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(Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a new series that takes a look at how recent graduates (class of 2020) lives were turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

 

Life can be very chaotic at times.

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The Gunnison Arts Center’s (GAC) restoration project is well underway with newly awarded funding from History Colorado’s State Historic Preservation Fund fall grant cycle. A total of $196,369 was granted to the GAC for the exterior preservation of the building — the stone and wood components.

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The 4-H Poker Trail Ride will take place this Sunday, June 7. The event, open to those with horses, will be at the Mill Creek Trailhead at 11 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Gunnison County 4-H Horse Program. The first hand is $20. Additional hands are $10, or you can buy five hands for $50. Riders and players under the age of 10 are just $10. Please bring your own water and snacks, and come prepared to follow all county health guidelines.

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In an effort to escape the reality of a pandemic, people took to the trails and waterways to enjoy the great outdoors over the Memorial Day weekend. Watercrafts could be seen on the Gunnison River and the Blue Mesa Reservoir, while small groups of people gathered on the banks and shore. Additionally, zebra mussel inspections were conducted in the manner as was done prior to COVID-19.

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Gunnison Lake and Community schools wrapped up the year by holding a goodbye parade last week. Decorated cars streamed through the bus loop at Lake and the drop off lane at Gunnison Community School as teachers and administrators waved and wished students well.

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Scouts BSA Troop 476 practiced their flag etiquette skills in preparation for putting up cemetery flags, veterans’ flags, and Main Street flags this coming weekend. Members Charlie Zeiter and Kade Jones concentrate on getting the flag folds just right, as Senior Patrol Leader Jonathan Robinson inspects.

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There was a line down South Main Street as community members gathered for the Gunnison Producers Guild plant sale last Saturday. Everything from fresh produce to vegetables, house plants and seed starters were ripe for the picking just in time for growing season in the valley. Goods were provided from local producers including Iola Valley Farm, Calder Farm, Mountain Roots Food Project and Gunnison Gardens, scenes from which are pictured here.

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When the first school bell rings in August for Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District’s fall semester, all three Gunnison-based schools will be under new leadership, as the principals for Gunnison Elementary School (GES) , Gunnison Middle School (GMS) and Gunnison High School (GHS) have decided to take on new roles.

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Adapting has been the name of the game during the COVID-19 pandemic. For some Gunnison Valley locals, that may mean adapting to a new family member, as pet adoptions for one local nonprofit have soared in the last few weeks.

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