased will help us travel to New York City to perform Morten Lauridson’s Lux Aeterna at the world famous Carnegie Hall.  
And so do YOU!

Foodshed Alliance Now Accepting Vendor Applications

Farmers Markets Open June 2nd & 3rd, 2018

Buena Vista, & Salida Colorado February 9, 2018 — Foodshed Alliance is now accepting vendor applications, and booking performing artist for the Market Stage.

Chaffee County Farmers Markets will operate in Buena Vista on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in South Main Town Square and in Salida, on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Alpine Park. Mark your calendars; the season starts: June 2nd & 3rd, 2018.

To learn more about becoming a Market Vendor visit: https://FoodshedAlliance.com/become-a-vendor.

To apply to perform on the Market stage visit: https://FoodshedAlliance.com/stage

Direct any questions to Info@FoodshedAlliance.com or call 719.398.0301

Foodshed Alliance is a grassroots cooperative located in central Colorado. Our Vision to connect, develop and promote healthy communities by strengthening relationships between local producers and consumers. We aim to educate and expand our authentic, local, agriculture and cottage industry and empower our community to support a thriving, sustainable food system that contributes to the success of a buy-local economy.

If you are interested in having your business announcement added to the weekly announcements please:

  • Send any attachments as a .jpg – the preferred format – all others will be converted as needed;
  • Create your announcement using 400 pixels wide with a 150 dpi; 
  • All announcements must be in by 5PM on Tuesday.
  • Please use the Submit Announcements page in the member hub, or email marketing@BuenaVistaColorado.org
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