Happenings at a Glance:

May 17, 2017  BV Chamber Board Meeting
May 18. 2017  Business After Hours Taco Fiesta
May 18, 2017  Tell a Story – Teach a Lesson
May 19, 2017  Celebrating St. Elmo – BV Heritage Gala
May 19, 2017  JalaBlu Movement, Art & Sound
May 20, 2017  26th annual Arkansas River Clean-Up
May 20, 2017  Grand Opening Watershed Stage
May 20, 2017  Open Mic
May 20, 2017  Salida Contra Dance
May 20, 2017  Community Dog Walk
May 21, 2017  BVHS Athletic Banquet
May 24, 2017  Think & Drink BV Arts
May 25, 2017  BV Drum Circle
May 26-29, 2017  PaddleFest

High Country Bank is a proud sponsor of Paddle Fest, presented by CKS Main Street in Buena Vista.  This weekend festival is for all ages and abilities.  If you’re looking for a way to get involved in river sports, ready to hone your skills, or just want a good party that involves playing on water; this is the place to be.  Clinics, competitions, races, and concerts make it a weekend not to miss!  We hope to see you there over Memorial Day weekend.  Like High Country Bank on Facebook and find out what else is happening in your back yard.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to engage our neighbors and work with them in “Building Futures Together.”  

Visit us at www.highcountrybank.net.  Member FDIC.

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 reservations@creeksidechalets.com 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.

BV street construction

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

Project update for May 17, 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. The outermost lanes on US 24 are open, and the middle three lanes are closed. There are turn pockets throughout the construction zone for street and business access. There are various lane shifts throughout the area, as necessary, for construction activities. Please pay close attention to flaggers’ directions. 
  • 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. One of the entrances to the City Market remains closed. 
  • 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: US24BuenaVista@PublicInfoTeam.com

On April 25, the Buena Vista town trustees held a work session for community solar. They were presented a progress report on Buena Vista Solar Share’s efforts over the last year to bring community solar to Buena Vista. A written version of that presentation is available on the Buena  Vista Solar Share website at www.bvsolarshare.org if you would like to read the details.

In broad summary, this is where we stand now:  The Sangre de Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) board of directors wants to not only embrace the community solar project; they want to be in charge of developing it! SDCEA proposes to develop a 2 MW utility scale solar project, with 500 KW of that project allocated for community solar. By negotiating a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a large-scale solar developer, SDCEA will be able to keep their margin on the power produced by the project (which is important for a nonprofit electric cooperative like SDCEA, so that they can cover their operating costs without spreading those costs among all their members). Developing a larger 2 MW solar project gives SDCEA negotiating power that will help them get a low power price. 1500 KW of the project will become locally generated solar power for SDCEA to distribute among all their members, providing environmental and energy independence benefits to all SDCEA member-customers (this should not affect members’ electric bill costs). 500 KW will be a community solar garden. Power produced by the community solar garden will be distributed to participants (also called subscribers) at very close to or at the retail rate, creating a good return on investment for subscribers, saving them money on their electric bills.  It looks like a very good plan.

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