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MUSIC
9:52 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Talkin Music: Sean Barna

Drummer-turned-songwriter Sean Barna speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his recently released EP "Cutter Street."

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NEWS
8:12 am
Fri December 5, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

  Newcast

  • Gov. appoints new Ouray County Court Judge
  • North Fork meets to discuss economic future
  • Mesa County schools block cell phone app
  • Ceremony commemorates Sand Creek Massacre
WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Western Slope Skies - December Solstice

The December solstice is coming!  At 4:03 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on December 21st, the Sun reaches its most distant point south in 2014, as viewed from Earth.  This defines the December solstice, which is the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere. 

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ECONOMY
6:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Forum Explores The Future Of The North Fork Valley

The Hive Paonia and the Paonia Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum exploring the economy of the North Fork Valley.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

About 100 people attended a forum on the North Fork Valley's economy and what can be done to improve it. 

Thirteen people ranging from the president of a coal mine to the head of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce spoke at the forum held at the Hive Paonia. 

"We have our farms," says Alexis Halbert, president of the chamber. "We have our hunting resources. We have are restaurants, wineries, [and] people who are creating things out of the natural assets of the valley."

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NEWS
8:13 am
Thu December 4, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

  Newscast

  • Effects and reactions to Ferguson Missouri
  • Local Air Force pilot killed in crash
  • Hickenlooper apologizes for Sand Creek Massacre
  • Audubon Society looks for volunteers to count birds
ENVIRONMENT
4:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Local Birders Called To Help With Christmas Bird Count

Bird enthusiasts across the world participate in the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count.
Credit www.flickr.com/pmillera4

The National Audubon Society and its local chapters need helping counting birds this holiday season. 

The 115th annual Christmas Bird Count starts Dec. 14th.

Bird enthusiasts across the world will get out their binoculars and notepads to count the feathered creatures they see in their communities.

The Black Canyon Audubon Society and the Bureau of Land Management are looking for volunteers to help assess local bird populations.

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HEALTH
3:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Still No Fluoride

Credit Flickr user smanography

If you live between Ridgway and Delta, there’s been a change to your drinking water, although you might not notice until your next dentist appointment.

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HEALTH
2:55 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

More Than 20000 Enroll For Health Coverage In Nov.

Credit connectforhealthco.com

Officials with Connect for Health Colorado say more than 22,000 people enrolled for health coverage last month.

Open enrollment for the state’s insurance exchange began on Nov. 15.  

During the first two-week enrollment period 9,719 people signed up for private coverage, 12,533 enrolled for Medicaid, and 172 signed up for the state's Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), according to state data. 

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EDUCATION
12:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Western Slope School Districts, Schools Receive State Awards

Paonia Elementary in Delta County received a Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award from the state.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

The Colorado Department of Education announced its 2014 district and school performance results.

The state recognized 27 of its 178 districts with the Accredited with Distinction award.

In the KVNF listening area the Ouray, Telluride, Ridgway, and Hinsdale county school districts were given this honor.

Additionally, eight schools in the Mesa County Valley School District received awards.

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ENVIRONMENT
12:11 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Ski Areas Voice Support For Emissions Caps

Power plant in Ohio
Credit Flickr user booleansplit

Monday was the last day for comment on the proposed Clean Power Plan from the EPA.

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NEWS
11:34 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Looming Politics: Colorado’s 2015 Legislative Session

The Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver offers historical tours.
Credit Flickr.com/chocolatedisco

With the dust from the election finally settling, all eyes are on the next legislative session.  To figure out what exactly is on the horizon, KVNF's Jake Ryan talked with statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland.

Bente believes the biggest issue facing the legislature will be the topic of oil and gas.  The Governor's task force will be giving suggestions, but the impact they will have is unknown.  With a divided legislature, gun control will come up but she doubts any changes to the existing laws will happen. 
 

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NEWS
8:13 am
Wed December 3, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

  Newscast

  • Area schools receive state awards
  • No immediate plan for fluoride in Montrose water
  • Hospital in Lake County to shut down
  • Thousands enroll in health coverage last month
ENVIRONMENT
3:19 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Local Motion: History of Solar Energy

Solar historian and author John Perlin speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his book "Let It Shine" which delves into the rich and often unknown history of solar energy dating back several millennia ago.

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HEALTH
10:24 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Colorado Groups Awarded Grants To Advance Health Equity

LiveWell Montrose Olathe received a $200,000 grant from Colorado Trust, a health foundation.
Credit Valley Food Partnership

Two Western Slope organizations have been awarded grants to promote fair access to health care. 

LiveWell Montrose Olathe received $200,000 from Colorado Trust, a health foundation, and Tri-County Health Network got $180,000. 

Tera Wick with LiveWell Montrose Olathe explains how her organization will use the funds. 

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NEWS
8:11 am
Tue December 2, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

  Newscast

  • Telluride voices concern to EPA over climate change
  • Grants awarded to help access to health care
  • A look forward to next legislative session
  • A new sculpture installed in Carbondale
  • Police look to stop thefts of cars left running
ARTS
11:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Preserving The Wild

The West Elk Wilderness
Credit John Fielder

It was Thanksgiving recently, and this year is also the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  John Fielder is plenty thankful for the Wilderness Act, after all he’s a nature photographer. 

Fielder was recently touring the Western Slope to talk about the Act and his adventures in Colorado.  He stopped by the station and talked with KVNF’s Jake Ryan. 

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COMMUNITY
9:51 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Western Slope Habitat For Humanity Chapters Merge

Habitat for Humanity volunteers build a home in Oakland, Cali.
Credit www.flickr.com/sandialabs

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that helps people build affordable housing.  Two chapters of the organization on the Western Slope recently merged. 

Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County and Habitat for Humanity of the Telluride Region are now one entity called Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks to Heather Zeilman, the organization's development director, about the union.

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NEWS
8:17 am
Mon December 1, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

  Newscast

  • Habitat for Humanity merges on Western Slope
  • College students push to drop support for fossil fuels
  • Communities push to make Farm to Table work economically
  • Cast list released for “Hateful Eight” 
AS THE WORM TURNS
1:50 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Credit Suze Smith

This will be the last program for this season with Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

The panel started with an emailed question about grapes that aren't thriving, & show blotchy colors on the leaves. The show continues with discussion about seed saving, Hutterite beans, tool maintenance, Lance's magnificent compost pile, and more.

To honor the Thanksgiving holiday, Lance expounds on being thankful for the past 10,000 years of human efforts to grow crops, which has resulted in our current plethora of food varieties & growing methods.

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NEWS
8:11 am
Fri November 28, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

  Newscast

  • Police crack down on drunk driving over the holiday weekend
  • A conversation with the Grand Master of Memory
  • A Colorado photographer reflects on the Wilderness Act

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