ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENT
2:57 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Local Motion: North Fork Representatives Travel to DC to Thank BLM, Elected Officials

North Fork Delegates in Washington DC

North Fork residents Jim Ramey, Alexis Halbert and Ty Gilespie discuss their recent trip to Washington DC.  They were part of the delegation that met with officials about the North Fork Alternative plan,  a community-based plan which aims to protect North Fork’s public lands from oil and gas development.  

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ENVIRONMENT
6:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Local Motion: How to be a Plastivist

Ali Lightfoot takes a look at the issue of plastic pollution from the mountains of Colorado to the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 

Learn about this growing environmental movement from local experts and activists including: 

Carol Kwiatkowski of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX)

Joanna Calabrese of the Pick Up America and the Western Slope  Conservation Center

Carolyn Yates, O-waste activist

Don Holt of Don's market

Kevin Hunt, manager of the Adobe Buttes Landfill

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ENVIRONMENT
2:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Local Motion: Sustainability & the Future of Energy

Cyn Holder speaks with Dr Michael Soule, Elaine Brett and community members about  sustainability, coal and climate change.

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ENVIRONMENT
12:55 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Local Motion: John Buerger on Using Mushrooms to Fight Weeds

Oyster mushrooms, John's culture of choice for fighting weeds.
Credit Stu's Images via Flickr (CC BY http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Today we're joined by John Buerger, owner and operator of Alpha Natural Holistic Land Management based in Cedaredge. 

He recently gave a talk at the Blue Sage Center in Paonia about how we can use native mushroom cultures to fight noxious weeds. 

John joined us to talk about his history practicing and educating the public about using natural methods to work with the land and control weeds.

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ENVIRONMENT
5:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Local Motion: North Fork Air Quality Study

Credit North Fork Merchant Herald

Today on Local Motion we talk with three of the people involved with the North Fork Air Quality Study, a year-long project put together by CU-Boulder, the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Delta County School District. 

The project will use low-cost, portable and permanent monitoring devices to get baseline measurements of air quality in the North Fork Valley. 

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ENVIRONMENT
11:32 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pass the Mic: Jeff Tobe of Solar Energy International

Eden Clearwater interviewing Jeff Tobe

Energy reporter, Eden Clearwater interviews Jeff Tobe about the future of solar energy.

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ENVIRONMENT
6:51 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Pass the Mic: Young reporters explore the local coal industry

Cristina Rankin speaks with Bowie miner, RJ Wist.

Pass the Mic's energy reporters, Cristina Rankin and Eden Clearwater,  visit with coal miners and share their own opinions about this local industry.

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Pass the Mic
3:56 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Pass the Mic: Interview with Todd Harding

Cristina Rankin and Eden Clearwater interview local Todd Harding
Credit Ali Lightfoot

Listen to youth reporters,  Cristina Rankin and Eden Clearwater interviewing local "off the gird" rancher, Todd Harding.

“Pass the Mic” is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF in partnership with The North Fork Heart & Soul Project.

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iSeeChange
9:07 am
Wed September 25, 2013

iSeeChange: Rain and Snow - Signs of a Wet Winter?

A dusting of snow on Mount Lamborn, as seen from McClure Pass just outside of Paonia.
Credit Travis Bubenik/KVNF

For this week's iSeeChange report, we looked into the recent flurry of rain and some snow, and what, if anything, it might tell us about the coming winter.

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iSeeChange
9:25 am
Wed September 18, 2013

iSeeChange: Signs of Floods to Come?

Flooding along Boulder Creek in Boulder, CO
Credit JGColorado via Flickr (CC BY-NC)

In the wake of the historic Front Range Floods, many climate experts and researchers admit that while they’ve known of the potential for dangerous flooding in the Boulder area for some time now, hardly anybody could’ve predicted such a large-scale disaster.

We decided to look into what the floods might tell us about the future of massive storms, and whether the events of last week might change our definitions of "rare" weather events.

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Western Slope Skies
8:15 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Western Slope Skies 9/13/13

The sun rises in the east each day in our western slope skies and appears to shine with constant brightness. However, we shouldn’t take the sun for granted, because the sun’s energy sustains most life on Earth.  And, in this age of widespread, complex technology, the sun can impact our daily lives. 

The sun, in fact, is not constant, and we need to pay attention to our active, local star.  

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iSeeChange
9:28 am
Thu September 5, 2013

iSeeChange: The West is Getting Dustier

Beginnings of a dust storm
Credit Tee Poole via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)

In late July, a massive dust storm in the Saharan Desert of Africa moved across the Atlantic, making for an interesting start to the hurricane season, or you could say a boring one.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:57 am
Tue August 20, 2013

iSeeChange: Local "Guru" Ryan Warwick on Mushrooms

Colorado pholiotas
Credit Sadie Miller/KVNF

Last week the Almanac saw a lot of talk about mushrooms – Steve Smith said they seem to be popping up in larger numbers than usual – Marilyn Stone wondered what factors affect mushroom numbers – and Amber Kleinman asked whether it’s possible to grow puffballs in a yard. 

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Western Slope Skies
10:16 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Western Slope Skies 8/16/13

As August began, all of the bright planets were visible in our western slope skies. Since all of our solar system planets orbit the sun, the visible planets change from night to night. 

As of today’s program, we have already lost Mercury from view for the rest of this month. It was visible in the early dawn for the first two weeks of the month. However, we still have Venus shining low on the evening horizon. Saturn will end the month just a little higher than Venus. Jupiter rises well after midnight, followed by Mars even later.

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ENVIRONMENT
2:37 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

iSeeChange: Colorado Fruit Growers Harness Wind, Water, and Fire to Save Harvest

Allie Goldstein and Glenn Austin pet the Austin family dog while riding around the orchard via golf cart
Credit Kirsten Howard/Allie Goldstein

iSeeChange had the great pleasure of meeting two climate adaptation storytellers this summer, Kirsten Howard and Allie Goldstein. 1 car, 2 girls, and 3 months to travel across America and tell stories about the Great American Adaptation to climate change. After reading iSeeChange posts about frosts on the Almanac, they set out to talk to fruit farmers in the North Fork Valley. Here's what they found.

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Paonia & Hotchkiss, CO

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iSeeChange
9:33 am
Tue August 6, 2013

iSeeChange: Fall in August?

Yellowing Aspen trees along Kebler Pass
Credit Patty Kaech-Feder

Though we’re barely a week into August, some signs of fall have started to appear in western Colorado.

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ENVIRONMENT
8:15 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Bird Tracking with Jason Beason

Jason Beason of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Marty Durlin/KVNF

As the special monitoring projects coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Jason Beason has surveyed yellow billed cuckoos and monitored the breeding sites of great blue herons, snowy egrets and other water birds. KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke to Jason at the farm he owns with his wife Kerry near the North Fork of the Gunnison. 

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iSeeChange
10:09 am
Tue July 30, 2013

iSeeChange: The Outlook for Western Slope Water Supplies

Credit Eli Nixon (CC BY-NC-SA)

Afternoon clouds and occasional rains have dotted the Western Slope in the past few weeks, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t still worried about their water.

Last week Matthew Harris posted on the Almanac that the water he gets from German Creek was called on by a senior rights holder for the first time in the eight years he’s lived in Paonia. His creek’s just one of many that snake across the North Fork Valley, but if it’s been that long since that senior rights holder felt like they needed more water, should other residents and farmers be concerned? 

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iSeeChange
8:15 am
Tue July 23, 2013

iSeeChange: Bird Watching on the North Fork of the Gunnison

A birdhouse on Rain Crow Farm where four tree swallows nested this year for the first time, eating mosquitoes
Marty Durlin, KVNF

On the Almanac last week, P Kaech reported seeing snow on the top of Mt. Baldy near Crested Butte, and Andrea Lecos noticed that monsoon rains have brought up mosquitoes and other insects. Humans may hate the bugs, but birds are feasting on them. 

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iSeeChange
11:51 am
Tue July 16, 2013

iSeeChange: Eyes of the Storm - Monsoon Forecasting

Norvan Larson, Forecaster at the National Weather Service Forecasting Office in Grand Junction
Credit Travis Bubenik, KVNF

If you've followed the weather for even the past few days, daily whether predications have been pretty, well, predictable: sunny in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon, a chance of rain as the day wears on and the sun starts to drop.

The Monsoon season has arrived in Colorado, the annual time when hot, high pressure in the atmosphere moves east across the Continental Divide and cool, moist air comes trailing in behind it. It's a reliable weather pattern, but exactly how reliable? 

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