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In a community effort to celebrate Salida High School, Salida’s beloved “S Mountain” (AKA Tenderfoot Mountain) will turn purple Wednesday night at 8 p.m. It’s one of several local efforts to celebrate the community’s youth, as well as help Salida’s young families.

According to Superintendent Blackburn’s post on Facebook: “This Wednesday at 8 the heart on S Mountain will turn purple to commemorate our Seniors, our students, and our staff. If you hear the fire sirens or see the stadium lights on, remember you are not alone, and our hearts are together. Thank you to the Communities that Care (CTC), the City of Salida, and staff volunteers for making this little act of changing the heart to purple. It is the little things that keep us all connected.”

Salida has a tradition of lighting Tenderfoot Mountain to honor organizations and celebrate community events. This image is of lights outlining the S on Tenderfoot Mountain, which have been changed to purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Great conversations within school districts and our coalition on celebrating local seniors are already playing out because of our amazing community,” said Communities That Care Facilitator Liz Sielatycki, part of the Chaffee County Family & Youth Initiatives (FYI) “I am so proud to live here!”

Sielatycki asked the community’s youth to complete a youth survey from Salida Recreation, available here: Esports survey “It is an effort to try and connect middle schoolers and teens together in a unique way.”

Infant Supplies Community Handout

Coming up May 6, Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) Coordinator Mike Orrill says CCPH will receive a shipment from FEMA of infant items (diapers, wipes, formula) for free distribution at the Community Center (305 F Street, Salida)

Those in need of these free items due to business and job loss, or illness should contact Elaine Allemang at the Community Center (719-539-3351), or email to reserve the items your little one needs.