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Gunnison River Festival Pulls Raft / Kayak Race, Parade, Hooligan Race
June 22, 2017

High water makes navigating a few of the features dangerous, and with strainers in the river, the Gunnison River Festival had cancel a few events for participants' safety.  Listen to this chat with Joellen Fonken here on KBUT.  



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Unit 54 Big Game Management Scoping Meeting This Coming Tuesday
June 21, 2017

At the meeting, wildlife managers will learn what the public wants to see in terms of elk population, and they will combine public perception with responsible elk herd management to create population objectives.

Anyone with an interest in wildlife management - sportspeople, ranchers, recreationists, and wildlife watchers - are invited to attend the. It will be held Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 PM at the Gunnison Fairgrounds.

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Resource Protection Through Camping Closure, Citizen Action, Bus
June 20, 2017

Several attempts are being made to protect the Upper East River Valley - such as citizen-created programs that have volunteers in the woods, to a bus, to a camping closure around the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.

The goal of the camping closure is to protect natural resources and sensitive research sites around Gothic during the busiest months (June 15 - August 15), while other initiatives are aimed at curbing harmful behavior in the backcountry.  

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Mt. CB Performing Arts Center Pull The Plug On Project
June 20, 2017

The organization has decided to stop pursuing the project due to financial constraints caused by changes to an anticipated loan.

The organization appreciates the support they received.

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Old City Shop Building to Come Down...But May Rise Again!
June 20, 2017

With ties to a crucial part of Gunnison history, not to mention connections with significant historical figures, the Gunnison Gas and Waterworks Building, nicknamed the Old City Shop, has a good case for preservation. Being behind a fence with little value to the public, however, means that it must come down; but that might not be the end of one of the City's oldest structures.

(Photo Courtesy of the Gunnison Historic Preservation Comission and Duane Vandenbusche: The Gunnison Gas and Waterworks Building (Left) was built during a time of "tremendous growth" in the Gunnison Area.)

For more photos, including what the building looks like today, follow us Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

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CBMR Skier Days Up 5.6%, Room Nights Up 7.7%
June 19, 2017

The resort had a good year businesswise. The resort is thanking the snow gods and recognizing the marketing efforts they've made to skiers on the Front Range.

January was a huge boost, as skiers flocked to CB's slopes to pillage the 11 feet that fell during the month.

Who knows what next year will bring!

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US Forest Service Explains Coal Mine Expansion Proposal
June 15, 2017

The Forest Service seeks comments on a 1700-acre mine expansion over 2 parcels of land at the West Elk Mine near Somerset.

The proposal will utilize the North Fork Coal Mining Area, which is part of the Sunset Roadless Area.

Learn about the proposal and how the public can comment on the proposal by listening to the story.

Comments may be submitted by clicking here.

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West Elk Word: Crested Butte Music Festival
June 14, 2017

Representatives from the Crested Butte Music Festival stopped in to share what's in store for the festival's 21st season.
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HCCA Responds to Coal Mine Expansion Proposal
June 14, 2017

The Forest Service is seeking public comment regarding a proposal to expand coal mining operations at the West Elk Mine by 1700 acres.

KBUT spoke with High County Citizen's Alliance Public Lands Director Matt Reed about the proposal and the organization's opposition.

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Arkansauce LIVE at the KBUT Studios 6.14.17
June 14, 2017

From Fayetteville, Arkansas, and performing at The Eldo in Crested Butte on June 14th, the band Arkansauce stopped in by "The Orange Blossom Special" to play a handful of tunes and discuss their strategy for the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition.

Click "Play" below to hear the live in-studio performance.

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Coal Rollers May Face Fines Of $100 In Colorado
June 13, 2017

"Rolling coal" is when modified diesel engines spew clouds of smoke into the air on demand.

A new law recognizes that "rolling coal" can obstruct the road and create a safety hazard.

Coal rollers may be fined up to $100 for each offense as of last week.

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Zinke Recommends Downsizing Of Bears Ears Monument
June 13, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending the newly-created Bears Ears National Monument be downsized by an unspecified amount, possibly through unilateral action by the President.

This report comes from Gail Binkly of KSJD, Dryland Community Radio based in Cortez.

(Photo:  Austin Cope, KSJD)

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CB Employers Cite Housing For Service Industry Employee Shortage
June 13, 2017

Employers say trying to fill all of the needed jobs in Crested Butte is frustrating and stressful. Two employers KBUT spoke with believe the job surplus is related to a shortage of housing that tourism-sector service and retail employees can afford.

It's not the first time in history a ski town was short on employees, but it's happening in Crested Butte (again) right now ahead of what is projected to be the busiest summer to this point.

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Housing Remains Big Issue for OVPP
June 12, 2017

Two panels made of representatives of the local government mental health community, conservation advocates, tourism drivers, and Housing Authority officicials addressed the crowd at last Thursday's One Valley Prosperity Project's meeting. While there was room cautious optimism, housing remains a dire situation in the Valley. 
(Photo by Christopher Biddle. L to R: Jennifer Kermode, Director of the Gunnison Valley Housing Authority; Maryo Gard-Ewell, Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley; Margaret Walker, Gunnison County Public Health) 

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County Defers to Forest Service Over Green Lake Road Access
June 11, 2017

At a meeting on June 6th, the Gunnison County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) deferred to the US Forest Service over issues involving access to Green Lake above Irwin.

Nearby landowner J.W. Smith put up a barricade last year, citing resource damage and trespassing issues at his property and in the public lands higher up near the lake.

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"Boots On The Ground" For Backcountry Conservation
June 9, 2017

The Crested Butte Conservation Corps is an initiative of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association. They were developed in response to increased recreation-based tourism and the impacts the Upper Gunnison Valley is experiencing from that growth.

The CBCC is a non-regulatory group that works on trail maintenance (hiking and biking), stewardship, and helps mitigate issues (parking, camping, ranching, private property, etc) that unknowing visitors (and locals) may be causing.

(Photo:  CBMBA workday on 401)

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CB Council Passes Short-Term Rental Ordinance
June 7, 2017

After a year of discussions, the town passed Ordinance 6 (and combined with Ordinance 12) to regulate short-term rentals.

Here are some details:

30% of homes in the Green Zone will be allowed to have unlimited licenses. Zones R1D and R1E (The Verzuh Annexation) will be allowed into the green zone. All primary residences may obtain a 60-day maximum license, and primary residents may also obtain the unlimited license. No residences in the White Zone will be allowed to have an unlimited short-term rental license, but these homeowners may obtain a primary residence license.  Once the cap has been met, a "waiting line" will form. Fees for unlimited licenses will be higher than those for primary residents.  An affadavit will be signed to verify residence status.  

Listen to the full story for more.

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An Oral History with Leonard Kapushion: Parts 1 and 2
June 6, 2017

In this two-part collaborative project with the Crested Butte Mountain Hertiage Museum, we hear stories from Leonard Kapushion, who was born in a house on Elk Evenue in Crested Butte in 1934. Len graduated from the Crested Butte High School in a class of 8. His parents lived for years in what is now the Sunflower Cafe, where two trees that Len planted still stand today. He was joined in the studio by his son Randy and niece Ginger. 

(Photo by Christopher Biddle)

Part 1: Ranching and Fishing in the Gunnison Valley before World War II.

Part 2: From Barn Dances to South Korea, Len's musical career took him places.

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High Albedo Is A Good Thing For Area Snowpack
June 5, 2017

This winter didn't bring the "brutally significant" dust that the Elk Mountains have seen in recent years.

Frank Kugel, director of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, says that a wet spring on the Colorado Plateau combined with no major wind events have kept the dust on the ground in the areas to the south and west.
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West Elk Word - Catch Up On The Last 3 Weeks!
June 5, 2017

KBUT's Toni Todd speaks with members of the community about interesting things happening around the area.

Noel Durrant of the Crested Butte Land Trust talks about preserving ranchlands in the Upper Gunnison Valley.
Matt Whiting from the Crested Butte Mountain Biking Association talks trails and more, including what's in store for this summer, fat biking trails for winter, and more. 

Sports Psychologist and Western Professor Pete Kadushin shares insights into how we can all improve performance and enhance our success in life. 
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