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The Carbon Economy: A Rancher and Student Work Together
March 24, 2017

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)



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Visitation Up At Black Canyon, Curecanti Rec. Area
March 22, 2017

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)

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Local Impacts If NEA Is Defunded
March 16, 2017

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.

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Art Walk Weekend in Crested Butte
March 16, 2017

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)

Posted by Christopher Biddle
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CB Affordable Housing Unit Sells On Free Market
March 14, 2017

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. 

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Winter Backcountry Study Aims To Discover Amount & Type Of Use
March 13, 2017

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.

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Transportation Funding Takes Center Stage at Legislature’s Mid-Point
March 10, 2017

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.

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Brush Creek Parcel Hopes To Help Fill Affordable Housing Gap
March 9, 2017

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.

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Bill To Expand, Protect Thompson Divide Into Gunnison County
March 7, 2017

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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Sports Barrel 3.8.17
March 7, 2017

Catch up with the week in sports featuring Town League Hockey champs THE LAST STEEP, extreme telemark skiing hits the road and brings home the gold, and a look at some other stuff that people did with their minds and bodies.

And sound effects! Don't forget the sound effects!

"The Sports Barrel" airs Wednesdays at 2:00 and 8:30 PM, and can be heard anytime at  
Don't forget the sound effects!

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Plans for Compressed Natural Gas Station in Gunnison
March 7, 2017

Love's Trillium has reached a deal with Gunnison County and the Gunnison RTA to bring a compressed natural gas station to Gunnison by summer 2017.

CNG is not only a growing trend in the public realm, but also the preferred alternative fuel for Colorado State fleets.

(Photo: US Dept. of Energy)

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Studies Show Tree Beetles Spreading In Gunnison County
March 6, 2017

Various beetles are moving up in elevation from Hinsdale and Saguache Counties and into the forests of Gunnison County.

Beetles eat trees. The trees die. Listen to this story and learn about impacts dead trees and (termporarily) disappearing forests can have.

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

(Beetle infestation map courtesy of Colorado State Forest Service)

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GVH Wellness Fair This Weekend
March 1, 2017

The Wellness Fair is held this Saturday from 7 - 11 AM at the Lodge In Mountaineer Square.

KBUT sits down with Gunnison Valley Health's Tyler Hansen to talk about services available and the goals of the health fair.

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Iconic Film "Ski Bummin'" Turns 20 - A Chat With Ethan Harris
February 28, 2017

The legendary, iconic, all-time ski and lifestyle film "Ski Bummin'" turns 20 years old this year. It was filmed in Crested Butte and features many residents who are still around today.

KBUT spoke with Ethan Harris, who was behind the camera for most of the film, about his experience making the movie.

The film shows Saturday at the Center For The Arts in Crested Butte, and an afterparty will be held at the Brick Oven to benefit the Villanueva family's fight against cancer.

Tickets will be sold at the door.  

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West Elk Word: Genetics and Cancer
February 28, 2017

Dr. Jon Wolff from the Genetics Support Foundation joins Darcie Perkins from Living Journeys to discuss the link between cancer and genetics. Living Journeys is sponsoring an upcoming presentation on this topic, March 7th, in Almont. You'll also learn about the services provided by Living Journeys to cancer victims and their families in the Gunnison Valley.

"The West Elk Word" airs Saturdays at noon on KBUT.  This is last week's episode.  Tune in on March 4th for the next episode.  

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Comment Period Extended For Oil & Gas Proposal In Gunnison County
February 27, 2017

The comment period has been extended for a proposal that would begin the development 35 new oil and gas wells on 4 pads in the next 3 years.

The full proposal can be viewed by clicking here.

Comments can be sent to or by calling 970-876-9090.

Hear the full story by clicking on the "Play" button below.  

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Two Local Groups Advocate Differently For Slate River Use
February 27, 2017

Share the Slate held an awareness meeting last week in Crested Butte.

KBUT's Christopher Biddle was on hand to learn more about how the organization advocates for mixed-use travel in the Slate River Valley.

On hand were members human-powered advocates Silent Tracks, who say they would like to see travel management for the Slate River Valley revisited by the Forest Service.

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Colorado Newspaper Fights Back on Fake News Accusation
February 24, 2017

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel is accusing Republican State Senator Ray Scott of defamation, and is threatening to sue him for a tweet he sent calling his hometown newspaper ‘fake news’. If filed, legal experts say it would be the first lawsuit of its kind, potentially setting a legal definition for what is considered fake news and what is not.

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Oil & Gas Tampering Bill Going Through CO State Legislature
February 24, 2017

A measure that would increase the penalty for tampering with oil and equipment is making its way through the Republican-controlled state senate.  The bill is generating passionate debate.

Capitol Coverage reports come to KBUT listeners through the station's membership in Rocky Mountain Community Radio.  Together, multiple small stations like KBUT share resources and air reports from the legislative session.

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CB Town Council Updated On Affordable Housing
February 21, 2017

At Tuesday night's Crested Butte Town Council meeting, Town Planner Michael Yerman updated the council on what's happening in the world of affordable housing and about challenges in affordable housing in the town.

From student-designed projects, to essential service provider rental projects, Space-To-Create, the lack of a countywide housing director, goals of the program, and plans for a 17-acre parcel of land just south of town, there is no shortage of activity in the world of affordable housing in the north end of the Gunnison Valley.

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