It was a great weekend to be a sports fan in the Gunnison Valley.

First and foremost, a hearty congratulations goes out to Coach Than Acuff and the Crested Butte Titans boys soccer team. State champions!

Imagine a stop along Elk Avenue for a burrito from Teocalli Tamale when, lo and behold, the Crested Butte mainstay has acquired a new neighbor in the form of an Overland Sheepskin Co. outlet, Ralph Lauren store or — God forbid — McDonald’s restaurant.

Right up there with waterboarding and the iron maiden, I’m convinced there’s nothing more tortuous than a drive across the incredibly flat and inordinately dull state of Kansas.

Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District leaders have entered the realm of affordable housing by committing more than a half million dollars to pay for two units in Crested Butte.

Turn, turn, turn. ... It’s the title to a hit song in the 1960s made famous by Jim McGuinn and The Byrds, based on the phrase in the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter three, verses one through eight.

In a battle I am undoubtedly losing, I try to encourage my two teenage children to refrain from thinking or acting in certain ways just because they see that behavior on social media or through the suffocating ubiquity of online influences.

Election Day will soon be here and there is the usual raft of proposals that our citizens will be asked to vote on. One in particular, the request for an increase in property taxes to augment the funding of the Gunnison Valley Housing Authority (GVRHA), has proven controversial.

The most worthy proposals for a tax increase tend to generate a strong coalition of community leaders stepping forward to educate the public about the need and championing the identified solution.

We tend to look at problems as being discrete, single-issue things, with a cause or set of causes that, once identifi ed and analyzed, can be solved with a discrete focused solution.

If there’s a single defining trait reflected in nearly every issue important to Gunnison County this election season, it’s that change is afoot.

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