Benchtalk: February 2, 2018

Women’s Sports Day at WSCU

Mark your calendars as Western State Colorado University in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day will be hosting an event on Sunday, February 11. From 10 a.m. to noon WSCU will be hosting a free skills clinic open to any Gunnison Valley girl ages K-8 (13 and under) in the in the Mountaineer Field House. Current female collegiate athletes will be available to teach girls more about their sports, and hopefully the girls will have a great time learning. Registration for the clinic opens at 9:15 a.m. After the clinic 5B’s will be providing a free lunch to the participants and we will have a panel on “The Power of Sport.”

Culinary & Vintner Arts at the Center for the Arts

Show some flair in your romantic dinner for two with the “Cooking for Your Valentine” event! Learn to make French-inspired dishes: court-bouillon poached oysters with a classic mignonette; and New York strip with glace-di viande and pomme-frites. Held at the Studio West Kitchen with instructor Chef Chris Park. Then explore the keys to tasting wine and pairing it with complimentary foods in this discussion, demonstration-style, tasting and eating course with “Perfect Pairs–An Evening of Food & Wine” on Wednesday, February 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the CB Center for the Arts. For comprehensive event information and tickets visit; (970) 349-7487.

Some locals dealing with health care crisis could use your help

Jimbo Talbot has been diagnosed with Lymphoma Lymphoplasmacytic. His medical bills are mounting and have only just begun. He began Chemo treatment in Colorado Springs on January 26 and it will continue for at least five months. There is an account set up at Bank of the West in Crested Butte for those who would like to help. The account is in the name of Jim Talbot Medical Fund. And Abe Fisher is battling stage four cancer and a fundraiser is being held the afternoon of February 10 at the Avalanche. Friends are hoping to help him take a trip with his kids soon. If you don’t have cash or can’t make it and would like to donate, go to

Knitting class at Crested Butte Library

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? Are you looking for a new way to fill your winter hours? Tracey Schwartz of The Yarn Studio CB will present a free “Intro to Knitting” workshop at the Crested Butte Library on Tuesday, February 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Materials will be provided, but feel free to BYON (Bring Your Own Needles). Please call or email to reserve your spot since seats are limited: (970) 349-6535 or


February 1- Annie Starr, Molly Minneman, MJ Simmons, Beth Hanson Schumacher, Jeff Scott, JC Leacock

February 2- Scotto Wimmer, Dayna Christy, Gavin Jobson, Lara DeAngelis, Tom Gifford, Adam Radziej, Margaret Ritter, Liz Sotelo, Kendyl Butler-Truettner, Shelby Kopf, Dalynn McEldowney Trujillo

February 3- A.J. Leonard, Annaliese Houseman, Mindy de Compiegne

February 4- Hannah Watt, Stephanie Shrieves, Kate Seeley, Luke Collins

February 5- Cam Helland, Rob Quint, Milo Wynne

February 6- Geordie VanMarter, Josh Elmer, Nancy Yuskaitis

February 7- Alex Fenlon, Pete Sharp, Connie Helland, Tyler Johnson, Margaret Schaffer

SNOWBEAST MOVIE: The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum held a screening of the 1977 CB thriller, Snowbeast on Friday, January 26. photo by Gavin McLaughlin
RETIREMENT!: Whitebeard Steve Snyder (center) celebrated his retirement Monday after 24 years with the Mt. CB Water and Sanitation District. photo by Lydia Stern
GATHER: Friends and classmates of Peter Helland gathered at Jeff Snyder’s home this weekend to celebrate Pete’s life. photo by Jonathan Keim

Cameos: In honor of Groundhog’s Day, come up with a new folklore tradition that will determine a longer winter or an early spring. 

If you can successfully do a backflip on February 2nd, we get 10 more feet of powder.
Aubree Scarff
If I can Fat Bike up Snodgrass, spring will come early.
Doug Nagel
If you can jump through your hole of ice, like an arctic plunge, and not get frostbite, then nature will know that it needs to get colder.
Kenna Allen
If we can oust Trump by February 2nd… history will take its natural course.
Zach Bauer
Nature has been easy on us so far this winter. Regardless of seeing his shadow or not, it will snow for 40 days and 40 nights to make up for it.
John Stern

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