From the City

Snow Removal Info from Public Works

It seems appropriate to write about snow removal this first week of the meteorological winter. We certainly have experienced snow this last week, and I thank everyone for their patience. Snow events are never the same. We adjust differently to each one depending on how wet or dry the snow is, if there is ice underneath the snow, what time of day it is snowing, and even how long we anticipate the snow will continue. All of these factors make a difference.

From the City

Budget Questions Answered

New council woman Melodee Hallett requested some additional information regarding the proposed budget. In line with the City’s goals for transparency, these questions and answers (“Q” “A”) are being made available for all to review. (Follow up responses or questions and answers are shown indented.)

Press Releases

3D Printing design contest announced for Salida creative entrepreneurs

A 3-D Printing Design Contest will be the first event in a unique collaborative effort between the Salida Creative District, the new Salida Business Incubator, the Salida Regional Library, other local community partners, and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). This collaborative effort focuses on fostering regional interest in and education about science and new technologies.


Crest Crank looking for paid fundraising event coordinator

Alliance Against Domestic Abuse is looking for an energetic, self-motivated individual to organize the Monarch Crest Crank mountain bike fundraiser. The event will be held in conjunction with Salida Bike Fest on Sept. 14, 2014 and will require securing sponsorships, coordinating logistics, and working with partners.


Theater Arts program at SHS?

Dear Editor:

I was surprised to read, in Elise Backinger’s November 21 letter to the Mountain Mail, that there are no theater or drama classes offered at Salida High School.

Salida, a designated Colorado Creative District, is home to a cacophony of visual and performing artists — presumably creating creative children.  It is also home to a high school that doesn’t offer theater arts classes as part of their curriculum.

It’s almost embarrassing.

Salida High School has band class, chorus class, and art class.  But no [...]

Press Releases

Ark Valley Humane Society wishing tree

A Wish Tree to benefit shelter dogs is up at both locations of Gone to the Dogs.  The holiday trees are decorated with photo ornaments of the current resident dogs at Ark Valley Humane Society.  Each ornament has a photo of the dog on the front and their “wish” on the back.  The wishes include special dietary treats, indestructible chew toys, orthopedic beds, and winter coats, just to name a few.  Of course, all of the dogs first wish is for a permanent, forever home.

The special gifts will add to [...]

SteamPlant Event Center

This week at the SteamPlant Dec 3-8

It’s a busy season at the SteamPlant, from CMC Jazz to Land Trust events, gallery openings and Tea with Santa, there’s something going on every day of the week.


Crest Academy Market Night

Supplies, Gifts and Goodies are produced by your local Crest Academy.
Are you Prepared For Gift giving? Our homemade items will be the perfect gift for anyone.

From the City

Hwy 50 Project Public Meeting Dec. 5

On December 5th at 6pm in City Council Chambers the City will be hosting a public planning meeting for the US Hwy 50 Enhancement Phase III Grant Project. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring. All properties located along the Highway corridor between New Street and Palmer Street will be affected. Property and business owners are strongly encouraged to attend and provide comments on the draft plans. Council Chambers is located at 448 E. 1st Street Suite 190 in Salida.


The Noteables winter concert

The Noteables and You’ve Got Male will present their winter concert series, “Peace On Earth” on December 13, 14 and 15.


Giving Thanks to “Mayberry” and support of our Friday enrichment program

Besides the obvious, food, shelter, water, family, and friends…I am also extremely grateful for COMMUNITY. It has now officially been 2 1/2 years that the Salida R-32-J District took a giant leap. This community, as well as every other community in Colorado, was up against enormous budgetary constraints, due to consistent lack of funding from the State of Colorado’s educational funding system.


Powell sisters perform fundraiser concert at SHS Dec. 5th

There will be a free benefit concert at the Salida High School auditorium on December 5th from 7-8pm. Phoebe and Harper Powell have agreed to put on a concert and raise money for the Salida Athletic Booster Club and the Chaffee Ice Coalition through donations only. There will be other musicians joining them so please support these two fabulous musicians and help raise money for these two wonderful organizations.  This is a free concert with money being raised by donations only.


Valhalla Ski Film & Party!

See the year’s most anticipated ski film – Valhalla by Sweetgrass Productions. It’s a wild film about life, love, the search for meaning and of course, huge ski and snowboard lines in the wilds of Canada. Friday, December 6 at 7pm - Woods High Mountain Distillery.

If you come in Ski Hippie costume, it’s only $5. If not, it’s $10.  Brought to you by Grit and Thistle Film Co., Brick and Mortar Productions, Woods High Mountain Distillery and Elevation

From the City

Holiday Shuttle is Back!




LTUA speaker considers economy of land health

Imagine for a moment Western states with natural systems sustaining abundant, diverse wildlife and highly functioning watersheds. Verdant, vigorous grasses carpet rangelands in just the right amount. Erosion is diminished and springs once dry now flow toward full, shimmering streams. As an added bonus, landowners make good money. Welcome to the New Ranch, where land is managed according to nature’s model of restoring health. It’s a place open to collaboration and new ideas on how to reverse ecosystem decline. And Courtney White has been involved from the early days. White will speak at the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas fundraiser on Thurs., Dec. 5, at the Salida SteamPlant.


Turkey Day Town Ride!

Turkey day bike ride today! 10am at the bridge. Come one, come all. This is becoming an annual tradition, so get outside before going home to eat your delicious meal.

SteamPlant Event Center

Nov 25th to Dec 3rd at the SteamPlant

There’s something for everyone at the SteamPlant. Practice your Spanish, enjoy some hot cocoa and music after the Holiday parade, listen to fine holiday Jazz, view art in the Paquette gallery, or learn some Facebook marketing techniques.