Reclaiming the outdoors.
The Gunnison Parks and Recreation coed softball season will be played slightly differently this season, as the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in new rules being implemented — all outs will be force outs (no tags), and any player caught in a pickle is automatically out. While some things are different, some things are the same, as Hi Country Floors polished the Bethany Belugas 27-11 on Tuesday evening. Hi Country Floors finished last season with the best record in the coed softball league, yet fell short against Ol Miner in the championship. There are also other safety precautions players must follow while not on the diamond and during the course of the game.
Not even a pandemic can keep the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley (CFGV) from awarding their annual Community Grants. While the process this year was much different — the application was streamlined, and the community review committee held their day-long meeting over Zoom rather than in-person — the outcome was the same: provide much-needed support to local nonprofit organizations demonstrating excellence in their community-focused work.
It was a long wait but Gunnison runner Bashash “Bash” Walio was finally able to get back to racing on Saturday, competing in the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon. Walio was in prime form passing all his competitors on his way to a course record and personal best time of 1:03:08, which earned him first place. Gunnison was also represented well by Riley Huffman, who finished in fourth place in a time of 1:10:40.
This is the week we traditionally celebrate the ranching heritage of our valley with the Cattlemen’s Day celebration that dates to the early 1900’s. Although that event will be considerably different this year, you can plan a visit to the Pioneer Museum to experience its history, and that of ranching in our valley.