Longfellow Ground Breaking Sept., 19th

The Salida school district will celebrate the official groundbreaking of the new Salida Elementary school following the Thursday homecoming parade at 5pm. Please join the celebration at 350 W. 8th Street.


Harvest Moon Soiree

Like the old song goes, shine on harvest moon – shine on the San Luis Valley Local Food Coalition’s harvest celebration on Saturday September 21st. Help the Local Foods Coalition celebrate all the work that has been done by local producers and eaters to create sustainable foodways in the San Luis Valley.

This first annual celebration, put on in partnership with Chokurei Ranch, will feature melt in your mouth Yak and other dishes made from the delicious and the abundant harvest [...]


Keep Salida vibrant

As a resident of Salida from 1996 to 2001, I enjoyed Salida for it’s proximity to the ski area, Arkansas River and so many beautiful 14’ers. After living in Denver for 10 years, getting married and starting a family, we moved back here in 2011…


Salidan applauds efforts of city and it’s citizens

Some letters have been written about taking Salida back versus moving it forward. As someone who is not involved with the city but who is affected by many of the council’s decisions, I would like to applaud the various city councils for the work they have done. Sure, they made some mistakes, and I have disagreed with some of their decisions. Ultimately, we have to keep the larger picture in view: Salida is a better place now. The city has managed to accomplish a lot of good.
It’s important to recognize that.


Salida Music Jam

All are invited to bring your instrument(s) and a tune to share to the Salida Old-time music jam on Tuesday, September 24th from 7-9pm at Hattie’s Pub, 225 F St. Held on the last Tuesday of each month, the jam is free and led by fiddler Andrea Earley Coen. This month, special guitar and fiddle workshops may be offered from 5:30-7pm by traveling sister duo, Ari & Mia,if there’s enough interest.

Press Releases

Autumn Color Run this Saturday in BV

The 29th running of the Buena Vista Autumn Color Run will be held Saturday September 21st. Offered under a USDA special use permit the ACR boasts one of the best half marathon courses in Colorado. Beginning above Cottonwood Lake the half marathon follows forest service and county roads through aspen trees that are traditionally near their peak on the third weekend of September.


Guidestone Friday enrichment program

The Friday enrichment series provides students with fun, hands-on, educational opportunities to learn about where food comes from and how local foods are grown by assisting with all aspects of the 2013 harvest season. In addition, students will get to directly assist with foods being harvested for the Salida School District School Lunch Program.


How to Help the flooding victims

Before we all grab our rubber boots and shovels and head down to volunteer, here are a few good sites for updates on flood needs. and  Please help keep the Citizen updated with local fundraising efforts, volunteer work crews, or other activities you may know of that are helping with the relief efforts. We will post

From the City

Can retailers include sales tax in the price of the item sold?

Only in very few cases is it OK to include sales tax in the price charged to customers. Although governed by the state, this question comes up frequently at the City. We are posting this information for the education of local vendors in an effort to help them be in compliance! The Department of Revenue’s website has more information.


Fundraiser to help with medical expense of Ramsey Lama

Ramsey Lama, 32 of Salida Colorado, sustained a life threatening injury while mountain bike riding the Monarch Crest Trail on 8/24/2013. It is a touching story because we are able to share how some amazing and awesome people we met on the trail that day worked together as a team to provide life saving assistance to Ramsey prior to the arrival of the Chaffee County Rescue Team and Flight For Life.


Bike Fest Underway!

Don’t miss tonights screening of The Rider and the Wolf, the story of Mike Rust, produced by Grit and Thistle Film Company of Salida. Also today, Bike Rodeo at Longfellow and a 5:30 Mtn Bike Ride educating the public on trail building.

From the City

Updated: Incident on G Street

Joseph McKeever, 41 year-old Salida-area resident, remains in critical condition at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver after being shot in the stomach by 67 year-old Salida resident Edward Cadugan Little Wolf near the 200 block of G Street September 10.


Bike Fest 2013

Bike Fest 2013 has arrived! The fun begins Wednesday, Sept. 11 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 15. Events this year will include a social mixer, film fest, chainless bike race, pump track competition, bike parade, Banana Belt Mountain Bike Ride, the Monarch Crest Crank and many more family, friendly events.


Jewel Ball to raise money for local school athletic trainers

Proceeds from this year’s Jewel Ball will help fund HRRMC’s Certified Athletic Trainer Program, according to Foundation Director Kimla Robinson. The hospital underwrites the services of two certified athletic trainers, Dan Evans and Jamie Baker, in six area high schools, including Buena Vista, Cotopaxi, Moffat, Saguache, Salida and Westcliffe.

Health and Wellness

HRRMC joint replacement prep class

The one-hour class will be held the second Wednesday of every month at the Salida hospital. It is designed for community members who are considering a hip, knee or shoulder replacement, or for patients who are already scheduled for a joint replacement at HRRMC.

Press Releases

Central Colorado Humanist group discussion this Sunday

“The Scientific Experience and Religion” is the September topic for the Central Colorado Humanists discussion group, meeting Sunday, September 15, from 10:00 to 1:00 at Dan and Ann Bishop’s house, 10290 Chippewa Circle in Piñon Hills just north of Salida.


Chaffee County DHHS to be part of Connect for Health Assistance Network

Chaffee County Health and Human Services is one of 57 groups across the state selected to provide in-person assistance to customers of Connect for Health Colorado, the new health insurance marketplace opening in October. Chaffee County Department of Health and Human Services will become part of the Connect for Health Assistance Network and will serve Chaffee and Lake counties, helping individuals, families and small employers consider health plan options, apply for insurance affordability programs, and sign up for health coverage.