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Fire restrictions lifted

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Nine months after a public lands bill impacting Gunnison County passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the legislation passed the House once again — this time as an amendment to a national defense budget bill.

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For those who knew Alexander Cunningham, he will be remembered for having a sharp mind, being an avid adventurer and someone who changed the lives of people around him.

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Gunnison County unemployment continued its decline into the month of June to 10.8 percent, a drop of 2 percent — just three-tenths of a percent higher than the state. This is the second month unemployment has declined in the county since a shutdown of businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment reached a high of 16.3 percent in April. By comparison, unemployment in the county was 2.3 percent for June 2019, resulting in a year over year increase of 8.5 percent.

Beautifying the neighborhood

Community members joined City of Gunnison employees Dan Vollendorf and Jerad Besecker for a volunteer workday improving a small pocket park in the Van Tuyl development around the pond. Walking trails, doggie bag stations, small shrubs and aspen trees were added to the nature park.

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The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Gunnison Ranger District has begun work on a travel management project to decommission illegal, user-created roads and trails in the vicinity of Taylor Park.

Hunter Allen Todd

Hunter Allen Todd

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Releases from the Aspinall Unit Tuesday were decreased from 1,550 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 1,450 cfs on Tuesday, July 21. Releases are being adjusted to maintain flows near the base flow target in the lower Gunnison River. The July 15 runoff forecast for Blue Mesa Reservoir predicts 57 percent of average for April-July inflows.

Wildlife on acrylic

Gunnison Gallery features stunning wildlife and rodeo acrylic paintings by Amy Winter — a Western Colorado University alumna — until Aug. 4. Her collection of paintings include buffalo, elk, fox, trout, falcon, dogs and a cat. Gunnison Gallery is located at 124 N. Main St. and is open seven days a week in the summer. Call 970.641.6111 for more details.

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