GMUG National Forest and County Downgrade to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

With the advent of summer rains, officials with the Gunnison and Uncompahgre National Forests decided on Monday July 16 to rescind Stage 2 fire restrictions and institute Stage 1. Gunnison County and the Towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte followed suit a day later.

Under Stage 1 fire restrictions, campfires in grates and grills in developed campgrounds and picnic areas are allowed, as are petroleum-based stoves. Open camp and stove fires are still prohibited.

What's prohibited and allowed under Stage 1

Tickets on Sale Now for KBUT’s Big Blue Festival, August 24-25!

KBUT's Big Blue Festival is the biggest outdoor party of the year in Gunnison County!

We'll have live music from Shakedown Street, The Black Lillies featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Blackalicious, and more. See the lineup and learn more at our Big Blue Festival page. Camp for the night at I Bar Ranch, then take a free shuttle to the Blue Mesa Reservoir for a day of stand-up paddle board races, games, clinics, and more. Then head back to the I Bar for more live music!

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

    Sports Barrel - 7/18/18

    Town league softball delivers a beatdown for the ages, the Powerade Pinnacle bike race series continues, and the Grin and Bear it trail race has a new record holder. Also, Boyz II Men.

    Waging War on Invasive Species

    In an open field in Longmont, Colorado, about a dozen people crouched in the tall grass, moving slowly and deliberately. Some carried huge serrated knives called hori-hori, a Japanese tool made for gutting weeds. Others wielded as their weapon of choice gardening shears, saws, even chemical sprays.

    Their enemy was tamarisk, a small tree with scaly leaves and tiny pink flowers. It's taking over many waterways and crowding out native species like cottonwoods.

    From the Mountain West News Bureau, Rae Ellen Bichel reports on what these weed warriors are doing to stop the spread of tamarisk.

    Photo: Jennifer Stevens and Mark Hinchman with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers display a freshly-pulled tamarisk seedling in Longmont, Colo. Credit: Rae Ellen Bichell / Mountain West News Bureau.

    Listen to the story:


    West Elk Word July 14, 2018 - Crested Butte Music Festival

    On this week's West Elk Word, we'll talk to Emily and Eric Peterson, co-Artistic Directors of the Crested Butte Music Festival.

    We'll hear about the performance and educational offerings at this year's festival.

    West Elk Word is KBUT's weekly interview and public affairs program. It airs Saturdays at noon. Archived episodes can be heard at the West Elk Word Soundcloud page.

    Listen to the interview:

    Former Denver Post Reporters to Launch News Site

    In 21 years at the Denver Post, Jason Blevins covered many things, including Colorado's ski industry. When the Post's owner gutted staffing in the newsroom, Blevins and others left the paper to launch a new online-only source of news: The Colorado Sun. It's already bucking trends. The Sun has two years of advance funding from venture capitalists in the blockchain world.

    KBUT's Christopher Biddle spoke to Blevins about the Sun, which is slated to launch in August.

    Hear the interview:


    In Cutting Western Water Use, Give Props to the Toilet

    By Luke Runyon

    Since the 1990s, a strange phenomenon has played out in arid Western urban areas. Populations are booming while overall water use is staying the same or going down. The trend is clear in Denver, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix: Cities are growing and using less water in the process.

    It’s impossible to give credit to a single solution but one could make a strong case that the MVP award for water conservation efforts should go to the modern toilet.

    Photo: Resource Central technician Max Hartmann installs a high-efficiency toilet in a Longmont, Colorado home. Credit: Luke Runyon/KUNC.

    Listen to the story:

    This story is part of a collaborative series from the Colorado River Reporting Project at KUNC, supported by a Walton Family Foundation grant, the Mountain West News Bureau, and Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a new multimedia collaboration between public radio and TV stations in the West, supported by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    Sports Barrel - 7/11/18

    KBUT and the Talk squared off in a barnburner at Tommy V field. Then the Brew Crew took on the Avalanche. Also, a look ahead at the Grin-and-Bear-It this Saturday and that ol' T-Rex roar.

    Utah Attempts Conservation While Keeping an Eye on Lake Powell

    A conservation ethic is growing in the nation’s second-driest state. The Beehive State requires all water districts to set conservation goals and incentives. But some say that even the most ambitious conservation programs won't provide enough water to meet the needs of a growing population.

    Utah is pushing forward with a plan to tap more water from the Colorado River to serve two counties in the southwest part of the state. That raises a question: Does Utah really need so much water? This story is part of ongoing coverage of water issues in the West and the impact of rivers that originate in Colorado.

    Judy Fahys from public radio KUER in Salt Lake City has the story:

    Photo: Ron Thompson, General Manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District in Utah. Credit: Judy Fahys/KUER News.

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KBUT’s Top 5 New Albums

1. Cowboy Junkies - All That Reckoning
2. Kamasi Washington - Heaven And Earth
3. John Coltrane - Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
4. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
5. Thunderpussy - Thunderpussy

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