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School board eyes $98 million upgrades

A two-year design process and more than a dozen meetings between architects, administrators, parents and teachers culminated Monday evening into a plan for district-wide upgrades that would total $98 million.

Democracy still stands

District Court Judge Steven Patrick swore in Gunnison County Commissioners Jonathan Houck, above, and Liz Smith on Tuesday. Commissioners decided to retain their previous leadership roles, with Houck serving as Board of County Commissioners chairperson and Commissioner Roland Mason serving as vice chairperson. Sam Liebl

Curry picked for river district

In what all three commissioners described as a difficult decision, Kathleen Curry received a unanimous vote for her appointment to the Colorado River District’s Board of Directors. The decision on the river district seat by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday followed a swearingin ceremony for commissioners Liz Smith and Jonathan Houck, decisions on which commissioners would serve as voting members on committees and the selection of a new board member for Gunnison Valley Health.

Western president under fire

Western Colorado University President Greg Salsbury may face a vote of no confidence by faculty after a statement on the riot at the Capitol inflamed tensions between professors, trustees and the university head.

Everett Gray Nutgrass

Emily and Chris Nutgrass of Gunnison brought their son Everett Gray Nutgrass into the world on Dec. 23, 2020 at 7:44 a.m. He weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and registered 19.5 inches in length. Welcoming him to the family are grandparents Mike and Denise Peters of Loveland, Colo., Laura and Tommy Townsend of St. Simons Island, Ga., Bill and Pam Nutgrass of Brunswick, Ga.; and greatgrandparent Janice Andrews of Darien, Ga.

Warren Craig Pickett

MJ and Blaine Pickett of Gunnison brought their son Warren Craig Pickett into the world on Dec. 28, 2020 at 8 a.m. He weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz., and registered 20.5 inches in length. Welcoming him to the family is 2-year-old sister, Maeve. Warren now joins the Calder Farm crew!

Max Belger Murtaugh

Sarah and Scott Murtaugh of Gunnison brought their son Max Belger Murtaugh into the world on Dec. 19, 2020 at 11:18 a.m. He weighed 8 lbs., 15 oz., and registered 21 inches in length. Welcoming him to the family are: 2-and-ahalf-year-old brother Olson Scott Murtaugh; grandparents Sue and Tim MacEachen of Albuquerque, N.M., Tom and Kristi Murtaugh of Gunnison, and Mark and Mimi Belger of San Diego, Calif.; great-grandparents Dorothy Grevlos of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Eliu and Helen Vigil of Albuquerque, N.M.

Houck ends river district run

Gunnison County Commissioner Jonathan Houck formally withdrew his name Wednesday morning from an appointment process to fill Gunnison County’s seat on the Colorado River District’s board of directors.

Fight against COVID continues

Vaccines continue to be administered in Gunnison County with more than 1,000 residents having received the first dose. But guidance on who is in line to receive the vaccine continues to change, causing confusion valley-wide.