WEDDING DATE: Emily Smith and Will Gribin were married on October 9, in Coachella, CA. They had a beautiful Jewish ceremony at a date palm ranch, followed by a candlelit celebration. photo by Beverly Lueckemeyer

Benchtalk: October 15, 2021

An opportunity to directly ask local politicians your questions
The Crested Butte News in conjunction with KBUT and the CB Center for the Arts is hosting a Candidate’s Forum this Sunday. The event is a chance for local citizens to ask their questions of the candidates running for Crested Butte town council. It starts at 6 p.m. and proof of vaccination is required to get into the Center. KBUT will also be broadcasting the forum live.

Mountain passes white but in good driving shape…for now
Despite the snow that is dropping this week, word from the county is that both Kebler and Cottonwood Passes are in good shape and the county is continuing to plow the roads. Of course that can change quickly so stay aware as we move into winter conditions. Right now Cottonwood is scheduled to officially close on November 1.

Land Trust seeking your photos
Do you have a great photo of some of the nearby Crested Butte Land Trust property? It’s not like there haven’t been some spectacular sunsets or sunrises around here lately. The CB Land Trust is seeking photo submissions for the 2023 calendar and other Land Trust promotional material. Contact Jess at

Backcountry scholarship opportunity
Another reminder to those who want to learn more about safety in the local backcountry. The Knox Frank scholarship is available and honors Knox’s memory as a skier, community member, mentor and friend. It offers a unique opportunity for the recipient to walk in Knox’s shoes in his beloved backcountry community of Crested Butte, and to further backcountry education while experiencing a memorable time in a true ski town community. Applicants are required to submit a 2,000 maximum word count essay or a three-minute maximum length video. To apply, please send your essay or video application to: (subject: Knox Scholarship). All applications are due on or before Sunday, October 24.

Make a real difference as a board member at the Gunnison Arts Center
Do you want to contribute to the growth and enjoyment of the arts in our community? Do you have time to commit to the promotion of local arts and to the function of the Gunnison Arts Center? The Board of Directors of the Gunnison Arts Center is looking for volunteers to serve on the Board or to provide other support for GAC functions. GAC Board is a WORKING BOARD. We meet once each month for two hours and serve on various committees, actively participate in GAC events, including our summer concert series “Sundays @ 6”, the yearly GALA event and other fundraising events. Board members also pledge a financial commitment that is personally comfortable and support the GAC Mission Statement. If you would like to be considered as a potential Board Member or learn more about Board service please email for a link to more information. A Board member will contact you for further discussion.

October 14- Rich Esposito, Dorothy Lockwood, Lily Westbay, Susan Beltz, Liz Ewing
October 15- John Hopper, Eva Loflin, Laney Giannone, Ian Baird
October 16- Kiley Flint, Jen Hawley
October 17- Terri Parr
October 18- Ella Donovan, Jess Leonetti, Jim Starr, Layne Meredith Nelson
October 19- Andrea Schultz, Trevor Baim, Emma Coburn, Richard Melnick, David Hartman
October 20- Eric Reinhardt, Elior Bilow-Makler, Malcom Boyce

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Ruth Louise Liebl was born to Jillian and Sam Liebl at home in Crested Butte on September 20. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long. Her grandparents are Brent and Malinda Owens of Jacksonville, Florida and Todd and Denise Liebl of Houston, Texas and are looking forward to meeting the new addition to the family. courtesy photo
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Mary Kunes and Dan Anderson (AKA Detail Dan) recently welcomed their first child, Ronin Lee Anderson into the world on September 9, 2021. Congratulations! courtesy photo
WEDDING DATE: Emily Smith and Will Gribin were married on October 9, in Coachella, CA. They had a beautiful Jewish ceremony at a date palm ranch, followed by a candlelit celebration. photo by Beverly Lueckemeyer

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