Salida Schools to Receive Excellence Award

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) is recognizing exemplary and effective environmental education programs and individuals across Colorado who are setting a new standard for learning in their communities. Ten programs and 2 individuals are being acknowledged with an Award for Excellence in Environmental Education for their outstanding work in helping learners, in formal and non-formal settings, understand their role in the environment.  The recipients of the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education will be honored at an [...]

Salida Mountain Trails

SMT Wants You

Salida Mountain Trails has been busy building and maintaining many trails in our beautiful valley for over 7 years and they’re kicking off a membership program.

Whether you walk, trot, jog, hike or bike on these trails everyone is invited to join in the fun.  The new membership program is an easy and important way to support SMT.

SMT will kick off our membership program with a party on May 3rd, 2014 6pm at the Boathouse Front Room.  There will be food, [...]


Symphonic Salida Concert

Thursday, March 20th, KHEN 106.9 FM and Symphonic  Salida! presents the Colorado Symphony’s Woodwind Quintet playing classical and contemporary works. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at the SteamPlant office 719/530-0933 or Salida Chamber of Commerce 719/539-2068.  Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended as these concerts usually


Salida Blood Drive

Salida Community Blood Drive

Tuesday, March 18 from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Masonic Lodge – 140 W.Third St., Salida

To schedule an appointment, call 800-365-0006, Ext. 2, or sign up at, enter site code


Tree Planting Project

Teachers in Colorado can still apply to receive free seedling trees for class planting projects this spring. The Colorado State Forest Service has extended the application deadline for Project Learning Tree for trained educators to receive free seedling trees from its Fort Collins nursery. Interested teachers can apply to receive seedlings for planting projects on public or private land, or as awards to students for events and contests.

Trees will be available for spring or fall plantings in quantities of up [...]

From the City

Chief Clark Encourages Traffic Safety and Courtesy

Hello to all from the Salida Police Department. As I know most everyone from Salida is hoping we see much more of the wet spring snow as we need the moisture. Our department has been busy so far well in to the spring time. Currently, we are in the hiring process for one police officer and a code enforcement employee. We hope to have the selection process done in March for the police officer and by April for the code [...]

From the Sheriff's Office

Revelers Beware

For the second year, The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to fund overtime for patrol deputies enforcing statutes related to drunk and drugged driving.  Deputies will be working these assignments over the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend March 14 through March 18, a time traditionally associated with parties and alcohol consumption.  The grant, totaling $3,000, is for the first half of 2014 and is expected to be renewed for enforcement efforts [...]

From the City

Call for Entries: Creative Bike Racks

The City of Salida, LiveWell Colorado and Salida Creative District are opening a Call for Entries for an artist/artists, contractors, architects, or designers to design and construct a total of 4 bikes racks for the Creative District. The City is partnering with LiveWell Chaffee County on the funding of these bike racks. The City will install the bike racks at four locations within the Creative District. A key goal of the City of Salida is to have the pieces be [...]


Salida Budget Accountability

I believe the 2011 budget was the last budget produced by the City of Salida that met the GASB standards. Our city officials have now spent $20,000 fighting to defend their right not to publish a budget that meets GASB standards. The Colorado Legislature and the National Governmental Standards Board (GASG) hold the it is essential to the proper functioning of a representative democracy that governing bodies produce clear and detailed budgets, including clear and detailed accounting of prior years. [...]


What’s in a Name?

Join South Central Racing at Elevation Brewing on Tuesday, March 18 to help celebrate a new direction for the cycling club.

Press Releases

Are You Expecting?

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center and Chaffee County Public Health will host a Baby and Pregnancy Fair on Saturday, March 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will be held in the hospital’s atrium by the main entrance, 1000 Rush Drive, Salida.

The Baby and Pregnancy Fair is free and open to everyone. Tours of the Family Birthing Center will be available as well as information on breastfeeding, baby care, nutrition and more. A car seat and breast [...]


Rough Road for Ark River EMS

A group of concerned Fremont County residents are holding public meetings in Cotopaxi and Howard to detail their concerns for the state of emergency medical services (EMS) in western Fremont county.


Ski Patrol Fundraiser

A portion of the proceeds raised from this event will be given to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The CAIC is an organization that provides mountain weather forecasts and evaluates the avalanche conditions around the state.

SteamPlant Event Center

2014 Artwalk Planning Session

There will be an organizational meeting at the SteamPlant Event Center for anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibiting at the 2014 Salida Artwalk.


Volunteers Needed for Run Through Time

The event, held on March 15, 2014 in Salida promises to be a sellout, with 400 competitors (marathon and half marathon). The course follows dirt/jeep roads and narrow, hilly single-track between 7,000-9,000 feet in and around the Arkansas Hills Trail System.

From the City

Alpine Sidewalk Project

The City of Salida in cooperation with YK Excavation will be installing a new sidewalk at the north end of Alpine Park starting Monday, March 10th –March 14th.