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Sports Barrel - 6/20/18
June 20, 2018

In this week's KBUT Sports Barrel: We'll look at results from the adult co-ed soccer tournament and preview the CB Kickers. Also, highlights from two softball blowouts and a preview of a weekend on the trails in CB and on the river in Gunnison. Also, the bar eating you and some internet magic.


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Sports Barrel - 6/13/18
June 13, 2018

In this week's KBUT Sports Barrel: We're back in the saddle as early season softball results include a KBUT loss ("booooooo!") and an Eldo win. Local enduro rider Cooper Ott carries three great results into a hometown defense during CB Bike Week and WESA hosts an adult co-ed soccer tourney in town this weekend.

Posted by Jackson
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Bloom Blast Returns to KBUT as Wildflowers Explode in Area
June 4, 2018

The popular, two-minute summer feature will be heard Tuesday mornings at 8:00 am, right after Morning Edition. Bloom Blast is a weekly look at the wildflowers that are currently popping around Crested Butte, known as "The Wildflower Capital of Colorado.

Bloom Blast is hoted by representatives of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival.

Hear Bloom Blast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. Hear archived episodes here.
Posted by Mark Duggan
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Brush Creek Public Hearing Continued
June 4, 2018

Town and county seeks fifth chance to satisfy all parties. 

(Gunnison) - At last Friday’s public hearing, the planning commission and county commissioners deferred to the advice of County Attorney David Baumgarten. That affords them more time for county, project applicant Gatesco, and the Town of Crested Butte to sort out differences about the proposed housing development.
The Town alleges they’ve been pushed into this process and haven't seen the level of community conversation necessary for such a project. County officials say the town has shown an unwillingness to negotiate.

Hear the full story by clicking the link below.
Photo by Christopher Biddle: Planning Comissioner Molly Mugglestone (left) and Crested Butte Town Manager
Dara Macdonal (center) listen to Gateco Attorney Kendal Burgemeister

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Vail Resorts to Purchase Crested Butte and Partners
June 4, 2018

In a letter to the public sent Monday morning, the Crested Butte Mountain Resort owners the Mueller Family said they'd been approached by Vail to purchase Triple Peaks LLC. The entity operates Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado, as well as Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Sunapee Mountain in New Hampshire. The sale is expected to be completed this summer. 

According to a letter signed by all four members of the Mueller Family: "We want you to know that this was the hardest decision we have ever made, especially as we begin to transition through this deal and say goodbye to each of you."

Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz added: "While we know that being part of a larger network of resorts will be new for many, it also comes with benefits and opportunities for guests, employees, and communities [and the ability to]  thrive by providing financial stability in the face of increasingly variable weather."

No details have been released on how season passes will be handled, though Katz promised Vail's Mountain Division President Pat Campbell would release more information soon. 
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KBUT Announces Morning Host Chris Biddle as Full-Time Reporter
June 1, 2018

Biddle, who has been hosting Morning Edition and doing part-time reporting for KBUT since 2017, will assume full-time reporting duties June 4. He'll continue to host Morning Edition weekdays from 6:00 am to 8:00 am.

Biddle originally came to KBUT in 2013 as a volunteer DJ. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson Colllege and his reporting has appeared in the Vermont Journal and on Vermont Public Radio.

As KBUT's new full-time reporter, he'll cover a variety of local and regional issues for the station and contribute stories to the Rocky Mountain Community Radio network.

Biddle takes the reins from Chad Reich, who is leaving KBUT to attend graduate school in Ohio.
Posted by Mark Duggan
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Anecdotal Evidence Suggests Increased Moose Populations in Region
May 31, 2018

Colorado Parks & Wildlife officials have been re-introducing moose to Colorado since the 1970s. Their efforts appear to be working in Gunnison County as more people report seeing the creatures. Hunting tags for moose are now available for areas around Taylor Park, the San Juan Mountains, and Grand Mesa. Chad Reich talks to Parks & Wildlife officials about a decade-long moose reintroduction program in Gunnison County and how populations are doing across western Colorado.

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Bartenders to be Enlisted in Fight Against Suicide
May 30, 2018

Last week's community forum on suicide prevention included Nancy Osmundsen of CB Hope saying they hope to connect people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts with people who can help them. She also talked about a new suicide prevention program in Crested Butte that focuses on workers in the bar and restaurant industry.

Listen to some highlights of the forum below. Audio of the entire forum can be found here.

Suicide Prevention Trainings coming to Crested Butte. 

"SafeTalk" Training: Monday, June 11th at 8:30am and 5pm at the Crested Butte Town Hall. Open to public. Food provided. More details at

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May 29, 2018

Several area organizations have teamed up to introduce a new regional events calendar known as The goal is to make it easier to share upcoming events in the valley through a single website, instead of having organizations post to multiple calendars. Participants include KBUT, the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, The Gunnison Chamber of Commerce, and the Tourism Association.

To see the schedule and submit events, visit

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Memorial Day Festivities Coming This Monday in CB
May 25, 2018

Memorial Day is a day to remember those lost while serving in the U.S. armed forces. It's also a day of long-running traditions in the Gunnison Valley. Crested Butte, for example, will hold a parade, potluck, and polka. Chad Reich has more.

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Community Forum on Suicide in Gunnison County
May 24, 2018

In response to recent suicides in the Gunnison Valley, KBUT & the Crested Butte News held a community forum on the issue. Local mental health professionals took questions from the audience and discussed possible solutions to a recent spike in suicides.  

The panelists included:
  • Sarah Kramer - Center for Mental Health
  • Dr. John Tarr - Gunnison County Medical Health Officer
  • Scott Cantril - WSCU Student Health & Wellness
  • Chris Peterson - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Nancy Osmundson - CB Hope
  • Stacy Petersen - CB Community School Counselor

Hear the forum here:

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Ute Mountain Ute Farm: Part 2
May 23, 2018

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm in southwest Colorado. They grow crops such as alfalfa and corn and have more than 600 head of cattle.

The tribe went through a long process to obtain water rights to operate the farm. But just because the they have the farm and water rights doesn't mean they can use all they want.

Austin Cope of community radio station KSJD in Cortez reports for the Western Slope Resources Reporting project.
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Ute Mountain Ute Farm: Part 1
May 21, 2018

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm and ranch on the parched landscape of their reservation in southwest Colorado.

Austin Cope of community radio station KSJD in Cortez has the story of how this farm developed and how it gets water in one of the driest parts of the United States.

The story is part of the Western Slope Resources Reporting project which includes KBUT and other community radio stations in western Colorado.

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Sports Barrel - 5/16/18
May 16, 2018

Titans Girl's soccer passed their first postseason test and are headed to state championship semi-finals in Denver. Also, Titans Track wrapped up their regular season and are sending thirteen athletes to the state championship in Jefferson County. Teen Titans go!

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Interview: Western State's Sherman Discusses New Outdoor Industry MBA
May 16, 2018

WSCU will be the first school in the U.S. to offer an Outdoor Industry Masters of Business Administration. Pete Sherman, Dean of the Business School, spoke with KBUT reporter Christopher Biddle about the new program.

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Study Shows SNAP Underutilized in Gunnison County
May 16, 2018

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) connects people in need with food resources. But in Gunnison County, nearly two-thirds of those eligible for the program aren't using it.

KBUT's Chad Reich spoke with Ellie Agar of Hunger Free Colorado about why some people don't use SNAP..

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Sports Barrel - 5/9/18
May 9, 2018

Titans Girl's Soccer crushes the regular season and heads into State ranked 4th. Titans Track makes waves at the Blossom Invitational. And the West Elk u19 boys look to recover this weekend in Montrose.

Posted by Jackson
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Brush Creek Public Hearing: Gatesco Says Majority Supports Project.
May 9, 2018

The developer for the proposed 'Corner at Brush Creek' says the majority of Gunnison County supports the project, while Friends of Brush Creek say the data is flawed. 

At the third public hearing for the proposed affordable housing project, Gatesco came armed with a defense against critics, claiming that 75 percent of residents in Gunnison want the project to go forward. Friends of Brush Creek responded by pointing out that mailers sent out as part of the data collection were misleading.


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Solution Sought for Out-of-Valley Transport for Cancer Patients
May 8, 2018

Cancer patients in Gunnison County often have to travel hundreds of miles a week - or day - for the medical care they need. Chad Reich reports on various solutions to the problem that were presented at a recent meeting of local leaders.

Posted by Chad Reich
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What's Happening With This Year's Early Spring?
May 7, 2018

David Inouye, researcher at the Rocky Mountain Biological Labortory and Professor Emeritus of Ecology from the University of Maryland, talks about this year's unusually warm weather. David explains what's happening in the high country and what an early spring could mean for birds, flowers, and water supplies.

Posted by Chad Reich
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