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News

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When downtown Gunnison business owner Chris Osness received his tax bill last week, he handed it to an employee to open. Based on the valuation of his building determined last summer, he knew his tax bill likely increased from the following year.

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Dads and daughters danced the evening away last Saturday night as Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) held their second annual Ties and Tiaras Daddy Daughter Dance at Webster Hall. Seen here Colt Alton, and his daughter Abby, enjoy a moment of high spirited fun. More pictures can be found at indesphoto.com.

Sports

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The 1980s Los Angeles Lakers — arguably the greatest team from arguably the greatest era in professional basketball — put forth such glorious performances on the hardwood, their home games became known as “Showtime.”

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On Friday the Western women’s basketball team got redemption against Dixie State University, reversing a 68-54 loss earlier in the season with a convincing 61-49 win in Paul Wright Gym. They followed that up with another impressive win over Westminster, 66-57, equaling the program record for RMAC wins in a season (13). The team now sits tied for second place in conference and hosts its annual Cancer Awareness Pink Night this Friday against Regis at 5:30 p.m. Seen here is Samantha Coleman pulling up for a 3-point attempt.

Columns & Opinions

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TAPP — the Tourism and Prosperity Partnership — supported sustainable tourism even before it was added to our plate by Gunnison County Commissioners. Annually, we give to Gunnison Trails, Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association and the Crested Butte Conservation Corps.

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Cruising south on I-35 through Texas, a state I had in the hip pocket of my powderblue, soft cotton leisure pants — the pants with the elastic waist? Ahh. Makes an old boy’s life worth living. I kid you not — I understood once again that the best thing about being retired is not having to drive in traffic.

Obituaries

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Kevin Hicks, 61, passed away on Feb. 4, at Gunnison Valley Hospital.

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Veronica Bernadette Marquez, 60, passed away on Jan. 22 at her home of many years here in Gunnison. She was born Feb. 4, 1959 In Fort Collins, Colo., then moved