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July 24, 2019: STOR Committee Receives Merit Award from the APA July 24, 2019: STOR Committee Receives Merit Award from the APA
The Gunnison County Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation (STOR) Committee has been selected by the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association to receive a 2019 APA Colorado Merit Award in the category of Innovative/Creative Partnerships and Collaborations. The awards ceremony will take place on 9/19/19, during the 2019 APA Colorado State Conference in Snowmass, CO. Gunnison County Community and Economic Development Director Cathie Pagano said, “The STOR Committee is a great example of multiple entities in the Gunnison Valley working collaboratively to accomplish goals. This is a unique group because of the diversity of partners and representation from various user groups. We are excited to continue improving the natural landscape and recreation experience in alignment with our community values in the Gunnison Valley.”
June 18, 2019:  Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties Receive 2018 C-Stat Distinguished Performance Awards June 18, 2019: Gunnison & Hinsdale Counties Receive 2018 C-Stat Distinguished Performance Awards
Today, the Gunnison County Board of County Commissioners recognized the Gunnison County Department of Health and Human Services for impressive CY 2018 performance achievements and the receipt of Distinguished Performance awards from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Gunnison County received the C-Stat Distinguished Performance award for performance in 10 Economic Security and seven Safety and Well-Being services areas. Hinsdale County, which is serviced by the Gunnison County Department of Health and Human Services, received the C-Stat Distinguished Performance award for six Economic Security and one Safety and Well-Being service areas. “I'm so grateful to our HHS team staff for their exceptional work to meet the many and varied needs of our community members,” said Gunnison County Health and Human Services Director Joni Reynolds.
June 7, 2019:  Gunnison and Slate River Closures (PDF) June 7, 2019: Gunnison and Slate River Closures (PDF)
Effective June 7, 2019 and until further notice, the Gunnison River is CLOSED between Almont and the Gunnison Whitewater Park; and the Slate River is CLOSED between Gunsight Pass Bridge and the State Hwy 135 bridge at mile marker 25.5. By Order of the Gunnison County Sheriff (per authority of Colorado Revised Statute 33-13-111), these river portions are CLOSED to all water vessels. These closures are to protect public safety, and are due to dangerous river conditions, including very low clearances at bridges. For more information, contact the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office 970-641-1113.
October 17, 2018:  Gunnison County Receives 2018 ICMA Certificate of Excellence (PDF) October 17, 2018: Gunnison County Receives 2018 ICMA Certificate of Excellence (PDF)
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently recognized Gunnison County for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management. County Manager Matthew Birnie represented Gunnison County at the 104th Annual ICMA Conference in Baltimore, MD at the end of September where Gunnison County and other recipients were formally recognized. Award recipients were also recognized in the October 2018 issue of Public Management magazine.
August 8, 2018: Green Mountain Fire Update (PDF) August 8, 2018: Green Mountain Fire Update (PDF)
Location: 25 miles South East of Gunnison, CO. Start Date: August 7, 2018. For more information, visit http://gunnisoncounty.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=1.
July 6, 2018:  ICMA Recognizes Gunnison County for Performance Management Leadership (PDF) July 6, 2018: ICMA Recognizes Gunnison County for Performance Management Leadership (PDF)
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is pleased to announce that Gunnison County, Colorado, has been recognized for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management.
May 23, 2018:  Notice of Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in All Unincorporated Gunnison County (PDF) May 23, 2018: Notice of Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in All Unincorporated Gunnison County (PDF)
In accordance with Gunnison County Resolution #2018-17, signed by the County Commissioners on May 22, 2018, the Gunnison County Sheriff, in a cooperative effort with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Gunnison Ranger District, and the United States National Park Service issues the following notice.
April 5, 2018:  Moderate Fire Danger in Gunnison County (PDF) April 5, 2018: Moderate Fire Danger in Gunnison County (PDF)
The warm, dry and windy weather has increased the fire danger in Gunnison County. There are currently NO fire restrictions in place; however, residents and visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution with campfires, charcoal grills and agricultural burning.
February 5, 2018: Local CNG Fleet Program Recognized with Colorado Communities Award (PDF) February 5, 2018: Local CNG Fleet Program Recognized with Colorado Communities Award (PDF)
On 1/31/18, the State of Colorado and the Compact of Colorado Communities presented the Colorado Communities Award to the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fleet project, a collaborative effort between Gunnison County and the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority’s (RTA), during the Colorado Communities Symposium in Aurora, Colo. Gunnison County Sustainable Operations Director John Cattles and Gunnison County Commissioner John Messner were present to accept the award.
December 21, 2017:  Suspect in Custody Following Threatening Statements Made at GHS (PDF) December 21, 2017: Suspect in Custody Following Threatening Statements Made at GHS (PDF)
Earlier today, a suspect was taken into custody following threatening statements made at Gunnison High School. Officers arrested Patrick Robinson without incident near his residence in Gunnison County. Officers also arrested Edward Quinn IV near the residence due to non-related bond condition violations.
October 24, 2017:  Gunnison County Secures Property to Provide Riverside Boat Access (PDF) October 24, 2017: Gunnison County Secures Property to Provide Riverside Boat Access (PDF)
Gunnison County recently secured property on the north side of Gunnison (see Figure 1), formerly known as the Shady Island Subdivision, that will serve to provide increased access and use of the Gunnison River for visitors and residents. The County plans to improve the property to create riverside boat access and recreational amenities, and it hopes to form a strong partnership of stakeholders that will share in the design, development and management of this amenity. “We look forward to working with the constituents and stakeholders throughout Gunnison County to create a community amenity that highlights and improves access to one of our most important regional assets,” said County Commissioner John Messner.
April 10, 2017: Gunnison County Adopts Revised Strategic Plan (PDF) April 10, 2017: Gunnison County Adopts Revised Strategic Plan (PDF)
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Gunnison County Board of County Commissioners adopted the sixth version of the Gunnison County Strategic Plan, originally adopted in 2008, to provide focused direction to the organization and a clear message to residents and visitors.
March 7, 2017: Gunnison County Opposes Transfer of Federal Public Lands to State Ownership (PDF) March 7, 2017: Gunnison County Opposes Transfer of Federal Public Lands to State Ownership (PDF)
On 2/21/2017, the Gunnison County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was added to the growing list of Colorado Counties that have formally opposed the transfer of federal public lands to state ownership. Over 80% of Gunnison County is comprised of public lands, and the BOCC views those lands as essential to the health of the County’s communities, as well as the protection of the County’s heritage, natural environment, wildlife habitats, and agricultural sector.
February 7, 2017:  Trillium CNG to Build Compressed Natural Gas Location for County Fleet (PDF) February 7, 2017: Trillium CNG to Build Compressed Natural Gas Location for County Fleet (PDF)
Love’s Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s Family of Companies, has finalized an agreement to bring a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station to Gunnison, Colorado. Gunnison County and the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) recently reached an agreement with Trillium in which the company will design, own, operate and maintain the CNG facility.
October 6, 2016:  County Hires New Community and Economic Development Director (PDF) October 6, 2016: County Hires New Community and Economic Development Director (PDF)
Gunnison County has hired Cathie Pagano to serve as the new Community and Economic Development Director, effective immediately. Russ Forrest recently vacated the position to accept the position of Manager for the City of Gunnison, CO.
October 5, 2016:  County Receives GFOA Award for 2016 Budget (PDF) October 5, 2016: County Receives GFOA Award for 2016 Budget (PDF)
For the sixth straight year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) announced that Gunnison County, Colorado’s Administration Department received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
September 13, 2016:  Community Development Director Finalists (PDF) September 13, 2016: Community Development Director Finalists (PDF)
Gunnison County Announces Community Development Director Finalist List and Invites Public to Reception for Finalists
October 30, 2015:  County Receives GFOA Award for 2015 Budget (PDF) October 30, 2015: County Receives GFOA Award for 2015 Budget (PDF)
Gunnison County Administration Department Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)
August 7, 2015:  County Hires New IT Director (PDF) August 7, 2015: County Hires New IT Director (PDF)
Gunnison County has hired John Felix to serve as the County’s new IT Director. John will be relocating to Gunnison County from Central Washington where he most recently served as the Director of Software Services for Tree Top, Inc. Prior to that, he was the IT Director for JBS Foods in Greeley, CO. “We are very pleased to add John to our executive team and believe he will be a great addition that will allow us to continue to improve as an organization. His extensive experience and strong desire to live here make him an excellent fit for Gunnison County,” Gunnison County Manager Matthew Birnie stated.
May 15, 2015:  Courthouse Celebration (PDF) May 15, 2015: Courthouse Celebration (PDF)
Gunnison County will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate the completion of the Gunnison County Courthouse construction project. The ribbon cutting will take place at 5:00 pm at the main entrance to the building, followed by light refreshments in the lobby. Attendees will be encouraged to peruse all of the publicly accessible portions of the building to learn more about the project and become familiar with the amenities and office locations.
January 30, 2015:  County Hires New DHHS Director (PDF) January 30, 2015: County Hires New DHHS Director (PDF)
Gunnison County has hired Joni Reynolds to serve as the County’s new Health and Human Services Department Director, effective 4/1/2015. She will replace Renee Brown who is retiring after 13 years with Gunnison County. Joni spent the past 15 years working for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and she spent the last five years as the CDPHE’s Public Health Programs Director where she was responsible for all state public health programs with responsibility for 500 employees and a $300 million budget. “We are incredibly excited to have Joni join our team at Gunnison County. She has a proven record of accomplishment and leadership at the county and state levels and will be a tremendous asset to the County and its people,” stated County Manager Matthew Birnie.
September 30, 2014:  County Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from GFOA (PDF) September 30, 2014: County Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from GFOA (PDF)
This month, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) announced that Gunnison County, Colorado’s Administration Department received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2014 budget. “The County is pleased to accept this award for the fourth straight year. Our budget document preparation is an important event in the year-long cycle of performance based management. The budgeting piece of that management system was implemented in 2011. We have changed our expectation from just receiving the award, to increasing the number of ‘Outstanding’ ratings from the three independent reviewers from year to year. This year we moved the needle from 12 to 26, with more ‘Outstanding’ ratings than any previous year. This is also the first year we received all ‘Proficient’ and ‘Outstanding’ ratings, the top two options on a four-step scale,” said Finance Director Linda Nienhueser.
September 26, 2014:  County Wins Two Voice of the People Awards (PDF) September 26, 2014: County Wins Two Voice of the People Awards (PDF)
Gunnison County, CO was presented the 2014 Voice of the People Award for Excellence in Mobility and the 2014 Voice of the People Award for Transformation in Built Environment at the 100th annual International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Conference in Charlotte, NC earlier this month. Based on responses from The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™), residents of Gunnison County reported the highest levels of satisfaction with mobility and the highest increase in satisfaction with built environment compared with responses from all other jurisdictions participating in The NCS™.
July 24, 2014:  Gunnison County Implements Ethical Advocate Ethics Line (PDF) July 24, 2014: Gunnison County Implements Ethical Advocate Ethics Line (PDF)
Gunnison County has selected Ethical Advocate, a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance solutions, to provide state-of the-art incident reporting mechanisms while allowing the public and its employees maximum anonymity.
July 10, 2014:  County DHHS Receives C-Stat Award (PDF) July 10, 2014: County DHHS Receives C-Stat Award (PDF)
County Receives Performance Recognition Along with Ten Other Colorado Counties
May 27, 2014:  Construction Kick-off Meetings Scheduled (PDF) May 27, 2014: Construction Kick-off Meetings Scheduled (PDF)
It is rapidly turning to summer in Gunnison County and with that comes long-anticipated plans to break ground on new projects, do an addition, start a remodel, or fix a septic system. We at the Gunnison County Community Development Department want to make your plans go from dreams to reality as seamlessly as possible. Since last summer, we added some new faces and modified some positions on our experienced team, which is comprised of members that have deep roots in Gunnison County. Also we have some new proposed regulations related to ISDS/On Site Waste Water Treatment Systems, marijuana facilities, and Reclamation Permits that will be considered this summer.
May 14, 2014:  County Discontinues Gunnison Sage-grouse Conservation Efforts (PDF) May 14, 2014: County Discontinues Gunnison Sage-grouse Conservation Efforts (PDF)
County Maintains Bird Can Be Protected Without Being Listed as Endangered or Threatened
March 20, 2014:  Gunnison County Courthouse Collapse (PDF) March 20, 2014: Gunnison County Courthouse Collapse (PDF)
Original 1881 Structure Deemed Not Structurally Sound After Partial Collapse
October 4, 2013:  County Receives GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award (PDF) October 4, 2013: County Receives GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award (PDF)
The Government Finance Officers Association of the Unites States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Gunnison County, Colorado has received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.
June 19, 2013:  County Discontinues Aerial Mosquito Control Program (PDF) June 19, 2013: County Discontinues Aerial Mosquito Control Program (PDF)
Resources to be Redirected to Ground Control Efforts
June 19, 2013:  Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Implemented (PDF) June 19, 2013: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Implemented (PDF)
Restrictions to Take Place at 12:01 am on June 24, 2013
June 7, 2013:  Gunnison County Adopts Revised Strategic Plan (PDF) June 7, 2013: Gunnison County Adopts Revised Strategic Plan (PDF)
Strategies Outlined Regarding Infrastructure, Environment, Community and Service
May 30, 2013:  Gunnison County Hires New Airport Director (PDF) May 30, 2013: Gunnison County Hires New Airport Director (PDF)
Richard Lamport Scheduled to Assume Position on 8/1/2013
November 30, 2011: County Manager Named Administrator of the Year (PDF) November 30, 2011: County Manager Named Administrator of the Year (PDF)
Gunnison County Manager Matthew Birnie was awarded the “Colorado County Administrator of the Year Award” at the winter meeting for Colorado Counties, Inc. held in Colorado Springs. The recognition has been awarded annually since 1999 by the Colorado Association of County Administrators as a way to recognize strategic organizational leadership and effectiveness and productivity in local governing.