Psst! We’re Actually in a Pledge Drive Right Now...

...and we're trying to make it sound a little different. We're taking a few days to talk about sustaining memberships, but without the long interruptions to programming you hear in a regular pledge drive. Our sustaining members give monthly to KBUT. That means a more reliable source of funding for your community radio station. Become a KBUT sustaining member today and thank you for your support!

Gunnison County Candidate Forum Coming This Sunday

Two key offices in Gunnison County are up for grabs this election year: sheriff and county commissioner. John Gallowich and Mark Mykol are running for Sheriff, while Bob Schutt and Roland Mason are the two County Commissioner candidates. KBUT wants you to be an informed voter. We've teamed up with the Crested Butte News to give you a chance to meet the candidates and learn more about their platforms. Join us for a candidate forum this Sunday (October 21) at 6:00 p.m. at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. The format will provide citizens a chance to ask the candidates direct questions. Denis B. Hall will serve as moderator and we'll broadcast it live on KBUT.

Have a question for the candidates? Submit yours now.

When Zombies Walk the Butte

It. Is. Happening. Again. KBUT's 8th annual Zombie Prom is back. Gather ye undead at Talk of the Town on the twenty-sixth day of October at the toll of 9:00 p.m. Dance the dance of the dearly departed until the Witching Hour of 2:00 a.m.

Music. Deathly gyrations. Open wounds and gashes. Good fun!

Your tickets are waiting for you at the door the night of Zombie Prom. The cost is a mere twenty bones.

Remember. Your first dance...may be your last.

    CO River Reservoirs Start Water Year at Lowest Point Since Filled

    By Luke Runyon
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Key reservoirs along the Colorado River are collectively at their lowest point at the start of a new water year since the last one filled nearly 40 years ago. As of Oct. 1, reservoirs that store the Colorado River’s water are at just under 47 percent of their capacity, according to recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. That means reservoirs that provide water to 40 million people and irrigate 5.5 million acres of farmland in the southwest are less than half full.

    The previous low point for the river’s collective reservoir storage was recorded in 2004. The combined storage figure takes into account the amount of water in ten of the river’s reservoirs, many built as part of the Colorado River Storage Project. The system includes Blue Mesa and Morrow Point Reservoirs west of Gunnison. Read more.

    Photo: A narrow passageway allows boats to pass on the northern edge of Antelope Island in Lake Powell, one of the Colorado River's main reservoirs. Credit: Luke Runyon / KUNC / Lighthawk


    Brush Creek Developer Reacts to Work Session Results

    By Christopher Biddle, KBUT
    October 12, 2018

    At a recent joint work session on the proposed Brush Creek housing development, the towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte seemed to settle on capping it at 135 units. That's far less than the 180 units mandated by the county. The original proposal called for 240 units at the property at Brush Creek Road and Highway 135.

    In an interview with KBUT, developer Gary Gates said that 135 units isn't financially viable. He added that the two other owners of the parcel - Gunnison County and Crested Butte Mountain Resort - haven't disputed the original 240-unit proposal. He predicted that the two towns may have trouble getting their partners to sign on to a much smaller project.

    The Town of Mt. Crested Butte holds its next work session on the Brush Creek project Tuesday, October 16.

    Photo: From left to right, Gary Gates (left), his attorney Kendall Burgemiester, and Gatesco employee John O’Neal. Credit: Christopher Biddle.

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    Introducing Scott Franz, New Colorado Capitol Coverage Reporter

    KBUT listeners will soon start hearing Franz's reporting on Colorado politics and elections. Some of his stories have already been posted below. Franz is a government watchdog reporter from Steamboat Springs. He spent the last seven years covering politics and government for the Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper. His reporting in Steamboat stopped a police station from being built in a city park, saved a historic barn from being destroyed and helped a small-town pastor quickly find a kidney donor. Scott received his journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    Scott's reporting is part of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Colorado Capitol Coverage, including KBUT.

    Official State Election Guides Missing Pages Due To Printing Glitch

    By Scott Franz, CO Capitol Coverage
    October 11, 2018

    A printing error is keeping some Colorado voters from studying up on statewide ballot items this election season. The error caused some of the state's voting guides, known as blue books, to be printed without some of the pages. In another mistake, blue books were accidentally sent to the wrong addresses in some rural counties. In these cases, the books were delivered to physical addresses that mail carriers don't deliver to instead of P.O. Boxes. Read more.

    Photo credit: Ashley Jefcoat / KUNC

    Scott Franz reports for Colorado Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado.

    New Ad Campaign to Impaired Drivers: Drive High, Get a DUI

    By Scott Franz, CO Capitol Coverage
    Oct 9, 2018

    As more drivers under the influence of drugs get into fatal car crashes in Colorado, state officials are hoping a new, more simple advertising campaign will help reduce impaired driving. The new ad campaign tells drivers that if you feel different, you drive different. "Drive High, Get a DUI," the ad warns.

    The new initiative was announced Tuesday by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and other state officials at the State Capitol. Read more.

    Photo: Colorado State Patrol Lieutenant Colonel Barry Bratt talks about a new ad campaign to prevent impaired driving Tuesday at the State Capitol. Scott Franz / CO Capitol Coverage.

    Scott Franz reports for Colorado Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado.

    Roads, Funding & Kombucha: A Recap of the Polis/Stapleton Debate

    By Scott Franz, Colorado Capitol Coverage
    October 5, 2018

    Colorado's gubernatorial candidates didn't need to say a single word on the downtown Denver debate stage to start drawing a contrast with one another. Democratic candidate Jared Polis walked onto the stage wearing blue tennis shoes, while Republican Walker Stapleton wore shiny black dress shoes. The two men also clashed at the microphone when the cameras started rolling. Read the story

    Photo: Jared Polis, left, and Walker Stapleton, far right, squared off Friday night at a debate in downtown Denver. Credit: Scott Franz / CO Capitol Coverage.

    Scott Franz reports for Colorado Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado. Fifteen public radio stations participate.

    Rocky Mountain PBS to Air Documentary on Western Professor

    For decades, it was thought that Folsom cultures, early inhabitants of North America distinguished by expert stone tool-making, were restricted to living on the open plains. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Western Professor Mark Steiger began finding distinctive stone tools atop Tenderfoot Mountain, known locally as W Mountain. Today, it's one of Colorado's most important archeological sites. 

    Steiger’s discovery, and the students helping him to uncover history, are the subject of a new documentary, Mountain Folsom, directed by another Western professor, Jack Lucido. KBUT’s Christopher Biddle spoke with the filmmaker about his technique and experience directing the film. Disclosure: Lucido serves on the KBUT Board of Directors.

    Mountain Folsom airs on Rocky Mountain PBS Thursday, October 4 at 8:30 p.m.

    Photo: Tenderfoot, or "W" Mountain.

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