Jeff Reynolds

Operations Manager

Email:  jeff(at)kvnf.org

Substitute host Peggy Soup is joined by Tim Owens, for a chat about food! Tim is a former restaurateur. John from Montrose & Clark from Paonia call in with questions & comments.

December nights are usually cold on the Western Slope, but there are some great celestial treats for those willing to endure the frigid temperatures.

Our regular host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen are taking a well-deserved winter break. Guest host Peggy Soup is in the studio tonight. She takes a call about echinacea root, and waxes eloquent about a variety of topics. Mom Bonnie & sister Alesha join her for quiet moral support.

NASA

Some say that we now live in the golden age of solar system exploration . In 2016 there are more than 15 active, interplanetary probes from the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, India, and Russia. These are exploring Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Earth’s Moon, comets, asteroids, the distant Kuiper Belt, and the even more distant, interstellar medium.

Gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen join host Jill Spears for their last conversation of this gardening season.

As humans on Earth, it’s hard to grasp how vast the Universe is, starting with our own Solar System. To us, our Solar System seems like a big place.

Host Jill Spears & gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen discuss end-of-season garden issues & take a few calls.

Special guest Jerry Adams of D R Fish Fertilizer joins the regular crew for tonight's show. He specializes in using fish fertilizer along with mineral and biological supplements to adjust soil fertility. Lulu brought along "Godzilla," an enormous zucchini!

Colorado Department of Transportation crews were able to clear the 100-ton rockfall Friday afternoon. CO-133 is now open once again. Cleanup & permanent repair work will continue in coming days.

Miss your favorite music show on KVNF? No worries - now you can stream it on demand, for up to two weeks after the original air date!

The nineteenth-century English poet John Keats famously described autumn as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness / close bosom-friend of the maturing sun”-- a welcomed time of harvest beneath golden afternoon light. Autumn customarily heralds the appearance of falling leaves, ripe pumpkins, and wool sweaters. But also, it occasions an elusive apparition in the nighttime sky, a celestial ghost showing up for Halloween— the Gegenschein.

Steve Allen

A large rockslide at mile marker 29.5 has close Highway 133 between Paonia and McClure Pass. CDOT has not estimated how long it will take to reopen the road. More info at cotrip.org. UPDATE: Closure will be "long-term," per CDOT.

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Pledge Drive Show!

First frost in the North Fork! Harvest is in full swing & garden cleanup is next. Anthony calls with a suggestion to "recycle" your grass, rather than raking/burning/etc. David calls with an offer of free wood chips, and Bud calls from Rogers Mesa, wondering when he should harvest his butternut squash crop.

Joyce Tanihara

At Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, we are lucky to have dedicated local astronomers, powerful telescopes, and pristinely dark skies.

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...

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...) The discussion focuses on cover crops, especially as way to achieve "no till" planting while enhancing the soils fertility. Bob calls to recommend the book One-Straw Revolution , which is a classic work about just that type of thinking. A...

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. note: Launch was successful , 9/8/16. 7:05 pm EDT)

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.

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen nibble on Lance's delicious Reliance seedless grapes while discussing the state of late-summer gardening & harvesting. Anthony calls with a question about how to transplant some 100-year-old raspberry plants.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Exciting research in the field of astronomy has been the search for exoplanets. An exoplanet is a planet that is orbiting a star other than our Sun.

What's Up On Redlands Mesa? Farm, Garden & Artists' Studio Tour

Jill, Lance & Lulu get started with a sample of corn smut from Lance's garden. (Corn smut is an edible fungus that infects corn. It's considered a delicacy in Mexico.)

Jill, Lance & Lulu chat about summer harvest & more! Skip has a question about why fruit trees bear so much fruit that they break. John wants to know when to plant new plum trees & where to get them. Hope calls in with an apricot tree question. http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kvnf/files/201608/ATWT_8-16-16.mp3

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A clear evening in late August offers much to contemplate, both near, relatively speaking astronomically, and far.

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Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss summer gardening tips, sample some wild plums, and entertain the burning question "Why isn't composting an Olympic sport?" http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kvnf/files/201608/ATWT_8-9-16.mp3

Lightning has apparently once again zapped our receiving equipment on Round Top, interrupting the KVNF signal into Lake City. We are awaiting delivery of replacement parts, and will get the 88.7 translator back on the air just as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you can stream KVNF here . Thanks for your patience.

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Host Jill Spears visits with gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen about mid-season garden cleanup & other topics. Amber calls to ask what might be eating her hops, leaving "skeletonized" leaves. Lulu's neighbor Ben calls with a seed-saving question.

Today, I thought you might like to hear how any young person can get started on a career path to astronomy.

Host Jill Spears & gardeners Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss summer gardening & take listener calls.

Jeff Reynolds

KVNF's Lake City translator is down for repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience. Lake City listeners can still tune us in online at KVNF.org. We hope to have everything back up & running in a few days.

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