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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/.

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Snow dusted the Elk Mountains while a hawk surveyed recently cut hay meadows south of Crested Butte Tuesday morning, the first day of September. Cool weather is forecasted to continue in Crested Butte with lows in the upper 30s and low 40s through the end of the week.

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Beginning mid-September, the Elk Creek Visitor Center of Curecanti National Recreation Area will be undergoing a complete rehabilitation of all interior spaces as well as improvements to the east end of the parking area.

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Despite the summer speculation that the Gunnison Watershed School District could see a flurry of new students in their schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, first day enrollment is showing otherwise. According to Superintendent Leslie Nichols, the district actually saw a one percent decline.

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Fifty years have passed since Tom Bell, a Wyoming rancher and wildlife biologist, started the gritty black-and-white tabloid newspaper that would evolve into an award-winning full-color magazine — High Country News (HCN).

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Vail Resorts, which includes Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR), released their plans for the 2020-21 winter season as of last Thursday.

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In their latest book, “Mill Creek Kids Count to Ten,” Cara and Phyllis Guerrieri introduce you to life at the Mill Creek Ranch and the five lively kids, including Cara, who grew up there.

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Matthew Grant has been surrounded by music his entire life. It’s fitting, then, that his new business venture in Gunnison has him, literally, surrounded by music.

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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.

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