iSeeChange

Peaches, Peach
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This year has been a difficult one for fruit growers on the Western Slope.  As fruit picking season develops,  the realities of the weather we’ve seen are evident. 

  Newscast

  • Fire Officials: WCCC Blaze Suspicious, Under Investigation
  • Two Ouray Officers Injured In Attack, Authorities Searching For Suspect
  • Former Olathe Police Chief Appears In Court
  • Woman Sentenced For Stealing Funds From Eagle County
  • Earned Income Tax Credit Triggered For Colorado Residents
  • iSeeChange: Cicadas In Of The West
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Denise Weaver lives in Sanborn Park, near Norwood, Colorado. Weaver and her husband have lived there for 10 years.  For the first time this spring, they heard something they were a little unfamiliar with: some sort of humming coming from the pine trees.  They investigated, and described finding locusts. 

Denise asked around, and eventually a local farmer said that they were cicadas, and not to be worried at all.  Still, she had some questions. 

Jake Ryan / KVNF

About 3 years ago, KVNF became the incubator station for iSeeChange, a new type of environmental reporting.  Instead of finding reports and studies about frogs, or insects, or climate change, and bringing that report to our listeners, we went backwards.  Take a listen to hear what we've reported on so far this year.

Newscast

  • New Colorado Supreme Court Justice Appointed
  • Delta Continues Search For New City Manager 
  • Bicycle Tour of Colorado Stops In Hotchkiss
  • Highway 133 Closes For Blasting North Of Paonia
  • BLM Wants Comments On Grand Junction Airport Land Transfer Plan
  • iSeeChange: Mushroom Hunting 

Darcie Rose

The unusually wet spring has made some mushroom foragers very happy. 

On this show,  a conversation KVNF's Jake Ryan had with Julia Kumari Drapkin, executive producer for iSeeChange.  The project started here at KVNF as a way to connect people to the bigger picture of climate change, and it’s now grown to a nation wide platform. 

Included at the end is a piece that was produced about a month ago, after a hard frost came through.  A Paonia orchardist, like a lot of farmers, was hit hard by the frost. 

  Newscast

  • Haven House raises money to buy building
  • Delta Middle School grapples with strange incident
  • Bird Flu ravages chicken farms, Colorado untouched for now
  • CDOT approves funding for Amtrak line repairs
  • iSeeChange meeting tomorrow

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Spring is in full effect, and for quite a while birds have been migrating through the area.  One listener, Marylin Stone, commented on the iSeeChange website that she noticed, for the first time this year a Bullock's oriole and a hummingbird, she wasn’t positive which species.  I brought this observation to Jeff Birek, a biologist with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

iSeeChange: Frozen Fruit

May 2, 2015
Jake Ryan / KVNF

A hard freeze in April damaged a wide range of fruit crops on the Western Slope of Colorado.

  Newscast

  • Bull Mountain comment period closes
  • DMEA hosts meetings with members over FERC and broadband
  • USDA releases organic license numbers
  • Forest acres sold for lumber because of beetle kill
  • iSeeChange member notices antlers still lingering
Jessica Reeder via Flickr (CC BY creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Spring is in full effect, and it seems to have a head start. 

iSeeChange: Forecasting A Fire Season

Apr 9, 2015
Hotchkiss Fire Department

With record wet and cold in the east, and record dry and hot in the west, some meteorologists are scratching their heads.

Hugh Carson

A winter storm has hit western Colorado, with the National Weather Service saying several feet of snow are possible in some areas of the central mountains.

Ali Lightfoot/KVNF

Another Halloween has come and gone, and this year for a very special iSeeChange report, KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with trick or treaters about how the holiday has changed over the years.

Headlines:

  • Man Steals Monkey in Grand Junction
  • Mesa County Judge Considers Tossing Out Guilty Verdict for Man Charged with Threats
  • iSeeChange: Colorado Wildfires Greater Threat to Humans than animals
  • NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bill & Melinda Gates Top Donor List for Pro-Amendment 66 Campaign
  • Ouray County to Receive Around $12 Million for Highway Projects
Julia Kumari-Drapkin/KVNF

Dallas and June Harding are regulars on the Almanac, but most of their daily weather observations you'll see there date back to the late 1980s.

That's because those entires were transcribed from the journals June started keeping in 1985, when she and Dallas moved to their current home at the Harding Ranch near the base of Coal Mountain. I recently paid the Hardings a visit to talk about how they got involved with the iSeeChange project, and how journaling has played a role in their lives and the lives of previous generations.

Headlines

  • Colorado Wind Industry Expected to Grow
  • Baca County Farmer Harvests First Hemp Crop in 56 Years
  • Government Shutdown Not Affecting Mines Yet
  • Thompson Divide Drilling Talks Suggest Deal is in the Works
  • iSeeChange - Journaling with the Hardings
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.

Headlines

  • Former Colorado Governor John Vanderhoof Dies at 91
  • Passengers Unharmed after Missed Landing at Mack Mesa Airport
  • Delta County Announces 2 New West Nile Cases
  • Three New Oil Spills Reported in Weld County
  • Montrose County Commissioners Continue public Hearings on Sage Grouse Regulations
  • iSeechange - Rain and Snow - Signs of a Wet Winter?
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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.

Headlines

  • Hickenlooper Says Oil and Gas Safety is a Top Priority after Flooding
  • Lyons One of Hardest-Hit Areas in Floods
  • iSeeChange - Signs of Floods to Come?
  • Floods Hurt One Grand Junction-area Business
  • Garfield County Gas Emissions Study Moves Forward 
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.

  • Coloradans Will Now Vote on Tax Increases for School Funding
  • Voters Guide to Heading to Printer
  • Colorado Lawmakers Offer Opinions on Syrian Conflict 
  • City of Delta Utility Rates on the Rise
  • iSeeChange - The West is Getting Dustier
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. 

  • President of Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce Steps Down to Fight Cancer
  • Mesa County DA's Office Denies "Prejudice" Claims by Accused Palisade Mother's Defense Attorneys
  • Prosecutors in Aurora Theater Shootings Try to Block Testimony on Colorado's Death Penalty
  • Public Hearings on Marijuana Laws Begin at State Capitol
  • Hotchkiss Bans All Commercial Marijuana Activity
  • Delta County Landfill Happy to See 125 Tons of Tires
  • iSeeChange - Local "Guru" Ryan Warwick on Mushrooms
  • KVNF Competes in First Annual 24-Hour
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The height of the fruit season is approaching here in western Colorado, so for this week’s iSeeChange report, we decided to zoom out a bit and look at how Colorado’s biggest fruit crop fits into the national scene.  

 

  • Six Garfield County Fisheries May See Instream Flow Protections
  • Study Finds Colorado Solar Installations are Cheapest in Nation
  • Colorado's First Biomass Power Palnt Nearly Complete
  • Committee Debates Feasibility of New Renewables Standard for Rural Providers
  • More Cases of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Delta County
  • iSeeChange - Apple Economics of Western Colorado
Patty Kaech-Feder

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

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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