iSeeChange

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.

The iSeeChange project and its website, thealmanac.org, are now featured in a beautiful new metasite produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio. Our very own Julia Kumari Drapkin (we'll always call her "ours") will be presenting the iSeeChange project she developed in the North Fork Valley to various media interest groups across the country in the weeks to come.

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.

Headlines:

  • State Budget Clears House With 9 Republican Votes
  • Governor At Center Of Oil And Gas Battles (click on Read more for a list of pending legislation)
  • Reporters Discuss the Aftermath of Gun Legislation
  • iSeeChange: Cornstalk Bales Off an Alternative for Ranchers

2012 was a bad year for West Nile Virus in Western Colorado. Mesa, Montrose and Delta Counties accounted for nearly half the confirmed cases in the state. In Delta County, the 22 cases included the death of an 82-year-old man from Orchard City.

Marty Durlin

Thealmanac.org is bursting with news about new baby animals – spring brings calves,  lambs and kids.  KVNF's Marty Durlin reported on one of the almanac.org stories about Emily Hartnett, who lives on Garvin Mesa with her chickens, goats and cats. It’s a rustic life that begins by dawn and ends late in the day. On Friday one of her six adult goats, Alba, gave birth to two male kids. Instead of the soft, protected place Emily had prepared for her, Alba chose to deliver next to an old tractor embedded in the dirt in the middle of the goat yard.

Headlines:

  • Capitol Conversation: What's Happened; What's Ahead
  • Natural Gas Liquid Leaking North of Parachute
  • iSeeChange
  • New Kids On The Block

Headlines:

  • Most Colorado Gun Deaths Are Suicides
  • Ammo Buyers Talk About Stockpiling
  • Capitol Conversation: Education Funding Lawsuit Goes To State Supreme Court
  • Cherry Creek Mortgage Challenges Fed Health Insurance Mandate Over Religious Beliefs
  • iSeeChange on the Pollen Season: Longer and More Intense

Headlines:

  • Delta PD Incident Sends One to Hospital
  • Adultery and Fornication - Change the Law
  • iSeeChange: Farmers, Miners and Scientists Talk Over Climate Change

Smyth Boone rides his bike regularly in the BLM land that’s adjacent to Paonia – the area popularly known as Jumbo, a network of dirt trails and loops on juniper-covered mesas. By taking photographs and using a meter on his bike, he’s got a record of the weather and conditions over about six years now. He posts regularly on iseechange at thealmanac.org. Here he talks about a special event that occurred last year, as well as the dry conditions that are only increasing.

iSeeChangeCast

Jan 22, 2013

Last week the iSeeChange Almanac launched online. For KVNF and iSeeChange, Julia Kumari Drapkin reports on what people saw changing:


Headlines:

  • Southern Colorado groups represent at Inaugural Parade
  • Vision Schools in Delta County seek charter status
  • iSeeChange update, Almanac launch party is tonight
  • Reporters preview upcoming Legislature actions
  • Unemployment level in Colorado sees small drop, US rate stays same

Andrea Lecos

Come find out what the iSeeChange online Almanac is all about!

The Almanac is ready!! Produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin, the online almanac is the culmination of the iSeeChange project at KVNF, part of Localore, a nationwide production of AIR designed to accelerate transformation and extend public service media to all Americans. 

Headlines:

  • Diverse group of lawmakers open new legislative session
  • Oil and Gas Commission to study effects of fraking emissions
  • USDA declares drought disaster areas in 14 states
  • iSeeChange examines role of microorganisms in water conservation

iSeeChange Poster
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.

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.


Headlines:

  • Search For Dylan Redwine Continues
  • Hotckiss Firm Wins Beetle Kill Harvest Contract
  • iSeeChange: Weather Boosts Bumper Fruit Crop
  • Dry Weather Limits Skier Access
  • Aurora City Just Says No To Pot Prosecutions
  • Cell Tower Approved Near Norwood Schools
  • Idaho Springs Tunnels Restricted This Week

Headlines:

  • Capitol Conversation, State Election Roundup
  • Minorities Smoke Pot Less, Get Arrested More
  • Public Lands Policies Could Decide Election
  • Ryan In Colorado, Again
  • West Slope Police Chiefs In Turmoil
  • With No El Nino, Winter Moisture Uncertain

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.

Headlines:

  • SG Interests Has Connections With Scott Tipton
  • Former Paonia Finance Officer To Be Charged With Theft
  • Region 10 Names New Executive Director
  • iSeeChange Finds Black Widows Everywhere
  • Montrose County Road Closure

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

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.

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.

mosquito
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.

As awareness about the critical role bees play in agriculture grows, so has interest in backyard bee keeping. For KVNF and the iSeeChange project, Julia Kumari Drapkin looks into questions that North Fork Valley beekeepers have about bee swarms this year.

You can see a video of Rita Clagett’s honeybees on the iSeeChange and the KVNF Facebook pages. Stay tuned for more iSeeChange animal stories later this month.

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.

Local Motion: Michele Haines

Aug 12, 2012

Traveling French chef, Michele Haines, shares her thoughts on the food produced in the North Fork valley and talks about being a "foodie".

Al Withers , director of an Agriculture in the Classroom program in Minnesota,  talks about his visit to the North Fork Valley and the importance of educating people about where their food comes from.

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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