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Commissioners OK With Roadless Rule Exception
December 5, 2016

A roadless area in Western Gunnison County may see the construction of roads for methane venting and further coal exploration and development.

To learn more about the Gunnison County Commissioner's stance on the Roadless Rule exception, KBUT spoke with Commissioner Jonathan Houck. He explains why allowing temporary roads was originally part of the negotiations at the table when the Roadless Rule was created. He would also like to see methane captured and used instead of vented into the atmosphere.

 

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West Elk Word: Mt. Crested Butte's Todd Barnes and Joe Fitzpatrick
December 5, 2016

This the first of a two-part interview with Todd Barnes and Joe Fitzpatrick, representing Mount Crested Butte. We discuss the unique challenges of managing and building community in a resort town, the short-term rental phenomenon, collaboration with other government entities in the county, and more.



This is the second of a two-part interview with Todd Barnes and Joe Fitzpatrick, representing the town of Mt. Crested Butte. Barnes is the mayor of Mt. CB, and Joe is the Town Manager. We discuss the concept of community in a bedroom resort town, the short-term lodging phenomenon, collaboration with other government entities in the county, and more.



 
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BLM Seeks Public Input For Fat Bike Grooming At Hartman Rocks
December 1, 2016

It's a craze, and local trails advocacy group Gunnison Trails is proposing to groom 25 miles of singletrack for mixed winter use.

View the full map by clicking here.

View the proposal by clicking here.  

(Photo:  Gunnison Trails / Dave Kozlowski)


 
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NASA Project To Study Snow-Water Content on Grand Mesa / San Juans
November 29, 2016



Snow-Ex is a joint project between NASA and the US Forest Service. The goal is to compare how the results between ground sensors and remote sensors (such as satellites) to determine how accurate the remote measurements really are.


The application of Snow-Ex is both local and global. Water managers should be able to use the data collected on the amount of water in the snow to determine how to plan prepare for flood or drought around the world. But first, the project aims to discover how accurate the data collected is across various terrains and forest cover.

Backcountry users are asked to leave the equipment alone.

Local news, gone regional, only here on KBUT.

 
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TA Shifts Marketing Focus To Extreme Skiing
November 29, 2016

The Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association believes there is room for growth in the winter season. 

The TA will shift their marketing efforts away from the family market and towards millennials seeking an adventure. The ski area thinks it will be a good complement to their traditional family marketing.

Click play below to hear the full story from KBUT.

(Photo: KBUT News Desk lunch break)

 
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Campers May Need Permits In Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
November 28, 2016

Backpackers looking to stay the night in the most popular areas of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness will soon need a permit to do so. The U.S. Forest Service recently released a plan to manage overnight visitors in the backcountry.

 
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CB Film Crew Travels Down Missouri River To Standing Rock Reservation
November 23, 2016

 A film crew will travel down the Missouri River from it's source in Montana to the Dakota  Access Pipeline protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

 Native paddlers from the Pacific Northwest and Innermountain Northwest will guide the way  in traditional 31-foot canoes made from large cedar trees.

 The goal of the film project is to document the water from its source to the site of conflict  while avoiding police intervention and hypothermia.

 (Photo: Makua Productions)



 
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Two Homeowners Challenge Town of Crested Butte ADU Rule
November 22, 2016

Two homeowners in the Town of Crested Butte are out of compliance with the town's accessory dwelling unit (ADU) rules. The town has cited the homeowners, who would like to settle with the town. Settlement would allow the homeowners to not rent their ADUs; the homeowner's attorney says the ADU rule may end getting tossed out if the court agrees with the plaintiffs.

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Avalanches Triggered By Skiers In CB Backcountry
November 22, 2016

A shallow snowpack mixed with rotting layers and high winds are causing instabilities in snow conditions in the Crested Butte backcountry.

(Photo: Crested Butte Avalanche Center Website)

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Temporary Roads To Be Allowed In North Fork Roadless Area
November 21, 2016

The Forest Service has decided to allow the construction of temporary roads in the North Fork Coal Mining Area, within a larger inventory of roadless areas in Colorado. Crested Butte-based environmental group High Country Conservation Advocates says this is a bad deal for public lands in Gunnison County, while County Commissioners see an opportunity to capture methane for natural gas sales.

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(Photo: USFS Website)

 
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West Elk Word: Six Points
November 19, 2016

Today's guest is Daniel Bruce, new Executive Director for Six Points Training and Evaluation. We discuss Six Points' mission, its 40-year history in the Gunnison Valley, and how it's become such an integral part of our community.

 
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Mine Company On Board With Remediation
November 16, 2016

In a Memorandum of Understanding between the mining company and local, state, and federal agencies, the mining company will be responsible for helping to develop site-specific water quality standards for discharges into Coal Creek.

Ashley Bembenek is a consultant with the Coal Creek Watershed Coalition has been working on the early stages of remediation, and she says she is very pleased with the progress so far.

 
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Vohman Resigns; CB Council Seat Open
November 15, 2016

Erika Vohman stepped down from the council last Friday. The council has 30 days from her departure to appoint a new member. Letters of interest are being taken until November 30th.

 
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No Decisions Made At Short-Term Rental Special Meeting
November 15, 2016

The Crested Butte Town Council met Monday night to discuss possible regulations of short-term rentals. It's becoming clear that decisions made around the rental phenomenon is divisive and will be one of the biggest game changers in the town's housing stock and how it is used. It's a complex puzzle that seems to pit legalities against community values.

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Butte Bucks Program Out; Gunnison Greenbacks On The Way
November 14, 2016

The Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that funding for the Butte Bucks program didn't come through; therefore, the Butte Bucks program won't taking place this year.

Gunnison Greenbacks can be purchased starting December 3rd.

(Photo: Eliza Cress)

 
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West Elk Word: Gunnison County Libraries/Nancy Barnes Trimm
November 12, 2016

Nancy Barnes Trimm is Executive Director for Gunnison County Libraries. We chat about how libraries thrive in the age of Google, and the many services and programs our local libraries offer as a vital part of our community.

The West Elk Word is KBUT's community affairs program, and it can be heard Saturdays at noon and here at KBUT.org.  


 
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Problem Bear Euthanized
November 11, 2016

Officers believe the 540 lb. bear has been getting into houses and businesses since last summer.

The bear was taken down near Peanut Lake Road.

The meat is used to feed people in need.  

 
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Short-Term Rentals, Mine To Be Discussed Monday Night
November 10, 2016

A special meeting will be held Monday night in Crested Butte Town Hall starting at 6 PM. First, town staff will update the council and the public on what's happening with a bill that hopes to remove the mining claims on Mt. Emmons.

Then, the council will go through the first reading of an ordinance that would create short-term rental regulations and possibly take public comment.

The public is invited to attend.  Click play to hear the full story that aired on KBUT.



 
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West Elk Word: Crested Butte Snow Sports Foundation / PAWS
November 10, 2016

Kate King and Jason Napoli discuss the Crested Butte Snow Sports Foundation and it's primary mission to help all kids in the Gunnison Valley enjoy snow sports.

 
Rita and David Clement and Heather Fornitaro tell us about the founding, growth and success of Crested Butte's local, all volunteer pet rescue and adoption organization.

 
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2A Overwhelmingly Approved; Houck, Messner Win Commissioner Seats
November 9, 2016

A bill now must be presented and work its way through congress. The public can learn all about the town's efforts at a special meeting on Monday, November 14th, at 6 PM in Town Hall.

Congratulations to incumbent Jonathan Houck and newcomer John Messner, both Democrats, for their elected role on the Board of County Commissioners in Gunnison County.

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