Find all recordings of our ongoing series of Q&As below

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: The New Normal

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: The New Normal

This panel discussion was originally broadcast on Monday, June 8th. It was hosted by Christopher Biddle and co-hosted by Chris Rourke of the Gunnison Country Times

Our guests were Joni Reynolds, Gunnison County Public Health Director; and Keith Robinson, Gunnison City Police Chief.

Live Panel Discussion with the Gunnison County Investigative Science Team

Live Panel Discussion with the Gunnison County Investigative Science Team

This show was originally broadcast on KBUT on Monday, May 25, 2020. KBUT’s Christopher Biddle was joined by co-host Chris Rourke of the Gunnison Country Times.


COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Monday, May 11

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Monday, May 11

This program was originally broadcast on Monday, May 11 on KBUT. It was hosted by KBUT’s Christopher Biddle. He was joined by Gunnison Country Times Editor Chris Rourke.

The panel included:

  • Joni Reynolds, Gunnison County Public Health Director
  • Roland Mason, Gunnison Board of County Commissioners
  • John Norton, Director of the Tourism and Prosperity Project
  • Andrew Reynolds, Public Information Officer for Gunnison County.
COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Monday, May 4.

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Monday, May 4.

This program was pre-recorded on Monday, May 4th and broadcast that evening on KBUT. It features an interview with Gunnison County Public Information Officer Andrew Sandstrom. He and I went back through questions submitted for previous live Q&As which we weren’t able to answer yet.

We also discussed the relationship between the County and the State of Colorado during the pandemic response, and recent push back from local health orders.

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Reopening

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Reopening

This panel discussion, which included listener submitted questions, was recorded live on KBUT on Monday, April 28 at 6pm. It was hosted by KBUT’s Christopher Biddle (Top right) and he was joined by Gunnison Country Times Editor Chris Rourke.(Bottom Right)

The Panel included:

  • Joni Reynolds, Director of Gunnison County Health and Human Services. (Bottom Left)
  • Jonathon Houck, Gunnison Board of County Commissioners, Chair. (Middle Left)
  • Cathie Pagano, Gunnison County Community Development Director and One Valley Leadership Council (Middle Right)
  • Darcie Perkins, Assistant Director of the ICElab at Western Colorado University. (Top Left)


Here are some links for you to learn more about some of the topics that were discussed.

The 8th Amended Public Health Order was signed and enacted on Saturday, April 25th.

This summary of the order touches on all the major changes.

This document makes it easy to compare public orders for Gunnison County and all of our neighbors.

Do you have questions about COVID-19? Send them to our News Department

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Kids and Parents

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Kids and Parents

This panel discussion, which included listener submitted questions, was recorded live on KBUT on Thursday, April 24 at 6pm. It was hosted by KBUT’s Christopher Biddle and he was joined by Gunnison Country Times Editor Chris Rourke (Bottom left)

The Panel included:

  • Leslie Nichols, Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District Superintendent (Bottom Right)
  • Katie Gallagher, Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District Technology Integration (e-learning) Specialist (Top Left)
  • Beth Goldstone, Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District Psychologist (Middle Left)
  • Dr. Jennifer Sanderford, Crested Butte Pediatrics. (Middle Right)

Listen here, or go to our Soundcloud page to download the episode.


Do you have questions about COVID-19? Send them to our News Department

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Reopening the Gunnison Valley. Monday, April 26

COVID-19 in the Gunnison Valley: Reopening the Gunnison Valley. Monday, April 26

On Monday, Gov. Jared Polis’ stay-at-home public health order becomes “safer-at-home,” as businesses, institutions and citizens across the state slowly move towards a new, post-COVID-19-normal. KBUT is excited to bring you a special live broadcast Q&A with local officials to discuss the next phase of conversation.

The Panel includes:

  • Joni Reynolds, Director of Gunnison County Health and Human Services.
  • Jonathon Houck, Gunnison Board of County Commissioners, Chair.
  • Cathie Pagano, Gunnison County Community Development Director and One Valley Leadership Council
  • Darcie Perkins, Assistant Director of the ICElab at Western Colorado University.

As always, KBUT’s Christopher Biddle will host the evening, along with Gunnison Country Times Editor Chris Rourke.

Listen to the conversation here.

Live Q & A Postponed

Live Q & A Postponed

Due to ongoing connectivity issues in the Gunnison Valley, we’ve postponed our live panel focusing on kids and parents during the COVID19 crisis to Thursday, April 23 at 6pm.

The Panel includes:

  • Leslie Nichols, Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District Superintendent
  • Katie Gallagher, Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District Technology Integration (e-learning) Specialist
  • Dr. Jennifer Sanderford, Crested Butte Pediatrics.

Virtual Town Hall with Gunnison County

Virtual Town Hall with Gunnison County

KBUT hosted crucial members of the local COVID19 Response Team on Monday, April 13 for a Virtual Town Hall on video conference and broadcast on KBUT. The guests were:

  • Jonathon Houck, Gunnison County Commissioner
  • Joni Reynolds, Director of Gunnison County Health and Human Services
  • CJ Malcom, COVID19 Incident Commander, Chief of Emergency Services for Gunnison Valley Health
  • Jodie Leonard, COVID19 Operations Chief and Viral Infection Specialist for Gunnison Valley Health

The forum was co-hosted by KBUT’s Christopher Biddle and Gunnison County Public Information Officer Andrew Sandstrom.


COVID19 in the Gunnison Valley: Economic Impacts and Solutions.

COVID19 in the Gunnison Valley: Economic Impacts and Solutions.

This Q & A session was originally broadcast on Monday, April 3rd. It was hosted by Christopher Biddle and panelists joined via video conference. The panel included John Messner, Board of County Commissioners; Ashley Upchurch, director of the CB/Mt. CB Chamber of Commerce; and Darcie Perkins, Assistant Director to the ICElab at Western.

Listen to a recording of the event here, or go to our Soundcloud page to download.

Here are some of the resources we discussed.

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