National Forest Still in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, Gunnison County Remains at Stage 1

Officials with the Gunnison and Uncompahgre National Forests have banned all fires, campfires and stove fires in the forest. The ban includes charcoal grills, hibachis, coal and wood-burning stoves and outdoor smoking. For now, the Grand Mesa National Forest will not enter Stage 2 restrictions, only the Gunnison and Uncompahgre units. The restrictions are in effect until further notice.

Additionally, unincorporated Gunnison County remains in Stage 1 restrictions. More information on the county restrictions are at

The fire ban is in response to continued dry, windy conditions in western Colorado.

See a complete list of what's prohibited and allowed under Stage 2 by clicking here.

See a map of the affected areas by clicking here.

Tickets on Sale Now for KBUT’s Big Blue Festival!

KBUT's Big Blue Festival is August 24-25.

It's so big we're having it at two locations: The I Bar Ranch just east of Gunnison and Blue Mesa Reservoir west of town.

We'll have live music from Blackalicious, Shakedown Street, and more. See the lineup and learn more at our Big Blue Festival page.

Camp for the night, then take a free shuttle to the lake for a day of stand-up paddle board races, games, clinics, and more!

Tickets are on sale now. Get yours and learn more about The Big Blue Festival here.

Thanks to Everyone Who Helped Make Our 2018 Friday Night Fish Fry a Huge Success!

The Friday Night Fish Fry from KBUT and Alpine Orthopaedics was the biggest and best ever.

A big shout-out and thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and vendors. And to you for supporting your local community radio station, KBUT.

See pictures from the 2018 Fish Fry at our Instagram page.


    Sports Barrel - 6/20/18

    In this week's KBUT Sports Barrel: We'll look at results from the adult co-ed soccer tournament and preview the CB Kickers. Also, highlights from two softball blowouts and a preview of a weekend on the trails in CB and on the river in Gunnison. Also, the bar eating you and some internet magic.

    Sports Barrel - 6/13/18

    In this week's KBUT Sports Barrel: We're back in the saddle as early season softball results include a KBUT loss ("booooooo!") and an Eldo win. Local enduro rider Cooper Ott carries three great results into a hometown defense during CB Bike Week and WESA hosts an adult co-ed soccer tourney in town this weekend.

    Bloom Blast Returns to KBUT as Wildflowers Explode in Area

    The popular, two-minute summer feature will be heard Tuesday mornings at 8:00 am, right after Morning Edition. Bloom Blast is a weekly look at the wildflowers that are currently popping around Crested Butte, known as "The Wildflower Capital of Colorado.

    Bloom Blast is hoted by representatives of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival.

    Hear Bloom Blast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. Hear archived episodes here.

    Brush Creek Public Hearing Continued

    Town and county seeks fifth chance to satisfy all parties. 

    (Gunnison) - At last Friday’s public hearing, the planning commission and county commissioners deferred to the advice of County Attorney David Baumgarten. That affords them more time for county, project applicant Gatesco, and the Town of Crested Butte to sort out differences about the proposed housing development.
    The Town alleges they’ve been pushed into this process and haven't seen the level of community conversation necessary for such a project. County officials say the town has shown an unwillingness to negotiate.

    Hear the full story by clicking the link below.

    Photo by Christopher Biddle: Planning Comissioner Molly Mugglestone (left) and Crested Butte Town Manager
    Dara Macdonal (center) listen to Gateco Attorney Kendal Burgemeister


    Vail Resorts to Purchase Crested Butte and Partners

    In a letter to the public sent Monday morning, the Crested Butte Mountain Resort owners the Mueller Family said they'd been approached by Vail to purchase Triple Peaks LLC. The entity operates Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado, as well as Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Sunapee Mountain in New Hampshire. The sale is expected to be completed this summer. 

    According to a letter signed by all four members of the Mueller Family: "We want you to know that this was the hardest decision we have ever made, especially as we begin to transition through this deal and say goodbye to each of you."

    Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz added: "While we know that being part of a larger network of resorts will be new for many, it also comes with benefits and opportunities for guests, employees, and communities [and the ability to]  thrive by providing financial stability in the face of increasingly variable weather."

    No details have been released on how season passes will be handled, though Katz promised Vail's Mountain Division President Pat Campbell would release more information soon. 

    KBUT Announces Morning Host Chris Biddle as Full-Time Reporter

    Biddle, who has been hosting Morning Edition and doing part-time reporting for KBUT since 2017, will assume full-time reporting duties June 4. He'll continue to host Morning Edition weekdays from 6:00 am to 8:00 am.

    Biddle originally came to KBUT in 2013 as a volunteer DJ. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson Colllege and his reporting has appeared in the Vermont Journal and on Vermont Public Radio.

    As KBUT's new full-time reporter, he'll cover a variety of local and regional issues for the station and contribute stories to the Rocky Mountain Community Radio network.

    Biddle takes the reins from Chad Reich, who is leaving KBUT to attend graduate school in Ohio.

    Anecdotal Evidence Suggests Increased Moose Populations in Region

    Colorado Parks & Wildlife officials have been re-introducing moose to Colorado since the 1970s. Their efforts appear to be working in Gunnison County as more people report seeing the creatures. Hunting tags for moose are now available for areas around Taylor Park, the San Juan Mountains, and Grand Mesa. Chad Reich talks to Parks & Wildlife officials about a decade-long moose reintroduction program in Gunnison County and how populations are doing across western Colorado.


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KBUT Updates

Gunnison Valley Calendar

You're invited.

Come join in.

See area events HERE.
Submit an event HERE.

KBUT’s Top 5 New Albums

1. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
2. John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness
3. Laura Carbone - Empty Sea
4. Forth Wanderers - Forth Wanderers
5. Goat Girl - Goat Girl

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Board of Directors Meeting

The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the KBUT Board of Directors is Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. The board meets in the small conference room at the Crested Butte Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information contact Toni Todd at 970-349-5225.