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Butte Bucks return for the holidays with new twists
Written by Alissa Johnson   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Longer buying season and business “buy in”

This December and January, holiday shoppers will once again have the chance to get a little more bang for their local buck. The Butte Bucks program kicks off on December 8, offering participants the opportunity to purchase $10 in Butte Bucks coins for $8, and then spend them at participating businesses. They will see some changes to the program, however, designed to make it more sustainable and bring outside dollars into the community.
According to Dave Ochs, executive director of the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, the chamber will print more coins this year, give people longer to spend them, and reserve a set number of coins for tourists staying at local hotels and lodges. Participating businesses will also see participation fees waived in exchange for help in covering the shoppers’ discounts.
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CB council is gearing up to consider new annexation plan
Written by Mark Reaman   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
How will the council handle the annexation legally?

The Crested Butte Town Council will soon be preparing to deal with an annexation proposal. Dallas-based Cypress Equities Group has officially met with town staff and is tweaking its initial plan before coming to a conceptual review meeting on Monday, December 1.
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Local partners improving water quality in the Upper Slate River Basin
Written by Alissa Johnson   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Daisy Mine and Gunsight next up for reclamation

Any day now the Coal Creek Watershed Coalition (CCWC) will receive final approval of its Upper Slate River Watershed Plan, a comprehensive document intended to guide efforts to improve local water quality.

 

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County Commissioners support concept of CBMR expansion
Written by Seth Mensing   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
“The signs are turning”

The Gunnison Board of County Commissioners gave its blessing to the concept of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s plans to expand into the area dubbed Teo 2, along with the rest of the resort’s Master Development Plan (MDP), at a meeting on Tuesday, November 18.
During a brief presentation of the MDP, CBMR director of planning John Sale told the commissioners the plan looks at all of the development activities within the resort’s Forest Service permit boundary over the next decade, summer and winter.
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Mt. Crested Butte 2015 budget continues strong financial trend
Written by Alissa Johnson   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014

“We’re optimistic that summer will stay strong”


The Mt. Crested Butte Town Council began the approval process of its 2015 budget on Tuesday, November 18 with little discussion or debate. The numbers, however, speak for themselves. The town has successfully maintained general fund reserves at 50 percent of expenditures—something that hasn’t always been possible in recent years—and it will be able to fund capital projects such as roadwork next summer.

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Crested Butte budget set for hearing and vote in December
Written by Mark Reaman   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
“Cutting the flowers is like trying to save air by holding your breath…”

The Crested Butte Town Council has set the public hearings on the proposed 2015 budget documents for the December 1 meeting. It appears there may still be some council discussion at that meeting over whether and where to cut from the parks and recreation budget to begin a more frugal period for the town’s general capital fund.
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