December Monthly Meeting Canceled

We’ve decided to cancel our December monthly meeting. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HANUKKAH, everyone! We’ll see you after the New Year on Saturday, January 5, 2019!  WISHING  YOU A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

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Voter Service and Polling Center Information

What is a V​oter Service and Polling Center?

VSPC is a location that has been set up during the election to provide the following services to voters: Mail Ballot Services Replacement Ballots Ballot Boxes to Return Ballots Voter Registration Provisional Ballots Voting Machines

Blackstock Government Center 221 N. Wisconsin St. Gunnison, CO 81230 October 22, 2018 – October 26, 2018 (M-F) 8:00AM to 5:00PM October 27, 2018 (Sat) 9:00AM to 1:00PM October 29, 2018 – November 2, 2018 (M-F) 8:00AM to 5:30PM November 3, 2018 (Sat) 9:00AM to 1:00PM November 5, 2018 (Mon) 7:30AM to 5:30PM ELECTION DAY November 6, 2018 (Tue) 7:00AM to 7:00PM Queen of All Saints

Parish Hall 405 Sopris Ave. Crested Butte, CO 81224 October 29, 2018 – November 2, 2018 (M-F) 9:00AM to 4:00PM November 3, 2018 (Sat) 9:00AM to 1:00PM November 5, 2018 (Mon) 9:00AM to 4:00PM ELECTION DAY November 6, 2018 (Tue) 7:00AM to 7:00PM

Fred Field Western Heritage Center (Election Day only) 275 S. Spruce St. Gunnison, CO 81230 ELECTION DAY November 6, 2018 (Tue) 7:00AM to 7:00PM

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Vote Republican…Vote Republican Values! Every registered voter should have received their ballot – here are the best conservatives to represent the people of Colorado! Local, state and federal…#MAGA! Be sure to “like” our Facebook page

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Mark Mykol Gunnison County Sheriff

Citizens of all political stripes need to carefully consider all factors when deciding on who they’ll vote for sheriff.  We have two good men running and there are some striking differences.

First, experience is one thing but current extensive experience is another.  Mark Mykol has been an active, full-time, engaged member of our Sheriff’s Office for more than 12 years.  His experience doesn’t go back 30 years but one could wonder how relevant 30 year old experience really is compared to the 12 most recent years.  And, Mark Mykol’ s most recent experience isn’t as a part time patrol deputy, it’s been as Undersheriff for Gunnison County.

Mykol started with our Sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy 12 years ago.  However his hard work, extra effort, and leadership skills were recognized and rewarded as he was promoted to Sergeant then Undersheriff.

Anyone who truly knows him understands that his quiet, caring, focused and inclusive leadership style has been an asset to our Sheriff’s Office.  He is driven by learning, listening and sharing his knowledge and experience with others. His current experience also includes day-to-day guidance and support of employees in the Detention Center, Alternative Services, Patrol Unit, Emergency Operations, and Administrative Assistants.  We believe his leadership style and naturally caring nature is not only an asset to those around him at work, but also to our residents, businesses, victims, the accused and to his positive relationships with other law enforcement agencies here and around the state.

We have been made aware of “untruths” that are being circulated about Mark Mykol.  This not only saddens us, it reflects poorly on those who are supporting Mark’s opponent. That’s why we encourage everyone to reach out to Mark and get to honestly know him.  You can contact him by using the email form at  He works full time so this approach is better initially, than a phone call.

VOTE Mark Mykol for Sheriff because we need to elect the very best person for this very important job.  This isn’t just a popularity contest. PLEASE VOTE Mark Mykol for Gunnison County Sheriff!

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Bob Schutt Republican Gunnison County Commissioner

Gunnison County voters have an opportunity to elect a man we all can be proud to call our County Commissioner.  We should be thankful that a man of his character, life experience, decision-making capabilities, vision, education, service and leadership has stepped up to serve all of us in Gunnison County.  Bob Schutt has qualities, characteristics and proven experience that have prepared him very well for this very important job.

Bob’s entire life has been one of service to his fellow man (and women, to be politically correct). This is why we were disheartened to see a former county commissioner reduce Bob Schutt down to a “place holder.” Does demeaning a person’s entire life’s work of service give his opponent’s supporters the green light to dismiss Bob as a truly viable candidate for county commissioner? And, the same county commissioner believes that because Bob travels outside the county and state he should be dismissed as a viable candidate? Yes, he and his wife take a vacation, he travels to do volunteer work for Shriner’s Hospital for Children and yes, when family medical emergencies take them out of state should that disqualify him as a viable candidate? And, this same county commissioner believes that someone has to be born, raised and own a business in our valley to be able to competently, earnestly and fairly serve our citizens? Was this county commissioner born and raised here and own a business in Gunnison County? We don’t think he was held to that standard when he ran for office.    And, the fact that Bob hasn’t been a politician isn’t necessarily a bad thing. At some point elected officials may become politicians. We don’t think Bob Schutt will ever become a politician, even if he was in office for decades. That’s just not who he is. He has been driven by a life of service to others..

Briefly, for those who don’t know him, here’s a short bio: graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Vietnam decorated combat fighter pilot; activated U.S. Army reservist, Orthopaedic Surgeon during Gulf War One, received the Meritorious Service Medal, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. After Vietnam he attended medical school at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, completing his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado.  He attended Harvard for his business education, was Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Texas Tech University School of Medicine where he managed the department budget, personnel, oversaw research, clinical practice, education to resident physicians and medical students as well as the operation of a Level 1 trauma center.  Today, Bob works part time as a physician and surgeon with local Alpine Orthopaedics.

Bob also continues his volunteer work at the Shriners Hospitals for Children.  He is a member of the CB/Mt. CB Rotary, is on the Board of the Crested Butte Music Festival and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Gunnison Valley Hospital System where he advocates for accessibility and affordability of quality healthcare.  More than most, he knows what he’s talking about on this topic.

As a recreationist, Bob understands the importance of taking care of public lands, the impact on our tourism economy and ensuring its sustainability.  He also believes in ensuring our children receive a quality education in a safe environment, conducive to learning whether it’s preparing for college or other career choices.

Local workforce housing has gotten to critical status and he looks forward to sharing his approach which includes lower density and greater diversification of location. This is one area that seems to be evading a solid solution by our elected officials and his fresh eyes will be an asset in helping move this forward.  He also knows that we must have the appropriate economic growth and thriving small business to keep our communities healthy. Elected officials don’t create business but they can create an environment in which businesses can prosper and succeed.  Bob understands our issues very well, having been very involved in our county for over 30 years.

Bob Schutt is the right person at the right time to lead on and contribute to the many serious issues facing our county. We are asking that voters not make this extremely important decision based on “who you know,” but rather on electing the candidate who will bring the very best experience and fresh ideas to the table.  Please join us in electing Bob Schutt, Gunnison County Commissioner.

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Olen Lund Republican for Colorado Senate District 5


Olen’s priorities for Western Colorado…

The need for good paying jobs remains a major hurdle for the economic growth of the small communities that dot the landscape across Senate District 5.  I want to invite light manufacturing to come to west-central Colorado.  I will stand up for the small shops, pharmacies, and manufacturers who still make their home in this Distsrict.  I will stand up for the men and women who earn their living in agriculture, energy, tourism, and recreation. Agriculture continues to be a top priority.  Not only does agriculture mean jobs, it also drives our quality of life.  It provides more than $5 billion in economic output every year from our state.  We need to push for value added crops, defend new farming concepts, and yes, recognize that Agriculture is Agriculture. Agriculture, energy, tourism, and recreation are all important employers in Senate District 5.  And each of them needs a well educated work force to keep going.  Making sure we support and fund elementary and high schools In rural Colorado is crucial to employers that want to make Senate District 5 their home.  Educating our children must be a priority.  My wife, Debbie, is a teacher.  I know how hard she works, and I know her passion for teaching kids.  Education will be a priority for me in the state Senate.

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Mike Mason Republican for CO House District 61

Mike Mason will uphold our Republican values at the State Capital! Here’s his energy policy!

Mason Announces Energy Policy Says McCluskie lives in “An Energy Fantasy World”

Mike Mason is a physicist, farmer and businessman who believes in a balanced practical approach to energy policy.  The goal of a sound Colorado electric power system is to provide consumers with electricity that is:

  1. Reliable— allows the lights go on every time the consumer hits the switch
  2. Affordable– provides reliable electricity at the least cost.
  3. Clean– minimizes adverse health and environmental impacts (carbon emissions and climate change are only one of the impacts of concern)
  4. Beneficialto the economy – maximizes the use of Colorado mineral and human resources

Julie McCluskie does not believe in an energy policy that balances these interests.  She believes that the only goal of energy policy should be to transition from fossil electric generation to renewables generation, aligning herself with the renewables industry and leaders of her party like Jared Polis and Nancy Pelosi who have spent careers catering to special interests.

Regardless of what people think about climate change, the McCluskie approach:

  • will have a negligible effect on carbon emissions and climate change.
  • will hurt consumers by increasing the cost of electricity and decreasing its reliability
  • will cost taxpayers who will fund the transition from fossil to renewable electricity
  • will benefit the renewables and natural gas industries,

The problem with renewables is that they are intermittent power sources, only supplying electricity when the sun shines and the wind blows, not when consumers need it.

  • Consumers need electricity 24/7, 100% of the time.
  • Solar generates electricity no more than 20-40% of the time, and wind generates electricity  25-40% of the time.
  • A reliable electric system cannot be based on renewables.  Every kilowatt of renewable generation must be backed up by a reliable source.  In Colorado, that back-up comes from carbon emitting natural gas or coal.  So, more generation from renewables means more carbon emissions.


The $1.4 trillion global renewables industry is made up of powerful groups, all looking for taxpayer or government support either by renewable mandates or direct funding.  These include:

  • The wind industry($14.1 billion annual US revenue), whose lobbyists have secured a federal production tax credit of 2.4¢/kilowatt-hour, a subsidy so large that wind generators can pay electric distributors to take electricity and still realize a profit.  They have also convinced some states to mandate purchase of wind-generated electricity regardless of its or cost.
  • The solar industry($24.9 billion annual US revenue) is supported by a whopping 30% investment tax credit subsidy from taxpayers.
  • The climate change consulting industry($890 million annual US revenue) is made up of “climate scientists”, academics, journalists, policy advocates, and lawyers, mostly financed by taxpayers, advising government, industry and customers how to do the impossible: replace all the reliable, affordable fossil fuel generation with unreliable, expensive renewable generation and feel good about doing it.  Growth in this industry is driven entirely by the government mandates and subsidies it gets from politicians like Julie McCluskie for.
  • Wall Street.   The solar and wind industries capitalize on tax credit subsidies they get from government by selling them to large financial institutions like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.  Wall Street loves renewable tax credits.
  • The oil and natural gas industry($135 billion) annual  US revenue) is happy to see government pushing construction of new wind and solar facilities, knowing that every kilowatt of new renewables generation will require a new kilowatt of new fossil generation.

The only loser in the McCluskie scheme to promote renewables is the coal industry.  In Colorado the coal industry is a significant part of Colorado’s mining industry with its 57,000 jobs, $7 billion contribution to  Colorado’s Gross Domestic Product and payment of $157 million in production royalties, half of which funds public schools.  What is McCluskie’s plan for the damage done to the Colorado coal industry by her policy?  Taxpayer funded subsidies for laid off workers.  Of course.

Julie McCluskie lives in an energy fantasy world where intermittent generation sources that oftentimes produce zero power and produce power a maximum of 40% of the time can replace fossil generation — that currently provides Colorado with 83% of its electricity.  Her approach will help the renewables pigs at the government trough, do nothing for the environment, cost consumers and taxpayers money, cost the state jobs and revenue, and risk power outages by relying on unreliable power generation from renewables.


Voters should put the lights out on Julie McCluskie before she and the industry interests she promotes put the lights out on us.


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2018 Ballots Mailed October 15, 2018 – VOTE YOUR REPUBLICAN TICKET!

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Principles of the Gunnison County Republicans


Gunnison County Republicans,  let’s be very proud of the basic principles that define who we are!!



What we believe in…

  • Jobs Creation
  • Free market economy
  • Individual freedom not government oppression
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Personal responsibility
  • Term limits for Congress
  • Limited government that protects us, but doesn’t control us
  • A Government that stays out of personal moral decisions
  • Helping those less fortunate
  • Family
  • Hard work
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Quality education
  • Honest and objective media
  • Equal treatment of all races, religions and incomes
  • Clean air, water and good stewardship of the planet
  • Equal tax rates for everyone
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