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Alley Paving Project Met w/ Opposition By "Alley Dwellers"
August 18, 2017



Plans to pave the alley by Soupcon were met with resistance at the Crested Butte Town Council meeting on August 7th.

Residents and businessowners expressed concerns about impacts to the alley including safety, aesthetics, and the manner in which the project was put forth - namely using private funds for a public project and a lack of notice to those directly affected.  

Photo:  Soupcon Alley (Chad Reich)

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Local Proposals For Affordable Housing Funding & Regional Comparison
August 15, 2017

KBUT talks with Margaret Bowes, President of the Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST). The group recognizes that resort communities face unique challenges in delivering municipal services to its residents and visitors.

Today, we learn about how Telluride and Summit County are using a sales tax to fund affordable housing in their communities.

 
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Possible Vacation Rental Tax For Affordable Housing In CB
August 11, 2017

The Town of Crested Butte is considering pursuing ballot language to help fund affordable housing by taxing short-term and vacation rentals in the town.

Right now, discussions led to the possibility of voters deciding whether or not the industry would be taxed at a rate of 5% on top of sales and other taxes already paid.  That would bring the total tax paid by visitors staying in vacation rentals to about 18%. The tax would help offset increased demand for jobs created by bringing more people to town by building year-round deed-restricted housing opportunities for workers.

The council will discuss this further at the next meeting on August 21st.

 
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Marketing Outbound Flights At GUC For Inbound Flight Benefit
August 11, 2017

The Gunnison Crested Butte Tourism Association is working on marketing outbound flights from GUC this winter. It's part of an effort to secure this winter's increased inbound service.

The market for outbound flights is a mix of Western State students on holiday break, business travelers, and pleasure travelers who might be looking to warm up in mid-winter.

 
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CB Parks & Rec. Pitches for New Warming House Building At Big Mine
August 11, 2017

The new building would be 8848 square feet - 6000 square feet larger than the current building - and would come at price tag of $3.5 million.

Parks & Rec Director Janna Hansen says the current building is at capacity, and the new building would fill the current needs for CB Nordic, the junior nordic program, hockey, and could be used as a rented venue for events and other non-sports programming.  (Photo:  Nathan Bilow / CB Parks & Rec)

 
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CB Film Fest Series Preview: "I Am Not Your Negro"
August 10, 2017

KBUT's Chad Reich speaks with Michael Brody of the Crested Butte Film Festival about the film "I Am Not Your Negro" - which explores racism in our country's past and present.

The film shows Thursday, August 17th at 7 PM - doors at 6:30. Tickets at CBFilmFest.org or at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte.

KBUT will give away 2 tickets during the week of the show.  Stay tuned.  

 
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West Elk Word: Cold Harbour Institute
August 10, 2017

Cold Harbour Institute facilitates education, sustainable living and farming practices, resource efficiency and land management. Executive Director Suzanne Ewy and Assistant Director MJ Picket give us all the latest about this innovative community organization- new collaborations with local businesses, educational programs, and more.

KBUT's "West Elk Word" airs Saturdays at noon.  
 
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New Forest Plan in the works for the GMUG
August 8, 2017

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests - a.k.a. the GMUG - has embarked upon its first new forest plan in 34 years. An open house was held recently in Gunnison as a way for locals to both understand the planning process and contribute suggestions.

KBUT will follow forest planning in Gunnison County.

Local news airs at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM on weekdays.

 
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POW's Davenport Speaks Against Methane Release At West Elk Mine
August 7, 2017

KBUT spoke with Aspen-based professional skier and Protect Our Winters (POW) representative Chris Davenport about the organization's views on proposed methane venting and coal mine expansion at the West Elk Mine in Somerset.

Davenport says that if the mine is going to expand, the responsible thing to do is capture and use the methane for energy, rather than release it (and its greenhouse effects) into the atmosphere.

Methane is a greenhouse gas - and a byproduct of coal mining - that can be captured and used as fuel.  Gunnison County Commissioners have written in favor of methane capture as a condition of mine expansion.  



 
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Honk for Peace
August 7, 2017

Vicky Roach-Archuleta has been standing on the corner of Virginia and Main in downtown Gunnison for 15 minutes every Friday at noon, for more than 14 years. Her message: peace.

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

Slow down and honk for peace!

 
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The Crested Butte 40th Reunion: 1977 to 2017
August 7, 2017

Reporter Chris Biddle swung by the so-called "40th Reunion" in Crested Butte on the last weekend of July. More than 600 people who lived in Crested Butte between 1977 and 2017 gathered for a pot luck dinner on Tommy V. field to eat, drink, dance, and share old stories. 

Photo by Chris Biddle: Current and former residents gathered on Tommy V. Field in Crested Butte on the last weekend in July.

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Rafter-Friendly Fences: A Sign of Cooperation Between Ranching & Rec.
August 2, 2017

Ranching and recreation both need to exist for the community and economy in the Gunnison Valley to work, local leaders say. One example of how ranching and recreation have come together is with rafter-friendly fences, that keep cattle on one side, while allowing for passage of river users. These can be seen on the Upper Slate River (which is likely too low to float at this point), and they replace traditional wire fences that can tangle up boaters.

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

 
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Short-Term Regulations in CB Presented, Concerns Expressed
August 2, 2017

Crested Butte Town Planner Michael Yerman presented the short-term rental ordinance and regulations at a public meeting this past Tuesday night. Licensing, how to lose a license, inspections, and a cap on how many licenses are allowed were all part of the presentation.

Citizens expressed concerns over the non-transferability of a license, and how the non-transferability will impact bookings for homes under contract that may be unable to honor those bookings without a short-term rental license.

 
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Breastfeeding Event At Gunnison Farmer's Market This Saturday
July 31, 2017

Gunnison County Health and Human Services asks breastfeeding mothers to participate in the Global Latch-On Event this Saturday to show support for one another, celebrate victories, and help break down cultural norms regarding breastfeeding in public.

The event will take place Saturday, August 5th at the Gunnison Farmer's Market. Last year, 28 countries and nearly 50,000 people participated in the Global Latch-On Event.

 
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Noxious Weed Program's Goal: Protect Natural Species
July 31, 2017

KBUT speaks with Jon Mugglestone, co-coordinator of the Gunnison Basin Noxious Weed Program, about efforts to protect native species on public and private lands in the Gunnison Basin.

Local headlines air weekdays at 7:59 AM, 12:06 & 6:30 PM.

Click play below to listen to the full story.  

 
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CB Conservation Corps Making Impact In Backcountry
July 12, 2017

The Crested Butte Conservation Corps was founded by the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association this past spring to help deal with resource damage, trail repair, etiquette, education, and other backcountry issues that may arise.

KBUT spoke with CBMBA director Dave Ochs to learn about what impact the CB Conservation Corps is having in the backcountry and about what they've been doing to improve the backcountry experience and protect resources.

(Photo:  CBCC - recliner they packed out)

 
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CB Town Council Talks Speeding, Parking, and Transportation
July 12, 2017

The Crested Butte Town Council and Marshals Department held a work session on Monday, July 10th, to discuss increasing traffic in the town.

As town gets busier and busier, something will need to be done to deal with the overabundance of vehicles and the shortage of parking available during the busy months.

Speeding, blowing stop signs, and claiming public property for private parking were all brought up and will be taken up by a to-be-created taskforce.

 
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Gunsight Milling Area Reclamation Coming Later This Summer
July 11, 2017

The Gunsight Milling Area, off of the GB Loop (an extension of the Lower Loop) is set for reclamation later this year to clean up the area and dispose of heavy metals that are leeching into the groundwater near the site.

KBUT's Chad Reich talks with Tara Tafi of the Colorado Division of Mining, Reclamation, and Safety about the project.  (Photo:  DRMS)
 
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Plan For Limited Camping In MBSW to Battle Resource Damage
July 11, 2017

Adaptive management gives the Forest Service tools to use to protect natural resources when certain population thresholds are met in specific backcountry zones.

The Conundrum Hot Springs area and the 4-Pass Loop will all see limited overnight use as well as other tools (such as the use of 'wag bags' to carry out human waste) as part of the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District's plan to keep the high country from degrading more than it has due to overuse and human impact.

 
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Town of CB Asks For Water Conservation Measures From Citizens
July 11, 2017

The town's water plant is operating at capacity, and public works is asking residents and visitors to help make enough drinking water available to everyone.

Public Works Director Rodney Due says residents should follow watering regulations (5-10 AM and 5-10 PM - odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days, and vice versa) and consider their usage.

 
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