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Profile: Myles Rademan

by Dawne Belloise

As Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” but for former local and town planner Myles Rademan, and the eventual population of Crested Butte, the scheme seems to have worked out well in the long-run since its inception in 1973.

Sure there are those who would argue that the directionless post-mining Crested Butte with its dirt streets, dilapidated housing and pothole celebrations was far more desirable than the rising glitz and lack of local housing that the town seems to be moving toward these days.

In fact, Rademan will be talking about this expanded topic, “Crested Butte vs. the Real World: Resort Towns’ Challenging Future,” as the keynote speaker for Crested Butte Public Policy Forum on Wednesday, July 1, at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m., and it’s a free event.

Rademan feels returning to Crested Butte yearly is like coming home for him, although he laughs, “I didn’t exactly grow up here because I’m not sure I’ve grown up.” The septuagenarian reiterates the mantra of most who at one time or another lived or remain here. Like John Denver, Rademan says he was born in the summer of his twenty-seventh year, when he came home to a place he’d never been before. He made Crested Butte his home for 15 years from 1972.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rademan attended Temple University, earning a degree in history and political science. He moved to New York City to study law and urban planning at NYU, getting his dual degrees in 1969 and moving to Colorado right after that, because, he says, of a certain “pied piper” named Skip Chase, a professor of law at CU Boulder who was traveling the country in 1969 to recruit young, idealistic lawyers.

Chase “showed up in a plaid shirt with a slide show of the Rockies and really good grass. He recruited a whole bunch of us to work for Colorado Legal Services but I was finishing up my last year for a masters in urban planning,” he says of his credentials.

Then as Rademan was preparing for his move west Chase told him about a job opportunity as a community planner with the city of Denver. “I was hired on the spot and worked there from 1970 to 1972,” but Rademan grins and adds proudly, “I created so much havoc. I sued the city, which they thought was like biting the hand that feeds you, but I was suing on behalf of Denver’s west-side neighborhood, for Chicanos, because we didn’t think they were getting their fair share of the municipal services. It woke them [the city of Denver] up, and they didn’t reapply for the program that was funding me. They were very happy to see me go.”

“Most of the people I associated with were part of this group of Colorado Legal Services,” Rademan says, explaining that those lawyers worked mostly in rural areas, in little communities around the state. “Once a month we’d have a meeting and get crazy at my house in Denver. Some of them knew how to ski, which I didn’t know how to do, and a few of them had purchased a house in Crested Butte. Gerry Reese, who later became the Gunnison county judge, had purchased Cement Creek Ranch. This was happening in the early ‘70s and what happened was, my wife, who was tired of me and Denver, moved up to Crested Butte in the summer of 1972. I was still finishing up my job in Denver.”

A hippie heads to the butte

So with Rademan’s wife bolting and his Denver job ended, Reese convinced Rademan to consider Crested Butte and told him, “You should come up because there’s been this election and the hippies took over from the old timers.”

Rademan explained this was back when David Leinsdorf and Bill Crank organized a voter registration and got themselves voted in to a council newly rife with the town’s newcomers. “Gerry [Reese] said they may be able to use my help. I arrived July 4, 1972 and went to meet Mayor Bill Crank. I knocked on the door and this guy with long hair and long beard answered and said, ‘Who are you?’ I also had long hair and a long beard and I presented myself to Crank.”

Shortly thereafter, Rademan met Steve Glazer, who was writing a federal grant to get planning for the town. “Jim Kuziak, an architect who was partners with Eric Roemer, was building Penelope’s [a long-gone favorite Crested Butte restaurant] greenhouse. “I saw these two hippies up on the greenhouse roof and yelled up. I told them I was a planner. Kuziak said, ‘That’s great, I don’t know sh*t about planning.’ He had a friend engineer coming, Bruce Bumgartener.”

As Rademan was tying up loose ends in Denver, Crank called to say the town had been awarded the planning grant of $6,000 and Rademan packed up and headed back to the Butte in December 1972 to start a planning firm, named BKR (Bumgartener, Kuziak and Rademan), and to reunite with his wife.

“I was in charge of words, Kuziak was in charge of pictures, and Bumgartener was in charge of numbers,” Rademan smiles.

They laid down the foundation of what was to become the present-day town concept in Crested Butte’s first master plan.

The original plan, Rademan relates, called for basic amenities. “We have to start a fire district—it had been a volunteer fire department with a hose on wheels that they pulled by hand, and whose motto was, ‘We never lost a lot.’ We have to preserve the history and the environment. Bruce and I wrote the first grant for the historic district, which we formed.”

High on the list was upgrading the physical facilities—water, sewer, streets, and gutters, Rademan says. “We started to fix things up. We talked about diversifying the economy, working on developing festivals, providing diverse housing opportunities with alley housing, auxiliary buildings, reorganizing the government, and we wrote a municipal charter for the town, becoming a Home Rule municipality. We also recommended encouragement of citizen participation. And we actually started doing all that.”

What they recommended back in 1973 was based on the fact that the economy had failed for mining.

“A lot of people hung on but the middle-aged population of 30 and 40-year-olds had left. Ranching families stayed, some of the miners with pensions stayed, but it was a ghost town from the old photos—but there was a bunch of young hippies. We were able to revitalize the town.”

Wild and wooly

Rademan tells of a riff his neighbor had with him. “My next door neighbor was Tony Verzuh, who hated me and threatened to kill me all the time because I was a ‘socialist hippie planner.’ I had to sleep with a gun for seven years!” he laughs. “The marshal gave me that gun because Verzuh threatened me at every meeting,” Rademan smiles, shaking his head, but it was serious enough that he went target practicing a lot. “Those were the wild wooly days here.”

courtesy photo
courtesy photo

After they wrote the master plan, which included Cement Creek because they realized the importance of open space and that Crested Butte’s future also depended on its valley and sustainability, Crank and Rademan, with their beards and long hair, presented the plan to the Gunnison County commissioners.

“I did a slide show for it and after we did the show, Rocky Warren [one of the commissioners] looked at us and said, ‘Boys, come up here…’ so we walked up to the front dais and he’s looking down at us and says, “You know what happens when you cross a hippie planner and a hippie mayor—you f*ck things up ten years in advance.” Rademan still laughs heartily recalling that.

As with any change in town, there’s bound to be dissent and opposition. “The first thing that hit home with people was when we decided to pave Elk Avenue,” Rademan tells. “Elk Ave was a dirt street. That was the reason we all had klunkers, because there were no paved streets. We didn’t do much plowing back then, we did a minimal amount of stuff,” he says of the town’s thin coffers.

“Part of the plan was to upgrade physical facilities and we said early on that we have to get in bed with the ski area because that’s our economic engine. Our future was in tourism. There was a big cultural divide between the ski area and town—the ski area was pro-growth and town was more sustainable thinking, more environmental and not as pro-growth. We felt we should do something with Elk because it was a mess and how were we going to attract anyone to come here?”

Rademan applied for a grant to the Economic Development Administration of the federal government. He explains, “We convinced them that Elk Avenue was, in essence, our factory and we wanted to fix up Elk for the bicentennial, as a national historic district. Our economic development was our street. They bought it, and approved a $280,000 grant… that’s when the fun started… because then we included sidewalks and a green strip between the sidewalk and the street.

“The whole project turned into a battle cry that we were trying to Aspenize Crested Butte. People were opposed to change and they said it was going to ruin our town, and for them, it did. They left. A ‘Save the Baby Potholes’ group formed… they’d hold signs up at meetings,” he chuckles, but adds in seriousness, “People were angry about change. It was very controversial. In that Fourth of July parade Crank and I dressed up as the green strip, we wrapped ourselves in green toilet paper. I liked the town the way it was, but would anyone still be living here if we hadn’t fixed it up? I spent seven years fighting Amax. Some of these things don’t go away, but these are the last great places. We create magical places that are oases, bubbles, unique but they also function in an international and national economy and our country was founded on individual rights to change. Nobody has figured out how to suspend the law of economics—if something is scarce it’s valuable, if something is valuable it’s expensive and if it’s expensive only rich people can afford to buy it.”

The importance of community

In the hippie era of the beginnings of the modern town, CB was affectionately known as The People’s Republic of Crested Butte, tongue-in-cheek, but Rademan emphasizes, “Community is very important. Affordable housing is very socialistic and as Nietzsche once said, ‘Courage in the face of reality’—sometimes you have to stare reality in the face and then you act. In order to keep that idyllic setting you have to take out your checkbook—if you want certain things, you pay for it. You subsidize the things you want to keep.”

Rademan moved to Park City in 1986, citing asthma and better schooling for his son, in addition to the fact that he was not making enough to support his family as a town planner, so he took a job as a planner in another resort town.

Now, he’s a keynote speaker about resort town planning and growth, traveling nationally and internationally. He’s also served as the director of information for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and is on the board of the Park City Community Foundation. He currently serves on the Park City chamber board and the Utah Ski and Snowboard Association. Rademan still runs his own consulting company.

“I don’t look back with any regrets,” he says of his tenure in Crested Butte. “We lost a lot of battles but still, when I come back here, I don’t know a lot of resort towns that look like Crested Butte.

“It’s the community, it’s the people attracted to here. Obviously, it’s changed and will continue to change. It’s hard to stop growth. Most of our towns suffer from a cognitive dissonance disorder, when you hold mutual exclusive values and ideas simultaneously and then try to get your brain to come to grips with them. Yeah, we all love it the way it is but like the King of Hearts [a classic early 1970s movie that reflected a perceived Buttian way of life, and shown at the Princess Theatre at least twice yearly], the real world is swirling around us and intruding on our bubble—and guess what—there’s no cure. Crested Butte has done a wonderful job of taking the foundation we laid and going way beyond anything I could have imagined. Every time I come back I am thoroughly amazed and delighted.”

Center for the Arts and Biery-Witt planners partner on vision for future

“We believe in what each other is doing”

by Alissa Johnson

With a new Center for the Arts planned in Crested Butte and the Biery-Witt Center planned as a performing arts and event center in Mt. Crested Butte, it doesn’t take long to uncover questions in the community.

Does the upper end of the valley need two facilities? Are the two organizations duplicating services? And how will they raise enough funds to build both?

A 13-member task force—including staff and board members from both organizations, representatives from the towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte as well as members from the community at large—has been meeting since January to answer those questions. Some of them have been meeting weekly.

It has been a long and involved process, and much remains to be examined. But task force members agree there is a demonstrated need for both facilities, each organization will continue its fundraising efforts, and there are opportunities to work together when it comes to operations, marketing and serving their respective audiences.

Opening the books

With the help of Grand Junction–based facilitator Illene Roggensack of Third Sector Innovations, the task force combed through each organization’s business documents. They looked at facility designs, business and operating plans, and fundraising campaigns—a move that isn’t common in the world of business, nonprofit or otherwise. But according to Bill Ronai, co-president for the Mt. Crested Butte Performing Arts Center (the legal entity raising funds for the Biery-Witt Center), it was necessary.

“We looked at the respective business plans and went through them line by line, including their assumptions, to satisfy to ourselves that the assumptions were not unreasonable,” Ronai said.

“That was a big transition,” Center for the Arts executive director Jenny Birnie agreed. “I was impressed we did that. We learned over time that we definitely need two facilities.”

In addition, the task force examined planned programming for each facility in order to understand where they might be duplicating services. What they found was very little overlap, due in large part to filling different needs for different audiences.

Birnie and Ronai pointed out that a significant portion of the Center for the Arts programming focuses on community-based programs such as art classes, music lessons, and K-12 school programs.

In contrast, the Biery-Witt Center will focus on conferences, weddings, and events.

Woody Sherwood, executive director for the MCBPAC, explained, “The Center for the Arts is really a community based organization,” meaning that it primarily serves full- and part-time residents of the community. “At the Biery-Witt Center, over half of the planned programming is events and conferences, so it’s really an externally driven program.”

It makes sense, therefore, that the Center for the Arts will stay in Crested Butte and the Biery-Witt Center will be in Mt. Crested Butte, where it will be adjacent to the valley’s larger hotels and accommodations.

Both facilities are expected to be around 30,000 square feet, depending on final design and fundraising. The Center for the Arts will have a performance venue that seats 260 compared to its current capacity of 210, but will also include classroom and rehearsal space—Birnie says it will meet the needs of not only the Center for the Arts but also local nonprofits that turn to the organization for meeting and performance space.

The Biery-Witt Center will be designed to accommodate groups of up to 500 for conferences and conventions as well as the Crested Butte Music Festival.

Growing, year-round demand

When it comes to sustaining two facilities year-round, members of the task force agree the need is already here. Not only have several studies confirmed the viability of having two facilities in the community, but demand for arts and events programming is on the rise.

According to Birnie, the Center for the Arts saw a 26 percent increase in attendance between 2013 and 2014. Off-season programming is also growing. The Crested Butte Film Festival, which takes place at the end of September, tripled its attendance in three years. Dance has more than doubled enrollment in recent years, and a film shown during this year’s spring break saw incredible attendance as well.

“I sometimes think there is a misconception that locals aren’t an economic driver,” Birnie said. Arts programming is in demand year-round, not only during tourist seasons or when second homeowners are in town.

According to David Clayton, mayor of Mt. Crested Butte, the Biery-Witt Center will fill existing conference and events needs as well. When the Gothic Building was demolished and when the Club Med theater and performance space (now the Elevation Hotel and Spa) was reconfigured, the valley lost venues that could seat 300 to 325 people.

And yet the need for a large meeting space hasn’t gone away. Crested Butte Mountain Resort has just booked a 500-person group for next fall, Clayton said, and weddings and groups are a growing market in the valley.

“The demand is there now, so we really need to be able to deal with it,” Clayton said. Add population growth to the mix—Colorado is projected to double its population in the next 30 years—and Clayton says building both facilities will meet current needs and help Crested Butte stay ahead of the curve.

Looking for efficiencies 

Next up for the task force and the boards of directors for each organization is to look for ways to work together. Center for the Arts board member Don Haver explained that a task force subcommittee is looking at whether pooling resources and staffing will provide opportunities that may not exist separately. In other words, would sharing aspects of leadership positions, staffing, marketing and program support help provide better programming for the community?

“And if someone calls the Center for the Arts for a rental facility that would be better met by a space at the Biery-Witt Center, can we be set up for that?” Haver explained.

How that collaboration will come to life is a long way from final. A strategic plan outlining the options will go to the boards of directors for both organizations early this summer, including the steps to make them happen.

“We are in the talking phase and bringing options to the boards,” MCBPAC’s Sherwood said. “We’re looking for the best ways to optimize the existence and use of the two facilities.”

In the meantime, both organizations will continue to fundraise, adhering to a set of best practices in order to respect each other’s efforts. According to Birnie, after one year of fundraising the Center for the Arts has raised more than $3 million and hopes to double that by this fall in order to break ground next spring. The total fundraising goal is $15 million.

Sherwood said that the current commitments total $18.4 million with about $8 million to be raised in order to hit the funding goal, based on current construction estimates.

A lot of work lies ahead for both organizations, but the members of the task force say the added work of collaborating and involving the community has been critical. They’ve done more than confirm the need for two facilities.

As Clayton said, “We can now say, ‘Yes, we believe in what each other is doing and what they are doing is correct and right.’”

Mt. Crested Butte reviews Timbers employee housing requirements

“It’s not clear what the requirements are”

by Alissa Johnson

The old Marcellina Apartments, condemned due to water damage in 2014, are getting a facelift. Denver-based development company GO CB LLC is bringing the building back to life as a condo development, with the help of local building company Coburn Development and local design company KPD Studios.

Called the Timbers, the project is currently in demolition phase, but Mt. Crested Butte town staff are making sure employee housing expectations are clear. The Marcellina Apartments had seven units designated as employee housing, and the new building will have the same—but what that can look like isn’t well defined in the current covenant.

At an April 7 Town Council meeting, town manager Joe Fitzpatrick and town attorney Kathy Fogo informed the council that the restrictive covenant in place, which outlines employee housing requirements, leaves a bit to be desired.

The covenant was written prior to the adoption of current housing guidelines, and Fitzpatrick explained, “It was written rather loosely, and it’s not clear what the requirements are to qualify for employee housing and what happens if the units are sold.”

According to Fogo, the developer is committed to meeting employee housing requirements but would like the flexibility to sell all the units in the building. “They’re trying to come up with a way to meet the intent of the document but make the project viable,” Fogo said.

Fogo and Fitzpatrick asked the council for input into the covenant itself based on some ideas from the developer. Would the council consider alternative arrangements, such as selling the units to a corporation like Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR), which could in turn rent to employees?

“What we’re looking at is trying to clean up and finish filling in the blanks of how to enforce the covenant and what the requirements are to qualify for those seven units,” Fitzpatrick said.

“I can see the benefit of going to someone like CBMR and having them manage a unit as a rental, but I don’t know how you end up doing that in the document without a major rewrite,” said mayor David Clayton.

Fogo agreed there were a lot of details to figure out, even if the units were sold to qualified individuals. “There are so many holes. If someone is an employee in Gunnison County and purchases because they qualify, and then ceases to be an employee in Gunnison County, then technically they have to sell the unit… And someone has to be able to manage and enforce the requirements.”

“I would think the developer would seek a local management company to manage [the units] as rentals,” said Councilmember Danny D’Aquila, who felt the developer would have known what it was getting into.

“And we could hold them to that, but we might not want to,” responded Clayton.

“There are examples within town from historic employee housing where an HOA owns and controls the unit in their project,” said Fitzpatrick, noting that could be one way for the developer to let go of the management of the units.

“But they wouldn’t be able to sell the units, which is the goal,” said Fogo, noting that the developer has been cooperative throughout discussions. She also pointed out that the council didn’t need to change the covenant. “But that leaves a lot of room for interpretation as to what’s supposed to happen,” Fogo said.

“I don’t think that would be a benefit to anyone,” Clayton responded.

Councilmember Todd Barnes said that depending on price, he could see local companies purchasing the units for their employees to rent. Councilmember Danny D’Aquila said he was in favor of having an HOA manage the units, but felt that above all it was important to preserve employee housing.

In the end, the council directed staff to update language in the document, allowing corporations to own the units and putting requirements in place for renters and/or individual owners to ensure they met salary requirements and earned the majority of their income in Gunnison County.

“I want to see something in there that ties it down. What is in there is not acceptable, it’s too loose,” Clayton said. “I agree with Danny that we want to make sure we preserve as best we can employee housing and rental housing. That’s a big need.”

Corey Dawn, real estate agent for the Timbers project, confirmed to the Crested Butte News, “We have asked the town to allow us to move five of the deed-restricted units from basement mountain-facing location to the first floor west-facing locations. Two deed-restricted units on each end of the basement will remain in their current locations.”

Calls to the develper were not returned but the developer has also asked for the town to allow the units to be purchased by investors who can then rent to employees or sell to qualified locals as primary residences. According to Fitzpatrick, town staff aim to bring a revised covenant to the council for review in May.

Gear up for third annual CB3P next weekend

Pole, pedal and paddle for a shot at cold, hard cash

With the onset of spring comes the annual gear exchange, from skis and snowboards to bikes and boats. But before you put the winter gear away, there’s one more event that should be on your tick list: the Crested Butte Pole, Pedal and Paddle—aka the CB3P. Read More »

Council will look at sales tax increase to fund parks

Marijuana excise tax on the radar as well

The Crested Butte Town Council is leaning toward making another attempt this November to ask voters to approve a .5 percent sales tax increase that would be earmarked for parks maintenance. The same measure failed last fall by just three votes. There is discussion about floating a marijuana excise tax in front of voters as well. Read More »

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THE HIGHLY RESPECTED and award winning King Systems – Crested Butte, Colorado office is looking to add new team members to our staff. Must enjoy all 4 seasons and be able to travel. Audio Video Technician: We’re searching for a couple of full time Audio/Video Technicians to provide on-site installation services and support of basic to complex audio and video systems for our residential and commercial based clientele.  These are entry level positions and you will be trained as necessary. Skills/Qualifications: Applicants must possess a high level of integrity and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills. Experience in the AV industry is preferred but not required.  Construction experience is also considered a plus. Crestron and or Control4 experience is desired but not necessary. In order for you to be considered you must submit professional references and a resume. Must provide your own tools. Some specialty tools will be provided as needed. Must be able to provide identification and pass a criminal background check. A valid Driver’s License is a requirement. Please submit resumes to (7/12/178).

TOP TIER CONSTRUCTION is hiring roofers and roof laborers. No experience necessary. Will train. Competitive pay.  970-209-2918. (7/12/17).

COMMUNITY BANKS OF COLORADO is currently seeking a qualified candidate to fill a Universal Banker position in our Crested Butte Banking Center. Prior cash handling, client service and cross-selling experience are needed to be successful in this role. For position details and to apply, please visit  NBH Bank is an equal opportunity employer.  (7/12/54).

NEED TO MAKE a little extra money with a flexible schedule? Coldwell Banker is looking for someone to install and take down our for sale signs. Could be as little as 1 hour a week or up to 2-3 hours a week. Hours are flexible. Additional work seasonally. Need a reliable vehicle that has room for signs and some tools for installation. Call Molly 209-4234.  (7/19/65).

THE CLUB AT CRESTED BUTTE is hiring for a multitude of positions and are looking for candidates wanting to join a fun work environment. We are hiring for the following positions: Member Services, Golf Grounds Keepers, Food and Beverage (Service Staff, Support Staff and Kitchen Staff). Competitive pay. Please send resumes to or apply in person at 385 Country Club Drive, Crested Butte.  (7/19/65).

CRESTED BUTTE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT is accepting applications for a Part-Time Administrative Assistant to be the next member of our team. The position is budgeted for 24 hours per week with scheduling flexibility, health insurance and retirement benefits. The position requires organizational, administrative and customer service skills. Familiarity with local government administration, QuickBooks accounting and  MS Office software, basic accounting principles, payroll processing and website management preferred. Full job description is available at: Interested parties are invited to submit cover letter and resume detailing relevant experience to District Manager Sean Caffrey at: by July 12th, 2019. CBFPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  (7/12/105).

MOUNTAIN RAIN COMPANY is currently hiring lawn care professionals for our 2019 Crested Butte crews. Please call or email Logan. 970-216-5230, (7/12/23).

TOWN HALL AND TRANSIT CENTER INDOOR CLEANER: The Town of Mt. Crested Butte is hiring for a year-round part-time Town Hall and Transit Center Cleaner, 15 to 20 hours per week. Duties will include but are not limited to cleaning the Town Hall bathrooms, office spaces, Council Chambers, Police office space, Town’s Maintenance break room, and Transit Center.  Flexible hours, must be done outside of Town Hall business hours. Must be able to pass a full background check including driving record, felony and some misdemeanor convictions, poor driving record and history of drug use may be disqualifying factors. Starting pay is $20 to $30 per hour DOE. Contact Tiffany O’Connell at for a full job description or more information. You can find an application at Please include cover letter and references with application. EOE.  (7/19/137).

SEEKING A FULL-TIME ASSISTANT to work with a busy Realtor in Crested Butte. Must be willing and able to take on a variety of tasks from the mundane to more complex projects. Skills required include business writing, social media management, video creation, and tech knowledge. Looking to work closely with someone who takes initiative and ownership of their job as well as being curious, detail oriented and fun! Call Molly at 209-4234 or email a resume to  (7/19/79).

HOUSEKEEPING POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Full-time, and part-time. $15/hr and piece rate pay for cleaning condominiums and hotel rooms. Discounted housing available for full time employees. Contact or 970-349-8867 for more information or stop by our office in the 3 Seasons at 701 Gothic in Mt CB to complete an application.  (7/12/52).

GUNNISON VALLEY HEALTH has the following openings: At the SENIOR CARE CENTER: 1 FT Cook, 2 PT Senior Transportation Drivers, Certified Nurse Aide Training Class, 1 PT Housekeeper, 1 FT MDS Coordinator, 1 FT & 1 PT Staff Nurse, 1 FT & 1 PT Life Enriching Caregiver (C.N.A.). At the HOSPITAL: 1 FT Care Associate at the Family Medicine Clinic, 1 FT HIM Tech, 1 A/R Specialist, 1 Self-Pay Specialist, 1 Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, 1 PT, 1 Temp and 1 PRN Unit Coordinator, 1 FT Senior Healthcare Accountant, 1 FT Director Of Rev. Cycle, 1 PRN Cook, 1 PRN OR RN, 1 PRN PACU RN, 3 FT Med/Surg RN, 1 FT Medical Technologist, 1 FT Respiratory Therapist, 1 FT Paramedic, 1 FT Coder, 1 PRN Housekeeper, 1 CBPT Receptionist. At HOME HEALTH/HOSPICE: 1 PRN C.N.A., 1 Home Health RN. At ASSISTED LIVING: 1 FT Personal Care Provider. Please visit our website for more in-depth position descriptions, specific qualification requirements and to apply online, or call HR for questions 970-641-1456. (PRN = as needed). All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a negative 10 panel drug screen test, criminal background check, reference checks, infection prevention procedures (TB test, Flu Shot, immunization records, etc.), physical capacity profile and acknowledgement of policies.  (7/12/217).

RETAIL SALES: Looking for year-round or seasonal sales associate and manager for weekends/evenings in a mountain lifestyle clothing store with awesome brands like Kuhl and Prana. Good customer service and attention to detail required. Please send resume to  (7/12/41).

SALES AND MARKETING ASSOCIATE for Home Furnishings store in Gunnison. 30-40 hours per week. Duties include floor sales, merchandising, overseeing and creating ads and ad campaigns and promotions, and buying trips. Sales experience required. Base pay + bonuses and commissions, pay DOE. Contact Back at the Ranch, 100 Spencer Ave., 641-0727 or email  (7/12/54).

WOODEN NICKEL BAR AND STEAK HOUSE has evening prep cook positions available. Please contact Eric at 349-6350 or stop in the restaurant.  (8/9/22).

STEPPING STONES CHILDREN’S CENTER is now hiring a part time camp counselor for the remainder of our summer program, with potential to move up to full time teaching position at the beginning of the school year. Explore the outdoors with children and help them discover their world! Looking for strengths in leadership, patience, compassion, organization, problem solving skills and teamwork. Pay and benefits based on experience and education. For a full description of the position contact Jennifer Burks at; 970-349-5288. (7/12/82).

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN The Elevation Hotel & Spa in Mt Crested Butte, CO is hiring a full time, year round Maintenance Technician. Benefits include health insurance, paid time off, a ski pass, a gym membership and 25% off hotel services. Possible onsite housing available for the right candidates. Must be able to work weekends and holidays. Apply online (7/12/58).

BLACKJACK GARAGE DOOR seeks tech / installer ninja. FT/PT. Call 970-275-8929.  (7/19/11).

GUNNISON WATERSHED SCHOOL DISTRICT RE1J: See GWSD website for details, Secondary Music Teacher-CBSS: Applicants must be licensed in the state of Colorado with an endorsement in K-12 music. Ability to teach middle school band and choir and high school band, guitar, piano, and song writing. Strong and diverse music background preferred. Salary depends on education and experience. Position is full-time with health insurance, PERA retirement. Employee Housing available. Inquire at 970-641-7760 regarding the application process. District Nurse: Serves as the coordinator of the school health program to provide health services and health education to promote the optimal level of wellness for all students, Provides direct health care for students and monitors and supervises delegated nursing tasks, medication administration, and delivery of care by other personnel, Assures the provision of first aid and provides triage for physical, oral, and mental health issues, Develops and implements health care plans for students with health care needs. Conducts health screenings per state guidelines, Conducts health assessments for Special Education and 504 evaluations, Manages immunization compliance, Provides staff development on infection control and universal precautions. Participates in comprehensive health education programs and school health policy development. Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Current Colorado Registered Nurse License required, Current Colorado Professional Special Services License (or ability to obtain), Compensation depends upon levels of education and experience. The position is full-time, with salary and benefits. Long-Term Substitute-Language Arts-CBSS: Ability to teach middle school language arts courses. Strong language arts background and/or teaching experience preferred. Willingness to team with social studies’ department desirable. Applicants licensed in the state of Colorado with an endorsement in secondary language arts or 3 or 5 year substitute license. This position is first semester only. Secondary Math Teacher-Crested Butte Community School: Applicants must be licensed in the state of Colorado with an endorsement in secondary mathematics, Ability to teach Algebra I and Algebra II, and other middle and high school math courses as needed, Strong mathematics background preferred, Position is full-time with health insurance, PERA retirement. Employee Housing available. Inquire at 970-641-7760 regarding the application process. Lake School Educational Assistants: Early childhood experience preferred but not required. Early Childhood Credential or willingness to obtain. $13.79/hour or more depending on experience. Benefit package Bus Driver’s: Requires Class B P2S CDL license. If you have not obtained this license, we will train and pay all endorsement fees. Wage range is $15.06 – $16.30 per hour depending upon experience. Full-time benefit package for 30+hours. Health Insurance and nine annual days per year. Assistant Volleyball Coach-CBHS, Assistant Volleyball Coach-GMS. Please contact: Superintendent’s Office, JoAnn Klingsmith, 800 N. Boulevard, 970-641-7760, OR www OR Colorado Workforce 970-641-0031.  (7/12/445).

WESTERN COLORADO UNIVERSITY invites applications for the position of Creative Manager & Lead Graphic Designer. This is an exempt, full-time, 12-month position. The Creative Manager & Lead Graphic Designer is a member of the Marketing Communications (MarCom) Team and is responsible for serving as the creative director for all collateral the office produces across all mediums (printed, electronic, digital, web, etc); providing a cohesive creative and visual direction for all deliverables; and reinforcing the University s branding. Apply online at  (7/19/50).

THE MT. CRESTED BUTTE WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT is accepting applications for a full time Wastewater Operator position to be part of a team environment focused on operation of the wastewater plant and collection system. Qualifications include a combination of construction, field operations and electrical/mechanical/maintenance repair. A State of Colorado Collections and/or Wastewater license or ability to obtain such within one (1) year is mandatory. Operators are required to take on-call responsibility including week-ends and holidays. A valid Colorado driver’s license is required and a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is preferred or the ability to obtain such within six (6) months. Starting salary is $36,000 to $41,000 for entry level. $50,000 to $64,000 for operators with experience and appropriate licenses. Excellent benefits package included. Full job description is available at Please submit cover letter and resume to Mt. Crested Butte Water and Sanitation District, PO Box 5740, Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81225 or email Position is open until filled. MCBWSD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  (7/26/171).

JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN Seeking experienced electricians for commercial, residential and service work. Top wages and benefits. Please call Crested Butte Electrical at 970.349.5265. (7/12/22).

EXCAVATOR OPERATERS WANTED at Lacy Construction in Crested Butte. The ideal candidate must possess at least 3 years of experience, with references. Pay is negotiable based on experience. Please send resumes to or call the office at 970-349-5010.  (7/12/40).

MODELS NEEDED for weekly nude figure drawing group meeting evenings in Crested Butte. $16 per hour. 2 hour sessions. Prior modeling experience helpful but not necessary. Call Neil at 303-359-0166.  (7/12/30).

PART-TIME RANCH HAND position available at the Crested Butte Ranch. 1-2 days per week. Must be comfortable around horses. Basic requirements including feeding, cleaning of stalls. Please send all inquiries and resumes to Derek at  (7/12/37).

THE TRAILHEAD CHILDREN’S MUSEUM is seeking a friendly and creative individual to work floor shifts at the museum this summer. Desired skills include customer service, good communication, and basic computer skills. Please email resume to (7/12/pd/37).

WOODEN NICKEL BAR AND STEAK HOUSE seeking qualified Broiler Cook, with experience preparing prime steaks and seafood, for full or part-time employment. Year round employment possible. Please contact Eric at 349-6350 or stop in the restaurant. Resume appreciated. (8/9/38).

WESTERN COLORADO UNIVERSITY invites applications for the position of Creative Manager & Lead Graphic Designer. This is an exempt, full-time, 12-month position. The Creative Manager & Lead Graphic Designer is a member of the Marketing Communications (MarCom) Team and is responsible for serving as the creative director for all collateral the office produces across all mediums (printed, electronic, digital, web, etc); providing a cohesive creative and visual direction for all deliverables; and reinforcing the University s branding. Apply online at  (7/19/80).

WANT TO GET IN ON the local construction boom? Local tile and glass business is looking for hard working, dependable, self motivated people to join our team. Excellent pay. Fully offering training and opportunity for advancement. Please contact Paradise Companies 970-581-2179.  (7/12/41).

WANTED: Person to oversee commercial investment property in Crested Butte for out of town owner. Requires 5 -10 hours per month. Please call 573-437-4125.  (7/19/24).

TIMBERLINE MECHANICAL CONTRACTING is seeking experienced plumbers and heating technicians. We offer a competitive wage based on experience, benefit package & training. Clean driving record is a must. Contact Timberline Mechanical Contracting, Crested Butte 970-349-5679 or  (7/12/37).

ICLEAN is looking for a housekeeper. Must be hard working, reliable and pass background check. Pay DOE. Please call 970-331-2417.  (7/26/20).

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN: Part-time help desired for drafting projects (site civil, grading, drainage, driveways, septic systems), geotechnical report writing including graphics, and soil/concrete testing. Some experience in these areas desired. Please inquire with Kari Roberts at or 970-596-7051. (7/12/40).

HELP WANTED: Carpenter apprentices for steady work in the area. 970-596-0968.  (7/12/11).

Profile: Francesca Pavillard-Cain

Wild Ride

Francesca Pavillard-Cain was born in Crested Butte to avid skiers, Mary Cain and Jean Pavillard, so she grew up in mountain and snow sports all her life. Although she has many talents to fall back on, she has chosen the life of a freeride competitor—for now. 

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CBMR to participate in Rocky Mountain Super Pass+ again

Phoenix, Spellbound, and the Funnel won’t open this year

With a little more than two weeks left to the ski season, there’s been a lot of speculation about Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) around town and in regional and national news. If lease-holder CNL Lifestyles sells its properties, including CBMR, what does it mean locally? (Not much.) Will the resort participate in the Rocky Mountain Super Pass+ next winter? (Yes.) And what about the extremes? Will Phoenix, Spellbound, and the Funnel ever open? (Not this year.) Read on for details: Read More »

Profile: Sigrid Cottrell

Sigrid Cottrell and her two tow-headed brothers would spend every summer 200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle in her mother’s homeland of Kiruna, Sweden, visiting their grandparents. “I lived where the reindeer roamed,” Sigrid recalls of the area’s spaciousness but notes, “Swedes live very small,” and in mostly apartments in Kiruna. Sigrid says, “They’re practical people. They don’t have a ‘bigger is better’ mentality. They care about the environment and are very forward thinking in all of that.” Read More »

Summer fun on two wheels

Growing mountain bike options for valley kids


Kids who love to mountain bike will have their pick of ways to explore the Gunnison Valley this summer. The Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team announced last week it will extend its programming into summer and absorb the resort’s existing Shredders program, and local mom and business owner Amy Nolan has been spearheading the creation of a new development team, Crested Butte Devo.
Add Gravity Groms to the picture—a family-owned mountain bike program about to begin its sixth year of operation in the valley—and it’s a good time to be a kid who loves mountain biking. A quick overview of each program suggests there will be something for every style of rider and every experience level.


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