NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESO/R. Hurt

Now is a great time to gaze into our dark skies and to contemplate the Milky Way, our home galaxy.   After twilight ends on late September evenings, the luminous band of the Milky Way stretches from the southwest to overhead and beyond, into the northeastern sky.   To the southwest in the direction of Sagittarius, the Milky Way’s clouds of stars and glowing gas are brightest.  This is the direction of the galactic center, where stars are most concentrated.   As we trace the Milky Way from overhead in Cygnus and into Perseus in the no

KVNF host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen talk tomatoes,  birds and wasp control.  

Talkin Music: Humbird

Sep 15, 2016

Ali Lightfoot speaks with musician Siri Undlin whose solo project Humbird combines soundscapes characterized by traditional folk music, flute loops and field recordings.    Siri talks about her 3 month residency at Elsewhere Studios and plays some tunes.

Soil Scientist Ron Godin of CSU Extension is our guest tonight, with gardening guru Lance Swigart & host Jill Spears. (Lulu has "gone to the dogs" - she's away at the National Sheep Dog Trials in Carbondale. We do get a call from her during the show...)

Zephyros Farm, Paonia

For something as important as food, many communities in the West struggle. That's because agricultural systems aren't really geared for the communities that harvest the food. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss some of the most interesting challenges--and solutions--to rural food supply.

Starting on Saturday October 1st,  there will be some changes to our programming.  Due to recent budget cuts at KVNF and price increases at NPR, we had to discontinue some of our public affairs programs.   The changes are as follows:

On Saturdays,  instead of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me,  you now will hear a re-broadcast of our locally produced programs Local Motion and Talkin Music.

Fresh Air will be replaced by a re-broadcast of Radio Lab.

Instead of Latino USA on Sundays at 4pm you will now hear Counterspin and Left Right and Center.

Polyrhythmics are an all original 8-piece Afro-beat and funk orchestra from Seattle.  They played in Ridgway Town Park in July and Ali Lightfoot spoke to members of the band and singer Lucky Brown, after their show.

September 8th marked the beginning of NASA’s launch window for OSIRIS-Rex, a mission to study an asteroid called Bennu and return a sample of the asteroid’s surface material to Earth for further analysis. This mission is particularly exciting because it will not only give us a peek back in time towards the beginnings of our planet and our solar system as a whole, but also might provide clues as to how life began here on Earth. (Ed.

Jeff Reynolds

Gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen and KVNF host Jill Spears ruminate on late summer/early fall gardening matters, while masticating the fruits of their labors...

Lance also brought in a curiosity - a fruit from an Osage orange tree that he has growing at his place.  These are common as hedgerows in plains states, and their wood was prized by Native Americans for  making bows.

Across the West, rural communities struggle with access to good health care. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss how some towns are finding innovative solutions to fill in the gaps.

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Sugar's Pick September 26, 2016

Sugar's Pick September 26, 2106

Melissa Etheridge / Rock and Soul / Stax: Recorded in Memphis, the tribute to Stax Records & Southern Soul features a dozen tracks covering a wealth of classics ("Respect Yourself," "Hold On," "Born Under A Bad Sign"...) plus 2 original trax penned by that powerful guitarist performed by that signature raspy voice...
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