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October 15, 2017

Recapping October 13th and 14th in Western State Colorado University athletics. Covers volleyball, soccer, football, and swimming and diving.



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Gunnison City Council Pledges 60 New Units, Explores Possible Avenues
October 13, 2017

Gunnison City Council last Tuesday approved a 3-5 year strategic plan that includes a pledge for 60 new or refurbished housing units by June, 2018. They've also started exploring possible avenues to make that happen.

This comes a week after a heated town hall style meeting in the North End of the Valley regarding the proposed Brush Creek Development, where several residents expressed their anxieties over the density of the project.

The 2016 Housing Needs Assessment conducted by the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority says that the Valley needs 420 new units by 2020 in order to meet housing demands. 

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BLM Approves Bull Mountain Project in North Fork Valley
October 12, 2017

Eric Goold of Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KVNF (Paonia) spoke with proponents and opponents about the recent approval of the Bull Mountain oil and gas project in the North Fork Valley.  The project could bring 146 new wells over 20,000 acres to the area. The approval ends 10 years of debate.

Goold speaks with David Ludlam of the West Slope Oil and Gas Association and Natasha Leger of Citizens for a Healthy Communty in this story.

KBUT is able to air this story as a part of our membership in Rocky Mountain Community Radio, a coalition of community radio stations that share stories and resources.  We also pool resources to hire Bente Birkelend as our statehouse reporter in Denver.  Bente's stories keep the Gunnison Valley in tune with happenings at the capitol.  

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Sports Barrel 10/11/17
October 11, 2017

The CB High School Devo Mountain Bike Team takes the podium in Nathrop (which is hard to find a sound effect for), Titans soccer, cross country, and volleyball had busy weekends, and we keep it under 3 minutes with some Edgar Winter.
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New Wildlife Area Between Montrose & Blue Mesa Res.
October 10, 2017

The Cerro Summit Wildlife Area is 15 miles east of Montrose on Highway 50.

The area is managed by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, who was able to secure access by swapping the Chipeta Lake area on the south side of Montrose for use of this area. Chipeta Lake was becoming more of a city park than a wildlife area.

Hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing are all available at the new wildlife area, which does close from December 1 - March 31.  (Photo: CPW)

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Mountaineer Minute for Monday,October 9th 2017
October 10, 2017

A recap of the October 6th- October 8th weekend in Western State Colorado University athletics. Includes women's volleyball, football, and men's and women's cross country.

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Special Session Fails - No Legislation Passed
October 10, 2017

Colorado’s first special session in five years ended after two days with no legislation passing. Governor Hickenlooper had called lawmakers back to the state capitol to fix a mistake in an expansive bipartisan bill that left certain special districts and Denver’s RTD without access to tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana.

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CB Declares 2nd Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day
October 6, 2017

The Crested Butte Town Council passed a resolution which recognizes the 2nd Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Nationally, the commemoration started as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and was meant to promote Native culture and commemorate the history of Indigenous People.

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Brush Creek Town Hall Work Session - 10-5-17
October 6, 2017

The Town of Crested Butte held a town hall-style work session at the Center for the Arts to discuss the proposed Corner at Brush Creek development at the intersection of Highway 135 and Brush Creek Road.

Those who spoke were largely opposed to a project citing increased traffic and density, water and wastewater concerns, parking, dogs, the overall size, and the absence of home ownership possibilities as critiques of the proposal.

This was a busy night in the valley, so if you missed your chance to attend or tune in live, here it is.  Listen at your convenience.  

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Mountaineer Minute 10/6/17
October 6, 2017

Listen as KBUT's Ian Johnson gives a preview of the upcoming weekend of Western State Mountaineer sports on KBUT, Community Radio for the Gunnison Valley.

The Mountaineer Minute weekend preview airs on Fridays at 10 AM and 6:18 PM and the weekend wrap-up airs on Mondays at 10 AM and 6:18 PM.  Tune in!

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Jokerville Memorial Re-Dedication on September 28, 2017
October 5, 2017

A re-dedication ceremony was held at the Crested Butte Cemetary for the 61 miners who died in a violent explosion in the Jokerville mine on January 24, 1884. They were buried in a mass grave within days.

Not much was known about these people and few had families. The families of the deceased left town and all connections between hte miners and the town were lost. 

Listen to the ceremony and learn about the disaster and the early days of coal mining in Crested Butte from the event's presenters Jim "Deli" Schmidt, Kay Flint, Bill Crank, and Dr. Duane Vandenbusche.

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USGS Study to Learn About Surface & Groundwater in Upper East River
October 4, 2017

Around October 10th, test flying will begin for an airborne electromagnetic study that aims to learn about how the geology, surface, and ground water interact and lead to different chemical makeups.

A large helicopter with a 60-foot hula hoop will be hovering over area the Upper East River and its tributaries in the coming weeks.

The device won't be flying over towns in the area.  

Listen to the story, and learn about how this national study will help water managers locally prepare for changes in water supply and makeup.  

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Sports Barrel 10/4/17
October 4, 2017

Titans soccer notches a league win, while volleyball has a rough weekend. Than previews the Romp in the Rocks, and Rick likes his pancakes with syrup ON TOP.

Sports Barrel airs on Wednesdays around 2pm and 8:30 pm.
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North Valley Group Seeks Solution to Parking Impacts
October 3, 2017

On Thursday, September 28th, the towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte - along with Crested Butte Mountain Resort - met to discuss parking, impacts from parking, and possible solutions to a growing parking problem.

Interstate Parking Solutions presented their 'holistic' approach to parking in municipalities and districts.  A large parking lot or garage in the Town of Crested Butte will not be part of the solution, and that public input will be taken as a solution is sought.  

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Instate Tuition in Colorado and DACA
October 3, 2017

In the coming months, Congress will decide whether to allow a pathway to U.S. citizenship for foreign-born children who arrived in the country without documentation. With the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program on the line, Rocky Mountain Community Radio statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland looks at the implications for Colorado’s college-bound.

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The Crested Butte Iron Pour: A Flowing and Glowing Tradition
October 2, 2017

The Iron Pour returns to Crested Butte on October 5th, at the top of Elk Avenue in Crested Butte.

The use of iron proliferated during the early to mid 1900's - especially during WWI and WWII. Attendees to the Iron Pour can expect to experience an artistic presentation of the flowing molten metal.

(Photo:  Andrew Bisdale)

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Discounted Leisure & Business Travel Departing From GUC This Winter
September 28, 2017

Flights departing from GUC starting December 15th and returning by February 8th could be eligible for at least a $200 discount.

The program - funded by the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority and administered by the Tourism Association - is designed to help fill outbound flights on a new, second daily flight from Denver this winter. The goal with filling seats is to continue the service on that second flight.  (Photo: Gunnison Airport)

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It Takes A Village — And A Lot Of Money — To Save An Aquifer
September 28, 2017

Water is a vital resource, especially on the farm fields that grow our food. Much of Colorado's food is grown in the San Luis Valley, a high desert that receives less than 7" of water annually, but sits on top of a gigantic aquifer.  

Across the Great Plains of the Midwest, many farm communities face dwindling water supplies.  In the San Luis Valley, that spurred farmers to take up a bold experiment. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon traveled to the area to see if the experiment is working.  (Photo:  Luke Ruynon / Harvest Public Media)

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Taylor Hall, KWSB Vandal Arrested
September 27, 2017

A student spray painted walls in Taylor Hall, and he tore out equipment and spray-painted the KWSB studios at Western State Colorado University.

A representative at the university said the damage is mostly superficial, and that normal broadcasting on KWSB will resume early next week. The radio station is expected operate automated programming through Homecoming Weekend.

An arrest has been made. Listen to the story for more.  (Photo:  John McKeith)

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TETWP Seeks Drivers for "Tuffy" to Transport Breast Cancer Patients
September 25, 2017

Gunnison County is isolated. And that's likely more obvious for someone who needs transportation to breast cancer clinics or hospitals.

The local chapter of Tough Enough To Wear Pink recently purchased "Tuffy" a Dodge Ram that can be checked out and driven to care facilities.

Click here to volunteer to drive "Tuffy" and help transport breast cancer patients in Gunnison County.

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