Are you looking forward to summer vacation? Come enjoy a relaxing getaway at Creekside Chalets!
From June 1, 2017- October 1, 2017, Stay 5 nights, get your 6th night FREE. 

  • We also have a spring special available – from April 17th to May 25th, you can get 15% off your stay of 4 nights.
  • Creekside Chalets now has WiFi at all the chalets!
  • To receive the promotional discount you must call 719-539-6953 or email to finalize the reservation. 
Memberships & Website

Need an affordable place to work, host a meeting, teach a workshop, hold a fundraiser, or take over our storefront for the weekend? Look no further! Check out our new and evolving website for member types and rates. Or contact us

Song Circle: Tues 5/9 @ 6 pm
Dust off that old guitar (or fiddle, drum etc). Bring a favorite song to lead and/or an instrument to jam along to songs in the round. At the Watershed. Open to all ages and experience. Donation-based.

Essential Oils: 5/11 & 5/26 @ 6:30 pm
Join Watershed Members Mike and Karen Amundsen for continuing lessons and fellowship with essential oils. 

Rancho Verde Flowers Pop-Up 5/13 @ 12 pm
For one day only, local business Rancho Verde Flowers is taking over our storefront from 12 to 4 pm. Swing by for great Mother’s Day gifts: flower arrangements, bedding plants, and beeswax candles. 

Tell a Story, Teach a Lesson: Thurs 5/18 @ 5 pm
Watershed presents Episode 3: A Sense of Spring, an evening of storytelling and community. We’ll begin with a “live motion painting” by Brynn Ronning. This month, three local farmers will share their stories. View Episode 1 here!

Bearded Lady Opening: Friday 5/19 @ 8 am  If you’ve been missing delicious farm-to-fork tacos, empanadas and, introducing “sorta tortas,” join us May 19 for The Bearded Lady’s opening right here at Watershed!

Open Mic: Sat 5/20 @ 4 pm
Been dreaming of performing at The Lariat Open Mic, but not sure you’re ready for the bright lights and big stage? James Harshbarger hosts this community-focused Open Mic and our inaugural show on the BVEC Stage. Bring poems, songs, dance, you name it. Sign-ups start at 3:45.

Drum Circle: Thurs 5/25 @ 7 pm  Bang away your worries and experience the fun of a recreational drum circle with local Susan Nies. Learn basic and freestyle rythms. BYO drums, maracas, cymbals, bells, triangles, sand blocks, spoons . . . The Drum Circle takes place every 4th Thursday. Open to all ages and experience.

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Over the coming months we will have great giveaways, including a treasure hunt for $130.00, in honor of our 130th birthday.  And you can learn about what is gong on in your backyard! 

We are grateful to have the opportunity to engage our neighbors and work with them in “Building Futures Together.” 

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BV Celtic & Old-time Music Jam
Tue, May 9, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where:  Creekside Gathering Place, 203 Cedar St, Buena Vista (next to Columbine Park) (map)
Description:  All abilities are welcome to the Buena Vista Celtic & Old-time Music Jam held the second Tuesday of each month! Bring your instrument(s) and a tune to share. Free with donations appreciated. Call Carole Barnes for more info: 719-395-6704.

BV Community Dance
Fri, May 12, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Where:  Congregational Church at 217 Crossman Street, Buena Vista (map)
Description:  As always, no experience or partner is needed to enjoy the great tunes and instruction from local musicians and callers. $4 ($2/students). Call Carole or Randy at 395-6704 for more info. Sponsored by Arkansas Valley Music and Dance and the Country Dance and Song Society.

Salida Contra Dance
Sat, May 20, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Where:  Poncha Springs Town Hall, 330 Burnett Ave, Poncha Springs (map)
Description:  Caller is Helle Hill. Band is Avourneen. Live music and lively dancing! No partner or experience needed. Beginning lesson at 7 pm. Music 7:30-9:30. Dessert potluck. $7 ($5 AVMAD members). The dance is co-sponsored by Arkansas Valley Music and Dance, and the Country Dance and Song Society.

Country-Western Dance
Fri, May 26, 7pm – 9pm
Where:  Poncha Springs Town Hall, 330 Burnett Ave, Poncha Springs (map)
Description:  All are welcome to come join us for some country-western dance instruction followed by open country-western dancing to recorded music. Music will be country two-step, waltz, and swing. Lessons will start at 7 pm, followed by open dancing at 7:30 pm at the Poncha Springs Town Hall. Partners are not required. Cost is $5. The dance is sponsored by Arkansas Valley Music and Dance.

Salida Old-Time Music Jam
Wed, May 31, 7pm – 9pm
Where:  Hubbub Brewing, 248 W Hwy 50 Salida (map)
Description:  All abilities are welcome, and tunes are shared round-robin style. We gather each month at Hubbub Brewing, 248 W Hwy 50. Contact Andrea Coen for more information: cell (970)309-3175 or email Sponsored by Arkansas Valley Music and Dance and the Country Dance and Song Society.

BV street construction

STAY INFORMED: This is for the US 24 Buena Vista Project

Project update for May 10, 2017

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 curbs, gutters, utility conduits, sidewalks and other roadway features. The current priority is the installation of pedestrian crosswalk islands in the middle of US 24. Crews will continue to work on driveways and sidewalks on both sides of the highway.

  • A new traffic pattern is in place. Last Friday, crews opened the far east lane of US 24 for northbound traffic. Southbound traffic on US 24 remains in the far west lane. The three middle lanes of the highway (including the middle turning lane) are closed as crews work on the pedestrian crosswalk islands. There are turn pockets throughout the construction zone for street and business access. Please use caution while traveling through the area.
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, crews will pave the remainder of US 24 located south of Buena Vista. To accommodate motorists during these operations, there will be alternating one-way traffic in both northbound and southbound directions on US 24. Flaggers will be directing traffic flows. Please be prepared to stop near the work zone. Delays can be expected. 
  • Working hours are Monday thru Saturday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, as weather allows.
  • Cottonwood Avenue, located to the east of US 24, is closed due to culvert repairs. 
  • In the future, crews will require a full closure of the US 24 / Main Street intersection. 

Progress Update: The main business corridor remains on schedule for completion by the end of June.

  • Drainage installation is 100 percent complete.
  • The excavation process is 100 percent complete. 
  • Curb and gutter installation is approximately 85 percent complete.
  • Electrical work is 75 percent complete.
  • Sidewalks are approximately 75 percent complete.
  • Paving operations are 40 percent complete.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. 

Thank you,
US 24 Enhancement Project
Public Information Team
PI Phone: 719-398-0819
PI Email:

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
Thank you,
US 24 Enhancement Project
Public Information Team
PI Phone: 719-398-0819

CPW, CSP & CDOT Issue Spring Warning:  WILDLIFE ON THE MOVE  Safety mitigation efforts across Colorado prove beneficial  – COLORADO STATEWIDE ― One evening in early April, southwest Colorado resident, Deb was traveling on US Highway (US) 160 near Mancos when she hit a deer.

“Well, that deer actually hit me,” Deb explained. “I did not have a moment to react! This doe was running full-force and ran right into my front end. I pulled over only to find my hood bent, fender damaged and headlight gone. I realize this could have been a life-threatening situation and I’m certain this will result in a couple thousand dollars in damage.” Deb, who is also an employee of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), is well aware of the education efforts of the “Wildlife on the Move” program which cautions motorists statewide to be attentive to wild animals crossing the roads.

BE AWARE:  “Be aware, drive with caution, and slow down, especially at dusk and dawn, when the majority of animals are active and wildlife vehicle collisions (WVCs) occur ― just like Deb’s crash,” said Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Captain Adrian Driscoll.

Driscoll also offered this advice, “The best practice for drivers is to be diligent and super observant.  If you see one deer or elk, expect others. Scan the sides of the road for signs of movement and watch for those shining eyes of animals that reflect car headlights at night.”

If a wildlife collision does occur, “brake, look, and steer.” Brake: slow down and concentrate on retaining control of the vehicle. Look: be aware of your surroundings especially other vehicles. Steer: move your vehicle to a safe position off the road.

To help prevent these types of crashes with wildlife, CDOT partners with other entities like Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to design and construct mitigation features along state roadways, identifying locations where these mitigation structures will be the most beneficial.

CO 9 WILDLIFE CROSSING PROJECT:  One such project is the Colorado Highway 9 Colorado River South Wildlife & Safety Improvement Project (CO 9) south of Kremmling. This project implemented several safety mitigation features along a ten and a half mile stretch, including two wildlife overpasses (the first in Colorado); five wildlife underpasses; eight-foot high wildlife exclusion fencing; wildlife escape ramps; and deer guards. Project construction was completed in 2016.

CDOT and CPW are partnering on a five-year monitoring study along CO 9 that is being conducted by ECO-resolutions. The first year’s progress report (Phase 1 only, winter 2015-2016) documented a 90% reduction in WVC’s within the completed project area. In addition, over 7,000 mule deer movements were reported through or over the crossing structures. Other animals which use the crossing structures include elk, black bear, moose, coyotes, pronghorn and bobcats.

“The successful results from this project have exceeded our expectations. It is clear the animals are adapting to the structures and are able to stay connected to important habitats,” said Michelle Cowardin, CPW Wildlife Biologist. “These innovative projects, like CO 9 and mitigation projects in other areas of the Colorado, improve highway safety for people and wildlife.”

OTHER WILDLIFE PROJECTS IN COLORADO:  In the southwest corner of the state two large roadway projects incorporated a number of wildlife mitigation features. Large arch underpasses were installed with wildlife fencing and escape ramps to allow wildlife safe movement under the highway on US 550 near the community of Colona and along US 160 between Durango and Bayfield. CDOT plans to install additional wildlife mitigation features starting in 2017 along US 285 north of Nathrop in the Arkansas River Valley.

STAY INFORMED:  For more information about wildlife and our highways, visit:

The websites contain data and information about wildlife and crash mitigation programs, including videos. To celebrate the CO 9 project, CPW recently produced a video that can be viewed at the Colorado Highway 9 Wildlife Crossing Project webpage (, on the CPW’s website. 

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