“People will talk about that stage for days,” said television USA Pro Challenge bike race commentator Phil Liggett. “It was a bit of chaos out on the course in nasty weather conditions.” Stage 2 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge slopped into Crested Butte Tuesday afternoon from Aspen over a sometimes muddy and slick Kebler Pass. It got so muddy, in fact, that race officials “neutralized” the race because of poor weather (and lightning) conditions. That means they stopped it a few miles west of Crested Butte to let the rain slow down. They then sent race leader Robin Carpenter out for a 45-second head start—the lead he had when the race was stopped.
U.S. Energy has withdrawn its application with the state to enter into a Voluntary Cleanup Plan (VCUP) at the old Keystone mine. Doug Jamison, the Superfund/Brownfields unit leader of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), said that after looking at the water treatment situation with USE and considering the fact that contaminated water coming from the mine was currently being treated with a wastewater treatment plant on Mt. Emmons, the VCUP “might not have been the appropriate tool. There were a lot of hurdles to overcome and a lot more information was needed for the VCUP route.”
One sure sign that summer is coming to a close is the start of the school year. And Crested Butte Community School students will head back to the halls of learning on Monday morning, August 25. They will be greeted by 45 teachers this year which is one less than in 2013-14. While there was a reduction of two positions in the elementary side of the school, there was one addition to the secondary side as the large classes moved up.
Experimental CB South bus service finished for season
The Gunnison Valley’s Rural Transportation Authority’s summer bus experiment is over and the results are in. Bus service into Crested Butte South resulted in an increase of about 25 more one-way trips per day than likely would have occurred if the buses had stopped only at the intersection of Cement Creek Rd. and Highway 135. That averages out to about one more person getting on the bus and one more person getting off each time the bus stopped in Crested Butte South.