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TETWP Seeks Drivers for "Tuffy" to Transport Breast Cancer Patients
September 25, 2017

Gunnison County is isolated. And that's likely more obvious for someone who needs transportation to breast cancer clinics or hospitals.

The local chapter of Tough Enough To Wear Pink recently purchased "Tuffy" a Dodge Ram that can be checked out and driven to care facilities.

Click here to volunteer to drive "Tuffy" and help transport breast cancer patients in Gunnison County.


 

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CB's Late Arbor Day Celebration and Other Tree News
September 21, 2017

The town of Crested Butte celebrates Arbor Day in September, while the rest of the country praises our dendro friends in April. Here, in April, the ground is (hopefully) covered in snow and frozen.

The town will also be re-planting trees that were removed from Town Park. Learn about the town's tree program on today's local news cut.

 
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Toilets a Not-So-Easy Solution for Backcountry Poop Problem
September 19, 2017

The Crested Butte Conservation Corps pulled a lot of human waste (think poop) out of the backcountry this summer, especially around trailheads. One solution to the poop problem could be installing toilets at trailheads.

Putting a toilet in the backcountry isn't as easy as it sounds. It has to go through an environmental review, be purchased, installed, maintained, and emptied.

Learn about how the Conservation Corps battled the poop problem and potential solutions in-the-works on today's local news.

 
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HCCA Responds to Potential West Elk Mine Expansion
September 18, 2017


HCCA Public Lands Director Matt Reed says the organization will file against the Forest Service's draft decision to allow the BLM to approve a 1700 acre mine expansion near Somerset.  Reed cites environmental disruption in lands managed under a roadless rule (albeit, a flexible roadless rule), unnecessary royalty reducations that take money away from taxpayers, and the lack of language that would require methane capture from the state's number one methane polluter.
 (Photo:  US Forest Service)

Information on how to comment, the environmental impact statement, and more on the draft decision can be found here.






 
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Colorado Is Putting In Bid For Amazon HQ2, But Some Aren’t Sold
September 17, 2017

Merchandising giant Amazon wants to open a second headquarters – called Amazon HQ2 -- outside of Seattle. Colorado is pulling together what it hopes is a winning bid, but it’s a competitive venture.

Click the play button below to hear the full story.
(Photo:  Amazon HQ in Seattle / Amazon)

 
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'Bowl Bash' to Fund Skate Park Renovations
September 15, 2017

The Crested Butte skate park has seen its fair share of airs, grabs, flips, and grinds over the years; But the once pre-eminent park has also seen better days. Some local skaters have taken it upon themselves to do something about it.

Their solution: the resurrection of the Crested Butte Bowl Bash, a fundraiser and friendly competition to raise money and awareness for the plight of their beloved park. KBUT's Christopher Biddle has more. 

(Photo Courtesy of TownofCrestedButte.com)


 
Posted by Christopher Biddle - Chris@kbut.org
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Forest Service Releases Draft Decision On Possible Coal Mine Expansion
September 13, 2017

The decision consents to the BLM - if they choose to allow the expansion to happen at Arch Coal's West Elk Mine in Western Gunnison County. The draft decision states that temporary roads will be allowed in the North Fork Coal Mining Area, a subset of the Sunset Roadless Area. There are no provisions requiring methane capture or flaring in this draft decision.

If the expansion is allowed, it's estimated that over 10 million tons of coal will be extracted and that the life of the mine will be extended 1.6 years.


More information on the draft decision and how to object to the draft decision can be found here.

 
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The Latest From "The West Elk Word" - KBUT's Community Affairs Program
September 13, 2017

Sustainable Crested Butte
Benjamin Swift, Gabi Prochaska and Sarah Oktay join us from the fledgling-but-already- influential organization dedicated to making Crested Butte a waste-free town. There's a long way to go, yet great progress is being made, idea by idea. These three from Sustainable Crested Butte are here to tell us how.

 
HCCA Public Lands Director Matt Reed
Matt Reed, Director of Public Lands for High County Conservation Advocates, discusses a wide range of public lands issues, from the new GMUG forest plan, to coal mining on the public lands, to forest health, to sustainable tourism.

 
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County Explains Proposal, Process Regarding Brush Creek Parcel
September 7, 2017

Public concern has been raised over a proposed 240 unit rental complex - 65% of which will be affordable housing - which could be located at the intersection of Brush Creek Road and Highway 135.

In this conversation, Gunnison County Director of Community Development Cathie Pagano discusses the proposal and the process a proposal like this goes through. She also responds to public scrutiny that the proposal has been fast-tracked, and she lays out what the next steps in this process are, including how the public can be involved.

Listen by clicking PLAY below.  

 
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Coal Downturn Series Part 3: Adjusting to Loss of Tax Revenue
September 4, 2017

The recent closure of a mine – and a soon to be closed power plant in Montrose County – could cut tax revenue as much as 70 percent. Both local and state groups are laboring to find a replacement economy in a region that’s not used to rapid change.



 
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Coal Downturn Series Part 2: Job Re-training in the North Fork Valley
September 4, 2017

Rural communities on Colorado’s western slope are struggling to thrive. Yesterday we told you how the loss of coal jobs in the towns of Nucla and Naturita in Montrose County are forcing many there to make tough choices. Should they stay and pursue new careers – or pack up and move away?

Photo:  Noel Wichmann, who lives in Delta and installs solar panels after leaving a career in coal mining.  Credit:  Bente Birkelend / Capitol Coverage / Rocky Mountain Community Radio

 
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Coal Downturn Series Part 1: Impacts in Montrose County's Small Towns
September 4, 2017

Colorado is a resilient state. We weathered the 2008 recession better than most, and now things are booming. The unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation and people are flocking here for jobs. But it’s a different story in many parts of western Colorado.

(Downtown Nucla.  Photo:  Bente Birkelend / Capitol Coverage / Rocky Mountain Community Radio)
 
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The Goat Lady: Twenty Years of Kids and Goats
August 31, 2017

Wool from cashmere goats is finer, softer, stronger, lighter, and 3 times as insulating than that from sheep. For Gunnison resident Ann Bertschy, cashmere goats are not only a means to make a living, but also a source of life lessons for her and for countless young volunteers in the Gunnison Valley.

Ann lives on Ohio Creek in Gunnison with her herd of more than 150 cashmere goats. For the past 20 years, through a partnership the local chapter of 4H, she has adopted out her yearling goats to be raised by children aged six through teenager. 

(Photo by Christopher Biddle: Lolo Housman and Campbell Ryan tend to Ann Bertschy's herd of more than 150 cashmere goats.)







 
Posted by Christopher Biddle - Chris@kbut.org
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Money Needed More Than Food or Clothing For Harvey Relief Efforts
August 31, 2017

When unsolicited goods - like clothing and food - are sent, personpower must be re-directed to sorting, packaging, transporting, storing, and re-distributing these goods.

While it may feel good giving up a Patagonia shirt or some organic macaroni and cheese, the effort will be helped more if the shirt is sold or the money is saved at the store and wired.
(Photo:  Steve Gonzales / Houston Chronicle)


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Recreation & Wildlife - At Conflict Along Upper Slate River
August 30, 2017

An increase in the number of river users on the Upper Slate River from the Gunsight Bridge to the town of Crested Butte is creating a conflict between recreation and wildlife.

The Crested Butte Land Trust, who manages lands in this corridor, says they need to work towards a solution that takes into account a new and rapidly growing use - paddleboarding - while stewarding for wildlife and ranching along the waterway.

Courtney Burton of CB SUP - a paddleboard rental company - believes there a solution to reducing the conflict between recreation and wildlife can be found through education, awareness, discouraging use of the river when necessary, and by spreading use away from the waterway.

Click here to provide your feedback to the Crested Butte Land Trust on current and future management of the Upper Slate River.

 
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Crested Butte Mayoral and Town Council Candidates Announced
August 29, 2017

The election is November 7th. Voter registration can be updated at sos.state.co.us - this will need to be done if you have moved into or within Gunnison County since your last update.

Mayoral Candidates - Jim "Deli" Schmidt, Tracy A. Smith, Paul Merck, Chris Ladoulis

Council Candidates - Kyle "Squirl" Ryan, Chris Haver, Candice Bradley, Lisa Merck, Kent Cowherd, William Dujardin, Jackson Petito, Richard Machemehl

 
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Town Operations In Crested Butte Now Running On Green Power
August 23, 2017

The Town Council voted unanimously in what they called a "No-brainer" to switch to Gunnison County Electric Association's Green Power Program.

The town will spend an estimate $1500 more this year because of the switch. Mayor Glenn Michel encouraged everyone in town to make the switch that will cost the average household $.84 each month.

 
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No Countywide Tax Question For Affordable Housing; CB Pursues Vacation
August 22, 2017

The Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority will not pursue a ballot measure that would ask voters in the county if they wish to tax property to create a stream of funds for affordable housing.

The Town of Crested Butte will continue to work on their ballot measure for voters in the town that will ask for a tax on vacation and short-term rentals within town limits to fund affordable housing projects.

 
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Baxter Gulch Trail / #565 To Be Extended This Weekend
August 21, 2017

The trail is close to town, it gains a lot of elevation, and it will not be an easy 'walk in the park' for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders.

This weekend is CBMBA's annual overnight trail work session, and they will be trying to put in some of the remaining 2.5 miles of trail that still needs to be built in order to connect with the Carbon Creek Trail.  (Photo:  Dave Ochs, CBMBA)

 
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Will changes in Greater Sage Grouse policy effect Gunnison Sage Grouse
August 21, 2017

With the recent announcement from the Department of Interior that Greater Sage Grouse habitat protection could be rolled back, some wonder what that means for the endangered Gunnison Sage Grouse.


(PHOTOS Courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. ABOVE: The Greater Sage Grouse. BELOW: The Gunnison Sage Grouse.)





 
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