Benchtalk: July 14, 2017

Disc golf tournament this Saturday

Test your skills on the 18-hole disc golf course at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Registration is available from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at Coal Breaker Coffee in the Treasury Center with a shotgun start at 11 am. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Prices include one lift ride for the day.

Grin and Bear It

Want a challenge? Run the Grin and Bear It race this Saturday. It is a grueling 9.3 miles from the Town of Crested Butte to Green Lake and back with 1,700 vertical feet of elevation gain and loss. Participants will start at the Crested Butte Nordic Center and climb up to Journey’s End Road on the Bench where they will then turn onto the Green Lake Trail. The 4.5 mile trail winds its way up and over Gibson’s Ridge, across Trapper’s Road, ending at Green Lake. Runners then return on the same route, finishing at the Nordic Center. It starts at 9 a.m. and you can register at

Skatepark getting some love so stay off for a bit

The Crested Butte Skatepark will be closed the week of July 17th for much needed repairs. Please help Team Pain work their magic by staying out of the Skatepark during this time.  Contact the town Parks and Rec office with any questions or concerns at 970-349-5338.

40 Year Reunion could use some $ assistance

The Crested Butte 40 Year Reunion taking place at the Town Ranch July 29 has set up a bank account at the Bank of the West in Crested Butte. The account name is Crested Butte Reunion and donations will be used to cover the many expenses related to the reunion including rental of tents, tables, chairs, supplies, sound equipment for musicians and supplies for the potluck. Donations can also be made at the reunion GoFundMe account at For more information leave a message at 970-209-5678.

Cattlemen’s crescendo  this weekend

If you want to experience a taste of the old west – or at least old Gunnison – take in Cattlemen’s Days this weekend. There will be rodeos, an old fashioned carnival and 4H displays. It really is one of the valley’s premier events of the summer and everyone should put on their cowboy boots and experience ranch life. It all takes place at the county fairgrounds behine Safeway.

Support the GOATS

The GOATS 7th annual party, raffle and fundraising event will be held this Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Powerstop in Gunnison starting at 6pm.  Offering free food, beverages, and over $2,500 in raffle prizes and giveaways, this event is free to attend.  Proceeds from the event will help fund the new expanded motocross track which will be built at Hartman Rocks.  Additional proceeds will be used to construct the new recently approved Reno single track connector trail located up Cement Creek.


July 13- Mandy Griffith, Steve Reep, Mary Pavillard, Addison Raab, Owen Murray

July 14- Bookie Louise, Lipstick, Mark Calve, James Bivens, Fred Koval, Tor Jennison

July 15- Hank Ebbott, Kat Cooke

July 16- Jake Sunter, Elias Friedman, Ron Copenhauer, Al Leonetti, Tuck, Eli Lambro

July 17- Katey Brandenberger, Lochlan Fletcher, Kristi Miller, Wynn Williams, Andy Eflin, Ken Stone

July 18- Eric Beck, OB Oberling, Melissa Leftwich, Emma McDuff, Olivia Lueckemeyer

July 19- Lina Glick, Cis Berry, Terren Judson

NEW BUSINESS: Meaghan Young is opening Crested Butte Jewelry & Design, a jewelry boutique and design studio above the Gourmet Noodle. photo by Lydia Stern
WESTERN ALCHEMY: Matthew DeFeo explained his traditional photography process that is over 150 years old at his opening reception at the Center for the Arts Piper Gallery. photo by Lydia Stern
FAMILY FILM NIGHT: The Crested Butte Library hosted a screening of The Lorax on Friday, July 7. photo by Lydia Stern

Cameo Question: If you were a wildflower, what would you be?

A dandelion because
they’re immortal.
Jay Ytell
The Columbine.
Paul Barnard
A daisy.
Julian Perea
A Fairy Trumpet because
I’m a blast.
Alex Shelly
A sunflower because they
follow the sun.
Wesley Smith and Sabrina Catron

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