Snowpack slips below average as dry spell persists
Written by Alissa Johnson
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Not time to worry yet
The snowpack around the Gunnison Basin has begun to slip below normal levels, thanks to unseasonably warm weather and a dry spell. But according to local water and snow experts, the time to worry hasn’t arrived just yet. Frank Kugel, general manager for the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, uses data from five SNOTEL sites scattered around the Upper Gunnison Basin to gauge the state of the area snowpack.
What would be one of the largest and most significant land conservation projects in the county is in the initial stages of a potential deal. More than 6,000 acres of Trampe Ranch land from Gothic to Gunnison could fall under a conservation easement that would prohibit any more building on the property and keep high-profile open space free of development and in the ranching business. Rancher Bill Trampe is working with long time open space preservation advocate Susan Lohr and the Trust for Public Land to preserve the iconic property.
Bus service in the valley has seen a significant expansion this winter. The Mountain Express is running new service between Crested Butte South and Mt. Crested Butte, while the RTA (Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority) is providing a late-night bus between Crested Butte and Gunnison.
The Crested Butte Nordic Council presented its new master plan to the Gunnison Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Tuesday, January 20. The plan includes an outline for winter and summer growth, including the idea to officially designate specific drainages for motorized and non-motorized use.
Sales tax revenue up again In what is becoming a familiar refrain, 2014 sales tax revenue continues to be ahead of budget for Mt. Crested Butte. November sales tax was 22 percent above budget and year-to-date through November, sales tax revenue is 15 percent above budget.
Community Builders lobby town of Crested Butte for participation
Written by Mark Reaman
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Schmidt still skeptical
Gunnison County community development director Russ Forrest gave the Crested Butte Town Council a PowerPoint presentation recently on why the town should participate in the latest economic development endeavor. The Community Builders Group Concerning Economic Prosperity hopes to bring together representatives from public and private groups from across the county to define and move toward economic prosperity. That effort will ramp up starting in the next few weeks with a partnership with the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley.