Feeling lucky?

Crested Butte Center for the Arts is holding a CB townie bike raffle. Own a gorgeous piece of Crested Butte. Cruise town in style on your very own luxury, three-speed Tuesday Fat Tire bicycle (thanks to Big Al’s Bike Heaven for donating), hand-painted with love by artist Heather Allyn and featuring local wildflowers and landscapes. This is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind custom townie, while supporting the Center and local arts in our community. And, as a bonus, the handsome front basket includes a beautiful bouquet of fresh-cut flowers, compliments of Fin + Ally Floral. Raffle tix on sale, July 21-Aug 3. Drawing Aug 3, 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50.

Western cancels commencement

Recent Western Colorado University graduates have to erase another date off their calendar. The 2020 commencement ceremony rescheduled for Sept. 26 has been canceled as COVID-19 restrictions continue. Graduation, originally slated for May 9, was rescheduled in April.

Plan in place to reopen schools

Local resident Cody Irby is preparing to send her two daughters back to school. She said she’s excited classes will be held in person — spending time with friends is important to Teara-Rose and Jayden. Plus, Irby believes that in-person classes are more beneficial than virtual ones.

A change of reign

Cattlemen’s Days has named a new queen to represent the rodeo event for the next year. Clara Cranor, the daughter of Walt and Margaret Cranor, was chosen this past weekend. Princess Aspen McNulty and Junior Miss Genevieve Williams will continue in their roles for another year. Prior to this year, those serving as royalty could only do so in each position once. A recent rule change allows previous royalty to serve once again.

Camping gets cramped

Following months-long stay-at-home orders, people across the country are flocking to public lands — and Gunnison County with its long history of attracting outdoor enthusiasts is no exception. And there’s plenty of open space offered locally — 80 percent of the county is made up of public lands.

This week at the Pioneer Museum

On this week in 1880, the Gunnison News noted in its Local section that “walls have ears, and nowhere is this more true than in a new mining camp.”

Enhancing the landscape while staying at home

For the rest of Gunnison’s short growing season, one won’t find plants available at Ace Hardware. According to employee Karen Ventura, they sold out of all their offerings by the end of May. Her answer is simple.

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In celebration of Colorado Day, and the 144th birthday of the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) offers free entry to 41 state parks on Monday, Aug. 3. Although the state recognizes this annual holiday on the first of the month, state parks celebrate the occasion with free entrance on the first Monday of August.

Bringing the (test) heat

The North Dakota National Guard visited Gunnison last week to undergo fire training at the local facilities. This is the second year the group has traveled to take part in the exercises. The training included multiple rounds, as the members went in and out of the shipping containers, the inside crafted to resemble a house. Scenes of the team getting ready to enter the “house” are pictured here. Roberta Marquette