ENVIRONMENT

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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Wildflowers
12:33 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

iSeeChange: Wildflowers

Credit Julia Drapkin

It’s Labor Day. As people celebrate the last weekend of summer, KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin and the iSeeChange project takes a look back at how the timing of flowers this season has affected backyard gardens, backcountry ecology, and even people’s back pockets.

iSeeChange is produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin and brought to you by KVNF and Localore, a national public media initiative. If you like what you hear, you can like the iSeeChange facebook page and participate in the conversation.

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Environmental Change
4:42 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

iSeeChange: Oldtimers Special

iSeeChange producer, Julia Kumari Drapkin, speaks with with local old timers Dallas and June Harding and others. Having lived and worked the land in the area for decades, they give us their observations on change in the area over time.

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iSeeChange
12:07 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

iSeeChange: Mosquitoes and West Nile

Credit Andrew Cranson

Last week, the Delta County Health department reported three additional cases of West Nile Virus among residents. That brings the total number of confirmed and suspect human cases of the virus in the county to 20–most of which have resulted in uncomplicated fever. Most of the reported cases have been in the Delta and North Fork areas, and on Saturday, the town of Hotchkiss sprayed to kill adult mosquitoes. For KVNF and the iSeeChange project, Julia Kumari Drapkin takes a closer look at why mosquitoes and West Nile Virus are thriving in a DROUGHT year and whether community efforts to spray late in the season will pay off.

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.

Wildlife
12:40 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

iSeeChange: Animals

iSeeChange producer,  Julia Kumari Drapkin and biologists, Michael Soule and Chris Floyd take calls from listeners about changing animal populations and behaviors  in Western Colorado.

Gardening
5:32 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

As the Worm Turns

“As the Worm Turns” is part of the “Free Range Radio” show that airs every Monday morning on KVNF.  It features an interview with local gardener Lance Swigart at about 10:05 am. Tips and tidbits from these interviews are posted here, and our listeners can make comments and ask Lance questions in the comments forum below.

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iSeeChange
4:13 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Local Motion: IseeAnimals

iSeeChange producer,  Julia Kumari Drapkin and biologists, Michael Soule and Chris Floyd take calls from listeners about changing animal populations and behaviors  in Western Colorado.


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Local Motion
12:07 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Local News: North Fork Mosquito Update

Summer is here, and mosquitoes are out in force. June 24th-30th is National Mosquito Awareness Week. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious sat down with Kevin Parks and Elizabeth Collins of the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District to talk about this year’s work and challenges.

The phone number for the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District is 527-6681. They will also have a booth at Cherry Days.

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iSeeChange
12:07 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

iSeeChange: Predicting Rain

Local flooding.

The summer monsoons have finally arrived in Colorado. And when it rains it pours. Highway 24 between Redcliff and Leadville washed out yesterday, and ditches have flooded more local roads as well. But at the same time, neighbors down the road don’t get a drop.

For the iSeeChange project, KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin asked Colorado’s state climatologist about why it’s so hard to predict when and where it will rain.

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.

iSeeChange
1:52 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

iSeeChange: Cherry Days

For KVNF and iSeeChange, Julia Kumari Drapkin goes to the streets during the Cherry Days festival  to find out what changes people are seeing this summer.

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iSeeChange
4:35 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

iSeeChange: Water Worries for Hay Farmers

Marla Bishop looks for rain.

While the dry weather has been fueling catastrophic wildfires, it’s also fueling worries about hay. Without water, there’s no hay. Without hay, there’s no food for livestock. For KVNF and iSeeChange, Julia Kumari Drapkin has been talking to ranchers and scientists about what water stress on the Western Slope looks like in the long run.

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iSeeChange
12:07 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

iSeeChange: Drought

Residents in Paonia look to Mount Lamborn every year to gauge whether there will be enough irrigation water in the summer. But with a winter that never came and the earliest, driest spring on record, residents are preparing for drought. Yet 2011 saw record snow and rain? iSeeChange has been talking to citizens and scientists about what's driving extreme weather in the Western Slope and what declining irrigation water means for farmers, ranchers, and residents.

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iSeeChange
12:07 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

iSeeChange: Frosted Gardens

Local farmers in the North Fork Valley are recovering from the hard freeze that took many by surprise this Memorial Day weekend. For iSeeChange, KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin takes a look at how people made out.

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iSeeChange
12:07 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

iSeeChange: Grasshoppers

Credit Regna Jones

KVNF’s iSeeChange project wants to know, how is your garden growing this year? Paonia gardener Amy Hayutin has one answer.

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iSeeChange
12:07 pm
Sat May 12, 2012

Local Motion: iSeeChange & Citizen Journalism

Ali Lightfoot speaks with iseechange producer, Julia Kumari Drapkin and KVNF executive director, Sally Kane about the iSeeChange project,  and about new initiatives in media that encourage citizen journalism and use new technologies to get public input.

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iSeeChange
12:07 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

iSeeChange: Wildfire Season Changes

Fighting wildfires

The National Interagency Fire Center reported yesterday that unusually high temperatures and dry conditions, combined with light winter snowpack, are heightening the risk for extreme wildfire risk in Western Colorado through May, particularly as temperatures increase through June. Traditionally, mid-May marks the start of wildfire season on the Western slope, but this year there was an earlier start. For iSeeChange, KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin reports on what’s changing when it comes to fighting wildfires.

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.

 

iSeeChange is produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin and brought to you by KVNF and Localore, a national public media initiative produced by AIR: the Association for Independents in Radio and with financial support by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wincote Foundation, the John D and Katharine T. McAurthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Local Motion
12:07 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Local Motion: Ben Cook

In a new report published last week, scientists are discovering their warming models are failing to accurately predict the impact of global warming. They found that compared to long-term studies in the real world, plants are flowering EIGHT TIMES FASTER than their models ever predicted. KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin and iSeeChange spoke to Ben Cook, one of the  lead researchers about how citizens here in the North Fork Valley and the Western slope can help.

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