Jeff Reynolds

Operations Manager

Email:  jeff(at)kvnf.org

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The planet Mercury is the closest planet to our Sun.  Its average distance from the Sun is only 35 million miles. Mercury has the fastest orbital speed in the Solar System…88 days.  Perhaps this is why the planet is named after the speedy messenger to the Roman gods!

Handmade Moments in a horse-drawn wagon
Teya Cranson

Sultry, Sensual, and Sexy: these are words that describe the music of Handmade Moments, aka Anna Horton and Joel Ludford. The Moments, as they are sometimes called, have built a solid reputation for the intricate interplay between their acoustic instruments and their impressive vocals. They've composed a modern sound made of two distinct traditions: folk and jazz.

Alicia Rose

Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef. (He’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story.) All of the music of America is in Tony’s music.

Host Jill Spears welcomes gardening guru Lance Swigart back to the studio, along with special guest Sarah Pope, Seed Librarian for the Delta County Library District. They discuss seed saving and seed libraries, which allow patrons to check out locally-grown seeds for planting in their own gardens.

The New Year is well upon us. This is always a good time to reflect on the year gone by and look to the new adventure that is about to begin. By now you’ve probably set your resolutions for 2016. The national parks are no different. 2015 was a banner year for dark skies throughout the Colorado Plateau, but we still have much work to do in 2016.

Host Jill Spears welcomes guest gardener Peggy Soup to the studio for a friendly chat on a variety of agricultural subjects.

Art Trevena

Comets are small, icy and rocky bodies that orbit the Sun. Many comets have highly elongated orbits that extend to the farthest reaches of our solar system, out to a sizeable fraction of the distances to the nearest stars. Out there, in what astronomers have termed the Oort Cloud, a vast collection of comets is thought to exist.

Host Jill Spears is joined by gardener Amber Kleinman & special guest Maria Hodkins of Butter & Love, a certified traditional foods cook & instructor and fermentation specialist. They discuss many aspects of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, and share tips on fermenting at home.

Maria can be reached at 970-527-8928 or realbutterandlove@gmail.com.

One resource that was mentioned is the book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods" by Wardeh Harmon.

Bad weather prevented our scheduled guest gardener from getting to the studio, so this week's show was an encore airing of the program originally aired on Nov. 24th, 2015. Tune in next Tuesday, Dec. 29th, for a regular live program.

Art Trevena

In late December the Sun follows a southerly path across our Western Slope skies, and daylight hours are short.   December 21 at 9:48 p.m.

Host Jill Spears welcomes guest gardener Amber Kleinman to the air, for a chat about food canning & preserving.

We Have A Winner!

Dec 11, 2015
Koro Sun Resort

Jeff Ruppert of Paonia gets a special phone call from the KVNF studio Friday evening...

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A Primer on Meteor Showers

Typically, meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through particle clouds left by the passage of a comet.  The particles burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a brief streak of light.  The particles can range in size from dust to 33 feet in diameter.

The terms “meteor,” “meteoroid,” and “meteorite” are related, but are not identical terms.

Gardening guru Lance Swigart is taking some time off from the show, so this episode feature the "Lady Worms," gardener Lulu Volckhausen & host Jill Spears.

Suze Smith

Late-season gardening tips from garden gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen, hosted by Jill Spears

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Today I am going to discuss a few simple tips that will allow you to take pictures of the night sky.  These may not compare with professional images, but they will be YOUR images!

Jeff Reynolds

2015 Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, Week 4 - Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, with The Railsplitters

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Suze Smith

As killing frost moves through Western Colorado gardens, our gardening crew discusses food storage chores, as well as some ideas for seed-sowing to prepare for early spring germination.

Ken Crawford

This is a continuing series on Women in Astronomy.  Today we meet Williamina Fleming.

Jeff Reynolds

As cold weather approaches, our gardening gurus discuss end-of-season chores and crop storage tips, and we hold a contest! Can you guess the weight of this lovely winter squash from Lance's garden? It's 14" in diameter & 7" tall, not including the stem. (Listen to the show to find out the answer, and hear who won... Guesses ranged from 9 lbs. to 55 lbs.)

Jeff Reynolds

2015 Pickin' In the Park Concert Series, Week 3 - Davina & The Vagabonds, with Dustbowl Revival.

Malia James

The remarkable Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats played Paonia Town Park on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.

Opening act was Jelly Bread, a very funky 4-piece from California. (Jelly Bread set was not recorded.)

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Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears visits with gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen as we face the first killing frost of the season.

It is easy to see that the sky above is blue. So why blue?  

Suze Smith

As the Worm Turns, Pledge Drive Edition! Jill, Lance & Lulu share gardening advice & ask you to support Mountain Grown Public Radio, KVNF. 

Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears welcomes regular "worms" Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart, and special guest Aaron Heideman, for a show about Forest Gardening.

Host Jill Spears & gardening experts Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss harvest time issues. Amber calls with a question about broccoli. Lance points out the downsides of consuming "baby greens."  New compost piles are underway.

If you rise early on these crisp October mornings, you may see an eye-catching planetary sight in our pre-dawn sky. 

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Suze Smith

Harvest time! Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss harvest-time tips (while gnoshing on fresh-picked grapes & raspberries!)

Daniel V. Schroeder

It’s that time of year again… Watching the leaves change color with cooling temperatures, warm apple cider, a pumpkin patch, light seems to slip away sooner.  What marks the fall season for you?

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