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Snow Removal and Slick Roads
January 18, 2017

After a century storm that dropped 100" in the Crested Butte area, crews continue to widen streets and prepare the town for the next round of powder. They've been working nonstop since around Christmas, and CB Public Works Director Rodney Due is thrilled with the efforts of the crews and the collaborations with Parks & Rec and the Marshals Department.  

At the same time, Highway 135 has been very icy, and multiple reports of accidents have come in to KBUT this past week, including this story from eyewitness Shannon Mujica.

(Photo:  KBUT News Director Chad Reich on a 12 foot snowbank)

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Women's March In Crested Butte This Saturday
January 18, 2017

The Crested Butte Women's March is meant to stand behind the progress that's been made so far in history, and that women's issues are all human's issues. "We've worked too hard to go back," says organizer Kate Vogel.

Marchers are asked to meet on Saturday, January 21st at 3 PM at the 4-way stop in Crested Butte.

 
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Baiting Operations For Deer And Elk In Coming Days
January 18, 2017

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin baiting operations to steer deer and elk away from roadways, where they are finding most of their food this winter.

This is not a feeding operation to save the animals from starving. That can come with unintended consequences - namely the spread of disease.

CPW asks that citizens not feed the animals on their own because their digestive systems cannot handle the food and hay, and that is illegal.  (Photo:  Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

 
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Denver Post Writer Misquotes Crested Butte Ski Bum
January 16, 2017

Last week, Jason Blevins of the Denver Post wrote an article that indicated a local snow enthusiast wanted it to stop snowing.  It turns out there is much more to the story than what was printed in the Denver Post last week, as local ski enthusiast Scott Gates (aka "Scooter") does not want it to stop snowing.

The author of the article has known Scooter for 25 years, was taught to ski powder by him, and is attempting to clear both his and Scooter's name in this fiasco.

(Photo: Scooter and Jason Blevins)

 
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WSCU Envionment Panel Discussion Wednesday, January 18th
January 16, 2017

A new administration in Washington, D.C., will likely usher in changes in environmental policy.

This Gunnison Valley-based discussion is designed to review what the past 8 years have brought to the environmental world and what may be in store in the next 4 years.

The community is invited to join in a panel discussion on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 PM at the University Center Ballroom.

 
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Gold King Plant To Stay In Operation
January 15, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that it will continue to operate the plant that treats contaminated water from the Gold King Mine, which spilled in August of 2015.

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KBUT local news also follows regional happenings of interest to the Gunnison Valley audience.

 
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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Overnight Management
January 11, 2017

The Forest Service has released a plan that would limit access to overnight users in various corridors of the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness. If the number of users exceeds a threshold, a permit system would be put into place.

The plan will be put to public comment in coming months. It has not been finalized or implemented at this time.
(Photo:  Conundrum Hot Springs / USFS)

 
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Sports Barrel 1.11.17
January 11, 2017

High school hockey, hoops, and town league hockey highlight this hot edition of the hellatiously hilarious Sports Barrel - only here on KBUT.

Click the play button below to hear the weekly report.

The Sports Barrel airs live on Wednesdays at 2:00 and 8:30 PM. 


 
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Severe Weather Strikes and Shuts Down Schools, Ski Area, More
January 9, 2017

The Pow Cam overfloweth!

The tremendous amount of new snow is causing havoc for public transportation, schools were closed, Western State cancels classes for Tuesday, CBMR shut down around 2 PM, arts and kid's programming is cancelled, and there is an avalanche warning in effect in the backcountry. This is nuts.

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Discussing The Future Of The Vinotok Bonfire
January 5, 2017

The Vinotok bonfire was the topic of a work session before Tuesday night's Crested Butte Town Council meeting. Police addressed neighborhood concerns and voiced their concerns about the fire.  The Town Council made it clear they were in no way in favor of cancelling the event.  

Vinotok organizers apologized for miscommunications and vowed to work towards a solution to neighborhood and police concerns.

Another work session about the bonfire will need to be held at a later date.


 
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Council Discusses Caps, Zoning For Short-Term Rentals
January 5, 2017

At Monday night's Crested Butte Town Council meeting, caps on nights a property can be short-term rented were discussed as was whether or not to allow short-term rentals in M and T zones in the town.

No formal action was taken, and there will be public comment taken at the January 17th Town Council meeting.

 
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West Elk Word: Journalists Will Shoemaker & Chris Dickey
January 5, 2017

Chris Dickey and Will Shoemaker from the Gunnison Country Times discuss the challenges and rewards of local reporting. We also discuss the state of journalism today, it's importance in a free society, fake news, the unique character of local reporting, and more. 

Check out this two-part conversation between KBUT's Toni Todd and Chris and Will from the Gunnison Country Times.



 
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Rocky Flats Cancer Study Released
January 3, 2017

The study compares the incidence of cancer rates among residents of communities near the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant traces versus the rest of Metro Denver.

The full study can be viewed here.

 
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Backcountry Avalanche Danger On The Rise
January 3, 2017

If forecasted winds and snowfall come true, the avalanche danger in the Crested Butte backcountry could raise from "considerable" to "high" by tomorrow. An avalanche watch is currently in effect.

Daily avalanche reports can be heard on KBUT at 8:00 AM on weekdays and at 10:00 AM on weekends.

Photo:  CBAvalancheCenter.org

 
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Gov. Hickenlooper Talks Priorities
January 2, 2017

Governor John Hickenlooper is entering his second to last legislative session as governor. He said he’s very aware of his time in office being limited, and that colored his discussion on his goals for the upcoming legislative session.

Capitol Coverage reports are made possible through a collaboration of community radio stations in Colorado known as Rocky Mountain Community Radio.  KBUT is a member station, and we supply regular reports from Denver and around the state as part of the collaboration.  

 
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Gunnison County Residents Living In Poverty Not Using Food Stamps
December 29, 2016

About 1/4 of those living in poverty in Gunnison County - and eligible for food stamps - actually receive them.

Joel McClurg with Hunger Free Colorado says there is often a stigma applied to food stamps in communities with great income and wealth disparities.

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Bears Ears Declared National Monument
December 29, 2016

President Obama declared the 1.35 million acre swath of land in Southeast Utah to be a National Monument on Wednesday.  

Native groups and environmentalists were overjoyed, while state lawmakers were very upset.

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(Photo:  Tom Peterson / Lighthawk)

 
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"Trump This Monument" - Bears Ears Protest In Monticello, Utah
December 29, 2016

Around 300 people gathered outside of the San Juan County Courthouse in Monticello, Utah, to protest the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah.

Bears Ears was declared a national monument earlier this week. 

This story is shared by KSJD (Cortez, Colorado) as part of Rocky Mountain Community Radio's commitment to sharing news across the state.  KBUT stories are often heard on other stations, and we're proud to share the hard work from other stations as well.



 
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Transgender Coloradoans Say Discrimination Persists
December 28, 2016

Eight years after transgender Coloradans were added to the state's anti-discrimination laws, advocates say housing and other forms of discrimination persist. Comments from Sable Schultz, program manager, GLBT Community Center of Colorado; and Karen Scarpella, executive director, Gender Identity Center of Colorado. Thanks to the Colorado Trust for their contributions to the story.

 
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Obama Signs REC Act To Recognize Outdoor Recreation as Part of GDP
December 23, 2016

The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact was signed into law on December 8th. The bill will give the outdoor industry recognition in the Gross Domestic Product. The data can be used to see trends in recreation as part of the economy. The Outdoor Industry Association, a trade group, hopes the data can be used to help communities buffer in times of bust and plan for times of boom for more traditional industries.

 
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