Hearing Hinsdale: An Oral History of Mining was a six-week summer camp that took place in 2013. It was designed to capture the stories of community members involved in historic and current mining activities in Hinsdale County. The reporters, ages 10 to 14, collected oral histories of residents who have worked in three mines critical to Hinsdale County's growth. The program mirrored KVNF's Pass the Mic youth radio program.
A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.
Several wildfires are remembered around this time of the year. On July 4th, 1994, the Wake Fire ripped through an area outside Paonia, destroying KVNF’s antenna and three homes. KVNF’s own Felix Belmont was one of those homeowners.
93 year old retired Colonel Robert Bryson recounts his experience as a fighter pilot in The Battle of Guadalcanal, a military campaign that took place between august 1942 and February 1943 in the Pacific Theater of World War II. It was the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Japan. KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with Bryson at his home in Paonia.
Memorial Day weekend, 50 people gathered out in the wilderness, about 15 miles south of Montrose. It was the site of the Uncompahgre Freetrappers Happy Canyon Rendezvous. KVNF’s Jake Ryan went to go find out what a rendezvous is, and why they show up.
The film industry has by and large mandated that starting this year, first-run movies (the blockbusters like "Frozen") will only be distributed digitally. The 35 mm films of old are on their way out and digital films are on their way in.
The 2nd Annual Western Slope Colorado Food & Farm Forum is coming up on Saturday, January 11th at the Montrose Pavilion. The conference brings together farmers, ranchers and others in the ag industry for conversations about sustainability, food production and marketing.
For some details about the conference and this year's main theme of "Making Every Drop Count," we spoke to Carol Parker, President of the Valley Food Partnership based in Montrose.