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Beans, rice and other necessities have been flying off the grocery store shelves as shoppers stock up to survive the pandemic. Another notable item in high demand has been flour — which has meant only one thing — baking was on the rise.

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Sara Hill Hogan and Jason Michael Hogan of Crested Butte brought their son Lawrence "Wren" Emerson Hogan into the world on June 16 at 10:13 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz., and registered 20.5 inches in length. Welcoming him to the family are grandparents Jan and Larry Hogan of Atlanta, Ga., and Susan and Wade Hairfield of Richmond, Va. "We are so grateful to Dr. Meeuwsen, Dr. Villanueva and the GVH staff that helped bring him into the world," said the proud parents.

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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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