Solar projects underway

Solar installations for five Gunnison County buildings are under construction as part of the county’s effort to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions. The panels are being installed at the Gunnison County Courthouse, Blackstock Government Building, Public Safety Center, Public Works and the O’Leary building, where Health and Human Services is located, and offer a combined 298 kilowatts of power.

Lending a hand to people in need

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a new series that takes a look at how recent graduates lives were turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Top award for science excellence

The Gunnison Middle School (GMS) science department has awarded the Outstanding Science Student Award to Jon Robinson. He was selected by the sixth, seventh and eighth grade science teachers. The award winner, during all three years of his or her participation in science classes, must have exhibited: outstanding classroom and school citizenship, outstanding science achievement and outstanding science curiosity. The GMS Outstanding Science Award was started by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, a group of colleges and universities.

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Gunnison and Hinsdale counties are the recipients of almost $24,000 of COVID- 19 relief money from the El Pomar Foundation’s Colorado Assistance Fund.

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Many Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) offices around the state have reopened to the public, while closely following the best practices outlined in the Safer at Home Public Health Order.

Western to resume classes

In person classes will be back in session for Western Colorado University students this fall — with COVID-19-influenced adaptations to the schedule and classes.

Sudden snow

Check your calendar — yes, it’s June. And yes, snow fell from the sky between June 8-9. Seen here are contributions from readers showing the fluffy, white stuff around the valley. Summer officially starts Saturday, June 20 — according to the calendar.

Setting sights on new badges

BSA Troop 476 hosted Troop 485 and two Lone Scouts for a day of Indian Lore and Rifle Shooting merit badge work. The scouts were grateful to use the Gunnison Sportsmen’s Association for the facilities. The scouts covered safety, gun laws, and learned about the four sacred medicines of Native tribes.