Benchtalk June 12, 2015

Roller Derby at Big Mine
The Gunnison Valley Roller Girls will host the SLV Scarlet Rollers Saturday, June 13 at Big Mine Arena. Doors open at 5 p.m., bout starts at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink available, beer sales to benefit Living Journeys. If you want to meet the ladies following the bout, head to Kochevar’s for the after party.

Gunnison River Festival
Celebrate our local waterways at the annual Gunnison River Festival Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14. There are events for everyone, including talks, films, the Foamy Boater X, downriver races, canine Big Air, SUP races, the ever popular Hooligan Race and the festival comes to a climactic close on Sunday with the Oh Be Joyful race. For more information, check out

Meet with Millie Monday
There will be a community coffee with state representative Millie Hamner on Monday, June 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Rumors Coffee and Tea House. Stop by the Elk Avenue establishment and ask Millie how the state can help the valley.

Town notices
The town of Crested Butte is looking at a bunch of parks-and-rec issues right now. So, the Town will hold an informational meeting and question and answer session to discuss ongoing park funding issues and options, including a potential ballot initiative at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16th at Town Hall. And since the Town will begin construction to develop infrastructure for affordable housing in Blocks 79 and 80 in early July, the Dirt Jump Park will be closed at that time and will be rebuilt south of the Community School at the Gravel Pit.

Give your input on local childcare
The Gunnison-Hinsdale Early Childhood Council in partnership with Season’s School House is seeking parents of children ages birth-13, and parents expecting children in the next three years to complete a survey on the needs, cost, and quality of childcare in our area. At the end of the survey you can enter to win a $10 City Market gift card! Please respond to the survey by Friday, June 26. The survey can be taken at

Summer reading is coming: “Every Hero Has a Story”
The Old Rock Library’s annual summer reading program began Friday, June 5. The theme this year is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Come to the library and get your reading log, and work on becoming a Super Reader. For every 15 minutes you read or are read to, mark your reading log. When you’ve filled it all in, bring it back to the library and choose your free book and a prize. Finished time logs will be entered into a drawing for even more prizes, and you might be chosen as the Crested Butte News’ Reader of the Week. In addition to the read-for-prizes component, the library offers weekly programs for kids ages 3 to 12 years old. More detailed information about these and other special events can be found at For even more information, call (970) 349-6535, or email

June 11- Jill Hickey, Peter Bogardus, Lisa Holes, Jay Sunter, Evan Kezsbom
June 12- Hunter Gaither, Jane Thomas, Billy Rankin, Tyler Cappellucci
June 13- Bruce Cozadd, Buddy Ramstetter, Phil Roy, Isaac Huxley Sorock, Aaron Tomcak
June 14- Anna Fenerty, Justin Feder, Loki Hastings, Tess Fenerty, Joe de Compiegne
June 15-Chris Garren, Laura Hilton, William Holes, Jason Fries
June 16- Hilde Nachtigall, Hope Wheeler, Sam Lumb, Susan Marrion, Jay Barton
June 17- Tamara Ayraud, Nan Lumb, Margo Covelli, Chris Zeiter



SHORT FILMS:  CBCS middle school and high school students presented animated films on Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. The Enrichment Program and the Center for the Arts funded the artist-in-residence program with Colorado Mesa University professor Katie Hadar-Meade.  photo by Lydia Stern


OLE, OLE, OLE: Colorado West Select took a U11 team (pictured here) and a U14 team to Denver for the Kelvin Norman Memorial Tournament May 30-31. The U11s went to the final before losing to Real Colorado. The U14s won their bracket in the Gold Division, then a semi-final before losing in the final to Colorado Rapids White.  courtesy photo


COMFORT FOR KIDS:  Gunnison Valley Hospital was honored with a special visit from the 2015 Cattlemen’s Days Royalty Monday, June 18. Queen Taylor Barnes and Jr. Miss Aubrie Brown delivered stuffed animals to GVH to help comfort children that may visit the hospital. Thank you Cattlemen’s Days for supporting your local health system! Pictured (from left to right): Rob Santilli – GVH CEO, Aubrie Brown, Erik Forsythe, Taylor Barns, Jill Adams.  courtesy photo

Cameo Question: What is your favorite bike trail?


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