Short Features

Short public affairs programs played throughout the KVNF program schedule:

Confessions of a Heavy Thinker: 10:00 am on Thursdays, Angus Stocking

Confessions of a Heavy Thinker is a short feature created by Angus Stocking, whose intention is to loosen the listener's grip on fixed beliefs, so that more pleasant beliefs can be selected and implemented. In addition to Confessions, Angus also publishes essays on his blog, OtherBS.com, and has contributed essays to BoingBoing.net. His Kindle ebook, also titled Confessions of a Heavy Thinker, is available on Amazon for a very reasonable sum.

Western Slope Skies: Black Canyon Astronomical Society

Western Slope Skies is produced by members of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society, who take a look at our “local” night sky. Hear it on the Friday morning local newscast (from 8-8:15 AM) and on Wednesday nights at 8 PM during Global Express.

Do you have a question about the night sky or other astronomical topics? Ask it in our comments section below!

What Works with Ann Izard:

Crawford resident, Ann Izard, believes love and gratitude are the keys to a good life.  She reaches out to KVNF listeners to share her wisdom on good living in her weekly commentary at 8pm on Tuesday evenings.

Neptune

"BORING!" said the 5-year-old of the little blue dot appearing through the telescope…

Perhaps at first glance, but considering that Neptune, the 8th planet,  is 30 times farther from the Sun than Earth, it’s actually an amazing sight. At approximately 2.8 billion miles away, it cannot be observed with the un-aided eye.  Seeing the disk and color requires a moderately sized telescope, and a keen-eyed astronomy buff.

Planetary Conjunctions

Late August will be a great time for planet watching, in the morning and the evening. If you are up early on Monday, August 18, you will be rewarded by a spectacular pre-dawn sight. 

The Tidal Dance of the Earth and the Moon

We learn in grade school that the Moon, our nearest neighbor in space, causes tides on the Earth’s oceans. It does so through its gravitational attraction to the Earth. But the gravitation interplay between Earth and Moon has other, subtler effects as well.

The Evening Sky in Late July

The Sun sets late on these long summer days, and it’s not fully dark until almost 10 PM.  And, because of this week’s late-rising moon, the sky remains dark long after twilight, allowing us great views of the Milky Way and the stars of summer.

Pluto a planet?  Not a planet?  Beloved Disney Dog?

June Solstice

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, perhaps you’ve been enjoying some outings to the mountains or a float trip on a river.  While there is no doubt that summer is in full swing here in western Colorado, it’s not until this coming Saturday that the Universe makes it official. 

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Suze Smith

This is the final "short" version of 'As the Worm Turns,' as aired Monday, June 2nd, during Free Range Radio. Beginning Tuesday, June 10th, the feature expands to a full half-hour, live call-in format, airing every Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Be sure to tune in, and call 527-4866 or 1-866-KVNF-NOW with your gardening questions!

Light Pollution

Those of us that live on the Western Slope are no stranger to spectacular scenery. The jagged peaks, chiseled canyons, and expansive plateaus of western Colorado are treasures that we all cherish. But one of our most spectacular natural wonders may also be one of our least appreciated: our incredibly dark and pristine night skies.

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Suze Smith

Free Range Radio host Donna Littlefield talks with gardener extraordinaire Lance Swigart.

KVNF's "Guru of Gardening," Lance Swigart, keeps us informed about spring chores. He chats here with host Jill Spears

Mercury in Evening Twilight
 

Have you ever seen the planet Mercury? When conditions are near optimal, Mercury is easy to see. However, optimal conditions are rare, and many casual observers search for Mercury without success. This is because of the planet’s proximity to the sun.  The safe time to view Mercury is after sunset or before sunrise, depending upon the Mercury's orbit.

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Suze Smith

KVNF host Cyn Holder chats with gardener Lance Swigart, who, like many in Western Colorado, is busy protecting his garden from the recent late spring snowfall & chilly temperatures.

Saturn at Opposition

Last month on the program we learned that only the five superior planets can be at opposition. The fast movement of our planet’s orbit brings us between those five planets and the sun every year. In April, Mars was at opposition. This month, on Saturday, May 10th, its Saturn’s turn to shine!

The Tarps go on, the tarps come off... gardener Lance Swigart has been dealing with spring frost. He visits with KVNF host Jill Spears.

Navigating the Night Sky

The Big Dipper is a great starting point for learning the night sky. Located near the pole of the sky, it never completely sets or dips below the horizon—it’s visible in the night sky year-round from the Western Slope! 

The Big Dipper itself is not a constellation, but it resides in one called Ursa Major, the Great Bear, third largest of the 88 constellations. The name originates from the dipper-shaped pattern formed by the seven main stars in the constellation.

As the Worm Turns, Monday, 2/17/14

Host Patrick Webb  is joined by gardener Lance Swigart & his special guest, Aaron Heideman, for more conversation about permaculture.

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Suze Smith

Monday, Feb. 10th, 2014

Guest host Steve Hoffman is joined by gardener Lance Swigart & his special guest, Aaron Heideman, for a conversation about permaculture.

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Biodynamic Composting

Free Range Radio host Patrick Webb chats with gardeners Lance Swigert & Pat Frazier.

KVNF's Eric Goold brings us the latest on local sports across the Western Slope.


Headlines

  • MSHA Team Will Investigate Ouray Mine Accident
  • KDNK's Sounds of the High Country -  Marshall Swearingen on Repurposing a South Dakota Mine for Physics Research
  • State Senator Evie Hudak Resigns
  • Salvation Army in Grand Junction Feeds 700 on Thanksgiving
  • KVNF Sports Report
Rich Meck

For the second part of our program today, members of the Paonia Eagles football team and first-year Head Coach Brent McRae joined us to talk about the team's recent state championship win. 

This year marked the first time the Eagles have won a state title in over 50 years.

Rich Meck

The Paonia Eagles are Class 1A State Champions in football after beating out Centauri 32-24 on Saturday at Paonia Town Park. 

The Paonia Eagles football team experienced transformation this season, going from an average team with an average record in 2012, to hosting the Class 1A championship game on Saturday.

The Eagles posted a 10-game winning streak on their way to a 12-1 ecord, upsetting rivals Hotchkiss and the defending state champion Cedaredge Bruins along the way. In the state semifinal game, Paonia trounced the #1 ranked Buena Vista Demons.

KVNF's Eric Goold brings us the latest on local sports across the Western Slope.


Headlines

  • More Details Emerging after Ouray Mine Accident
  • Missing Ouray Woman Found Dead
  • Small Companies Worried about New Air Pollution Rules
  • Identity of Person Killed in Plane Crash Still Not Released
  • Western Slope Skies - The Two Galileos and the Moons of Jupter
  • KVNF Sports Report

The Paonia Eagles football team is headed to Buena Vista tomorrow to take on the Demons for the state semi-finals game.

KVNF's Eric Goold brings us the latest on local sports across the Western Slope.


KVNF's Eric Goold brings us the latest on local sports across the Western Slope.


Headlines

  • State Wildfire Committee Wraps Up
  • Tipton, Udall Come Together on Wildfire Prevention Measure
  • First Phase of State Tree Inventory Project Finished
  • Telluride Soda Tax Debate Continues as Election Day Draws Near
  • State Flags at Half Staff Today to Honor Astronaut Scott Carpentar
  • KVNF Sports Report

KVNF's Eric Goold brings us the latest on local sports across the Western Slope.


Headlines

  • Heather Jensen Will Stand Trial in Grand Junction
  • Water Conflicts Escalating between Agriculture and Growing Colorado Cities
  • Aspen Medical Marijuana Dispensary Gears Up for Retail Sales
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Association Donates Over $604,000 to Pro-Fracking Campaigns
  • KVNF Sports Report

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