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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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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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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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Every teacher at Gunnison High School (GHS) has an advisory class for four years and it is set up so that each kid checks in with their teacher every day of the week.

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Zach Sowers, 19, died unexpectedly in a car accident on Sunday, April 19. A 2019 Gunnison High School graduate, Sowers “had a heart of gold,” as described in his obituary. He loved cars and was planning on attending the University Technical Institute’s Auto Mechanic School in Arizona in October.

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As food pantries across the country work tirelessly to provide essential goods for those in need such as fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy — the Gunnison County Food Pantry stands alone by providing proteins not often found in the donation box — such as deer and elk.

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An addition to the sign at the front of Garlic Mike’s reads “Open for Take Out” in 14-inch letters and from the front, the windows are dark and the restaurant looks closed. But inside, the team was busy on Monday preparing enough roasted garlic chicken, potatoes and vegetables to feed 300 people. And at the back door on Tuesday, Sasha Legere and Trisha Langenfeld of Mountain Roots are busy transferring 75 family suppers into the Mountain Roots van. By dinnertime, the savory meals will be delivered to the doorsteps of families throughout the Gunnison Valley.

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Feeling a bit edgy? Irritated and argumentative? Mental health experts say that’s normal, especially as efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have led to restricting public activities, and has threatened our very way of life.

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