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    The Carbon Economy: A Rancher and Student Work Together

    KBUT's Christopher Biddle files this report about how a graduate student is helping a 5th-generation ranching family work to preserve the land (by putting carbon back into the ground) they operate on.

    Jake Courkamp is an ecologist and grad student at Western State Colorado University. Bruce Allen is a fifth generation cattle rancher. They’re a match made in Colorado.

    (Photo: Jake Courcamp)


    West Elk Word: Chris Greene, ICE Project

    Chris Greene is a professor in School of Business at Western, and founder of the ICE -- Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship -- Project. He shares the collaborative and supportive nature of the project, designed to help entrepreneurs find ways to transform fresh, creative ideas into successful businesses in the Gunnison Valley.

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    Visitation Up At Black Canyon, Curecanti Rec. Area

    Visitor numbers were up at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and the Curecanti Recreation Areas this past year.

    Sandy Snell-Dobert with the Parks Service says that last year was the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, and that extra marketing muscle was put into getting people into parks.

    She also says that people seem to want to get out and explore their public lands more and more as evidence by upward trending visitation numbers nationwide.  

    (Photo:  National Park Service)


    Local Impacts If NEA Is Defunded

    A proposal from the White House to defund the National Endowment For The Arts would have local impacts to the arts community in Gunnison County.

    The Crested Butte Music Festival uses an NEA grant for some of its free programming and to reduce tuition for the Opera Children's Chorus, of which about half helps local students.

    The Crested Butte Creative District is funded through Colorado Creative Industries, who receives 1/3 of its funding from the NEA. The Creative District helps fund public arts projects made by local artists in the town.


    Art Walk Weekend in Crested Butte

    Beginning at 5pm this friday, Artists of Crested Butte, a coalition of local artists, hosts Art Walk Weekend, 18 different artists—among them painters, weavers, jewelry makers, and more—performing demonstrations of their processes. To learn more, KBUT reporter Chris Biddle spoke with three of the artists involved.

    (Photo: Potter Laura Elm. Courtesy of The Art Studio)


    CB Affordable Housing Unit Sells On Free Market

    The Town of Crested Butte was outbid last week and has lost control over one of its units in Poverty Gulch, a deed-restricted affordable housing complex on the northeast side of town.

    KBUT will follow this story as new developments unfold.

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


    Winter Backcountry Study Aims To Discover Amount & Type Of Use

    A baseline study is being undertaken to learn about use in the Slate River and Washington Gulch corridors just outside of Crested Butte.

    The goal of the study is to give land managers and future researchers baseline data that will allow them to see trends in the amount and type of use in these areas.

    The information will be held at Western State, and the study is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation For The Gunnison Valley.


    Transportation Funding Takes Center Stage at Legislature’s Mid-Point

    State lawmakers are halfway through their annual legislative session. While some bills have already been passed and been signed by the governor – the task of funding transportation is still on the table.


    Brush Creek Parcel Hopes To Help Fill Affordable Housing Gap

    A 17-acre parcel of land located at the intersection of Brush Creek Road and Highway 135 will be the site of future development that could help fill the gap of needed affordable housing units.

    The land will also likely hold a parking intercept and other mixed-income housing. It is owned jointly by the towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, the ski area, and Gunnison County.


    Bill To Expand, Protect Thompson Divide Into Gunnison County

    The Thompson Divide Protection Bill, introduced by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, aims to expand the recognized Thompson Divide area deep into Gunnison County and would protect the land from oil and gas development indefinitely.

    The bill has bi-partisan support, including from neighboring counties, Gunnison Energy (and oil and gas developer who works in the area), and environmental groups.

    The bill likely has an uphill battle given the current political attitude towards environmental protection coming from legislators in Washington, D.C.

    (Map: Sen. Bennet's Office)


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