The numbers are astounding. In just five years, the number of short-term rentals (STR) in the Gunnison Valley has grown by 2,150 percent, according to the latest “State of the Valley” report.

Gunnison’s holiday season kicks off in earnest this weekend, with the Chamber-sponsored Night of Lights illuminating downtown Friday and the annual Greenback Exchange taking place the next morning.

The Thanksgiving holiday turned tragic last week when a Mancos, Colo., man was shot and killed by a Colorado State Patrol officer along Hwy. 135 south of Crested Butte following a single-vehicle accident.

(L-r) Kristin King, Keiran King and Oscar Crichton run in the 1K Gobble Wobble during the third annual Crested Butte Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.

It’s a statistic of which people in the Gunnison Valley are keenly aware: Suicide rates nationally have risen more than 30 percent since 1999, and Rocky Mountain states are higher than average.

Following a recent effort aimed at gathering community feedback, Gunnison County Library District has landed on a location for a new or expanded facility on property it owns on the north side of the city.

What is Thanksgiving without a feast? Kids rolled up their sleeves Tuesday to take part in a Mountain Roots Food Project Thanksgiving Workshop at Gunnison Community Center. They prepared a classic pumpkin spice roll, mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots as part of the class.

From feedback on strategic priorities to a better understanding of its socio-economic characteristics, Gunnison city leaders possess new information about the community.

The only two contested races for elected leaders in Gunnison County resulted in landslide victories for Democratic candidates.

In a situation nearly identical to four years ago, Gunnison County offi cials didn’t complete counting ballots impacting most local races in this year’s election until Wednesday at about 5 p.m.