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Gunnison District Ranger John Murphy Retires
April 27, 2017

John Murphy's final day was on April 27th.  He will still be spending time mountain biking, camping, and fishing in the Gunnison National Forest and spending time with his wife who works for the Bureau of Land Management.  

He says one of the biggest challenges the Gunnison National Forest faces is the increased amount of recreation that leads to resource damage, especially around Crested Butte.

Listen to today's local newscast, and you will learn about John's experiences managing our public lands.



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State Reacts to Gas Well Explosion in Rural Colorado
April 27, 2017

The explosion took place last week about 30 miles north of Denver in the town of Firestone.

Oil and gas wells in the area - along with some other wells across Colorado - are shut down temporarily.

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Elder Abuse In Gunnison County
April 26, 2017

Gunnison County Adult Protective Services works with cases of elder abuse. Examples of elder abuse include physical abuse, financial mismanagement, negligence, or self-neglect.

The agency will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 4th at the Crested Butte Library to educate citizens on how to spot elder abuse and learn about the agency's work in Gunnison County.

Local news can be heard weekdays at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM.  Click play to listen.  
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Proposal To Expand Non-Motorized Trail Network At Signal Peak
April 25, 2017

The proposal from Gunnison Trails - a nonprofit mountain bike advocacy group - involves 20 miles of new, non-motorized trails behind the Western State campus at the area known as Signal Peak.

A public meeting will be held Thursday, April 27th at 7 PM at the University Center Ballroom on the Western State campus.

Click the play button below to hear the full story as KBUT's Chad Reich speaks with the Bureau of Land Mangement Gunnison Field Office Land Manager Elijah Waters.  

The public can learn more about the proposal and submit a comment by clicking here.

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Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness Overnight Use Plan Taking Comment
April 25, 2017

Areas in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness have exceeded their threshold.

Land managers say overuse is causing resource damage and diminishing the wilderness experience.

Several areas in the MBSW may switch to a permit system.

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Final Weeks Of Colorado State Legislative Session
April 24, 2017

Colorado’s legislative session is winding down, and in these final weeks, two of the major policy goals are unraveling. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the dynamics at play and the ramifications.

Today's story is part of our Capitol Conversation series, where Rocky Mountain Community Radio statehouse reporter Bente Birkelend talks with other reporters that report from the statehouse.
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Learn about the KBUT River Report
April 24, 2017

Frank Kugle of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, a KBUT underwriter, sits down with Reporter Chris Biddle to talk about the KBUT River Report: how it works; why we do it; and how it can help you.

The KBUT River Report airs dailly during Morning Edition, at 10am, and 8:30pm. 

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'Holistic' Management Topic of Meeting
April 21, 2017

At a recent joint meeting between the Crested Butte Town Council and the Gunnison County Commissioners, the topic of recreation management, and a "holistic" approach towards it, was a topic of converstaion.

"Holistic" recreation management involves looking at the whole picture, from inter-connectivity, infrastructure, communication, and amenities.

Local news airs at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM.    
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Western Goes for 'Zero Waste'
April 20, 2017

University President Dr. Greg Salsbury showed support for a student born initiative to significantly reduce landfill bound waste at Western. 

The school will seek help from an organization founded by college students. KBUT spoke with some of the parties involved.
(Photo Courtesy of Abel Chavez/WSCU)

Posted by Christopher Biddle
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Sustainable Tourism & Recreation Management Topic Of Meeting
April 18, 2017

It's part about creating an experience for visitors and local.

It's part about preserving natural resources and working to minimize or eliminate natural resource damage.

It's part about making sure there are enough people to drive the tourism industry in Gunnison County.

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West Elk Word: Talkin' Water with George Sibley & Frank Kugel, Part 1
April 15, 2017

Frank Kugel and George Sibley chat about all things water in the Gunnison Valley in this two part conversation. Part II will air Saturday, April 22nd at noon. 

Did you know that KBUT is now running the River Report for the 2017 Season? Hear it weekdays on Morning Edition, as well as 10am and 8:30pm on KBUT Community Radio. 

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How To Shop Locally Before Traveling
April 14, 2017

Before heading to the desert, to Grandma's, or wherever you decide to head out (if you are), shopping locally can help keep money in the local economy.

This keeps people employed and keeps retail doors open.

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Out Of The Darkness Walk To Raise Suicide Awareness In Gunnison County
April 13, 2017

Community members who attended last year's walk said it was a great chance to get together, talk, and heal around the topic of suicide and suicide awareness and prevention.

This year's walk will be held April 30th. Listen to the full story by clicking the play button below for more.

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River Flooding Unlikely This Spring
April 12, 2017

Gunnison County Emergency Management says the likelihood of flooding this year is minimal.

In January and February, when it was dumping big time, people started talking about floods.

A dry March will probably keep water below the banks of local rivers this April through June.  

Photo:  Kebler Pass Road Flooding - Gunnison County Emergency Management

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CBCS Students Design BOZAR Approved House
April 11, 2017

The house will be in the affordable housing lots of Paradise Park, will house a town employee or employees, and was designed by the applied architecture class.

The students didn't have it easy. The project was treated like any other proposed house in town. They had to work with a client (the town), gain BOZAR approval, and agree on a design concept at the end of the day.

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Lambing Season at Parker Pastures
April 10, 2017

Here's a story for the spring season. It's lambing season at Parker Pastures in Gunnison, and 14 year old Chloe Parker is in charge. KBUT reporter Christopher Biddle paid a visit to their ranch to see how things are going.

For an accompanying gallery of photos, follow us on Instagram. We are @Kay_Beauty_FM.

(Photo by Christopher Biddle)

Posted by Christopher Biddle
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West Elk Word: Jenny Bernie of the Crested Butte Center for the Arts
April 9, 2017

Jenny Bernie, Executive Director of the Crested Butte Center for the Arts, gives an update the Center's planned expansion, with an eye on breaking ground a on a new facility this spring. 

The West Elk Word covers current events and public affairs in the Gunnison Valley: news and notes, people, places, the arts, recreation, mountain culture, and more. Tune in Saturdays at noon.

Next week is Part 1 of Talkin' Water with Frank Kugel and George Sibley of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District. 

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Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness Overnight Use Plan Taking Comment
April 6, 2017

Areas in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness have exceeded their threshold.  This is causing resource damage and diminishing the wilderness experience.  Several areas in the MBSW may switch to a permit system.  Click the PLAY button below to hear the full story.

The public may comment by clicking here.  

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State Budget May Slash Funding For Rural Hospitals
April 5, 2017

The 2017 budget approved by the Colorado State Senate on Thursday made significant cuts to hospital funding in the state. But Colorado State Senator Don Coram, who represents southwestern Colorado, says he hopes to maintain funding for rural hospitals by supporting a separate bill introduced in the Senate last Monday.

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Ordinance 5 To Disallow Formation Of "Megacondos" In CB
April 4, 2017

The ordinance passed unanimously at Monday night's Crested Butte Town Council meeting.

The council says this a proactive step to deal with a potential future developer who wants to combine two condos or townhouses into a larger unit.

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