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Opponents Unimpressed by Changes to Sketch Plan
February 20, 2018

Gatesco, the possible developer for the Corner at Brush Creek housing project, amended their sketch version of the plan before a marathon public hearing on Friday. As KBUT’s Christopher Biddle reports, the changes did little to silence the project’s harshest critics.

The Towns of Crested Butte and Mount Crested Butte had officially announced their opposition to the project before the meeting. 

After more than ten hours, theboard continued the public hearing, which will reconvene at 9am on Friday, March 2nd at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square in Crested Butte. 

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Paid to Create Season 2, Episode 3: Emily Rothman
February 15, 2018

M'lissa sits down with CBCD Commissioner and Events, Education, and Programs Subcommittee Chair Emily Rothman for an in-depth discussion of the mission and operations of CBCD's Public Arts Grant Program.

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Public Comment on Eleven's Helipad Proposal in Irwin
February 15, 2018

The Gunnison County Planning Commission took public input in Crested Butte earlier this month on a proposal by luxury travel company Eleven to have a helicopter landing pad in Irwin.

Eleven says the pad will be used to fly in clients while bypassing the airport and ground transportation. They say the pad is not for heli-ski operations.

Listen to the story by clicking play below, and hear the public chime in with response from Eleven's Jake Jones and attorney David Leinsdorf.

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Changes to Brush Creek Proposal to be Presented Friday
February 15, 2018

Gatesco has changed the proposal for the Corner at Brush Creek, and the new proposal includes lower numbers of bedrooms, people, buildings, and overall square footage along with more parking.

The Gunnison County Planning Commission will hold a work session and public hearing this Friday at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square in Mt. Crested Butte to discuss the changes and take input from the public. Listen to this story to learn about how you can be involved and what those changes are.

Public comment will be taken at Mountaineer Square from 10:30 AM - 7 PM Friday, February 16th.  Comments can also be sent to  

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Sports Barrel 2/14/18
February 14, 2018

.Titans Hoops had mixed results in Custer County. Ties abound in Wolverines and Titans hockey. Kochevars edges out HCCM in Town League hockey, and CB represents at Nordic Junior National Qualifiers in Mintern. Also, a new holiday that Rick's not into.

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County, RTA Recognized for Alternative Fuel Efforts
February 7, 2018

Efforts by Gunnison County Officials and the Gunnsion Valley Rural Transit Authority to implement the use of compressed natural gas have not been easy; but as KBUT’s Christopher Biddle reports, proponents now have good reason to feel encouraged about their work.
A new study shows major green-house gas reductions for Gunnison County and RTA vehicles. 
Photo: Courtesy of Gunnison of County

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Sports Barrel 2/7/18
February 7, 2018

Wolverine and Titan hockey were undefeated over the weekend. The Brick beats the Talk in a Town League barn burner. Titans basketball visited Cotopaxi and Sanford with mixed results, and are already looking ahead to Custer County on Friday night.

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Permits to be Required for Conundrum Hot Springs Campsites
February 6, 2018

Campers and overnight users at Conundrum Hot Springs will be required to carry permits in order to stay between Silver Dollar Lake and Triangle Pass. Day users may still access the hot springs without a permit.

Hikers who plan to camp starting on the Crested Butte side must have their permits printed and on them, or they'll need to keep hiking beyond the permit-only zone.  (Photo: USFS)

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Western to Host Girls And Women In Sports Day Feb. 11
February 6, 2018

The goal of the event is to get more girls and women involved in sports. At the event, the Western State Mountain Sports program will demonstrate and run skills clinics in mountain biking and downhill skiing, while traditional sports like volleyball and basketball will also be highlighted by collegiate athletes.

Registration is at the Western State Fieldhouse starting at 9:15 AM on Sunday, February 11th.

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Senate Leader Won't Vow to Make Harassment Claims Punishment Public
February 6, 2018

Leaders in the Colorado Senate are in a position to decide whether to impose some form of punishment against Republican Senator Randy Baumgardner. A formal sexual harassment complaint filed against him – has been validated by an outside group investigating the matter, according to the accuser. But as Bente Birkeland reports, the public may never know what consequences he faces.

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High Country News to Open Satellite Office at Western State
February 5, 2018

KBUT's Chad Reich spoke with High Country News Editor-In-Chief Brian Calvert about the print and online periodical's plans to open a satellite office at Western State.

The idea is for both the digital aspect of the periodical to work with the School of Environment and Sustainability at the college on issues important to The West.

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West Elk Word: A Conversation With Former CB Mayor W. Mitchell
February 3, 2018

W Mitchell was in town for the reunion this past summer, and he stopped in to KBUT to talk to us

about his days before being mayor, as a mayor, and about the fight with AMAX to keep the water

and air clean in Crested Butte.

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Comment Period for Signal Peak Trails Proposal Underway
February 2, 2018

A proposal by Gunnison Trails for 28 miles of non-motorized singletrack trails has been scaled back to 21 miles in an alternative set forth by the Bureau of Land Management.  Wildlife advocates believe the proposal encroaches on wintering habitat for deer and elk.  Recreation advocates say more trails close to town are a good amenity.  

The BLM encourages citizens to provide feedback.  The comment period runs until February 16th.  You may make a comment or learn more about the proposal by clicking here.

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CBMR Considers Future Without Superpass, Max Pass
February 1, 2018

In the wake of some major moves in the ski industry in recent weeks, officials at Crested Butte Mountain Resort are contemplating their options in what’s become a very tight and very divided market. 

While CBMR has not been mentioned in any of the major deals announced recently, they will be affected by the dissolvement of two season pass packages that include the Western Slope Mountain: The Rocky Mountain Superpass and the Max Pass.

Photo Credit: Taylor Ahearrn

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Sports Barrel 1/31/18
January 31, 2018

Titans and Wolverines hockey had mixed results. HCCM catches fire in Town League hockey. Titans hoops had a rough weekend while local Nordic skiers shined in Steamboat. Preview the 32nd annual Alley Loop. Pee Wee and Francis mediate their conflicts.

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An Update from KBUT's Newest Staff Members
January 30, 2018

Longtime DJ and a familiar voice to listeners, "Auntie Toni" AKA Toni Todd, began her new position as KBUT's Executive Director on Monday, the 15th of January.

Alec Lindeman, or "Bobby Digital" as listeners know him, is KBUT's new Membership Director. They joined reporter Christoper Biddle for an update on what's happening at the station.

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Dedicated Frequency For Backcountry Users In CB
January 30, 2018

Crested Butte Mountain Rescue is asking backcountry users to use frequency 7-0 on their radios as a common frequency.

The 7-0 frequency should be used to let other groups know where your group is and vice versa as well as communicate about possible avalanche activity observed.

The goal is not to have a place for chit-chat or to replace rescue techniques and emergency services.

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Sexual Harassment Looms At The Capitol
January 30, 2018

Sexual harassment complaints still loom at Colorado’s Capitol. Most were filed last November when it was quiet at the statehouse. The building is now full of lawmakers, lobbyists, aides and staffers for the annual legislative session. But as Bente Birkeland reports, the issue is still there.

KBUT keeps listeners connected with decisions made by lawmakers in Denver's Statehouse.

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Capitol Conversation: Improving Rural Broadband Access
January 28, 2018

Many rural parts of Colorado don’t have access to high speed internet. Governor John Hickenlooper says correcting that must be a priority for lawmakers if the state wants to recruit and grow economies outside of the Denver metro area. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to tackle that challenge.

Listen to Capitol Coverage and Capitol Conversations here on KBUT.  

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CB Council Hesitant on Roundabout at Town Entrance
January 25, 2018

The Crested Butte Town Council discussed the idea of a roundabout and a turning lane for the school at the south entrance to town at Monday night's meeting.

Congestion as well as vehicular and pedestrian safety have been identified as problems at this entrance. The staff hopes the council will provide direction soon so the staff can meet the deadline for approval and funding if the roundabout is pursued.
Public comment largely opposed the idea of a roundabout.

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