Happenings at a Glance:

March 28, 2018  Men’s Coffee & Conversation
March 28, 2018  Puppy Classes
March 29, 2018  $30 Thursdays at Ski Cooper
March 29, 2018  Local Appreciation Days at Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy
March 29, 2018  FREE Income Tax Return Prep
March 29, 2018  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes
March 29, 2018  BV Supper Club
March 29, 2018  Open Fellowship/Worship
March 30, 2018  Rock Crawlers
March 30, 2018  Free Concert Series Vino Salida
March 30, 2018  Adult Martial Arts
March 30, 2018  American Legion Bingo
March 31, 2018  Community Dog Walk
March 31, 2018  Easter Egg Hunt
March 31, 2018  Puppy Classes
March 31, 2018  Ski Cooper Live Music
March 31, 2018  Free Concert Series Vino Salida
April 1, 2018  Easter Brunch & Activities at Mount Princeton
April 1, 2018  Ski with a Ranger
April 1, 2018  Open Gym Volleyball
April 2-8, 2018  Ski Cooper $25 Ticket Deal
April 2, 2018  Monday Morning Art
April 2, 2018  Adult Martial Arts
April 2, 2018  BV Supper Club
April 3, 2018  Women’s Self-Led Workout Group
April 3, 2018  FREE Income Tax Return Prep
April 3, 2018  State of the Snowpack
April 4, 2018  Men’s Coffee & Conversation
April 4, 2018  HRRMC Lunch & Learn
April 4, 2018  Puppy Classes

Kick-start your spring with these awesome programs from Peak Fitness!  There’s something for everyone!

Classes with an * are included in a Peak Fitness Membership or $8 to drop-in if not a member.
Classes with ** require a Tier 2 Membership or $15 to drop-in if not a member.

*Beginning Yoga
Tuesday 2-3pm
The class is designed to enhance vitality and a sense of well-being. This yoga workout will help participants gain improved flexibility, balance, strength and posture. We will incorporate basic yoga poses with stretching.

*Intermediate Yoga
Monday 9:30-10:30am
Thursday 5-6pm
This yoga workout will help participants gain improved flexibility, balance, strength and posture while incorporating basic and intermediate yoga poses with stretching.

*Lunch Crunch Yoga
Friday 12:30-1pm
This class provides an intermediate 30- minute yoga workout that will help participants gain improved flexibility, balance, strength and posture. 

*Intensity Training For Women
Mon & WED 5-6pm
Friday 4-5pm
This class is a great way to learn different weight training exercises, and the exercise intensity needed to maximize workout potential. Each session will include a warm-up followed by a strength training circuit with the goal of keeping your heart rate elevated with little rest.

*Tactical Performance Training
Tues & Thurs 6-7pm
Wed & FRI 8:15-9:15am
The tactical program is designed for first responders or anyone with an active lifestyle. The class will prepare participants for the unique demands these groups encounter on the job or in the real world.

*Lunch Crunch
Tues, WeD & Thur 12:30-1pm
This class provides a 30-minute moderate to high impact strength training session designed for the on-the-go individual with a get-in and get-out attitude.

Tuesday 6-7pm
This class integrates combinations of punches, kicks, & heavy-bag work. Additional muscle and motion exercises are incorporated to strengthen and condition. You will have fun, reduce stress, & get an awesome workout.

Mon & Wed 6-7pm
Monday 2-3pm
Friday 5-6pm
The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms with easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The goal is simple: We want you to want to work out and to love working out!

**The Grind
Mon, Tues, Thurs & FRI 5:45-6:45am
This class focuses on high intensity workouts. No workout is the same and blends weightlifting, body weight, and cardio movements to improve total fitness. This class is open to all abilities and skill levels.

**Barbell Performance Training
TUES & Thurs 5-6pm
This class focuses on skill development specific to Powerlifting and Olympic lifting exercises. No experience necessary.

**Climbing Orientation
Mon & Fri 2-3pm
This class is for beginning climbers wanting to learn belay and climbing safety along with basic climbing techniques.

Engaging in Aging Senior Fair Event Needs Community Support

Chaffee County will be celebrating and exploring various opportunities for active seniors on Saturday, May 19th, and community support is needed to ensure that this day-long senior fair, Engaging in Aging, is a success. Two local non-profits that serve seniors, A Little Help, dedicated to connecting neighbors to help seniors thrive, and Sage Generation, whose mission is to provide resources so that seniors can thrive in the living situation of their choice, are teaming up to bring this special event to our county. In partnership with Chaffee County Public Health, Chaffee County Department of Human Services, Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, and Columbine Manor Care Center, the event planning committee hopes that community agencies, businesses, and members will consider sponsoring and contributing to Engaging in Aging.  So far, sponsors include Buena Vista Drug, Jenna Mazzuca, Salida Sunrise Rotary, Salida Soup/Sellars Project Space, Anderson & Hughes, PC, Chaffee County Public Health, Tenderfoot Health Collective, Columbine Manor Care Center, First Colorado Land Office, Pinon Real Estate Group, The Book Haven, Lund Eye Care Associates, and Premier Health Care.  Sponsorship levels range from $250 as a Bronze Sponsor to $1,000 as a Gold Sponsor.  Special recognition will be given at each level.  Another way to support the event is to have an informational table or provide a workshop.  Table sponsors include Greater Arkansas Recreation and Nature Association (GARNA), Salida Aquatic Center, and Therapy Dogs of Chaffee County, and workshops already lined up include “What is Diabetes?”, “Conscious Aging- tools to age creatively and have fun with it”, and “Dealing with Aging Skin and Cancer Prevention.”  “It is not too late to get involved.  There are plenty of ways to be part of the fun on May 19th.  After all, we are all aging.  Let’s celebrate and enjoy it!  We encourage anyone and everyone who cares about the aging population in Chaffee County to join us!”, shares Dee Dubin, community volunteer for A Little Help.   Funds raised from this event will help support local non-profits that serve seniors as well as future senior fairs.

To find out how you can support Engaging in Aging, contact Dee at 719-966-7366 or dee@alittlehelp.org

Engaging in Aging will be held from 9am to 4pm at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 19th.  An updated schedule of activities will be found at www.alittlehelp.org and other outlets once details are finalized.  Food trucks will also be part of the fair experience.  “On behalf of the planning team, I hope that all seniors and their loved ones save the date and join us on May 19th.  This unique event to celebrate aging is completely free to the public and will bring education, awareness, resources, and other health and wellness-related activities to seniors in our community.  Planning for the event has been a true collaborative effort.  Our local agencies are invested in our seniors, and this event is just one example of how dedicated they are,” adds Chaffee County Public Health Director, Andrea Carlstrom.

For more information, contact: Andrea Carlstrom, Director, Chaffee County Public Health

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.

Earth Day 2018
Saturday, April 21,
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Riverside Park, Salida, CO

Join 350 Central Colorado, GARNA, Salida Recreation, Southwest Conservation Corp, Colorado Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Elevate Her, Smokey Bear and many other community groups for a family-friendly Earth Day 2018.
10:00 AM – Parade of Species from Alpine Park to Riverside Park
10 AM – 2 PM – join in for various Earth Day activities in Riverside Park
The event is free and open to the public.

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

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.


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/

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