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Your KBUT Newscast for Wednesday, January 16
January 16, 2019

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis teased some ambitious goals in his State of the State address last week. Now he’s outlining how he plans to pay for some of them. Scott Franz has the story.

Rep. Barbara McLachlan who chairs the Education Committee told KBUT she is “laser-focused on giving communities, teachers, students and schools the tools they need to get ahead.”

The Crested Butte Avalanche Center says that danger is high. (Photo: Mark Robbins)

Catherine Welch reports that even though destruction caused by spruce beetles has been [more...]


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Sports Barrel - 1/16/19
January 15, 2019

Titans girls' and boys' basketball had a rough weekend, and hockey went as well. Town League hockey heated up with Ska Brewing vs. Altitude Painting, and Hank Hill wants more.

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Your KBUT Newscast for Tuesday, January 15
January 15, 2019

Capitol Coverage Report Scott Franz went to Denver International Airport where TSA employees are working without pay due to the partial government shutdown.

Christopher Biddle rounds up a decision by the Colorado Supreme Court that many say is a huge win for the oil and gas industry, and how some state leaders are reacting. 

Ahead of the Martin Luther King junior holiday, the Crested Butte Avalanche Center says two storms headed our way could lead to high danger in the backcountry.

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Your KBUT Newscast for Monday, January 14
January 14, 2019

In his first State of the State address last week Governor Jared Polis focused on the need to make healthcare more accessible to Coloradans. He also tackled climate change in his speech. 

Some Americans appear to be heeding President Trump’s request to call their members of congress about the partial government shutdown over border funding. Scott Franz reports. 

The North Face Lift is spinning at Crested Butte Mountain Resort giving the resort a full roster of lifts for the season. Christopher Biddle reports. 

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Your KBUT Newscast for Friday, January 11
January 11, 2019

Colorado Governor Jared Polis laid out an ambitious agenda during his State of the State Address on Thursday. Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz has the story.
Just hours after being sworn into office on Tuesday, Gunnison County Sheriff John Gallowich officially rescinded former Sherff Rick Besecker’s directive that would have ended a decades-old partnership with the Mt. Crested Butte Police Department to patrol unincorporated portions of the North Gunnison Valley. Christopher Biddle reports.

A Colorado Springs man has been living at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church for the [more...]
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Election Winners Sworn In
January 9, 2019

On Tuesday, newly-elected state and local officials were sworn in to their new offices. Among them, Jared Polis became Colorado’s 43rd Governor. Roland Mason became the new District 3 Commissioner for Gunnison County, filling a seat left open by the term-limited Phil Chamberland, who’s served as Commissioner for the past 8 years.

Photo: Outgoing County Commissioner Phil Chamberland (third from left) was honored with a proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners, including newly sworn-in Roland Mason (far left). Photo: Christopher Biddle

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Sports Barrel - 1/9/19
January 9, 2019

Titans hockey and hoops celebrate wins last week, and Town League Hockey kicks off with a bang.

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A Historic Moment: Jared Polis Sworn In As Colorado's 43rd Governor
January 9, 2019

By Scott Franz

When a caravan of lawmakers arrived at the state Capitol Tuesday morning carrying several pink boxes of Voodoo doughnuts, it was apparent something very significant was about to happen.

Some of the lawmakers had grins on their faces. They were ready to welcome a new governor with a ceremony that would include fighter jets roaring above and loud cannon fire that would spook dozens of pigeons out of the trees in nearby Civic Center Park.

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Gunnison Ranchers Use Grazing Patterns to Regenerate Land
January 8, 2019

By Alissa Johnson

As part of our collaborative project Western Slope Resources Reporting,
freelance reporter Alissa Johnson has this story on how a Gunnison Ranch uses a grazing pattern that mimics natural wild-grazing herds as a way of revitalizing the land. 

“It’s a big job, we’re affecting a small part of the land that surrounds us but if we can scale it up globally, I don’t believe there’ll be water shortages, I think we can sequester all the excess carbon that’s in the atmosphere in the soil, where it [more...]

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Aaron Blunck is skiing better than ever, and that's no mistake.
January 4, 2019

At age 22, Aaron Blunck is easily considered a veteran of the sport in which he performs at a world-class level. The Crested Butte native is a freeskier that specializes in the halfpipe event, and he's having the best season of his life, but it hasn't always been a smooth ascension. He's battled numerous injuries over his career, and learned how to deal with the pressures of a very competitive field and an increasingly high profile. How the two-time Olympian got to where he wants to be, who helped, [more...]
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Sports Barrel - 1/2/19
January 1, 2019

Than, Vanilla Ice, Walter Sobchak, and Frank the Tank bring you all the news you need to know about Titans High School hockey's recent successes. Happy New year, Gunnison Valley.

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Sports Barrel - 12/19/18
December 19, 2018

Aaron Blunck continues to dominate the professional tour. Titans boys basketball rallied for a big comeback win against T-Ride, and Titans hockey had a mixed pair of results. Also, CB has a new table tennis champion, and the Von Trapp children wish you adieu.

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Sports Barrel - 12/12/18
December 11, 2018

Titans Boys and Girls' hoops have a tough night against Ouray, Titans hockey blows out Steamboat, and local Olympian Aaron Blunck kicks off his comp season with a winat Copper Mountain. Also, Huey Lewis.

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Vail Will Wait on Spending at Crested Butte
December 11, 2018

Vail Resorts released part of their capital spending plan for the next fiscal year late last week, and while the company pledged funds towards updates at its four newest resorts, specific plans for Crested Butte were not mentioned.

Stevens Pass, a resort outside Seattle, WA that was picked up by Vail around the same time as Crested Butte came out as the big winner, receiving two new chairlifts. Vail also said they’ll be making “significant investments” in snow-making operations at Keystone, Beaver Creek,  and Vail.

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Hospital Opens New Senior Care Center
December 5, 2018

Gunnison Valley Health (GVH) held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to celebrate the opening of their new residential Senior Care Center. The new facility is located on Gunnison’s west side, next door to the hospital’s Assisted Living Center. Shortly after the ribbon was cut, 43 residents moved into their new homes.

The 52,000 square foot facility cost $23 million to build, none of which came from taxpayers. It’s broken into three neighborhoods, with one designated for memory care patients.

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Highway 135 Shooting - What We Know
December 5, 2018

On Thanksgiving Day, Patrick Langhoff, a 59-year-old Mancos, Colorado resident, was traveling north on Highway 135 towards Crested Butte to spend the holiday with family when his car went off the road.

Other than reports from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that Langhoff “brandished” a gun, there is little known officially about the circumstances that led to his death after an interaction with a Colorado State Patrol Officer.

Much of what we do know is thanks to the in-depth reporting of Chris Rourke of the Gunnison [more...]
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Increased Backcountry Tourism Sparks Local Conservation Efforts
November 30, 2018

By Laura Anderson, Western Slope Resources Reporting

According to the Colorado Tourism Office, since 2009, Colorado has seen a 41 percent increase in tourism, double the national average, totaling 86 million visitors in 2017. 

However, an increase in visitors means impacts to this fragile high-alpine resource are inevitable, exacerbated by the fact that many of the tourists who come to use the high country lack knowledge of how to protect it.

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Housing Authority Director Talks Future Without 6A
November 30, 2018

According to a report from the One Valley Prosperity Project, the median cost of a home in Gunnison County is 28 percent higher than the state average. Since 2015, rental prices have tripled or even quadrupled. In Crested Butte, only nine percent of residents can afford the median cost of a home.

There is likely no one person more familiar with these figures than Jennifer Kermode, the Director of the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority. Our reporter Christopher Biddle caught up with Kermode to talk about the new [more...]
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Transportation Commissioners Worry About The Financial Road Ahead
November 27, 2018

By Scott Franz, CO Capitol Coverage

State Transportation Commissioner Rocky Scott says his lunch conversation at a Colorado Springs steakhouse took on a sobering tone Monday when the discussion turned to the state’s road funding woes.

“I don’t think we’re going to solve this before I leave the commission,” Scott said.

Three weeks after voters rejected two transportation funding measures, Scott and some of the other commissioners who oversee the state’s road improvement budget still sound resigned.

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Police Shooting Closes Highway 135 on Thanksgiving
November 23, 2018

By Christopher Biddle

There was an officer-involved shooting on Colorado Highway 135 on Thursday that resulted in the death of one person. That’s according to a press release from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Around 10 minutes after 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving day,  a Colorado State Patrol Officer was dispatched to a one vehicle crash about 4.5 miles south of Crested Butte, at mile marker 23. The suspect was pronounced deceased following the shooting that occurred during the incident. No officers were injured.

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