Gunnison Valley Appraisals Finally Accounting for 'Green Builds'

    Go with a "green build" in the Gunnison Valley, and you'd think that would add to the appraised value of your home, but it's only recently that the housing market has woken up to the value efficient designs, and it may all hinge on the sale of a single home. Reporter Christopher Biddle filed this feature report.

    Photo: Dusty Silvenson (Top right) and homeowner JT Ryan (bottom, third from left) hosted a demo/work day at JT's new home. Their company, Straw and Timber Craftsmen, which Dusty owns, specializes in highly efficient homes that are insulated with straw bales. 

    Crested Butte Mayor's Runoff Forum 12-7-17

    The Mayor's chair in Crested Butte is still vacant due to a unique clause requiring a 50% vote.  

    KBUT and the Crested Butte News held the Mayor's Runoff Forum on Thursday, December 7th at the Mallardi Theatre.  

    Take a listen, and vote if you live in the town.


    CB Becomes First to Tax Short-Term Rentals More Than Hotels

    In a 6-0 vote, the Crested Butte Town Council enacted the tax on short-term rentals that will go to fund an affordable housing program in the town.  The tax will be another part of the puzzle in regulating the industry that the town staff says is linked to a shortage of housing along with licensing, a cap on the number of licenses, fees, enforcement, 

    The fund can be used on various affordable housing projects in and outside of town limits.

    With this tax, Crested Butte becomes the first jurisdiction or municipality to tax the industry at a higher rate than traditional lodging such as hotels.


    Sports Barrel 12/6/17

    Titans Hockey shines in CSprings, Boys and Girls Hoops show mixed results, and the Irwin Rando Race doesn't get the snow it needs. Also, that's like putting your whole mouth on the dip.

    Crisis Intervention Training Improves Mental Health Offerings

    Several officers from the Crested Butte Marshal's Department attended a Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) in Grand Junction earlier this year.  The training is designed to give law enforcement experience with various simulated crisis situations, including potential homicides and suicides.

    The CIT improves mental health offerings in Gunnison County, where there is a lack of mental health offerings due to various factors:  distance from treatment, the price of private psychiatric care, substance abuse, seasonality, depression, and a shortage of resources for mental health providers statewide.


    Lawmaker Calls for Lebsock's Firing

    A lawmaker has drafted a resolution to oust Representative Steve Lebsock from office. He is accused of sexual harassment.  Bente Birkeland reports from the Capitol that Lebsock continues to fight for his political career.


    CB Town Council Work Session on Brush Creek Proposal 11-30-17

    The Crested Butte Town Council held a work session on the housing development proposal known as "The Corner at Brush Creek" on Thursday, November 30th.

    KBUT was on hand and made this recording.  

    You can download and listen later or stream the entire meeting right here.


    Crested Butte's Short-Term Rental Tax: Vacasa's Response

    The town is preparing to tax short-term and vacation rentals 5% on top of the 13.4% all lodging in the town pays. That would bring the total tax paid by users of short-term and vacation rentals to 18.4%.

    Officials with the town say the disparity in the tax rate is meant to level the playing field with the higher commercial property taxes paid by traditional lodging (hotels / bnb's) vs. the lower residential property taxes paid by short-term rentals operating in houses.

    To gather an industry response, we spoke with Cliff Johnson, co-founder of Vacasa, a full-scale property management and rental firm who operates units in Crested Butte.


    Habitat For Humanity: An Application Primer

    Gunnison Valley Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for a recycled unit until the end-of-business on Friday, December 1st.

    To learn more about the process of getting into a Habitat home, and how to qualify, we spoke with Julie Robinson, Director of Gunnison Valley Habitat for Humanity.


    Pitkin County Racing to Keep up With E-bike Popularity

    Electric bikes have cruised to popularity, and local governments are scrambling to keep up. Changes in state laws have left a patchwork of policies, and e-bikers aren’t always sure where they can ride.

    Aspen Public Radio's Elizabeth Stewart-Severy took to the trails to check out the new technology and brings us this report.  (Photo:  Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio)


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KBUT Updates

Help Guide KBUT’s Future: Become a Board Member

KBUT has two openings coming up on our Board of Directors. If you are interested please contact General Manager Eileen Hughes at or call 970-349-5225. Or you can speak with one of our current Board Members.  The deadline to be nominated is Friday January 5, 2018. The election will be held at KBUT's annual meeting on Saturday January 13, 2018.  These are three year seats. Service on our Board of Directors is a another way to get involved with KBUT and help set the path for KBUT's continued sucess. 


KBUT’s Top 5 New Albums

1. Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings  - Soul Of A Woman
2. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts - MILANO
3. Knox Fortune - Paradise
4. Emancipator - Baralku
5. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice 

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