KBUT’s Community Matters airs live every other Monday. The show is hosted by KBUT News Director Christopher Biddle, and veteran Gunnison County journalist Chris Rourke.

Pt.1
We check-in with Leslie Nichols of the RE1J Gunnison Watershed School District. We discuss vaccines, both for teachers and students. We also take account of what the school system has lost as a result of the pandemic, and how those weak points can be remedied.

Pt. 2
After years of avoiding the worst impacts of bark beetles in Colorado, Gunnison County is now seeing some of the state’s most intense infestations. We talk to the experts: Sam Pankratz, Forester with the Colorado State Forest Service; and Amy Lockner, Entomologist for the US Forest Service.

Pt. 3
Heidi Steltzer is climate scientist and activist that uses storytelling as a way to inspire action on climate change. She uses narrative to find shared connections to nature.

Listen to the full episode here.

Pt. 1: Leslie Nichols, RE1J School District

Vaccines for teachers and (one-day) students. Taking account for pandemic loss.

Pt. 2: Entomologist Amy Lockner and Forester Sam Pankratz talk bark beetles and their affect on forests in the Gunnison Basin. 

Pt.3: Dr. Heidi Stelzter, mountain scietist, climate activist, storyteller. 

Learn more about Community Matters on KBUT

Every two weeks, we sit down with community leaders, and ask our listeners to send in their questions.

We want you to join the conversation. Email News@kbut.org or click here.

Community Matters airs every other Monday at 6pm. 

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