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Alcohol use among youth in Gunnison County has seen an increase in recent years, according to the results of the 2019 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.

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If there’s one thing that’s been popular during the pandemic, it’s public lands. This larger-than-usual influx of hikers, bikers and recreationists isn’t lost on Gunnison County leaders, who are predicting a similar trend to take place once winter hits.

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Installing signage on trails, improving wetlands and riparian zones, and even dolling out vaccines to local prairie dogs.

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Gunnison Valley native Lauren (Holbrook) Kugler has been promoted to executive director of the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley (CFGV).

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(Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series that takes a deep look at the threat of a catastrophic wildfire in the Upper Gunnison Basin, and new ecologically-minded forest health practices.)

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Longtime local educator Barbara “Rhubarb” Haas recently published her first book, a rhyming picture book titled “Flustered Without Mustard: Finding Calm When Angry or Frustrated.” Watercolor illustrations for the book were created by her sister, Mary Ann “June Hog” Kruse. The project has been in the works since 2015 and was published in May of this year.

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In 2004, Pedro Vitinio and his four siblings sat in living rooms sharing their love of God with families and close friends. This year, what is now the Iglesia Cristiana Rios De Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water Christian Church) will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the grand opening of a new facility.

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A barn located north of Gunnison caught fire in the early hours of Monday, Sept. 7. According to a Gunnison County Sheriff's Office report, the call came in shortly after 4 a.m. after a ranch hand notified his boss of the burn. Located on Gunnison County Road 8, known locally as Allen Lane, the reporting officer Leighton Sheetz mentioned in the report he could see the flames from Hwy. 135 near County Road 13.

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