iSeeChange Almanac

iSeeChange
8:15 am
Mon June 24, 2013

iSeeChange: The Rising Threat of Wildfires

East Fork Fire, June 2013.
Credit USDA Forest Service

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, May 2013 was the third-warmest May on record for the planet, and the earth's temperature has been above its 20th century average for 339 straight months - more than 28 years. 

Hugh Carson has been fighting fires for more than 40 years, and although he’s retired now, he was in the thick of things last year when he coordinated aircraft to battle the High Park Fire near Fort Collins. Over the years, he’s seen some changes.

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ENVIRONMENT
1:03 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

iSeeChange: Birder Evelyn Horn

Evy Horn with the book she wrote on birding.
Credit Marty Durlin

Nearly 500 species of birds make their way through Colorado or live here year-around – and chances are local birder and author Evelyn Horn knows them. In the second report of a two-part series, KVNF’s Marty Durlin talked to Horn about the general decline of birds in a world where human population and activity is on the rise.

 

 

I asked her what she could say about the state of birds, whether climate change is impacting them, and certainly human activity as Evy has talked about. How would she characterize their condition?

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Local Newscast
8:31 am
Mon May 20, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, May 20, 2013

Headlines:

  • Conservation groups urge BLM to end secrecy
  • Montrose Library reduces hours, will begin Saturday closures in July
  • BLM approves plan for new multi-use trail system near Ridgeway
  • Sheriffs in 54 of 64 state counties join protest against new gun control laws
  • Montrose resident comments on treatment of circus animals
  • North Fork prep track teams earn many honors at state meet
  • ISeeChange report on bird populations at Hart's Basin

iseechange
8:29 am
Mon May 20, 2013

iSeeChange: A Better Year for Birds

Mallards, the first ducks to come to Hart's Basin in the spring.
Marty Durlin

May 11 was Colorado’s Migratory Bird Day, celebrating the nearly 500 species that live in the state or pass through it. Local naturalist, birder and author Evelyn Horn has spent the past twenty years or so focused on birds. In 1989 she and her husband Al moved from Las Vegas to Eckert and settled near Hart’s Basin, or Fruitgrowers Reservoir, which is controlled by the Orchard City Irrigation District (OCID). People had just been banned from the reservoir because of e-coli, and the absence of human activity made it more attractive to birds.

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Local Newscast
8:46 am
Mon May 6, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, May 06, 2013

Headlines:

Rock slide closes McClure Pass at Paonia Reservoir

News from the Legislature as the session winds down:

  • Elections bill passes, heads to Governor Hickenlooper
  • Medicaid Expansion passes both Houses  
  • Gray water bill passes

Other News:

  • Local farmer Jere Lowe on how marijuana should be regulated
  • ISeeChange: Carrots, tulips, cherries, kestrals, the First Red Flag Warning and other signs of spring
iSeeChange
9:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Journal Sheds Light on North Fork of Yesteryear

Amber Kleinman's house in Apple Valley, Paonia
Amber Kleinman

Paonia resident Amber Kleinman has been reading through the daily journals of William Beezley, an orchardist and farmer who lived up Steven’s Gulch in the first half of the 20th century. Recording selected entries for thealmanac.org and comparing them to current weather and conditions, Kleinman – a small-acreage farmer who keeps a journal herself -- has gained a new perspective.

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Local Newscast
8:48 am
Mon April 22, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, April 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • Loveland Pass Avalance Victims Were Back Country Experts
  • Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa heads to another hearing
  • New marijuana players in a new environment
  • The Forest Service gets into the Aspen real estate market
  • Archaeological Conservancy buys Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
  • iSeeChange: Amber Kleinman and the journals of William Beezley
Local Newscast
8:48 am
Mon April 22, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, April 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • Loveland Pass Avalance Victims Were Back Country Experts
  • Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa heads to another hearing
  • New marijuana players in a new environment
  • The Forest Service gets into the Aspen real estate market
  • Archaeological Conservancy buys Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
  • iSeeChange: Amber Kleinman and the journals of William Beezley
Local Newscast
8:28 am
Mon April 15, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, April 15, 2013

Headlines:

  • Democrats introduce bill to change voting procedures
  • Workshop at Blue Sage on Tuesday will discuss sensitive topic
  • Environmental damage from  Parachute spill continues to escalate
  • iSeeChange looks at the odd absence of leopard frogs

AGRICULTURE
5:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

iSeeChange: Rodman's Bales of Cornstalks

Judd Rodman stands by his cornstalk bales
Don Foster

About a month ago on thealmanac.org, Don posted a photo of a fellow with a big semi-load of bales – but they weren’t hay, they were cornstalks. The use of forage other than the traditional alfalfa and other grasses is becoming a necessity for some ranchers. 

Drought has made it more common now, but Judd Rodman has been harvesting cornstalks for cattle feed as far back as 1990. Based south of Paonia, he employs five people who help him harvest, bale and deliver cornstalk all over the Western Slope.

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Local Newscast
9:04 am
Mon March 4, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, March 4, 2013

Headlines:

  • Legislative Agenda Is Not All About Guns
  • NF Trees Portend Serious Fire Danger
  • Western Slope Skies: Comet In The Western Skies
Local Newscast
8:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, February 25, 2013

Headlines:

  • Capitol Conversation: Gun Control Debate Gets Weird
  • BLM May Allow Bypass Of Oil Shale Development Procedures
  • Bears In-Town Forays Higher Than Ever Last Year
  • iSeeChange Update: Biking Season on Jumbo Mountain Extended
  • Paonia Wrestlers Win Second State Title in a Row, Fourth Overall
Local Newscast
8:27 am
Tue February 12, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Headlines:

  • Gov. Hickenlooper to testify before Senate Natural Resources Committee
  • Pitkin County DA needs help in case defending Thompson Divide
  • Community group urges park status for Colorado National  Monument
  • COGCC approves new controversial setback limits between gas wells and homes
  • iSeeChange Almanac records signs of whacky early Spring

Local Newscast
8:50 am
Mon February 4, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, February 4, 2013

Headlines:

  • North Fork Valley Oil and Gas Leasing Makes It To NY Times
  • Study Finds Colorado Well Inspections Can't Keep UP
  • Capitol Conversation: Gun Debate at the Statehouse
  • More Than Half of Denied Gun Sales are Overturned on Appeal
  • Bi-partisan Bill in US House Would Favor Small Hydroelectric Projects
  • iSeeChange Changecast: Winter Bird Feeding Habits

Local Newscast
8:33 am
Mon January 28, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, January 28, 2013

Headlines:

  • Recent earthquake caused by brine injections in Paradox Valley
  • CHC sends letter to BLM, requests decision on North Fork Leasing
  • Civil Unions bill certain to pass with new bipartisan support
  • Oil and Gas commission defers judgment on new setback rules till Feb. 11
  • iSeeChange Almanac records unusually high rainfall for January

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