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West Obsessed: 2017 in Review

The past year has been one of huge changes for the West. The Trump administration has made huge strides in rolling back environmental regulations, while natural disasters across the region surged. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss what 2017 meant for the West.

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Released 7.31.12 Polyvinyl

Sonny Smith recorded a country album after a breakup...When our tummies settle from the chuckle that incites, two things become clear:

  1. The drive to use steel guitar in the midst of pain must be innate
  2. A twang suits Sonny pretty well.

Released 7.24.12  Drag City

If this is your introduction to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, you are meeting a man part-genius, part-indulgent rambler. His score’s of albums under a variety of names (Palace Music, Palace Brothers, Palace, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bonnie Billy, Bonnie 'Blue' Billy, & Will Oldham) are expansive and lonely, romping and snide, and all together strangely harmonious

Kalen Nash // Ukred

Jul 20, 2012

Released 5.29.12  Normaltown Records

Ukred, is exactly as fresh and lamby as its newly-birthed label, Normaltown. An imprint label of New West Records (Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, Kristofferson). Normaltown, named for the artists district in it's home town, Athens, GA, was established to grow young talent without immediate expectations.

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jun 26, 2012

  • Wildfire Updates, Including New Fire
  • Military Aircraft Join Wildfire Fight
  • Ouray County Cancels Flare Parade and Fireworks
  • Capitol Coverage Of Roan Plateau Ruling
  • New USS Colorado Takes To the Seas
  • Denver Police Officer Slain In Line Of Duty
  • Drought Impacts To Blue Mesa Mirror 2002
  • Region 10 Passes Out $1 Million
  • Colorado Senators Seek Drought Aid To Farmers

iSeeChange: Drought

Jun 19, 2012

Residents in Paonia look to Mount Lamborn every year to gauge whether there will be enough irrigation water in the summer. But with a winter that never came and the earliest, driest spring on record, residents are preparing for drought. Yet 2011 saw record snow and rain? iSeeChange has been talking to citizens and scientists about what's driving extreme weather in the Western Slope and what declining irrigation water means for farmers, ranchers, and residents.

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Jun 13, 2012

  •   High Park Fire Update (See Evacuation Information Below)
  • West Region Wildfire Council Receives Smokey Bear Award
  • Beetle Kill Trees, More Or Less Flammable?
  • Western Energy Alliance Condemns Proposed Fed Fracking Regs
  • Sand Hill Crane Hunt Off The Table For Now
  • Business Grants Available For Paradox Basin

iSeeChange: Grasshoppers

May 20, 2012
Regna Jones

KVNF’s iSeeChange project wants to know, how is your garden growing this year? Paonia gardener Amy Hayutin has one answer.

The Delta county school district is facing tough challenges this year: A budget shortfall, a controversial district-wide effort to design and implement a new curriculum, new standardized testing, and a search for a new superintendent. Delta county school board president, Tom Mingen, and Director of Curriculum, Connie Vincent, talk about these issues.


iSeeChange: A Climate Connection for Breakfast

Feb 27, 2012

What happens when a family of ranchers and coal miners sit down for breakfast with a climate scientist from NASA, to talk about global warming and drought? For iSeeChange and KVNF, Julia Kumari Drapkin found out.

Released 2.25.12 Matador

Another hauntingly soft and beautiful turn through the painful past of Mike Hadreas. This time the melodies aren't hung so gauntly on the notes of a singular piano, as with Learning, but fleshed out with a little more instrumentation and collaboration. Back deals with many of the same issues as Learning, but with a tinge of nourishment added to the pallor.

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