Alley Paving Project Met w/ Opposition By "Alley Dwellers"

    Plans to pave the alley by Soupcon were met with resistance at the Crested Butte Town Council meeting on August 7th.

    Residents and businessowners expressed concerns about impacts to the alley including safety, aesthetics, and the manner in which the project was put forth - namely using private funds for a public project and a lack of notice to those directly affected.  

    Photo:  Soupcon Alley (Chad Reich)

    Local news airs at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM.

    Local Proposals For Affordable Housing Funding & Regional Comparison

    KBUT talks with Margaret Bowes, President of the Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST). The group recognizes that resort communities face unique challenges in delivering municipal services to its residents and visitors.

    Today, we learn about how Telluride and Summit County are using a sales tax to fund affordable housing in their communities.


    Possible Vacation Rental Tax For Affordable Housing In CB

    The Town of Crested Butte is considering pursuing ballot language to help fund affordable housing by taxing short-term and vacation rentals in the town.

    Right now, discussions led to the possibility of voters deciding whether or not the industry would be taxed at a rate of 5% on top of sales and other taxes already paid.  That would bring the total tax paid by visitors staying in vacation rentals to about 18%. The tax would help offset increased demand for jobs created by bringing more people to town by building year-round deed-restricted housing opportunities for workers.

    The council will discuss this further at the next meeting on August 21st.


    CB Parks & Rec. Pitches for New Warming House Building At Big Mine

    The new building would be 8848 square feet - 6000 square feet larger than the current building - and would come at price tag of $3.5 million.

    Parks & Rec Director Janna Hansen says the current building is at capacity, and the new building would fill the current needs for CB Nordic, the junior nordic program, hockey, and could be used as a rented venue for events and other non-sports programming.  (Photo:  Nathan Bilow / CB Parks & Rec)


    CB Film Fest Series Preview: "I Am Not Your Negro"

    KBUT's Chad Reich speaks with Michael Brody of the Crested Butte Film Festival about the film "I Am Not Your Negro" - which explores racism in our country's past and present.

    The film shows Thursday, August 17th at 7 PM - doors at 6:30. Tickets at or at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte.

    KBUT will give away 2 tickets during the week of the show.  Stay tuned.  


    West Elk Word: Cold Harbour Institute

    Cold Harbour Institute facilitates education, sustainable living and farming practices, resource efficiency and land management. Executive Director Suzanne Ewy and Assistant Director MJ Picket give us all the latest about this innovative community organization- new collaborations with local businesses, educational programs, and more.

    KBUT's "West Elk Word" airs Saturdays at noon.  

    New Forest Plan in the works for the GMUG

    The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests - a.k.a. the GMUG - has embarked upon its first new forest plan in 34 years. An open house was held recently in Gunnison as a way for locals to both understand the planning process and contribute suggestions.

    KBUT will follow forest planning in Gunnison County.

    Local news airs at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM on weekdays.


    POW's Davenport Speaks Against Methane Release At West Elk Mine

    KBUT spoke with Aspen-based professional skier and Protect Our Winters (POW) representative Chris Davenport about the organization's views on proposed methane venting and coal mine expansion at the West Elk Mine in Somerset.

    Davenport says that if the mine is going to expand, the responsible thing to do is capture and use the methane for energy, rather than release it (and its greenhouse effects) into the atmosphere.

    Methane is a greenhouse gas - and a byproduct of coal mining - that can be captured and used as fuel.  Gunnison County Commissioners have written in favor of methane capture as a condition of mine expansion.  


    Honk for Peace

    Vicky Roach-Archuleta has been standing on the corner of Virginia and Main in downtown Gunnison for 15 minutes every Friday at noon, for more than 14 years. Her message: peace.

    Local news airs at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM.  

    Slow down and honk for peace!


    The Crested Butte 40th Reunion: 1977 to 2017

    Reporter Chris Biddle swung by the so-called "40th Reunion" in Crested Butte on the last weekend of July. More than 600 people who lived in Crested Butte between 1977 and 2017 gathered for a pot luck dinner on Tommy V. field to eat, drink, dance, and share old stories. 

    Photo by Chris Biddle: Current and former residents gathered on Tommy V. Field in Crested Butte on the last weekend in July.

    KBUT local news stories can be heard weekedays following Morning Edition, Noon headline News, and All Things Considered. Follow us on Facebook to stay up date on all local news, station updates, and more!


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