CB Council Continues To Struggle With Short-Term Rental Ordinance

    The council struggled with some key points that could give the ordinance some teeth or keep it so loose it's quite ineffective.  One such concept is the idea of caps (or limits) to the number of days a short-term rental can be used each year.  

    A few revisions were made to the ordinance, and its first reading will continue at the next council meeting on December 19th.

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    Commissioners OK With Roadless Rule Exception

    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.


    West Elk Word: Mt. Crested Butte's Todd Barnes and Joe Fitzpatrick

    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.


    Healthy Kids Survey Shows Colorado LGBT Youth Struggle, Hope

    Colorado lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are more likely to be bullied, experience poor mental health outcomes, and use drugs and alcohol compared to their straight and cisgender - or non-transgender classmates, according to an analysis of the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.


    BLM Seeks Public Input For Fat Bike Grooming At Hartman Rocks

    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)


    NASA Project To Study Snow-Water Content on Grand Mesa / San Juans

    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.


    TA Shifts Marketing Focus To Extreme Skiing

    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.

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    (Photo: KBUT News Desk lunch break)


    Campers May Need Permits In Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness

    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.


    CB Film Crew Travels Down Missouri River To Standing Rock Reservation

     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)


    Two Homeowners Challenge Town of Crested Butte ADU Rule

    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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Top 5 New Albums Played on KBUT

Week ending 11/27/16

1. Zebuel - River City Sunset
2. Crocodiles - Dreamless
3. The Faint - Capsule
4. Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit
5. Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exists

- List compiled by KBUT Music Director Bonnie Gollhofer