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On behalf of the Gunnison Balloon Rally, Stu Barton (far left) presented a generous donation to the Gunnison Country Food Pantry. Accepting the gift are Pantry volunteers (l-r) Laura Meredith and Janece Koleis. In the 39 years since balloonists have been gathering in Gunnison for the Fourth of July holiday, this is only the second time the event has been canceled. Members of the Balloon Rally donated their entry fees in honor of their many friends and supporters in Gunnison County.

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The Western Colorado University Music Department held a free, socially distanced concert this weekend at the Quigley Band Shell featuring Alicia Belgiovane, Ken Todd, Steve Siegel, Ben Justis and Larry Burke. The first 50 people were invited in and were encouraged to relax on their own lawn chair or picnic blanket.

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Gunnison’s First Fridays Art Walk and Music will finally get more “personal” this Friday, July 3. The Gunnison Arts Center (GAC) will be hosting capacity-reduced gallery openings as well as a live music concert in their courtyard from 5-8 p.m. It will be the first major event offered inside GAC facilities since COVID-19 related closures.

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(Editor’s note: This is the fifth 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.)

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Ever think about what celebrating the Fourth of July might have been like during the earliest days of Gunnison’s pioneer settlers? A quick review of our local historic newspapers gives us a peek.

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(Editor’s note: This is the fourth 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.)

Spring break.

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Cristina and Gilles Huegi of Gunnison brought their daughter June Snow Huegi into the world on June 9 at 7:48 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs., 4 ozs., and registered 19 inches in length. Welcoming her to the family are: male fur siblings French bulldog/ Boston terrier Guido (8) and German shorthaired pointer Loki (5); grandparents Dave and Carmen Dressel of Olympia, Wash., Evelyne Huegi of Corona del Mar, Calif., and Riquet Welti of Zurich, Switzerland; and great-grandparent Irene Von der Goltz of Zurich, Switzerland. June's parents said, "Our darling daughter, June Snow, born on a snowy Colorado evening in June!"

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Gunnison Gallery is featuring alpaca wool needle felted animal portraits created by award winning artist Diane Del Duca from Cañon City. Del Duca uses the wool from her 10 alpacas who are sheared once a year. Stop by and see this unique show on display until June 30. Gunnison Gallery is located at 124 N. Main St. and is open seven days a week during the summer. Virtual show of her artwork on Gunnison Gallery Facebook or Instagram or call 970.641.6111.

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The curtain isn’t closing on this year’s annual Local Vocals concert hosted by the Gunnison Arts Center (GAC) — it’s going virtual. This Friday, June 26, six local singer-songwriters will be performing on Zoom from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. This year’s show is once again hosted by longtime organizer and singer-songwriter Chris Coady.

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