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Gunnison County is facing its most severe health and economic crisis of the last 100 years. Without significant assistance, many local businesses will fail. Shops on our main streets will be boarded up, unemployment will soar, the local economy will be depressed for years and our communities will begin to die. A very rough estimate that I did indicates that income in the County is declining by $5 million to $20 million per month.

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Times like these bring out the best and the worst in people. We see the best in the superb effort our health and human services people, our cops, the postal people, and others are putting out to sustain a high level of civilized society.

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We're ready to do our part to help protect the health and well-being of as many Coloradans as possible. Connect for Health Colorado understands that during these trying times, there are still Coloradans who are uninsured.

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In light of the recent concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the lingering of the virus on certain materials, we want to reassure you about the newspaper. 

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Rumors run rampant in times of crisis. One of our jobs here at the newspaper is to chase down, verify or disprove, the ones that seem to be the most relevant or impactful to the community as a whole.

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This is a message to our community. The people, the families, the individuals, the businesses and organizations, the soul of this special place we call home. We will overcome this. We know that people are scared, we are all scared. But we cannot let that fear overwhelm us. We cannot let that fear cause inaction. We cannot let that fear make us lose compassion and caring.

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Dear Gunnison Country Times readers: 

We want to take a short break from our ongoing coverage of the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 situation to touch on our philosophy and our intention during this difficult time. 

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Right now, we’re really into that #$%^&* Mud Season, but let’s talk about this winter. According to weather people, “winter” is defined as the weather during December, January and February — OK?

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