Fire restrictions lifted
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.
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.
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.