This week on Local Motion, we present part two of Marty Durlin's interview with Dennis McKenna, about his book "The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss," which tells the story of Dennis and Terence McKenna's life together, beginning in Paonia.
The McKenna Brothers are two of Paonia's illustrious, possibly infamous, hometown icons. Younger brother Dennis is an ethnobotanist. His older brother Terence, who died in 2000, was known for his books on psychedelics and the nature of consciousness, with such titles as "True Hallucinations and The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess and the End of History."
The North Fork Valley has been designated as a Certified Creative District by the state of Colorado. Ali Lightfoot speaks with Susie Kaldis who is the executive director of the North Fork creative coalition about what this designation means for the valley.
Ali Lightfoot speaks with Paonia resident, Kalvin Evans, who is working with other volunteers in the area to establish the People’s Emergency Action Team ( PEAT). The group’s mission is to be prepared in the event of a crisis situation by being proactive, working with local authorities and engaging community in wide participation.
Paonia Cherry Days 4 Ever is a new group of community members who have come together to organize this year’s Cherry Days Festival. Ali Lightfoot talks with members of the group about what to expect at this year's event.
Six candidates for seats on the board of the Delta Montrose Electric Association participated in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday, May 15th. KVNF's Marty Durlin recorded the event. Voted ballots must be returned by mail to DMEA no later than June 13, or members can vote in person at DMEA's annual meeting at the Hotchkiss Senior Center, 276 E. Main Street, Friday, June 14, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Will Beezley was an orchardist and farmer who lived up Steven’s Gulch just outside of Paonia. In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, he kept a daily log of his tasks, along with the weather and conditions. The brief entries offer a glimpse of his work on the land and his chase with water. The journals are now in the hands of Paonia resident Amber Kleinman, who has been selecting and posting entries for ISeeChange at thealmanac.org. She was interviewed by KVNF’s Marty Durlin, who asked her first about the process of transcribing the journals.