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‘Gaming’ the system

Hunters donned masks and spread six feet apart just to apply for leftover licenses at the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) office. Although CPW offered online service, many of those who gathered at the local office said they wanted to avoid the crunch on the system as tags went on sale. Seen here to the right, Ethan Shaw heads the line of hunters just before sales begin. Shaw said he was planning to apply for an archery tag in Game Management Unit 54.

Feds eye county cases

Gunnison County health officials will be meeting with state officials later this week to discuss the rising cases of COVID-19 locally. The county’s current caseload has alarmed officials at the federal level — Health and Human Services Director Joni Reynolds said she received a White House report through the state listing the county in a “red” phase.

Bonney bids farewell

For almost two decades, women in the Gunnison Valley have turned to a health care provider concerned with more than just annual exams and test results. They’ve put their trust in a specialty physician concerned with the whole patient, and known for his kindness, respectfulness and a genuine concern for wellbeing.

Prep sports upended

Colorado high school sports are going to look a lot different this year.

BRIEFS

City leaders seek speed reduction input

Two die in head-on collision

A local man and woman were killed in an accident Monday which shut down Hwy. 135 for most of the morning.

Western releases back to school policies

With Western Colorado University welcoming students back on campus next week, protocols detailing what the new normal will look like have been released. The electronic guidebook — accessible through the university’s COVID-19 response webpage — covers multiple elements of what is expected of students ranging from on-campus housing and dining to utilizing the outdoors.

Vader runs for District 2

A former educator who has returned to her Gunnison Valley roots is now vying for the opportunity to serve on the Board of County Commissioners. She’s hoping to bring her life’s lessons and education experience to the commissioner table to help shape county policy.

Lazy K lands significant grant

The Lazy K affordable housing project proposed for the west side of Gunnison has received a big financial shot in the arm — one that means the difference in the project’s viability during a global pandemic.

Online sales soar

Despite a global pandemic which forced the closure of local businesses this spring, sales tax revenues at the south end of the valley appear to be relatively flat in the first five months of the year compared to 2019. City officials credit a new ruling which requires online retailers to submit sales tax to local governments.