Positives exceed peak summer

Nearly all frontline health care workers, long-term care staff and residents have received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, completing the first phase of allocations. But public health officials expressed frustration over the recent slowdown in the system, saying the current shipments aren’t enough to meet demand.

Fraud on the rise in Gunnison

Gunnison is unfortunately keeping up with a nationwide trend: fraudulent unemployment claims are on the rise. Gunnison Police Captain Chris Wilson said the department has been averaging three illegal claims daily since the end of October.

Could Gunnison get a state park?

Gunnison County leaders are eyeing a potential state park on lands in and around W Mountain. The Gunnison County Commissioners on Tuesday discussed the potential of a state park outside the City of Gunnison.

Met Rec prepares to make TV decisions

Gunnison resident Scott Sherwood has watched television for free in Gunnison County since the 1990s. He is among hundreds of community members who take advantage of television services provided by the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District (Met Rec).

New tutoring center opens

This year marks the 21st that Erica Young has been in the classroom, teaching nearly every grade from kindergarten to 12th. For many of those years, the teaching didn’t stop after the final bell.

Redundancy projects on the docket

A countywide phone and internet outage in November underscored the need for redundancy in the valley, and Gunnison City Council on Tuesday received an update on how a backup connection might be ready.

Campus Nordic skiers displaced

The sight of grass came as a jolt to Nordic users on Monday as plowing by Western Colorado University cut across a groomed nordic trail and made sledding at an adjacent hill a questionable proposition.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Swift

Bill and Kirky Swift tied the knot on Dec. 31, 2020. “Amidst crisis in the world our family was looking for peace and love. So, in order to end 2020 in the most positive way that we could, we got married!”

Rosemary Jean Gayer

Katie Walters and Kris Gayer of Gunnison brought their daughter Rosemary Jean Gayer into the world on Dec. 31, 2020.

Chamber, city team up for restaurants

In an effort to support local restaurants, the second round of the City of Gunnison’s Dining Dollars program was offered last Saturday, Jan. 9. Spending $10 cash on a purple dining dollar “greenback” doubled up the spending power to $20 at most local eateries. The first round of dining dollars sold out around the Thanksgiving holiday, effectively putting $100,000 into the economy for spending at local restaurants. The city then contributed another $50,000 for the second round. Although the dollars weren’t available for purchase until 10 a.m., patrons started lining up on Tomichi Avenue in front of the Chamber entrance as early as 9:30 a.m. By noon, a replenishment of dollars was brought to the Chamber for certification.