Benchtalk July 16, 2021

Drive a Tesla

The Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA) is excited to announce that its new CB South EV Charging Station has been energized and they are having a ribbon cutting event to celebrate, on Thursday, July 15 at 3:30 pm. The co-op will be offering test drives in the Tesla and Chevy Bolt and handing out free Third Bowl ice cream. The event is right before the CB South Farmer’s Market, so you can enjoy two events in one afternoon.  

Recycle the hard stuff

Sustainable Crested Butte is hosting a recycling event every third Saturday of the month, starting this Saturday July 17, from noon to 5 p.m. It will take place at the  Crested Butte Community School parking lot. For a list of recyclable materials, check out the ad on page 52 of the Crested Butte News or go to their website at

CB Wildflower Fest continues through the weekend

The annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is 35 years old and is right now taking place for the summer of 2021. And what a show the flowers are providing this year. The festival tours and workshops will continue through July 18. Stop by headquarters at The Depot on Elk Avenue in Crested Butte to find out what tours are still available and share the magic and beauty of our wildflowers. The colors are absolutely stunning this year!

GMUG to host public SBEADMR and Taylor Park field trips

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests will be hosting its annual Public Field Trips for the Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project (Taylor Park) on July 20. The field trip provides an opportunity for interested individuals to participate in discussions and engage with GMUG staff, adaptive management group members and science teams on topics including the implementation timeline, temporary roads, treatment unit prescriptions and resource concerns relevant to Taylor Park. Please RSVP by July 16 at: For questions, please contact Maddie Rehn, Center for Public Lands Program manager at

Learn about local characters

Who the heck was “Potato Henry” and where did he live? Visit the Gunnison Pioneer Museum, open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through September, and find out! Admission $10 for ages 13+, $3 for ages 6-12, and free for those 5 and under. Follow on Facebook for current information.

Local Vocals Concert coming to the Gunnison Arts Center

Experience a unique concert as local singer-songwriters take the stage to combine their stories, inspiration, music and talent. Hosted by singer-songwriter Chris Coady, this evening will feature beloved local performers’ newest creations. Catch up with Alan Wartes and Issa Forrest, Patrice Palmer and Evelyn Roper. Sit back in the historic Black Box Theatre, or watch live on Zoom, and enjoy an exciting evening of diverse musical artistry. The event takes place Friday, July 23 with the concert starting at 8 p.m.


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

July 20- Jacob Bernholtz, Laura Freeman, Henry Cahir, David Villanueva, Kat Hassebroek, 

July 21- Tom Martin, Maila Olson, Leslie Locklear, Peace Wheeler, Ross Orton, Ashley Harrington

CAMEOS: What is your favorite type of wildflower??

Wild Geranium
Sydney Olson
Ruby Pendy and King
Miranda Borke and Queen
Lupines, because it’s a legume
Siberian Iris
Liz Wilson


JUNETEETH GIFT: On Juneteenth, the Crested Butte Community Yoga Co-Op presented the Melanin Mountain Project with a donation check from the proceeds of their winter community classes. courtesy photo
HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY: Senior Care Center resident, Carolyn Barkman, celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday, July 7 with a delicious chocolate cake. Sweet! photo by Katy Walck
WEDDING BELLS: Michael Montano and Joyce Dalby tied the knot on Friday, June 18 at the Lone Tree Golf Course. A local reception was held July 2 in CB. Congrats! courtesy photo










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