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October 24, 2014
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West Elk Word This week we're talking about whitewater recreation. Chris Menges has joined the staff at American Whitewater and will be conducting a survey to discover ideal river flows for water-based recreation in the Gunnison Basin throughout the season.
West Elk Word This week we're talking about whitewater recreation. Chris Menges has joined the staff at American Whitewater and will be conducting a survey to discover ideal river flows for water-based recreation in the Gunnison Basin throughout the season.
West Elk Word and the Geology of the Gunnison Valley We talk with Professor Tim Wawrzyniec, assistant professor of geology at Western State Colorado University. Western State plays host to the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America conference from May 15 - 20.
West Elk Word and the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District The West Elk Word talks with Frank Kugel of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conserancy District. We talk about the current drought, water rights, and how the game of water management works.
West Elk Word Talks About Amendment 64 We talk with Crested Butte Mayor Aaron Huckstep about what amendment 64 - the legalization of marijuana in Colorado - means locally.
Prime time for 'dust on snow' Spring storms over the course of the last week brought much needed moisture to the Gunnison Basin. But with them came an adversary in the eyes of water watchers namely, dust.
Leases Set to Expire The BLM suspended more than two dozen leases for oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide area. Most of them were set to expire at the end of May.
MDP Accepted The US Forest Service accepted CBMR's Master Development Plan.
House Initially Passes Pot DUI Measure A bi-partisan bill to create a legal limit for driving while high initially passed the house on Tuesday. Supporters say it's especially important now that Colorado has legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
Sports Barrel Rundown The week in sports highlighting the Grand Traverse, Freeride Extreme Skiing with a handful of Gunnison Valley locals on the podium, the Snowblade Extremes (the real extremes), and a preview of Roost The Butte - an epic snowmobiling competition to be held this upcoming weekend.
West Elk Word profiles the Thompson Divide Coalition The West Elk Word talks with Zane Kessler of Carbondale-based Thompson Divide Coalition, who is working to protect forest areas just west of Carbondale from oil and gas development. Music Director Grant McFarren also takes a look at the latest effort from The Strokes titled "Comedown Machine."
Senate Debates Budget The only requirement for Colorado lawmakers during the annual legislative session is passing a budget. And unlike previous years there won't be cuts for programs like K through 12 schools, state contractors and public employees.
Water managers buying time Water managers in the Upper Gunnison Basin are hoping to buy a couple months' worth of protection from a basinwide "call" on the Gunnison River.
Oil and Gas Conflict of Interest Bill Moves Forward Bills on oil and gas and fracking are expected to dominate the latter part of the state's legislative session. A measure to change the makeup of the agency that regulates the energy industry drew a large crowd at the capitol on Thursday.
Town Manager Candidates The search continues for a new Town Manager, and that search has been narrowed to four candidates.
Sports Barrel Rundown The week in sports highlighting Titans track, The Al Johnson Uphill-Downhill Memorial Telemark Ski Race, and a look ahead at the Grand Traverse and the Extremes at CBMR.
Death Penalty Repeal Fails A bill to repeal Colorado's death penalty died in a committee hearing over concerns that Governor John Hickenlooper would veto the bill.
Death Penalty Opponents Pledge to Move Forward Democratic sponsors of a bill to repeal the death penalty say they still plan to move the measure through the state legislature, despite concerns from Governor John Hickenlooper.
'Net carbon-neutral' power pursued for WSCU Following a student's initiative to enact a new fee on campus, Western State Colorado University is on course to become "net carbon-neutral" for the electric power it purchases.
Rink OK'ed for 500 Big Mine Ice Arena can now be used for big gatherings.