Joseph Albert Burn V

Casandra Lea Burn and Joseph Albert Burn IV brought their son Joseph Albert Burn V into the world on Feb. 9 at 3:20 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., and registered 20.5 inches in length. Welcoming Joseph to the family are: grandparents Valerie Burn of Lakewood, Dennis Heartley of Lakewood, and Stan Naillis and Beth Naillis both of Colorado Springs; and great-grandparent Charlotte Burn of Denver, Colo.

Taylin Ruby Platt

Breanne Lassiter and Kory Platt of Gunnison brought their daughter Taylin Ruby Platt into the world on Feb. 13 at 11:14 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz., and registered 20 inches in length. Welcoming Taylin to the family are: siblings Ryan (8), Bliss (7) and Aniah (5); grandparents Rob and Carla Lassiter of Brush, Colo., and Barb Platt of Chandler, Ariz.; and great-grandparents Patt Platt of Palm Desert, Calif., and Katherine Lassiter of Arvada, Colo.

Jack Bradley Boles

Hannah and Bradley Boles of Gunnison brought their son Jack Bradley Boles into the world on Jan. 29 at 5:27 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs., 3.5 oz., and registered 19.5 inches in length. Welcoming him to the family are brother Eli Boles (7) and grandparents Scott and Sarah Enloe of Gunnison and Dale and Paula Boles of Granite Falls, N.C.

Bond measure begins to take shape

Gunnison District officials are gearing up for a tax increase campaign. Officials are hoping to add a ballot measure for a $98 million bond agreement in November 2021 or 2022 to pay for facility updates across the district.

Western Colo. University gains new programs

Some of Western Colorado University’s top-performing programs will soon get a boost thanks to investments approved by the university’s trustees this month. The increases in spending for environment and sustainability, biology and other departments are part of the Strategic Resource Allocation Plan (SRA) that has been more than two years in the making.

George Sibley resigns from Upper Gunnison

After 14 years of service at the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, George Sibley stepped down from the district’s board earlier this month. Sibley, 79, cited his health and age as the reasons for his decision.

Oil tycoon spends millions on Gunnison County ranch

A Texas oil and gas magnate has purchased a Cimarron area ranch for $27 million in one of the largest recent real estate transactions in Gunnison County. The acreage near Blue Creek includes land formerly owned by an heir to the Walt Disney Company media fortune, Diane Disney, Walt Disney’s only biological child.

Valley gains first certified translators

When Spanish speakers in the Gunnison Valley go to see doctors, there is often a third person in the room — a family member to translate between Spanish and English. This arrangement is business as usual, but it’s often flawed. Family members may not know how to describe medical conditions accurately. And the medical situation might be intensely personal and awkward.

Met Rec ponders high costs of free TV

Changes are afoot at the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District (Met Rec) as the special district juggles TV network maintenance costs with its other mission of providing recreational opportunities through arts, sports and cultural activities.

Red Lady land swap moves forward

A land exchange process is underway that could permanently end the possibility of mining on Mt Emmons, also known as Red Lady. For more than 40 years Crested Butte residents and conservation groups have fought molybdenum mining proposals in order to protect the environment and the town’s drinking water.