Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Laura Pritchett: Over the Gunnison Valley, airplanes and acronyms converged

Three things are true:  One: I crush on my birth state and forever state of Colorado.  Two: I do not crush on acronyms. I loathe them. I loathe them because they generally signal something suspiciously complicated; meetings with too many acronyms make me want a whiskey.  Three: Yet I crush on my job shepherding students […]

Posted inNews, Transportation

Colorado’s mountain airports are thriving despite national rural air service struggle

Colorado’s mountain-town airports are busier than ever despite airlines limping through a pilot shortage and slashing service to smaller communities. The number of passengers flying in and out of Aspen, Durango, Eagle County, Gunnison, Hayden and Montrose in 2022 is on a record-setting pace, marking a rural airport strength that does not reflect national trends.  […]

Posted inEducation, News, Outdoors

The new standards for testing outdoor gear are being created by Colorado university students

GUNNISON — In the basement of the new Paul M. Rady engineering school at Western Colorado University, professor Greg VanderBeek directs six students using a horizontal bandsaw to cut 2-inch steel tubing.  “Remember, perfection happens at the welding table,” VanderBeek says as the students measure.  Soon the students are grinding corners and welding a frame […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News

As hospitals fill up, paramedics — like those in Gunnison — spend more time moving patients, less on emergencies

By Helen Santoro, Kaiser Health News GUNNISON— The night after Thanksgiving, a small ambulance service that covers a huge swath of southwestern Colorado got a call that a patient needed an emergency transfer from the hospital in Gunnison to a larger one with an intensive care unit 65 miles away in Montrose. The patient — […]

Posted inColoradans

Fifty years ago, a deadly school bus crash shook Gunnison. Some survivors needed decades to heal.

As Pat MacIntosh travels U.S. 50 east out of Gunnison, climbing the switchbacks to Monarch Pass, the view through the windshield looks different than it did on that September morning nearly a half-century ago. Rain showers test the wipers from a shifting ceiling of gray; back then, sunlight streamed from autumn blue skies.  Just over […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Water

Three Colorado River Basin reservoirs will be partially drained to keep Lake Powell producing hydropower

  The nation’s Western drought is so severe that federal predictions of Colorado River flows into Lake Powell for 2021 dropped by the equivalent of 10 Lake Dillons in just six months, according to a key new report.  In issuing the report Friday, U.S. water engineers said they will for the first time take water […]

Posted inBusiness, Housing, News, Newsletters, Outsider

Storage units becoming as hard to get as affordable housing as wealthy remote workers take over the high country

Chase Beck has fielded dozens of calls like this in the past few months.  “They say ‘I just had the floor taken out from under me. I’ve been living here for years. I need to move out in 30 days and I’ve got nowhere to go. Can you help?’” Beck says. The waiting list at […]

Posted inColoradans, Politics and Government

Black Lives Matter protests in Gunnison County showed people of color they have more allies than they realized

Sun slants through the buildings on Elk Avenue in Crested Butte, turning cottonwood fluff into floating sparkle. The surrounding hillsides glow green and rise up into red-hued peaks, some of which still hold bright, white snow. It’s a real-life snow globe scene, and Chloe Bowman stands at the center of it, suspended in the surreal. […]