High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) hit the sagebrush on Flat Top Mountain Saturday, Aug. 29 for a volunteer work day to build “houses for grouses.” Community members, amateur birders, Western Colorado University students, and HCCA partners at the Forest Service, 1% for Open Space and Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District joined the mask-donning crew. The Gunnison Sage-grouse has a fragile habitat that requires unique land management strategies as well as community buy-in through projects such as this to thrive. HCCA has two more stewardship projects planned for Sept. 12 and Sept. 22 that still need volunteers. Sign up at hccacb.org/events/.
Crested Butte’s Joseph Blunn popped the question to his partner Natalie Millis with a dazzling flash mob dance on Elk Avenue last Sunday. Both Blunn and Millis reside in Denver, Colo., commuting to Crested Butte for work as a paramedic firefighter and employed in community health. The couple was surrounded by family and friends who gathered to share the special moment amid the pandemic.