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Gunnison Cty. Veterans Services Looking To Connect With Younger Vets
May 26, 2017

American Legion Post #54 was formed in Gunnison in 1919 and has been active since. Post Commander Ryan Jordi says veterans are there for each other, and that he would like to connect with the area's younger veterans.

Stephen Otero is the Veteran's Services Officer in Gunnison County.  He says his door is always open, and that the department is there to help veterans utilize the services they deserve.  



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Dr. Vandenbusche Presents on Coal Mining, Jokerville Mine Disaster
May 26, 2017

Dr. Duane Vandenbusche spoke to members of the community about the history of coal mining the morning of Friday, May 26th. The Crested Butte Cemetery Committee is working on memorial for victims of the Jokerville Mine Disaster. Learn about what happened at the Jokerville Mine, the Big Mine, and about why our coal was so heavily sought after (and likely would be today as there is still plenty of coal in those hills).

Listen and learn!  Tune in to KBUT on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM and 8:30 PM to hear Dr. Vandenbushce on "Tales Of The Gunnison Country."  Find all episodes under the Programs tab at  

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"TrailQuest" To Spread MTB Use, Encourage Return Visits
May 24, 2017

The in-app add-on encourages mountain bike riders to explore all 750 miles of Gunnison County singletrack. TrailQuest is part of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association's "CBGTrails" app.

The idea is to introduce riders to new areas and trails, spread the use away from the few very popular trails, and to encourage return visits by offering prizes at certain milestones.

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Changes To Gunnison National Forest Camping This Summer
May 22, 2017

Changes in where and how people can camp are coming to the Gunnison National Forest this summer. The Gothic Corridor will again be closed from June 15 - August 15, and a dispersed camping ban is in currently in place around Tin Cup.

The Forest Service says the goal is to reduce the human-caused impacts from a growth in dispersed camping so that people can enjoy their forests into the future.
(Photo:  USFS)
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School Water Lead-Testing Bill Passes
May 21, 2017

When cost-cutting in Flint, Michigan raised lead contamination in public drinking water, the nation became aware that water can sometimes harbor dangerous amounts of lead. The failures in Flint may result in stronger rules nationwide for monitoring home drinking water. But schools are not part of these public tests. That’s why Colorado legislators have proposed and passed a bill to help more Colorado schools pay for testing lead in their drinking water.

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Signal Peak Trail Proposal Draws Multiple Concerns, Viewpoints
May 19, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management seeks substantive comments on the proposal to develop 20 miles of non-motorized singletrack trails at the Signal Peak area near the Western State campus.

Proponents are excited at the thought of new trails and economic benefits that could come along with the development.

Others take a conservation-based approach to the management of the land here. They say Signal Peak is winter habitat and that adding trails - and people - would put pressure on the animals.

More info on how to comment can be found by clicking here.

(Photo: BLM / Dave Kozlowski)
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Aspinall Unit Dams Releasing Peak Flows Into Black Canyon
May 19, 2017

The Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal River dams are discharging their highest flows of the year.
The expected flow is 12,000 cubic feet per second on May 23rd.  

Large releases in wetter years are an attempt to mimic the natural hydrolograph of the riverway before the dams were built.  It also aids in the recovery of endagnered fish downstream.  

You can check out the flows at the Blue Mesa or Morrow Point dams this weekend.  Click the play button below to hear the full story.

(Photo:  Morrow Point Dam - Dept. of Reclamation)

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Council Explores How To License Short-Term Rentals in CB
May 17, 2017

The Crested Butte Town Council continues to look at short-term rentals.

They're considering allowing all primary residents to rent for up to 60 days per year. They are also considering capping the number of unlimited short-term rental licenses to 30% of units in neighborhoods that allow for short-term rentals.

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Sports Barrel 5.17.17
May 17, 2017

The week in sports featuring Titans track heading to state, bike racing, and a lot more. Lots of sound effects this week, lots!

The Sports Barrel airs Wednesdays at 2:00 and 8:30 PM.

Tune in, and stay up-to-speed with local sports action!

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Marshals Proactive On Drone Issues In CB; No Problems Reported Yet
May 16, 2017

Drones are used for recreation and to make a living. But they're also aircraft and are required to be registered and follow rules.

The Crested Butte Marshals have yet to experience any major problems with drones locally, and they want to stay ahead of safety and privacy issues associated with the aircraft.

(Photo:  Trevor Bona)

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HCCA Opposes Lower Royalties For West Elk Mine
May 16, 2017

The West Elk Mine in Gunnison County seeks a reduction in the royalty rate it pays on coal it mines on public lands.

Local environmental watchdog High Country Conservation Advocates opposes a reduction in their rate and is drumming up public support for its opposition.

(Photo:  USFS website - North Fork Coal Mining Area in Gunnison County)

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Inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day is this Saturday
May 15, 2017

Three organizations in the Gunnison Valley will celebrate the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day by highlighting the connection between public land and agriculture. Reporter Chris Biddle spoke with some of the parties involved. 

More info on state-wide celebrations can be found at ColoradoPublicLandsDay.Com.

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A Friendly Reminder from Your Friends at KBUT
May 14, 2017


Morning Edition Host Christopher Biddle asked for help reminding listeners to call their mothers today...It didn't go as planned. 

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Legislative Session Wrap-Up
May 11, 2017

The annual legislative session wrapped up Wednesday night.  

Click play below to hear the full story from KBUT and Rocky Mountain Community Radio reporter Bente Birkelend, who reports from the Statehouse all year.  

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Sports Barrel 5.10.17
May 11, 2017

The week in sports with Crested Butte News sports maestro Than Acuff.

Listen each Wednesday at 2:00 and 8:30 PM for The Sports Barrel.

Sound effects!  We love sound effects!
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West Elk Word: Elijah Waters, BLM
May 11, 2017

Elijah Waters is Field Manager for the Gunnison BLM office. He joins us to share the latest on Trails proposes at Signal Peak, improvements at Oh Be Joyful Campground, fat bike trails at Hartman Rocks, and the district's expanded range, from as far north as Crested Butte all the way south to Silverton.

Tune for KBUT's public affairs program The West Elk Word each Saturday at noon.  

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CB Under Construction This Summer
May 10, 2017

New projects in the town, coupled with a projected busy tourism season, will make town feel especially busy this summer.

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

Click the play button below to hear learn about summer projects happening in the town.  

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Housing Authority Hires New Executive Director, Contemplates Funding
May 9, 2017

The Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority has hired Jennifer Kermode as its new Executive Director, and one of the first things she'll be working on is establishing a dedicated funding source for the construction of new housing units in the Gunnison Valley. Reporter Christopher Biddle has more. 

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West Elk Word: Dr. Peter Kadushin, Sports Psychologist & Western Profe
May 7, 2017

Assistant Professor and Sports Psychologist, Dr. Peter Kadushin, joins us to discuss his role training athletes "between the ears" as he describes it, and how we all can benefit from the training tenets of sports psychology to improve performance in our daily lives.

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Center For The Arts Prepares For Groundbreaking
May 3, 2017

The Center for the Arts is approximately $2 million short of their $13 million goal for Phase One of their expansion. They plan to break ground in early June with an overall goal of completing all three phases of their project by July 2019.

Phase One is constructing the new building.  Phase two involves retrofitting the current building.  Phase 3 will see the construction of a new outdoor stage.  

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