The ever-obnoxious Violet Beauregard, played by Emma Dominguez, captures the crowd’s attention, just prior to becoming a blueberry, during the Gunnison High School Drama Club performance of the musical “Willy Wonka” late last week.

Housing consultant Melanie Rees on Monday presented the Crested Butte Town Council with a report comparing the proposed affordable housing development — known as The Corner at Brush Creek — with the findings of the Gunnison Valley Housing Needs Assessment, completed in November 2016. Rees was the chief author of the assessment.

Western Women’s Basketball — Adding nine new faces to a roster can be stressful — especially when a team only returns four players from last season.

Western State Colorado women's basketball team faced this dilemma this past summer and has been working hard during the offseason to put together a competitive roster.

“We have nine new players and seven are freshman,” said head coach Lora Westling. “So right now our expectations are to be competitive and see growth in what we are doing and get everyone bought in.”

Western Football — Western State Colorado University football fended off No. 17 Humboldt State University this past Saturday in Mountaineer Bowl but ultimately fell to the Lumberjacks 48-3.

Western (1-9, 1-8 RMAC) faced their first and only non-conference opponent of the season in Humboldt. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, the Lumberjacks (8-1, 6-1 GNAC) brought with them one of the best offenses in Division II.

Big plays downed Western early as the Lumberjacks scored on a 62-yard pass play and an 85-yard pick six in the first quarter.

What would the Gunnison Valley be like without the Gunnison River and its many tributaries?

Simply stated, it would not exist. This is true geologically, of course, but the Gunnison River and its tributaries have also sustained life and many livelihoods in our community for 150 years. This leads to the next question: Will the water supply from the Gunnison River be sufficient to sustain current uses given the projected population growth within our valley, our state and the greater Colorado River Basin into mid-century and beyond?

The “Healthy Living” special publication in a recent edition of the Gunnison Country Times should be, but isn’t and won’t be, required reading. All the advice about “kicking the smoking habit in the butt,” or that it’s better to eat good things than other things, so forth and so on — all stuff that I was born knowing, a natural.

Another week, another mass shooting. Another week, another dozen allegations of sexual harassment and assault — in some cases involving children — made against entertainment elite. Another heartbreaking number of opioid overdose victims and veteran suicides. More hardworking families forced from their homes by unaffordable rents, or medical bills they can’t pay. More debt, more addiction, greater mental illness and dysfunction.