Fall Programming Changes

KBUT is ringing in the fall with a new programming schedule starting Monday, October 1.

Changes will be most noticeable late weekday afternoons. NPR's newsmagazine All Things Considered will begin an hour earlier, at 4:00 p.m. Democracy Now! moves to its new time of 6:00 p.m. Evening music shows from local DJs will start at 7:00 p.m.

We're also adding some exciting new NPR programs to our weekend lineup. You'll start hearing them the weekend of October 6-7. The world music program Global Village debuts on KBUT Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. On Sundays, hear Hidden Brain at 1:00 p.m. and the investigative journalism Reveal at 2:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. we'll air a new show called Threshold that tackles one environmental issue each season. This season, it's climate change in the Arctic. The The Thomas Jefferson Hour will air at 4:00 p.m.

Mountain Stage and World Cafe will no longer be heard on KBUT. The KBUT Sunday Specials and Alternative Radio will make occasional appearances in special weekend programming.

    Water Thieves of the West Take Heed: This Sheriff’s Deputy is Watching

    Dave Huhn is a sheriff’s deputy for Montezuma County, Colorado. Unlike other local law enforcement throughout the West, Huhn specializes in the complex world of water law. For the last nine years of summers, he's criss-crossed the county, seeing the conflict that chronic aridity creates. These days, depending on the severity of drought, Huhn says he averages 60 to 100 calls per month for water cases.
    76-year-old farmer Bob Schuster has called on Deputy Huhn to help resolve water disputes among his neighbors a few times. Because livelihoods here are so dependent on water, emotions run high when accusations get thrown around. In true Hatfield and McCoy fashion, Schuster says he’s had guns pointed at him, shovels swung at his head and been sucker punched in fights with neighbors over water.
    Deputy Huhn’s role -- enforcing water law and interacting with the county’s agricultural community -- is unique in the state says Mike Preston, general manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District. . . (Read the full story.)

    Photo: Dave Huhn is known locally as "the water sheriff." Credit: Luke Runyon/KUNC

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    Toxins From Blue-Green Algae Blooms Found in Blue Mesa

    Blue-green algae blooms at Blue Mesa Reservoir are producing unhealthy levels of bacterial cyanotoxins, according to the National Park Service.

    Toxins were found in the Iola Basin in the eastern portion of the reservoir, although the Park Service warns they could also be present in other areas, too. Toxicity can affect humans and animals and symptoms inclkude nausea, vomiting, breathing problems, and seizures.

    The Park Service recommends avoiding areas congested with mats of blue-green algae and to seek medical attention immediately if symptoms occur. 

    Photo: Low water levels at Blue Mesa Reservoir have led to cyanotoxin-producing blue-green algae blooms. Courtesy of National Park Service. 

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    Crested Butte Considers Restrictions on Franchises

    The Town of Crested Butte is considering restrictions on franchise businesses. Earlier this month, the town saw the first draft of a proposal to put a six-month moratorium on what's known as "formula" businesses, while the council considers a more permanent solution.

    Alissa Johnson is a freelance writer and former associate editor at the Crested Butte News. She tells KBUT that town officials say they want input, especially from the business community, before enacting permanent restrictions. The Council is expected to vote on the temporary moratorium at their October 1 regular meeting.

    Photo: Elk Avenue, Crested Butte’s primary business district. Credit: Christopher Biddle

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    Sports Barrel - 9/19/18

    Homecoming was a blast for Titans volleyball, soccer, and track, and CBHS Devo took it to the competition in Leadville.

    Also, a li'l Bon Jovi and did someone say Cloud City?

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    As Colorado's Unaffiliated Voters Grow, So Do Efforts to Engage Them

    Cliff Redish is a political exile. He lives in a world that's colored Republican red and Democrat blue. He used to be a Democrat, but now he's unaffiliated. Perched on a barstool in a pub in Carbondale on Colorado's Western Slope, he's hesitant to even talk about it.

    "We're so divided. It's just unbelievable. It's hard to even bring this up in a bar right now." - Cliff Reddish

    He's part of a somewhat mysterious, often ignored, yet potentially powerful group in Colorado - roughly 37 percent of active voters now declare no party. They are the top category of active voter, a shift from a generation ago in 2004.

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    Western to Launch New School Thanks to Large Donation

    Western State Colorado University recently unveiled plans for a new undergraduate program in computer science and engineering. The program is being created from a $80 million donation by Paul Rady, a 1978 graduate of the school. It's the largest donation in Western's history and one of the largest ever for a public university in Colorado.

    The Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering will offer degrees through the University of Colorado but students will attend courses at Western. The program will be housed in a 75,000 square-foot building on the south side of campus.

    “This is quite literally Western’s greatest opportunity in its history to evolve into a serious force in education and technology,” said Greg Salsbury, President of WSCU.

    Photo: Construction is underway for the new WSCU computer science and engineering building. Credit: Christopher Biddle

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    Sports Barrel - 9/12/18

    Titans Volleyball, Track, and Soccer continue their winning ways and get ready for Homecoming. Also, did you know John Goodman was the football coach in Revenge of the Nerds?

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