Benchtalk October 23, 2015

Winter is knocking

Okay, it started feeling like the transition from summer to winter began this week. Snow on the peaks, chilly temps and the town crew going around collecting bike racks and benches. Remember to remove all bicycles from Town bike racks in preparation for winter. If they are locked, the locks will get cut soon.

Snow Sports Swap

Gear up for winter! Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation and Crested Butte Nordic are hosting the annual Snow Sports Swap on Friday, October 23 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square. Unload your old gear and pick up some slightly used new gear. For more information check out or

WESA soccer club fundraiser 

Save the date: West Elk Soccer Association (WESA) is hosting its second annual Golden Goal Fundraiser on Friday, October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bonez. Join others for a margarita, celebrate the end of the fall soccer season and hear about what’s coming for 2016. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at or at the door. WESA relies heavily on business sponsorships and personal donations to support our programs. Donations help pay for our program director, coaches, equipment, field rentals and more. Business sponsorships for the 2016-2017 season will be available, including the opportunity to be a uniform sponsor. For more information on sponsorship levels check out

Motor vehicle renewal alert

And this from the county motor vehicles department: “Your November renewal notices from the Department of Revenue have an incorrect expiration date on the backs of your notices. The correct date should be December 31, 2015! Sorry for any worries this may have caused and please be reassured that you are NOT late after the October 31, 2015 date stated.”

OVPP gathering November 5

The One Valley Prosperity Project invites you to attend “Prosperity—Getting From Here to There” on Thursday, November 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Center Ballroom. The OVPP definition of prosperity is ambitious in that we want to protect what we love about the community and we want our community to be better. We are seeking feedback to confirm goals, brainstorm challenges and guide action planning. Free food, drinks and childcare will be provided. More info at or call Cathie Pagano at 970-641-7985 with questions.

Become a comic book artist

Do you like to write interesting stories and dream up exciting characters? The comic book illustration class is the Gunnison Arts Center class for you. Learn drawing, inking and shading techniques used by professional comic book artists to create your very own story line. Students will leave class with a completed comic book. Class will be Wednesdays, 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. from November 4 to December 16, with instructor Cameron Andrzejczak. The cost is $45 and includes all supplies. Call (970) 641-4029, stop by 102 S. Main St. or go to for more information or to pre-register for class.


October 22- Dave Rose, Everett Garcia, Ilo Hawley, Tracy Davenport

October 23- Sarah Smith, Drew Braunell, Katey Nelson, Kristy Swanson, Cody Buchholz

October 24- Megan Paden, Spencer Reeves, Lynne Quint, Brenda Snyder, Dylan Alagna, Lori Annarelli, Donna Spahn

October 25- Ted Evans, Willy Hamblett, Hallie Phillips

October 26- Annie Coburn,
Michelle Austin

October 27- Frank Glick, Jack Linehan, Raye Lynn Malzhan, Matt Smith, Maria Merritt, Amber Jeck

October 28- Jackson Cooper, Jim Dean, Russ Lallier, Nick Lypps, Danny Stoneberg

Cameos: What is your favorite fall fashion item?

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Wet suit

Ross Tunkey


Knit sweaters

Olivia Guerrieri


Hockey skates

Maggie Dethloff



Laurel Walker



Cindy Ervin


FALL WEDDING:  Ashlea Mangum and Matt Sheridan were married at the Woods Walk on September 19, 2015. Their reception was held at The Club at Crested Butte.  photo by Alison White


HAPPY RETIREMENT:  Red Lady Realty celebrated the retirement of Kathy Hooge on Monday, October 19.  photo by Lydia Stern


MONTHLY SERIES:  The Crested Butte Film Festival hosted a screening of  The Little Death at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 15.  photo by Lydia Stern

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