Jasmine Phares awarded HRRMC Auxiliary Scholarship

Salida, Colorado—Jasmine Phares, a 2011 graduate of Buena Vista High School, is this year’s HRRMC Auxiliary Scholarship winner.

The Auxiliary awards the $3,000 college scholarship annually to a high school senior in the Salida Hospital District planning to pursue a career in health care. The $750 annual scholarship is renewed each of four years, pending the student’s academic standing.

In August, Phares will begin classes at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. [...]

Press Releases

Bird outing in Buena Vista

On Sunday, June 26, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is holding a bird watching outing. Explore the pond, park, and nearby neighborhoods in Buena Vista to identify birds that live in the area. The group leader is Andrew Mackie, experienced birder and director of the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas. The depth of the program will depend upon the knowledge and interest of participants, but no birding experience is necessary. Focus will be on the keys of [...]

Press Releases

Program on the Bighorn Sheep: Colorado’s State Mammal

On Saturday, June 25 join the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and Jim Aragon of the Colorado Division of Wildlife for a program about Colorado’s state mammal, the bighorn sheep. Jim will give an in-depth presentation on the types of bighorn sheep found in our region, their habitat and life history. The bighorn sheep are a regal symbol of the Rocky Mountains and important inhabitants of our area as evidenced by nearby Bighorn Sheep Canyon. The program will take [...]


FIBArk Boater X video!

The Numbers Boater X Race at #4- Fibark 2011 from SamBricker on Vimeo.

This video was shown Saturday night at the Steamplant Ballroom alongside a DJ and a pumping dance floor of boaters. Organized and quickly edited by Sam Bricker with the shooting and rigging help of Bill, Matt, Nathan and


Reminder: Monarch Mountain master plan discussion

For the last several years Monarch Mountain has been working with the Forest Service to revise our Master Development Plan, and we would like to involve the public to learn more about the plan and provide valuable feedback during the review process.

Chaffee County

Pinball rapid claims another life

On June 16, 2011 at approximately 3:30 PM there was a commercial rafting accident on the Arkansas River in Chaffee County, Colorado. The accident occurred at Pinball Rapid located near Nathrop, Colorado.

Chaffee County

High speed car chase through Poncha Springs ends in Sargents

At about 3:30 pm Thursday, an alert was aired by the Chaffee County emergency dispatch center of an escapee from Conejos County jail. A subject in custody of that agency on murder charges had somehow escaped in a stolen sheriff‚s transport vehicle.


Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition coming to the Salida SteamPlant Ballroom

An exhibition of major works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be on display at the Salida SteamPlant Ballroom from June 20 to July 28, 2011. The free exhibition will include nearly 20 framed and signed prints from the artists’ projects all over the world, including The Gates in New York City’s Central Park, Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, Surrounded Islands in Miami and Pont Neuf in Paris.

Siama on Personal Growth

Emotions, how they control our lives

What are emotions? When I was in India a guru told me that, “Emotions are reactions to fields of energy.” I didn’t really understand it fully then, but the more I thought about it and observed it in myself and others, the more I came to realize the truth of what he said.