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    Commissioners, CB Council Updated On Brush Creek Aff. Housing Parcel

    County Manager Matthew Birnie provided an update on the Brush Creek Parcel at Tuesday's joint meeting between the Gunnison County Commissioners and the Crested Butte Town Council.

    This 17-acre piece of land holds the possibility of 'putting a dent' into the county's affordable housing shortfall.

    A request-for-proposals is due by end-of-biz on Friday, March 31st. Birnie says the idea is to see what the market sees as viable for this project.

     

     

    Mt. Emmons Mine Update: Trust & Patience Needed To Achieve Goals

    Building trust and exercising patience will be needed as agencies work with the mining company Freeport McMoran to work towards disposing of mining claims and rights on Mt. Emmons.

    Freeport McMoran seems willing to work towards an eventual withdrawal, but it won't happen quickly.

    The attorneys say there are "hurdels" and "knots" and we "have to go slow to go fast."

     

    Sports Barrel 3.29.17

    20th Annual Grand Traverse results feature heartbreak, triumph, and family traditions. Also, Titans Soccer and Track results, George likes saying Gore Tex, and, ultimately, it's all vanity.

    The Sports Barrel airs Wednesdays at 2:00 PM and 8:30 PM.

     

    Ordinance To Ban Consolidation of Condos & Townhomes

    The Town of Crested Butte has received inquiries about the possibility of a single buyer purchasing large apartment or condo buildings and consolidating the units into fewer and 'more luxury' units.

    An ordinance in-the-works would keep that from happening. The town says the goal is to keep as many free-market units in town as possible.

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

    All local news stories can be heard by checking KBUT.org.  

     

    Future Of Colorado Health Care Exchange In Limbo

    An effort is underway in the Republican-controlled state senate to do away with the state’s health care exchange – Connect for Health Colorado – and switch over to the federal exchange. Supporters say it would save money. But with plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act over in Washington, things here are in limbo.

    Capitol Coverage comes as part of KBUT's membership in Rocky Mountain Community Radio.
     

    The Carbon Economy: A Rancher and Student Work Together

    KBUT's Christopher Biddle files this report about how a graduate student is helping a 5th-generation ranching family work to preserve the land (by putting carbon back into the ground) they operate on.

    Jake Courkamp is an ecologist and grad student at Western State Colorado University. Bruce Allen is a fifth generation cattle rancher. They’re a match made in Colorado.

    (Photo: Jake Courcamp)

     

    West Elk Word: Chris Greene, ICE Project

    Chris Greene is a professor in School of Business at Western, and founder of the ICE -- Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship -- Project. He shares the collaborative and supportive nature of the project, designed to help entrepreneurs find ways to transform fresh, creative ideas into successful businesses in the Gunnison Valley.

    Listen Saturdays at noon or at KBUT.org.  

     

    Visitation Up At Black Canyon, Curecanti Rec. Area

    Visitor numbers were up at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and the Curecanti Recreation Areas this past year.

    Sandy Snell-Dobert with the Parks Service says that last year was the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, and that extra marketing muscle was put into getting people into parks.

    She also says that people seem to want to get out and explore their public lands more and more as evidence by upward trending visitation numbers nationwide.  

    (Photo:  National Park Service)

     

    Local Impacts If NEA Is Defunded

    A proposal from the White House to defund the National Endowment For The Arts would have local impacts to the arts community in Gunnison County.

    The Crested Butte Music Festival uses an NEA grant for some of its free programming and to reduce tuition for the Opera Children's Chorus, of which about half helps local students.

    The Crested Butte Creative District is funded through Colorado Creative Industries, who receives 1/3 of its funding from the NEA. The Creative District helps fund public arts projects made by local artists in the town.

     

    Art Walk Weekend in Crested Butte

    Beginning at 5pm this friday, Artists of Crested Butte, a coalition of local artists, hosts Art Walk Weekend, 18 different artists—among them painters, weavers, jewelry makers, and more—performing demonstrations of their processes. To learn more, KBUT reporter Chris Biddle spoke with three of the artists involved.


    (Photo: Potter Laura Elm. Courtesy of The Art Studio)

     


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