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Standing Rock: A Report From CB Protestors
October 27, 2016

Crested Butte residents called in from the front lines of the Standing Rock Reservation protests of the North Dakota Access Pipeline. They say the atmosphere is very tense and that protesters are constantly in fear of intervention from the authorities.

They say things "got real" when they were asked to write their attorney's name and phone number on their arms in markers.  This was to ensure they had a contact for legal counsel in case they were arrested and their belongings were confiscated.  

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2016 Colorado Ballot Breakdown (Chad Reich and Ellen Harriman)
October 26, 2016

KBUT's Chad Reich talks with Gunnison League of Women Voters facilitator Ellen Harriman about the Amendments and Propositions on the ballot this year.

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Huge Salmon Egg Take At Roaring Judy Hatchery
October 24, 2016

Salmon numbers may be improving. This year, over 12 million kokanee salmon eggs have been collected at the hatchery. Last year, that number was just over 2 million. This statistic shows the salmon population may be increasing in Blue Mesa Reservoir.

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Make sure to listen to KBUT's live stream on our new online player.  It's awesome.

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"Ballot Selfie Ban" Law Challenged
October 23, 2016

The original law - now referred to as the "ballot selfie ban" - was designed in 1891 to work against voter fraud by making it illegal to sell a vote. The original idea was to ban cameras in voter booths. The eas of information sharing associated with modern technology has created a need to re-think this law, and one senator is challenging it.

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Special Meeting Called To Address Controversial Short-Term Regs
October 19, 2016

The meeting will be held on Monday, November 14th at 6 PM. Three items on the short-term rental regulation draft ordinance were controversial and raised the need for deeper discussion. Those items are possible caps on the number of short-term licenses, the transfer-ability of the licenses, and whether or not the units need an identifying plaque on the exterior.

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WSCU's Timberlin Henderson & The Native American Student Council
October 19, 2016

KBUT's Chad Reich sits down with Timberlin Henderson of the Native American Student Council at Western State. Listen and learn about Timberlin's journey from the Navajo Reservation in Northeast Arizona to student life at Western. We discuss struggles of reservation life and how Timberlin's ultimate goal is to go back to his home with new skills and work as a chiropractor.  Listen to this conversation taped on Indigenous People's Day live on KBUT.

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CB Council OK's $100K for Mary Yelenick Park Redesign
October 19, 2016

The design firm Bishop Mundy presented their plans to re-design the park to the Crested Butte Town Council in mid-October.

The playground must be moved to accommodate the new Center For The Arts building.  The $100K would be used to compete for a matching grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.  

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Slate River Cleanup Draws 100 Volunteers
October 19, 2016

A bunch of garbage, doo doo, and strange finds marked a successful day of cleaning up the Slate River Valley last weekend.

Sue Navy helped organize the event, and she is still elated by the turnout for last weekend's volunteer workday.  

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Drug Take Back Program This Saturday
October 10, 2016

This Saturday, October 22nd, is National Drug Take Back Day, which works to keep prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of the wrong hands and from seeping into the water and soils.

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Gunnison Country Times County Commissioner Forum 10.6.16
October 9, 2016

Gunnison County Commissioners took to the debate stage in the 2nd of 3 this past Thursday at Western State. Incumbent Democrat Jonathan Houck is being challenged by Independent Paul Wayne Foreman in District 2, and Republican Brad Tutor is challenging Democrat John Messner in District 1.

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West Elk Word: Crested Butte Adaptive Sports
October 9, 2016

Chris Hensley and Chris Read share the many ways in which Crested Butte's Adaptive Sports Center helps people with disabilities experience the mountains, to include both the winter and summer programs. We discuss the history of the program, how it's grown, and some inspiring stories. The CB Adaptive Sports program is also poised to move into a new, bigger facility soon- we'll chat about that too.

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District 1 County Commissioner Debate Recap (Tutor-R, Messner-D)
October 9, 2016

County Commissioner hopefuls faced off at Western State on October 6th. Here's a summary of the District 1 race between Democrat John Messner and Republican Brad Tutor. Hear the whole debate at  (Photo -
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District 2 County Commissioner Debate Recap (Houck-D, Foreman-I)
October 8, 2016

County Commissioner hopefuls faced off at Western State on October 6th. Here's a summary of the District 2 race between incumbent Democrat Jonathan Houck and challenging Independent Paul Wayne Foreman. Hear the whole debate at (Photo -  
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Colorado State Senate Debate Preview
October 8, 2016

The main party candidates in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race will meet Tuesday evening on 9 News at 7 PM for their only televised debate of this election. Rocky Mountain Community Radio reporters were able to ask a few questions in the week leading up to this debate.
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CB Town Council Supports Fat Biking Trail System Proposal
October 6, 2016

"It's not just a ski vacation anymore," says Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association Director Dave Ochs. The club is leading the charge to create a comprehensive fat biking network of trails in the northern end of the Gunnison Valley.
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Iron Pour Coming Thursday, October 6th
October 1, 2016

KBUT's Chad Reich sat down with Iron Pour Director Jesse Blumenthal to talk about the upcoming Iron Pour, the history of iron pours, and how the community can still get involved.
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New Camping Regs Coming To Gunnison Basin in 2017
October 1, 2016

An increase in dispersed camping use in the backcountry and its associated impacts has caused the US Forest Service to re-think how they let people camp - and mostly where they park.
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Moose Numbers Up, Anecdotally
October 1, 2016

If you follow Gunnison Valley residents on social media, you've probably seen many photos of moose seen in the backcountry this summer. Moose numbers seem to be up, and to learn more about the large forest creature, I spoke with Brandon Diamond, a wildlife manager with Colorado Parks & Wildlife out of Gunnison. (CPW Courtesy Photo)
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West Elk Word: Laura Anderson & Heather Messner / Aife Magazine
September 30, 2016

Locals Laura Anderson and Heather Messner discuss their new literary magazine, Aife.
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Part 1 - Short-Term Rental Committee Findings Presented
September 27, 2016

The findings were presented at a special meeting on Monday night. Listen to follow-up stories to learn about recommendations made to the council about regulation and enforcement of short-term rentals in the Town of Crested Butte.
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