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Watching our older adult community members surviving — and even thriving — in spite of the difficulties presented by the pandemic has been an amazing thing to witness.

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In 2004, Pedro Vitinio and his four siblings sat in living rooms sharing their love of God with families and close friends.

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As the Christmas season approached in 2018, Gunnison’s Veronica Wilde found herself with a few too many fabric scraps from old sewing projects lying around. With a spark of do-it-yourself inspiration, she decided to whip the remnants into a functional bag to gift her friends and family.

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Gunnison High School (GHS) is getting a new right hand leader, as former GHS social studies instructor Robin Wilkinson has been hired as vice principal. Wilkinson replaces Dave Uhrig, who stepped down from the post near the end of last school year.

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It was something Trish White had seen a need for in Gunnison. A nice, entertaining community center where her young kids and their friends could go play during the long summer days or after school.

Smoldering sunsets

Two visitors from Florida enjoy the final moments of the day at Hartman Rocks Recreation Area, despite smoky conditions. Smoke from the Grizzly Creek and Pine Gulch fires have made for spectacular sunsets recently.

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He’s known around the globe as one of country music’s greatest poets, and locally as a caring community member and philanthropist.

Now, Nashville singer-songwriter Dean Dillon has been given the highest honor in the industry — election into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Go sing it on the mountain

A hillside overlooking Long Lake (Meridian Lake) west of Mt. Crested Butte is one of three locations where Nashville’s best singer-songwriters performed this year for Tough Enough To Wear Pink’s annual fundraiser. The event took a different form this year amid the global pandemic — three homes hosted up to 50 people with performers rotating through the locations. Seen here, Sundance Head, a favorite at the summer events, performs before the outdoor crowd. For more scenes from the two day event and to learn how much money was raised, turn to page A2. Chris Rourke

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For almost two decades, women in the Gunnison Valley have turned to a health care provider concerned with more than just annual exams and test results.

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Struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic has become a common refrain within most industries — including the arts. Artists are now desperately in need of support due to major event cancelations, a main source of income for many.

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