Benchtalk March 24, 2017

Grand Traverse Legends Night

The Grand Traverse Legends Night is an open mic commemorating 20 years of GT legend and lore. The event takes place on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Mallardi Cabaret Theatre in Crested Butte. Do you have a photo or story that you would like to share? Email

Sustainable CB and honor society sponsoring upcoming movie

Sustainable Crested Butte and the Crested Butte Community School National Honor Society are co-sponsoring a showing of the movie Tapped, an exploration of the role of bottled water and its impact on climate change, pollution and health. The film will show Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. This event is a fundraiser to help Sustainable CB install water bottle filling stations around town.

Novel Tea at the library

The Novel Tea Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at the Crested Butte Library to discuss The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen. The next week, on Wednesday, April 5, Sundeen will be at the Crested Butte Library at 7 p.m. to read from his new book, The Unsettlers. Copies of both books are available to borrow from the library or for purchase from Townie Books. For more information contact the Crested Butte Library at (970) 349-6535 or via email:

Teen defensive driving scholarships available 

The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley (CFGV) will award three Defensive Driving Scholarships to local teens just learning to drive. This year’s application deadline is April 12. Applicants must be Gunnison County teens with their learner’s permit or Colorado provisional driving permit. A community committee chooses recipients based on their applications. Teens receive pre-paid tuition for MasterDrive, one of the nation’s most respected emergency driver safety organizations. To learn more about MasterDrive, visit their website at For more information from CFGV, contact Margie Black 641-8837 or

Rotary grant application deadline May 8

The Rotary Club of Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte announced earlier in 2016 a change to the format for its Community Grant Application process. In the past, Community Grant Applications were accepted on a rolling request basis. The Community Grant Application change involved the establishment of a semi-annual grant cycle with applications made in writing to the Rotary Club. Those requesting grants are no longer required to initiate the process by making a presentation at the Rotary Club but must make a formal written request to the Community Grant Committee. The 2017 Spring/Summer Cycle deadline to apply for a Rotary Community Grant is May 8. The Community Grant Committee will begin the selection process shortly thereafter. Selected non-profit organizations will receive their Rotary grants on July 12, 2017 at Rotary’s business meeting.

Free streaming through the library

Did you know that you can download or stream movies, TV shows, and music as well as audio and e-books using the libraries’ Hoopla app? And that all of this is free with your library card?  Netflix, Shmetflix. Hurray for the library! For more information contact the Crested Butte Library at (970) 349-6535 or via email:


March 23- Shawna Claiborne, Mike Olson, Clayton Freed

March 24- Shelley Albers, Aneliese Frame, Colin Hamilton, Ben Barrett

March 25- Teresa Snyder, Alexandra Gabrielloff

March 26- Sheri Covey, Camille Polster, Tyler Williams, Caroline Inglis

March 27- Katie Vandervoort, Dante Marchitelli, Liberty Hastings, Annie Kuehlhorn

March 28- Shay Wright, Tara Mortell, Mesa Tinger

March 29- Ryan Houseman, Steve Lawlor

Costumes, guts, and glory!
Torin Powers
Good friends, good snow and sunshine. Krista Powers


Surviving the last steep! Billy Nershi


Cheese, beer and tele blades! Michael Kang
Avalanche warning. Awesome costume. Awesome friends. Wayne Webber


GRANT WINNERS: The Crested Butte/Mt Crested Butte Rotary Club honors the recipients of the Winter 2017 community grant cycle. On the left is President-elect Tom Dill and on the right, grant committee chairman Richard Cole. These grants are funded by the fund raising activities of our local club including the Rotary Rubber Duckie Race held during the Crested Butte Arts Festival. COURTESY PHOTO
CONGRATULATIONS: Rowan Greta Rickey was born on November 8, 2016 to parents Hailey Loeffler and Carl Rickey (and dog brother, Summit!) weighing 5 lbs 13 oz. COURTESY PHOTO
WEDDING BELLS: Tom and Sandi Rossman celebrated the wedding of their daughter Kiera to Christian Shahan October 18, 2016 at Caesar’s Palace. COURTESY PHOTO

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