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Colorado Newspaper Fights Back on Fake News
February 24, 2017

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel is accusing Republican State Senator Ray Scott of defamation, and is threatening to sue him for a tweet he sent calling his hometown newspaper ‘fake news’. If filed, legal experts say it would be the first lawsuit of its kind, potentially setting a legal definition for what is considered fake news and what is not.



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Oil & Gas Tampering Bill Going Through CO State Legislature
February 24, 2017

A measure that would increase the penalty for tampering with oil and equipment is making its way through the Republican-controlled state senate.  The bill is generating passionate debate.

Capitol Coverage reports come to KBUT listeners through the station's membership in Rocky Mountain Community Radio.  Together, multiple small stations like KBUT share resources and air reports from the legislative session.

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CB Town Council Updated On Affordable Housing
February 21, 2017

At Tuesday night's Crested Butte Town Council meeting, Town Planner Michael Yerman updated the council on what's happening in the world of affordable housing and about challenges in affordable housing in the town.

From student-designed projects, to essential service provider rental projects, Space-To-Create, the lack of a countywide housing director, goals of the program, and plans for a 17-acre parcel of land just south of town, there is no shortage of activity in the world of affordable housing in the north end of the Gunnison Valley.

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"Know Your Rights" Forum Explains Rights To Immigrants
February 20, 2017

A forum was held to explain rights to immigrants in the event of an encounter with a police or immigration officer and to help immigrants plan in case of deportation or detention.

KBUT's Toni Todd was at the event and spoke with attendees and the presenting attorney.

Click "Play" below to hear the full story.  Local news airs at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM on KBUT, Community Radio for the Gunnison Valley.  

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West Elk Word: Gunnison Arts Center
February 19, 2017

Carlie Kenton and Kim Eastman share the history and evolution of this vibrant community arts center - the cool building, and the variety of programs, theater productions, and shows that keep this little community arts center hoppin'.

KBUT's public affairs program The West Elk Word airs Saturdays at noon.  

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Suicide Prevention Training This Wednesday In Gunnison
February 18, 2017

Gunnison County has seen 20 people die from suicide since 2014. A prevention training course will be held this coming Wednesday, February 22nd at the Colorado Workforce Center.

"QPF: question, persuade, refer" is the theme of the training, and organizers say the training will help attendees recognize the signs of someone who may need help.

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GJ Sentinel Plans To Sue Over Fake News Accusations
February 17, 2017

Senator Ray Scott accused the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel newspaper of peddling fake news.

Daily Sentinel Publisher Jay Seaton says he plans to sue Senator Scott over the accusations.

KVNF's Eric Goold covers this story for Rocky Mountain Community Radio, of which KBUT is a member. Small stations combine resources to provide regional coverage of interest to listeners across the state.

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Council Heading Towards Policy On Short-Term Rentals
February 16, 2017

It's been a long discussion for the council and the town in general. The community appears split over the issue.

The council says this is one of the most difficult issues it has ever faced.

The council will continue to talk about STR's in March.

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Teens On Stage "None Go There" Preview
February 13, 2017

KBUT's Christoper Biddle talks with Kristen Joyce, director of this year's Teens On Stage production of "None Go There" and with the play's author Jordan Rieff. They discuss the play and what it's like to explore dark material with such a young cast.

The play runs Wednesday, February 13th through Friday the 15th.  

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Mardi Gras Parade Saved
February 11, 2017

The CB / Mt. CB Chamber of Commerce has stepped up to sponsor this year's event, which will be held on February 28th.

Listen to KBUT for information on how to registger a float.

Local news is important to listeners in the Gunnison, so please support it during our Winter Pledge Drive.  
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Hate & Racist Graffiti Reported At Western State In December
February 9, 2017

Last December, hate speech and racist graffiti was discovered in Colorado Hall - a student residence hall.

The University found the perpetrator, expelled the student, and has made it clear there is zero tolerance on campus for this type of behavior and language.

The "Moving Mountains" initiative was kickstarted by this event, and it works towards creating a more open, inclusive, and equitable community on campus.

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Rundown from CBMR's Extreme Junior Comp Last Weekend
February 9, 2017

CBMR hosted the Junior Extreme Freeskiing Competiton last weekend.

These kids go huge.

KBUT's Christopher Biddle was on hand for the action and has this report.

(Photo: Jay McCarthy)

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CB-To-Carbondale Trail Idea Alive & Well
February 8, 2017

Pitkin County Open Space Director Gary Tannenbaum presented the progress on the Pitkin County side to the Crested Butte Town Council this past Monday night.

Tannenbaum says multi-modal transportation is part of Governor John Hickenlooper's plan to diversify economies in Colorado. This is a 20-year project, and parts of the trail are already 'in' on both sides.

This will be a big ride, a bike pack, or a multi-day hike.  It's also a 20-year project, so don't expect to ride it anytime soon!

Local news airs at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM. 

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"Meat and Potatoes" Short-Term Rental Ordinance Passes Sans Limits
February 7, 2017

The ordinance that passed primarily addresses licensing and safety issues.  Absent from the ordinance are limits on the number of nights a property can be rented per year (in non-unlimited zones) and the number of licenses or properties available for short-term rental in certain zones. Also absent is the fee for the short-term license and the idea that short-term rentals must be the owner's primary residence.

Mayor Glenn Michel and Councilor Laura Mitchell recused themselves from the discussion, saying they may be affected by decisions made Monday night.

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Western Students Assemble, Highlight Lack Of Diversity, Legal Charges
February 6, 2017

Students gathered in the University Center on the Western State Colorado University campus last Thursday, February 2nd, to raise awareness of a perceived lack of diversity in the student body and the faculty.

They also expressed concerns over allegations and a court case involving racial discrimination at Western State's former firm Jackson National Life. Salsbury denies all allegations, saying they are "false, heresay" and that they are against his former firm and not him personally.  

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Citizenship Required For Police Work, New Bill Says
February 5, 2017

Law enforcement officers in Colorado would be required to be U.S. citizens under a new measure that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. But as Bente Birkeland reports, law enforcement agencies object to the bill and no-one testified in support of it.

Reports from the statehouse come as part of KBUT's membership in Rocky Mountain Community Radio, a coalition of community stations around the state.  Rural communities benefit by hearing what's happening in Denver.  

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Countywide Baseline Trails Report Released
February 5, 2017

The idea is that trails are a big draw in Gunnison County, and they contribute to both the economy and lifestyle of residents. A baseline trails report has been assembled as part of the One Valley Prosperity Project. The report will be used as a starting point for future planning and management of trail-based recreation.

Local news airs on KBUT at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM each weekday.  
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West Elk Word: Hawaiian Singer Songwriter Ka'imi Hanano'eau
February 3, 2017

Special guest Ka'imi Hanano'eau, visited the Gunnison Valley recently to perform in both Gunnison and Crested Butte. He stopped by the studio to share the story of his music journey growing up in Hawaii, and to play a couple of tunes for us, too.

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Aaron Blunck Takes X Games Gold In Skier Halfpipe
January 31, 2017

Homegrown Crested Butte Olympian halfpipe skier Aaron Blunck took the gold in Skier Halfpipe at this past weekend's X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

Aaron takes time out of his busy training schedule to speak with us at KBUT and give us an idea of what it was like to fulfill a childhood dream of winning X Games Gold.

Congrats, Aaron!

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Fat Bike World Championships Recap
January 31, 2017

KBUT spoke with Dave Ochs, technical director at Fat Bike World Championships, about the week's festivities.

Fat Bike Worlds is the biggest fat bike race in the US. It came and went last weekend in Crested Butte. Organizers say it was a big success that will provide a foundation for future years.

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