Short Features

Short public affairs programs played throughout the KVNF program schedule:

Confessions of a Heavy Thinker: 12:30pm on Sundays, 3pm 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.

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.

Lance Swigart lives nine miles outside of Hotchkiss. He grows 90 percent of his food and harvests 100 percent of his seeds from a garden he grows above 6,000 feet elevation. He has been building his incredibly beautiful garden space for the last 25 years, and is a wealth of information about all kinds of gardening from grains to beans to fruits and vegetables, even nuts. Enjoy these photos taken by Suze Smith, a local photographer who has worked on this documentary for the past year in hopes that it will highlight the value of the organic food and sustainability movement in the irreplaceable North Fork Valley.

The Mystic's Almanac: Dr. Judith Boice

Sundays – during Medicine Show (approximately 10:30 am)

The Mystic’s Almanac is a collection of commentaries by Dr. Judith L. Boice, N.D., L.Ac., author, international teacher, naturopathic physician and acupuncturist.

To contact Dr. Boice or get more information about The Mystic’s Almanac, visit her websites,  www.mysticsalmanac.org and www.drjudithboice.com.

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!

KVNF Sports:

Hosted by Tamie Meck, DCI Sports Reporter. Every week Tamie brings us the latest in local sports around the KVNF area.

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MYSTIC'S ALMANAC
10:00 am
Sun October 14, 2012

The Mystic's Almanac - Glass Half Empty

Missy Rogers

Are we hard-wired to see the glass half empty?

by Dr. Judith Boice

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KVNF Sports
3:06 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Local Sports Report: 10/10/12

Hotchkiss senior Savannah Rocha defends against a kill shot by Easton Hartigan (14) of Paonia at the Pink Night fundraiser in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Tamie Meck

With four weeks remaining until prep football playoff season begins, the battle for first place in the 1A Western Slope League is likely to come down to the three Delta County teams. KVNF’s Tamie Meck has this report.

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Western Slope Skies
11:49 am
Tue October 9, 2012

The Northern Lights

One summer, when I was growing up, it was common to hear about sightings of the “northern lights” over Grand Mesa. Most of the stories came from high school kids staying out too late on dates. At the time, I scoffed at those stories, but have since learned that that summer happened to be during a particularly active sun cycle.

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Western Slope Skies
11:25 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Albireo: Double Star

Albireo is a beautiful double star in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan.  If you heard the previous edition of Western Slope Skies, you learned about the Summer Triangle, which includes Deneb, the tail of Cygnus.  Albireo is the head of Cygnus and is dimmer than Deneb. 

Many stars have Arabic names dating back hundreds of years.  For example, Deneb means ‘tail.’  Because of the history involving several languages, the current name Albireo, while appearing to be Arabic, is actually meaningless.

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Western Slope Skies
11:21 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Venus Meets Regulus

As these early fall days grow shorter, our western slope skies are still dark at 6:00 AM.  So, this is a great time to see a celestial spectacle in the morning without having to get up too early.  From September 29 through October 7 the brilliant planet, Venus, often called the morning star, will be moving past Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo.   

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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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