ENVIRONMENT

Western Slope Skies
10:52 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Winter Sun

Do you know when the Earth is nearest the sun?  It’s January 4th, during what is typically the coldest part of our winter.   Seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth’s rotation axis, not by our distance from the sun.

When the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun in late December and January we experience deep winter, while the southern hemisphere is tilted toward the sun and experiencing summer. 

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Western Slope Skies
11:56 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Winter Solstice

December 21st marks the year’s longest night and shortest day, with daylight lasting only 9 hours and 20 minutes on the Western Slope.  This is our winter solstice, the first official day of winter.


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iSeeChange
2:28 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

iSeeChange: Almanac Website Coming Soon

Credit Andrea Lecos

iSeeChange is a participatory environmental reporting project led by Julia Kumari Drapkin at KVNF. It generates story topics from users' weather observations, and then taps scientists to explain the whys and hows. This bottom-up crowd-sourcing has foreshadowed some of the nation's biggest recent weather stories—weeks and sometimes even months in advance. Stories sourced from the KVNF community have been reported throughout 2012.

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iSeeChange
3:07 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

iSeeChange: Bumper Harvest

Jeff gets ready to take on a bumper pear harvest.
Julia Kumari Drapkin

Bark beetles flourish with dry warm weather, which makes 2012 the perfect year for them to take advantage of weakened pine trees. But this year's record setting warm dry weather made for a surprise bumper crop among fruit tree farmers in the North Fork Valley. For iSeeChange and KVNF, Julia Kumari Drapkin takes a look at what changes in this year's growing season boosted the bumper.

Produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin, the iSeeChange project at KVNF is part of Localore, a nationwide production of AIR designed to accelerate transformation and extend public service media to all Americans.   KVNF was selected as one of  only 10 Localore stations across the country—learn more at airmediaworks.org. Localore is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Interactive storytelling partner Zeega co-produced TheAlmanac.org with iSeeChange.


Western Slope Skies
9:40 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Jupiter

This month marks an anniversary for Western Slope Skies. Our first broadcast was in November of 2011 and Jupiter was the topic. Once again this year, Jupiter will be the brightest object in the night sky. It rises in the east during evening twilight in late November.


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THE MYSTIC'S ALMANAC
10:00 am
Sun December 2, 2012

The Mystic's Almanac - Child's Play

Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 2012

Children in Salt Lake City, Utah discovered toxic waste near their school and championed the clean up.

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The Mystic's Almanac
10:00 am
Sun November 18, 2012

The Mystic's Almanac - Thanksgiving

Missy Rogers

(Aired Sunday, 11/18/2012. This episode originally aired in 2010.)

Imagine giving thanks for every aspect of Creation - how long would that take?

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Western Slope Skies
4:34 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Autumn Skies

Autumn is a wonderful time to observe our Western Slope Skies.   While the temperatures are not bitter cold, the nights are getting longer.


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Mystic's Almanac
10:00 am
Sun November 11, 2012

The Mystic's Almanac - Conflict Is

Credit Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday 11/11/12

Danaan Perry, an international mediator, taught that conflict simply IS.

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iSeeChange
10:33 am
Wed October 31, 2012

iSeeChange: Spiders

Credit Flicr user vastateparksstaff / Flicr: Creative Commons

It’s Halloween. Costumes are ready, the candy is bought, and houses are decked out with pumpkins and scary decorations. Some of those decorations include black cats, bats, and spider webs. In the last couple of months, residents on the Western Slope have reported to KVNF’s iSeeChange Project they’ve been seeing more spiders than usual this fall, particularly BLACK WIDOW spiders. Reporter Julia Kumari Drapkin has this story.

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Western Slope Skies
2:45 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

The Hunter's Moon

During these late October evenings, a bright moon rises in the east as sunlight and twilight fade. The full moon that occurs nearest the first day of fall is known as the Harvest Moon. The next full moon after that is known as the Hunter’s Moon. This year, there is a Hunter’s moon on October 29th.      

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THE MYSTIC'S ALMANAC
10:00 am
Sun October 21, 2012

The Mystic's Almanac - Longing for Earth

Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday 10/21/12

This episode of The Mystic's Almanac is a repeat that was originally aired in October of 2008. No description is available.

ENVIRONMENT
11:27 am
Fri October 12, 2012

iSeeChange: Multimedia Presentation

Stories of change in the KVNF listening area, produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin and Jordan Schevene.

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Western Slope Skies
11:49 am
Tue October 9, 2012

The Northern Lights

One summer, when I was growing up, it was common to hear about sightings of the “northern lights” over Grand Mesa. Most of the stories came from high school kids staying out too late on dates. At the time, I scoffed at those stories, but have since learned that that summer happened to be during a particularly active sun cycle.

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Western Slope Skies
11:25 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Albireo: Double Star

Albireo is a beautiful double star in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan.  If you heard the previous edition of Western Slope Skies, you learned about the Summer Triangle, which includes Deneb, the tail of Cygnus.  Albireo is the head of Cygnus and is dimmer than Deneb. 

Many stars have Arabic names dating back hundreds of years.  For example, Deneb means ‘tail.’  Because of the history involving several languages, the current name Albireo, while appearing to be Arabic, is actually meaningless.

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Western Slope Skies
11:21 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Venus Meets Regulus

As these early fall days grow shorter, our western slope skies are still dark at 6:00 AM.  So, this is a great time to see a celestial spectacle in the morning without having to get up too early.  From September 29 through October 7 the brilliant planet, Venus, often called the morning star, will be moving past Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo.   

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Western Slope Skies
11:16 am
Tue October 9, 2012

The Summer Triangle

The Summer Triangle dominates the summer sky. It crosses the hazy band of the Milky Way, which is split into two by a large dust cloud near the star Deneb.

The points of the triangle are three of the brightest stars in the summer sky, and each is the brightest star in its own constellation. The brightest is Vega, in Lyra; second is Altair, in Aquila; and third is Deneb, in Cygnus. Even city-dwellers with glowing, light-polluted skies can find the Summer Triangle.

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Western Slope Skies
11:13 am
Tue October 9, 2012

The Summer Milky Way

On  clear August nights,  the Milky Way extends brilliantly from our southern  horizon, creating a beautiful vision of stars,  reflected light, nebulae, gas and dust.   As darkness falls, and you step outside, it first appears as a band of clouds reaching across the sky. These "clouds" are actually stars that cannot be distinguished from one another with the unaided eye.  In the southern portion you will be able to pick out constellations like Sagittarius, the Archer, more commonly known as “the teapot”, and Scorpius, the scorpion, pinchers reaching upward, tail trailing.

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Western Slope Skies
11:08 am
Tue October 9, 2012

August Meteors

During the wee morning hours from August 9th to the 14th, you may see tens of meteors per hour streaking across our Western Slope Skies. This is the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the most reliable of about 20 meteor showers that occur during the year.  Meteors, sometimes called “shooting stars”, are actually debris from comets or asteroids that have entered earth’s atmosphere at high speed. The Perseid Shower consists of icy and rocky debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, a 17 mile-wide comet that last passed near Earth in 1992. 

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Western Slope Skies
11:03 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Exploring Mars

On August 5th, the planet Mars will be invaded by an alien spacecraft – a robot probe from planet Earth! On Tuesday evening, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, also known as Curiosity, will arrive at Mars. 

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