This episode of Community Matters featured interviews with Alex Hager, water reporter for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio; Brooke MacMillan, Artistic Director at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts, and Megha Nayar, one of the writers selected to participate in the Center’s residency program.

Part One: Alex Hager on the Colorado River Compact

Snow hangs in Colorado’s Elk Mountains in late May. Credit: Alex Hager // KUNC

Summer is right around the corner, and climate experts are starting to get an idea of how much water will be available in the West’s most important river. Alex Hager covers the Colorado River and has been following managers as they plan for a drier future. We talk with Alex about the Colorado River Compact, its history, its future, and the actions being taken to keep the West’s reservoirs full.

Read and listen to Alex’s preview on the summer water season here.

Read about recent moves to include tribal nations in the conversation here.

Part Two: Writer Megha Nayar, and Brooke MacMillan, Artistic Director at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts

Megha Nayar at the KBUT Studios.

Brooke MacMillan founded the Crested Butte Center for the Arts Writers in Residency Program last year. Four writers from around the world, and one local writer spend the month of May writing and workshopping, culminating in a public reading and the Mountain Words Literary Festival.

Megha Nayar is a non-fiction writer and essayist. She lives in Gujarat, India. She talks about her experience in Crested Butte thus far and shares some of her writing.

We also talk about the program itself and get a sneak preview of the upcoming festival.

The Crested Butte Center for the Arts is a financial sponsor of KBUT.

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