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Steve Gardner Classic This Coming Sunday

This year's recipient is Dave Theis. Organizer Brian Fennerty says that passionate people can help others in their struggles.   
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Rainwater Harvesting Could Be Legal In Colorado

If House Bill 1005 passes a Senate vote, it could be legal for Coloradoans to gather water from rainfall. Colorado is currently the only state in the nation where rainwater harvesting is illegal.
 


Photo Credit: Lauren Holbrook 

CB Council Presented Vacation Rental Study

Now, they must decide whether regulation is needed when discussing and managing vacation home rentals (VHR's) as a town government.
 

CB Supports Ban On Dispersed Camping In Gothic Corridor

The Town Manager was instructed by the Town Council to write a comment to the US Forest Service supporting a ban on dispersed camping in the Gothic corridor. That comment must also include language that supports the Forest Service seeking alternative solutions to spillover to neighboring drainages that would likely accompany a ban around Gothic.  
 


Photo:  Ross Conover

Conundrum Conundrum & Adaptive Management

Rangers from the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District are working towrads a strategy of adaptive management for Conundrum Hot Springs. Specific management would be based on thresholds or metrics that come as a result of use or overuse. 

 
 

 

Photo from USFS website.

Cold Harbour Institute on KBUT’s "West Elk Word"

Brooke Moran and Suzanne Ewy discuss the origins of Cold Harbour, it's recent merger with ORE - the Office of Resource Efficiency - and plans to create a center for research, refuge and art that included the entire community.

The Committees Where Bills are Sent to Die

Every bill at the Colorado legislature must receive a fair hearing… and a vote. That’s what state law says. But the fate of many bills is decided before lawmakers even begin the debate. Their fate is sealed in what’s called a kill committee… and that’s where Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland discovered many bills are sent to die.  Listen to the story below.

Conundrum Conundrum & Adaptive Management

Rangers from the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District are working towrads a strategy of adaptive management for Conundrum Hot Springs. Specific management would be based on thresholds or metrics that come as a result of use or overuse. 

 

 Photo from USFS website.

 

CB Supports Ban On Dispersed Camping In Gothic Corridor

The Town Manager was instructed by the Town Council to write a comment to the US Forest Service supporting a ban on dispersed camping in the Gothic corridor. That comment must also include language that supports the Forest Service seeking alternative solutions to spillover to neighboring drainages that would likely accompany a ban around Gothic.

Photo: Russ Conover

Full-Strength Beer & Wine In Colorado Supermarkets?

Voters may get to decide whether or not to allow full strength beer and wine on the shelves at supermarkets this fall. Proponents say it will be better for consumers and create jobs. Opponents say it will limit customer service and actually eliminate jobs.

Cold Harbour Institute Featured on "West Elk Word"

Brooke Moran and Suzanne Ewy discuss the origins of Cold Harbour, it's recent merger with ORE - the Office of Resource Efficiency - and plans to create a center for research, refuge and art that included the entire community.

Possible Solution For 2018 Spring Airport Closure Part 1

Transportation managers are looking at a possible scheduled charter to get residents who rely on air travel for business. The airport is scheduled to close in the spring of 2016 and 2017.  No options seem to exist for the 2016 lapse.  The 2017 lapse is due to maintenance.

Possible Solutions For Spring 2018 Airport Closure Part 2

How did we get to the point in which we have no air service for extended periods of time?  While one reason for closure (maintenance in 2017) was expected, the pullout of United on short notice left travel managers with too little time to come up with a solution for 2016.

CB Town Manager Resigns

Mayor Glen Michel is confident in the ability of the senior town staff to keep things running smoothly. A retreat is planned for next Monday to discuss an interim and how to move forward.



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GT Course Looking Good For Race Night

The Friend's Hut Field Team has established the course and are waiting to see what today's storm brings. Stay tuned to KBUT to hear if it's a TRAVERSE or a REVERSE.

Dispatch From The Grand Traverse Course

The major snow event at Kebler Pass didn't squeeze into the course for the Grand Traverse. Organizers say conditions are quite good. Tune in to KBUT tomorrow (Friday) to hear whether it's a TRAVERSE or a REVERSE.

Full-Strength Beer & Wine In Colorado Supermarkets?

Voters may get to decide whether or not to allow full strength beer and wine on the shelves at supermarkets this fall. Proponents say it will be better for consumers and create jobs. Opponents say it will limit customer service and actually eliminate jobs.  Listen to the full story below or at 8:01 AM, 12:06 PM, and 6:30 PM on March 16th. 


 

Possible Solution For 2018 Spring Airport Closure Part 2

How did we get to the point in which we have no air service for extended periods of time?  While one reason for closure (maintenance in 2017) was expected, the pullout of United on short notice left travel managers with too little time to come up with a solution for 2016.  Local news airs at 8:01 AM, 12:06 PM, and 6:30 PM.  You can hear all local stories by clicking "News," then "Headlines."



Photo:  Rick Lamport

Possible Solution For 2018 Spring Airport Closure Part 1

Transportation managers are looking at a possible scheduled charter to get residents who rely on air travel for business. The airport is scheduled to close in the spring of 2016 and 2017.  No options seem to exist for the 2016 lapse.  The 2017 lapse is due to maintenance.  Listen to the full story by clicking below.  Local news airs at 8:01 AM, 12:06 PM, and 6:30 PM.



Photo:  Rick Lamport

CB Town Manager Resigns

Mayor Glenn Michel is confident in the ability of the senior town staff to keep things running smoothly. A retreat is planned for next Monday to discuss an interim and how to move forward.  Listen to the story by clicking the "play" button below.



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West Elk Word: Local Screenwriter Alan Wartes

Local screenwriter Alan Wartes discusses his new screenplay, The Tesla Files, a short sci-fi film being produced and directed locally, in collaboration with some seasoned, local filmmaking talent. He gives us a peek at the story, talks about casting, set building and direction. The Tesla Files will be filmed entirely on the Western State Colorado University Campus.

BOZAR Votes Against Re-Zoning; Recommendation To Go To Council

The Board of Zoning and Architectural Review voted unanimously to recommend the Council not allow a change in zoning for the proposed Sixth Street Station and Crested Butte Hotel. The recommendation is just that and will go to the council in a future meeting.

Gunnison Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Director

Eric Freson is a 2009 graduate of Western State.  He helped start the Freeride Team (which went on to become the Mountain Sports Program) and worked in the admissions department at Western.  You can welcome him at the 1st Gunnison Chamber After Hours on Thursday, March 31st from 5-7 PM at 500 East Tomichi.  Also pictured is administrative director Brigid O'Leary.



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County Seeing Big Need For Public Aid

The Department of Health and Human Services cites the lack of decent-paying jobs and the cost of childcare as barriers to economic self-sufficiency.  Listen to the story by clicking the "play" button below.

Habitat For Humanity Seeks Owner / Ponders Tiny Home Craze

Gunnison Valley Habitat For Humanity will build a new home near the corner of 6th and New York in Gunnison this summer.  Want to own it?  They're currently seeking qualified candidates.  



Photo:  Gunnison Valley Habitat For Humanity

Crested Butte Hotel (formerly Sixth Street Station) Developers Withdraw Application For Hotel

The application to re-zone plots for the Crested Butte Hotel was withdrawn last week before it had a chance before the Crested Butte Town Council.  
(Click the orange play button to hear the story now).

Cottonwood Pass Closing Communication Plan; Cows On Road Warning

Cottonwood Pass is slated to close for paving in 2017. County managers are finalizing their communication plan. They're also asking folks to slow down and respect the ranching heritage in the Taylor Park area this summer.



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Ultimate Snowmobiler Returns This Weekend

There could be some carnage in an event that brings business to the valley in the first weekend of the 'shoulder season.'  Click the image below to hear the story.  



Photo:  Chris Segal

Local Leadership / Volunteer Opportunities for Climate Resiliency Project

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will be working in the Gunnison Basin for the 3rd year in a row this coming summer. They are looking for crew leaders, crew members, and even cooks for a climate resiliency project this September. The organization not only works on environmental issues, but they also aim to build leadership skills for individuals in their communities.  (Click the image below to hear the story).



Photo:  Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Bill Crank Named Interim Town Manager

Former town manager and former mayor Bill Crank will hold the reigns while the Town Council and staff begin the search process for the next town manager in Crested Butte.  Click the "PLAY" button below to hear the story.  Local news airs at 8:01 AM, 12:06 and 6:30 PM on KBUT.  

Coal Creek Watershed Coalition To Install Outhouse Again In Slate River Valley

The Coal Creek Watershed Coalition will again plan on providing a porta-potty to clean up human waste in the Slate River this summer. Last summer, over 880 gallons of human waste were collected.  Listen by clicking "PLAY" on the link below.  



Photo:  CCWC

State of the Snowpack in the Elk Mountains

Zach Guy, forecaster with the Crested Butte Avalanche Center, joins us to talk about the current state of the snowpack, some dust events, and some recent close calls with avalanches in our backcountry.  Listen now by clicking "play" below.  Local news airs at 8:01 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM on weekdays.

Sage Grouse Road Closures In Effect Now

Until May 15th, certain roads are off limits to vehicles to allow for sage grouse lekking. The Bureau of Land Management says they're not closed to humans altogether, and hikers can head out on the restricted roads after 9 AM.  Hear the story here.  Local news airs at 8:01 AM, 12:06, and 6:30 PM Monday - Fridays on KBUT.



Photo:  BLM

Author Luke Mehall To Present "American Climber" At Western State

In his 3rd book "American Climber," Luke Mehall - former Gunnison resident - talks about dirtbagging, the climbing life, and how climbing pulled him out of depression and substance abuse (and the Midwest). Mehall presents the book on Wednesday, April 13th at 7 PM at Western State's University Center Ballroom.  Click the image below to hear the story.  Local news airs at 8:01 AM, and 12:06 & 6:30 PM on KBUT.  

Headwaters Poetry Festival This Weekend at GAC

It's not just about mountains and deserts - or even poetry - at the 2nd Annual Headwaters Poetry Festival held this weekend at the Gunnison Arts Center.  Click the orange "play" button below to hear the story.



 

West Elk Word - Kent Viles and the Dobrato

Gunnison's own Kent Viles, owner of Castle Creek Guitars, has invented a new type of guitar called the Dobrato. Kent shares his journey with the Dobrato, from garage project to mass production.  "West Elk Word" is heard Saturdays at noon.  Click the orange PLAY button below to hear the show right now.  

Crisis Services Now Available Through Text Messaging

A new service is available to all Coloradoans in a crisis, and it is through text messaging. Anyone can text TALK to 38255 anytime and receive help from a trained counselor. The text-line has both a "HOT" and a "COLD" line, depending on the degree of crisis. No personal issue is too small or too large to ask for help.  Local news airs at 8:01 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM.  Click the orange "PLAY" button to hear the story now.



 

Citizens Sought For VHR Committee

Two citizens-at-large are being sought to join a committee that will advise the Crested Butte Town Council on matters involving short-term rentals.

GPD Reports Series of Thefts; Local Man’s Death Ruled Suicide

Power tools and construction equipment were stolen from cars in Gunnison.  In unrelated news, a Gunnison man's death was ruled a suicide.


Fee Hike at Curecanti, Black Canyon Campgrounds

Public comment spurred the fee hike by asking for better facilities and asking the public campgrounds to NOT undercut the private campgrounds in the area.




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Fee Hike at Curecanti, Black Canyon Campgrounds

Public comment spurred the fee hike by asking for better facilities and asking the public campgrounds to NOT undercut the private campgrounds in the area.

Sage Grouse Road Closures In Effect Now

Until May 15th, certain roads are off limits to vehicles to allow for sage grouse lekking. The Bureau of Land Management says they're not closed to humans altogether, and hikers can head out on the restricted roads after 9 AM.  Hear the story here.  Local news airs at 8:01 AM, 12:06, and 6:30 PM Monday - Fridays on KBUT.



Photo:  BLM
 

Coal Creek Watershed Coalition To Install Outhouse Again In Slate River Valley

The Coal Creek Watershed Coalition will again plan on providing a porta-potty to clean up human waste in the Slate River this summer. Last summer, over 880 gallons of human waste were collected.  Listen by clicking "PLAY" below.

Sanders Picks up Delegates at State Convention

Over the weekend Bernie Sanders was assured the majority of Colorado’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention later this year in Philadelphia. But Hillary Clinton still has momentum in the state, and has the support of super delegates. Those are Democratic party leaders, like the Governor.


 

GPD Reports Series of Thefts; Local Man’s Death Ruled Suicide

Power tools and construction equipment were stolen from cars in Gunnison.  In unrelated news, a Gunnison man's death was ruled a suicide.

"Out Of The Darkness" Walk To Raise Awareness of Suicide in Gunnison County

The walk will be held May 1st. In the past year, 3 high school students have committed suicide and other attempts have been made in Gunnison County. The walk aims to show people that help is available and that barriers to communication around suicide and crisis intervention should be broken down.

Citizens Sought For VHR Committee

Two citizens-at-large are being sought to join a committee that will advise the Crested Butte Town Council on matters involving short-term rentals.  

Crisis Services Now Available Through Text Messaging

A new service is available to all Coloradoans in a crisis, and it is through text messaging. Anyone can text TALK to 38255 anytime and receive help from a trained counselor. The text-line has both a "HOT" and a "COLD" line, depending on the degree of crisis. No personal issue is too small or too large to ask for help.  Local news airs at 8:01 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM.  Click the orange "PLAY" button to hear the story now.

West Elk Word - Kent Viles and the Dobrato

Gunnison's own Kent Viles, owner of Castle Creek Guitars, has invented a new type of guitar called the Dobrato. Kent shares his journey with the Dobrato, from garage project to mass production.  "West Elk Word" is heard Saturdays at noon.  Click the orange PLAY button below to hear the show right now.  

Walk For Suicide Awareness This Sunday In Gunnison

This is the first walk of its kind in Gunnison.  Registration is at 11:30 AM at the Gunnison High Schoool. Funds raised will be split between national and local efforts towards suicide prevention.
 

Still Time To Request Absentee Ballots For Met Rec Election

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is this Friday. The election will be held May 3rd at the Queen of All Saints Church in Crested Butte or at the Fred Field Building in Gunnison from 7 AM - 7 PM.

Community Support Letters For Creative District Sought

Letters are needed by Tuesday, April 26th. Contact Town Planner Michael Yerman (myerman@crestedbutte-co.gov - 349-5338) to learn more about how to submit a letter of support for Crested Butte as a Colorado Creative District.

 

Affordable Housing Lottery Deadlines / Classes Approaching

The Town of CB is offering a 2-session class to interested buyers for the 8 lots in Blocks 79 and 80 that will be sold this spring. Deadline to apply to be in the lottery is May 9th.

Legacy Mine Cleanup Bill Passes House Vote

Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) co-sponsored the bill with Don Coram (R-Montrose). HB16-12776 would create a mechanism for funding emergencies originating from abandoned legacy mines in Colorado. Legacy mining sites are those abandoned before July 1, 1976.  Click the photo below to hear the story.  Local news airs LIVE at 8:01 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM.

Marijuana "Amnesty" Box In CB Allows Visitors To Properly Dispose of Unused Weed

The box is located in the Crested Butte Marshal's Office, and one will eventually be located in the Gunnison Airport. The boxes allow people who have purchased too much marijuana to dispose of it and ensure it stays out of the hands of people who don't want it or shouldn't have it.

 

Gunnison Hotel Seeing Success With Pot Tourism

Aside from a few short-term rentals, The Inn at Tomichi Village is the only 420-friendly lodging available in Gunnison County. General Manager Alejandro Gutierrez says the 420-friendly approach the hotel has taken is showing success.  Click the image of the smoking lounge to hear the full story.  

 

Gunnison County Underrepresented on USFS’s Resource Advisory Committee

The Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) makes recommendations to US National Forest officials regarding the funding of future projects. Gunnison County is currently under-represented on the RAC. Here is the link to apply or learn more: goo.gl/Abiq0J 



 

Affordable Housing Deadline This Coming Monday

The Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority will be accepting applications until 4 PM on Monday, May 9th for empty lots on blocks 79 and 80 in Crested Butte. Details about the application process can be found at GVRHA.org. Applications should be turned in to Town Hall in Crested Butte.

 

Spiegeltent To Host Music Festival Events In Mt. CB

Spiegeltents are a Belgian tradition, based on a traveling dance hall. This summer's Crested Butte Music Festival events will be held in the tent to centralize the location and introduce patrons to the future site of the Biery-Witt Center.  Photo:  West Coast Spiegeltents

 

Summer Music Calendar Expands at CFA

The Center For The Arts will book more shows than ever this summer, due to the Music Festival's move to Mt. Crested Butte. The Music Festival previously rented the Center For The Arts for all of July, and their move opened an opportunity for more diverse live music at the venue.

 

Supreme Court Strikes Down Fracking Ban and Moratorium

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the city of Longmont's hydraulic fracturing ban and a moratorium in Fort Collins. Environmental groups and citizen activists called the ruling disappointing as oil and gas supporters praised it.

 

Forest Manager Conference In Gunnison This Week

The Colorado-Wyoming Society of American Foresters will meet for a few days in Gunnison to discuss forest issues such as fire suppression, bark beetles, sudden aspen decline, timber harvesting, and more.

 

OVPP To Reveal Prosperity Strategy

A public meeting will be held at the Almont Lodge on Wednesday, May 18th from 5-7 PM to discuss the Prosperity Strategy, a plan which has been in-the-works since early winter.

 

Somerset’s Elk Creek Mine Coal Silo Demolished As Part Of Shutdown

The Elk Creek Mine in Gunnison County was once one of Colorado’s most productive coal mines. Its coal silo stood tall for 50 years, but last Friday it was demolished. While just another step in the mine’s shutdown, its collapse was symbolic. KVNF's Jake Ryan was there. (Story courtesy of KVNF, Paonia)


 

Bear Problems in Aspen Backcountry: Could This Happen Here?

The Aspen Sopris Ranger District has even closed a campground because the bears were too comfortable rummaging around for people food.

 

Oh-Be-Joyful To See Camping Fees Next Summer

According to the BLM, current facilities can't handle the number of people. Managers will work to harden and define sites this summer before camp fees go into effect next summer.

 

Vacant Seat on Creative District Commission; Meeting Tomorrow Morning

The purpose of the meeting is to bring the public up-to-speed regarding the process of becoming a certified Colorado Creative District and to introduce the Creative District Commission.

 

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Top 5 New Albums Played on KBUT

Week ending 11/27/16

1. Zebuel - River City Sunset
2. Crocodiles - Dreamless
3. The Faint - Capsule
4. Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit
5. Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exists


- List compiled by KBUT Music Director Bonnie Gollhofer