KBUT’s West Elk Word covers current and public affairs throughout the Gunnison Valley.
Learn more about the people, places, music and arts, recreation, mountain culture, and everything else Gunnison Valley.
West Elk Word airs Saturdays at noon. Archived episodes are available below:
West Elk Word, 11/14/20: Joni Reynolds, Department of Human Services and Public Health, Gunnison County
Joni Reynolds gives us an update on where we state in the resurgence of COVID-19, and some valuable information on general, DHS services.
Katie paid us a visit in May. She’s back with an update on how the Pantry continues to feed those who are hungry in our valley.
Scott Palmer picked a tough time to take over the reins of the CB Center for the Arts. Learn why he’s so optimistic about the Center’s future in these challenging times.
Brett Henderson shares HCCAs latest work to protect public lands, water, and Mt. Emmons, and how folks can help through HCCAs Stewardship program.
Conor Hagen is the director of High Country, a documentary film about the history of Crested Butte in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Wendy Buchanan is here to chat about the Gunnison Valley’s love of hockey, and the upcoming hockey season.
Dr. John Hausdoerffer shares insights on the value of mountain communities. Learn about the Center for Mountain Transitions, the Mountain Transitions Corp, and the Masters of Environmental Management Program at Western Colorado University.
Dr. Jeff Taylor is the Director of Western Colorado University’s Masters in Museum and Gallery Management Program. He’s also an art appraiser, authentication consultant, and expert in art forgery.
Our own Dr. Duane Vandenbusche has been named Colorado’s official historian. Learn what that means and why Dr. Vandenbusche still loves what he does.
Project Hope of the Gunnison Valley advocates for and supports victims of relationship violence and human trafficking. Learn how they do this, and how their efforts have been impacted by COVID-19.
West Elk Word, 8/1/20: Cathie Pagano, Gunnison County Director of Economic and Community Development
Learn the history of Gunnison County’s One Valley Prosperity Project, the current One Valley Leadership Council, and how all of that ties in to the county’s economic and community efforts in the face of the pandemic.
A candid conversation with the new Editor of the Gunnison Country Times on what it’s like to cover the story of the century, a journalist’s need to develop a thick skin, solutions journalism, and more.
Dr. Blumstein shares his vast knowledge of yellow-bellied marmots, including his observations of marmot social structure, communications, and more.
Lauren Kugler is the CFGV’s new Executive Director, and Maryo Ewell is Director of Community Impact. This week, they discuss the Foundation’s role in providing COVID-19 relief to local non-profits.
General Manager Sonja Chavez (pictured) is joined by board members Julie Nania and JoEllen Fonken to discuss the work of the Upper Gunnison River District and this summer’s Gunnison River Festival.
West Elk Word, 6/27/20: Shelley Popke (smiling here) and Nel Burkett From the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
Shelley Popke and Nel Burkett From the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.
The Crested Butte Music Festival will look a little different this year, but as Erica Vernon explains, the show must go on!
Executive Director Katie Dix updates us on the increase in demand at our local food pantry due to the pandemic, and on how local organizations are collaborating to get food to people in need.
Executive Director Ian Billick tells us how RMBL is adapting its operations in this summer of the pandemic. He also shares some of the most interesting and important research being conducted in Gothic.
The conversation features Emily Mirza from Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project and Brad Wheaton from Gunnison County Department of Human Services.
Dr. Lance Dalleck shares his research findings on High-Intensity Interval Training and its implications for improving everyone’s health.
Humorist, motivational speaker, and chief happiness officer Anthony Poponi shares his insights on how to be happier at work and in life.
KT Folz and Melissa Mason share the history of Move the Butte. Learn how this annual dance performance has become one of Crested Butte’s most iconic events.
First, it was just TV. Today, Met Rec supports all sorts of recreational programs and amenities in Gunnison County.
Attorney, professor, brewer and perpetual student of life, Mike King shares his perspective on culture, the environment, social justice, and more.
Founders Don Seastrum and Paul Edwards share the inspiration for this unique, Gunnison-based Arts school with connections to Italy.
West Elk Word, 1/11/19: John Norton, Executive Director, Gunnison County Tourism and Prosperity Partnership
The Tourism Association has a new role and a new name. Executive Director John Norton shares how TAPP is accomplishing its mission to promote economic prosperity in Gunnison County.
Gunnison County and City of Gunnison representatives John Cattles and Russ Forrest discuss the upcoming Climate Action Conference, scheduled for Friday, January, 17th.
Maryo Ewell and a conversation on community, resiliency, and busting the myth of what it means to be a non-profit.
Mines always close. What happens when they close without adequate preparation? Luke Danielson from Sustainable Development Strategies Group explains.
Tim is here to discuss the Epic Promise Foundation, the non-profit arm of Vail Resorts.
Journalist and Masters of Environmental Management student Sam Leibl gives us the latest on this invasive annual grass and its potential impact on the Gunnison Valley.
Stephen Cole Hughes and Stephen J. Burge share insights on acting, theatre arts as a discipline of university study, and as a profession. They also give us a sneak peak at Western’s upcoming production of the Rocky Horror Show.
Drew Brookhart gives us the rundown on the services provided by our local public libraries, and gives us information regarding the upcoming ballot initiative in support of library operations.
Dr. Bobby Braun directs the Engineering program at CU Boulder. He’s here to explain CU’s new partnership with Western Colorado University, which allows engineering and computer science students to attend Western, yet graduate with a degree from CU.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation area are managed together in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation. Learn how that’s done and what’s new with Gunnison’s backyard public lands.
There’s a shortage of childcare providers in Gunnison County. But that shortage also presents an opportunity for parents to become entrepreneurs.
Zach Vaughter shares the mission of the CB Snowsports Foundation. Learn how the CBSF enables kids of all economic means to enjoy snowsports in the Gunnison Valley.
Celeste Helminski and Craig Beebe discuss the relationship between Western Colorado University and the Gunnison Chamber of Commerce. It’s a connection that benefits both students and local businesses.
Julie Robinson and Cillian Barrett tell us the story of the Gunnison Valley’s latest Habitat for Humanity build: Habitat’s first ever strawbale home.
GVRHA Executive Director Jennifer Kermode discusses the challenges presented by our current workforce housing shortage.
Startup Colorado once served the Front Range. Today, it’s focus is on rural Colorado.
Dr. Hausdoerffer shares all that’s new with the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University.
Representatives from the Gunnison Chamber of Commerce are here to share how they support local area businesses and the community.
Roger Kahn is here to chat about his new book, “How Crested Butte Became a Tourist Town: Drugs, Sex, Sports, Arts, and Social Conflict.” It’s an eye-opening exposé that tells the story of Crested Butte’s wild past.
Rob discusses several new services from GVH, along with the goal to provide a continuum of care for patients. It’s a more holistic approach to healthcare.
Are non-native dandelions nutritious for native bees? Charlotte Cahill, a student researcher at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory aims to find out.
Mr. Gelwicks stopped by to discuss Gunnison city projects slated for this summer. He also shared his recent experience at a conference in Mexico for mayors from throughout North America.
Ian Billick shares the history of RMBL. Learn about past and current research at the lab and what scientists are learning from
it, it’s implications regarding climate change and our Earth’s ecological future.
Artist and KBUT DJ Heather Bishoff shares her perspective on the starving artist, creative inspiration, and her latest project, an interactive installation called, “See Trees.”
Shelley Popke and Nel Burkett from the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum return, along with Jessica Reske and Beth Heller from Collections Assessment for Preservation. We’ll learn more about the museum’s efforts to care for its artifacts.
Brandon Diamond discusses Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s efforts with wildlife management and conservation. Learn how the agency works to manage wildlife of all sorts, most notably big game. They also work to preserve threatened and endangered species and keeps waterways stocked with fish.