Benchtalk: April 20, 2018


The quietest week of the year in Crested Butte is wrapping up. If you are still here, get out and enjoy a slow Elk Avenue and the quiet places to hike and bike that are opening up. If you’ve been to the beach, the desert, the mountains or the city, welcome home to spring in the high country.

HCCA hosting forest plan revision open house Tuesday

Join High Country Conservation Advocates staff and board members on Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crested Butte Depot for an exciting discussion about forest planning and how to be an effective advocate in the revision process. You can examine maps of proposed wilderness areas, write and submit targeted scoping comments, sign up for upcoming hikes and activities, and quaff your thirst with some delicious beers.

“Uncommon Wisdom for Non-profit Success” workshop coming up

Non-profit board and staff members from the Western Slope are invited to “Uncommon Wisdom for Non-profit Success,” a workshop that will enable non-profits to thrive in a time of ambiguity and uncertainty. The workshop will be held on Friday, May 11, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the ICELab on the Western State Colorado University campus.The guest presenter is Jason Berv, nationally known educator, organizational development consultant, and leadership coach. Berv says, “‘Uncommon Wisdom’ will help any staff or board member learn how to maximize resources, enhance morale and breathe new life into their non-profit.”  To register, go to For more information, contact Maryo Ewell,, (970) 641-3570.

Palisades helping with Gunnison Valley Mentors

The Palisades Restaurant has teamed up with Gunnison Valley Mentors in recognition of The Week of the Child. On Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m., Palisades Restaurant will be serving Bangers and Mash for GV Mentors. You can fill yourself up with sausage (or hot dogs), mashed potatoes, salad and dessert, all to benefit the Gunnison Valley Mentors youth mentoring program. This fabulous and fun meal for Mentors is $10. Children under 12 eat for $5. Call the Mentors office at (970) 641-5513 with questions or for more information.

Wire Rings & Wine AND Series event at GAC

Take part in a creative evening of jewelry making while enjoying a glass of wine at the Gunnison Arts Center. Learn how to make beautiful wire rings to keep for yourself or to give to a friend. This one night event on Thursday, April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. will be led by professional jeweler and teacher Deirdre Jones. The fee of $40 per person includes two drinks, light apps, supplies and instruction. Get a group together for a special price: Sign four people up for the price of three. Pre-registration is required.


April 19- John Parker, Henry Linehan, Sean and Ryan Weller, Haley Shrieves, Ruby Gonzales, Meggan Oliver

April 20- Carl Jones, Frank Coffey, Tommy James, John Dethloff, Joe Coburn

April 21- Seth Mensing, Danica Ayraud, Jenny Stillo, David Windsor, Matt Borg, Doug Hosier, Mark Sibley

April 22- Jim Michael, Paula Swenson

April 23- Morgan Keeling, Sam Moore, Lowry Smith, Shannan Rau, Lizzy Curvin, Cyndie Gelroth

April 24- Paul Tillger, Lyla Hunt, Tammy Cliché, Carmela Rizzo

April 25- Laura Meredith, Bonnie Chlipala, Laura Bailey, Ol Z, Hope Freeman, Porter Washburn

CONGRATULATIONS: Baylor Grace Chinn-Auer was born to mother Aspen Auer and father Connor Chinn of Gunnison, Colorado on March 16, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. measuring 19 inches and weighing 8 lbs. 1 oz. courtesy photo
TEAM BUILDING: Ninth graders at the Crested Butte Community School participated in minute-to-win-it exercises after school on Thursday, March 29. photo by Lydia Stern
PUTTING THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING: The 4th Annual Mac Dog’s Sleds and Kegs raised $2,000 for local nonprofits on Saturday, March 24th. Two $1,000 donations, were made to Coal Creek Watershed Coalition and Oh Be Dogful Pet Ranch! Pictured from left to right: Anna Rubina with Oh Be Dogful, Trevor Bona, one of the party organizers, Zach Vaughter with Coal Creek Watershed Coalition, and host Jordo Ringel. photo by Lydia Stern

Cameos: How are you planning on making the most out of this early spring?

Chillin with the Fam.
Nick Moore
Turkey Hunting.
Fletch Haver
Planning on being my own boss.
Melissa Miley
I’m going to bust out the barbeque as often as possible.
Tucker Polak
Planning on getting to know the valley more than I do.
Conner Wong


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