From the Mayor

Holiday message from Mayor Stephens

The air of my holiday season has been changed drastically with the senseless act in Newtown, Conn., and even more so and forever for the over two dozen families in that town. I can’t begin to imagine the calamity, I can only send good thoughts their way.


Defending news media after Newtown tragedy

The closest I’ve been to this kind of heartbreak was while working at the Rocky Mountain News at the time of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton. Watching the pained faces of the people in Newtown, that time feels raw again.


The Homecoming

In New Zealand, water might circle the drain the un-American way, but do the fish behave the same way as their northern counterparts?

Press Releases

Local films featured at MountainFilm

“The Spirit of Browns Canyon,” an environmental film that explores the beauty in our backyard, and “Ernest,” which touches on the winter escapades of San Luis Valley legend Ernie Wilkinson, and other exciting films will be screened at Salida High School on Thurs., Jan. 17.


Been at Palace Hotel backs land trust

Up close, Salida painter Joshua Been’s alpine landscapes appear unrefined, chaotic and bold, a bumpy road of textures. But stand back and the shapes, values, edges and colors play their parts, coming together for a majestic moment in nature. Been will donate 30 percent of sales to the land trust at the nonprofit’s benefit party on Sat., Dec. 15, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Palace Hotel.


Let the Rec Fitness Challenge begin

Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a veteran coach potato, the Fitness Challenge is sure to have something of interest to you. Salida Recreation and a wide variety of community partners will team up this year to offer tons of free classes, workshops and seminars.


Recreation board seeks members

The Salida Recreation Advisory Board serves as a link between City Council, city staff and the citizens of Salida, and assists in evaluating and prioritizing parks, trails, recreation and open-space projects. The board also helps evaluate funding sources.

From the City

Customers urged to check for water leaks

Water meters have been programmed to return a “potential leak” warning when at least one gallon of water flows through the meter each hour for any 24-hour period. The Public Works department recently took a mid-quarter meter reading for data analysis purposes and about 260 meters indicated possible leaks.

Press Releases

Second orthopedic surgeon joins HRRMC

Dr. Jonassen specializes in joint replacement surgery, including minimally invasive surgery, orthopedic trauma and limb reconstruction. His practice will complement Dr. Robert Hunter’s sports medicine practice in the HRRMC Orthopedic Center of Excellence.


Jive and Dive this Friday!

Middle schoolers, come to a white elephant pool party! Everyone will get a surprise gift, and a chance to exchange your gift or keep your gift. Friday the 14th, 7 – 9 pm. $5, no punch passes accepted. See you


Monarch opening Friday, more snow coming our way

Monarch received 15″ of snow on Saturday night and the forecast is calling for more snow this week. We will open on Friday morning for the season, number of lifts and runs still to be determined.