YOW home offers challenges, projects aplenty

Top O’ the World Garden Club has given the Bleakely family the Yard of the Week Award. The Bleakleys have lived at 3 Bowman Place for about 14 years but were living out of state from 2017 until last summer and their yard suffered some neglect during their absence. This year they’ve been happy to get back to Gunnison and back to their gardening hobby.

Field trip planned to Bear Creek

Western Colorado University’s Center for Public Lands — in partnership with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Gunnison Ranger District — will host its second annual public field trip for the Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project. The Aug. 13 field trip provides an opportunity for interested individuals to participate in discussions and engage with GMUG staff, adaptive management group members and science teams on topics including the implementation timeline, temporary roads, treatment unit prescriptions, and resource concerns.

Cases casting shades of yellow

Garlic Mike’s Restaurant owner Michael Busse feels fortunate. He has a large outdoor space where he can seat diners in accordance with public health restrictions imposed to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. In fact, he estimates 80 percent of his business is outdoor dining currently.

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Leftover licenses for Colorado’s big game seasons will go on sale online, by phone and at Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) offices at 9 a.m., Tuesday (Aug. 4). A list of the licenses remaining will be available on the CPW web site on Monday.

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An independent challenger has stepped forward in the Board of County Commissioners District 2 race this November. Gunnison County Elections Director Diane Folowell confirmed that Trudy Vader is now a candidate on the ballot having submitted a petition with 397 signatures — 69 were rejected with 328 accepted, exceeding the 173 minimum by 155 signatures.

Sticking to the message

They’re on our cars. They cover traffic light poles and even stop signs. There’s that one you put on your laptop that you now regret but can’t get off.

More than a window dressing

Local artist Jennifer Vannatta is continuing to paint the town. She just completed her eighth and ninth murals at the Wet Grocer liquor store on East Tomichi Avenue. Vannatta has painted fish, flags, vegetables and skulls and is planning two more projects. Seen here are her recent murals. Roberta Marquette

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This isn’t the first pandemic Cattlemen’s Days organizers in Gunnison have faced. And they’re determined not to let this one bring a halt to the annual celebration of cowboys and the western way of life, either.

All in for the arts

Struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic has become a common refrain within most industries — including the arts. Artists are now desperately in need of support due to major event cancelations, a main source of income for many. Which is what led the Crested Butte Arts Festival (CBAF) organizers to get creative.