An Update from KBUT's Newest Staff Members

    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.


    Gunnison Basin Snowpack Well Below Average

    The Gunnison Basin is at 46% of average annual snowpack-by-water-volume for the season. The percent is a little higher in the mountains and in northern Colorado. As you move to the San Juans and the Southwest, it's much worse and quantities are extremely low.

    We need snow.

    Colorado Company 1st US-Grower of Certified Industrial Hemp Seeds

    New West Genetics of Fort Collins, CO, has produced the first US-grown hemp seeds certified by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies.

    This development helps eliminate the red tape around acquiring hemp seeds, which previously had to be imported into the country through the Drug Enforcement Agency as hemp is still classified as a schedule 1 drug.


    West Elk Word: An Exciting and Difficult Year for Jackson's Honest

    Megan and Scott Reamer founded Jackson's Honest Chip Company after developing a special diet for their son Jackson, who suffered from a rare disorder called Aicardi Gutierres Syndrome. Among the foods high in saturated fat that the Reamers cooked for their son were potatoe chips cooked in coconut oil.

    Lindsey Schauer was a long time caretaker for Jackson and his siblings, and also helped the family cook their first batch of chips in their Crested Butte home. 

    Last Fall, the fast growing company was featured on an Episode of the show, "Shark Tank" just weeks after Jackson's death at the age of 16. 

    This two part episode of the West Elk Word, Lindsey, Scott and Megan share with guest host Christopher Biddle about their exciting and difficult year. 

    Victor Wooten on the Playin' Thru show - 1/18/18

    Tyler Lucas interviews Victor Wooten - Appearing at the Center for the Arts Crested Butte on Saturday, January 20th with the Victor Wooten Trio

    Snowmobile Safety Week Begins Saturday

    Snowmobiles are a leading cause of human-triggered avalanches in Colorado, the United States, and in Canada.
    January 20th - 28th is International Snowmobile Safety Week, and backcountry users are encouraged to be prepared and practice safe sledding each time they go out.

    (Photo: Nate Page)


    Some CBMR Numbers Up, Some CBMR Numbers Down

    When compared to last year (and the epic "Snowpocalypse" storm), numbers may look down. But the snowfall brought droves of people and created an unusual year for visitation to the resort.

    CBMR is still up in lodging revenue over last year, but down in overall skier days, implying that season passholders are using the resort less than last year.

    (Photo:  CBMR / Taylor Ahearns)

    1/17/18 - Sports Barrel

    Mixed results for Titans hoops and hockey. Results from the Junior National Qualifier in CB last weekend where local athletes shined. Also, Seinfeld, Simpsons, and Family Guy reruns; it's like the early evening hour on a local TV station up in here...

    The Rare Skiff Milkvetch to be Subject of WSCU Research

    Dr. Robin Bingham, an evolutionary ecologist at Western State Colorado University, was awarded a $75,000 grant from the US Fish & Wildlife Service to study the rare plant known as the skiff milkvetch.

    The plant is thought to grow on just 85 acres in Gunnison and Saguache County. The plant faces peril from predators and climate change.

    You've seen the signs at Hartman Rocks. Learn about the skiff milkvetch - and Dr. Bingham's goals with the 5-year study - in today's story.  (Photo:  Colorado State University Rare Plant Guide / Bernadette Kuhn)


    Senator Gardner's (R-CO) Reaction to White House Rescinding Cole Memo

    Earlier this month, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announce the White House would no longer follow the Obama-era policy of allowing states to set and enforce their own marijuana rules and regulations.

    Over a dozen dispensaries operate in Gunnison County along with large-scale grow operations.

    Senator Cory Gardner reacted by threatening to block Department of Justice nominees until this decision is reversed.


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KBUT Updates

Board of Directors Update

KBUT's annual membership meeting was on Saturday January 13th. Kirsten Atkins was re-elected and Johnna Bernholtz and Kyle Ryan were elected to KBUT's Board of Directors. Carlos Velado was appointed  President and Kirsten Atkins was appointed Vice-President.The annual meeting was followed by a regular Board meeting. For more information  contact Toni Todd at 970-349-5225. 

KBUT’s Top 5 New Albums

1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland
2.  Dr. Demento - Covered In Punk
3. Spice Boys - Glare
4. Sufis - After Hours
5. Flat Worms - Flat Worms

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