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,, and has contributed essays to 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.

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


  • Judge Denies Motion to Rescind Cease-and-Desist Order for Hen House
  • State Officials Tracking 10 Oil Spills after Floods
  • Hickenlooper Appoints Flood Recovery Cheif
  • Officials say Millions in Aid Money Will Only Begin to Fix Flood Damage
  • Regulators Fault Williams Subsidiary for Natural Gas Leak
  • Olathe Police Cheif Put on Leave Pending Investigation
  • KVNF Sports Report


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


  • Front Range Flooding Causes 3 Deaths, 2 Broken Dams
  • Heavy Rains Hinder Progress of Post-Waldo Canyon Fire Recovery
  • Arrests Made in Rifle Meth Ring
  • Powell Mesa Hen House Operators to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order
  • State Offering Grants for Rural Movie Theaters to Convert to Digital
  • Western Slope Skies - The Sun and Solar Cycles
  • BLM State Director Helen Hankins to Retire
  • KVNF Regional Sports Report
Tamie Meck, KVNF

KVNF Sports Reporter Tamie Meck has been following the proposed educational and sports facility at Paonia Junior/Senior High School, and attended an open house last Friday for a tour of the site.  

Aired Thursday, July 18 & Sunday, July 21, 2013.

Image: "Soul Sailing" by Missy Rogers
Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday, July 14th, 2013

What is the motor and fuel for three types of power: power over, power with, and imminence?

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Lessons learned (or not) from an ancient game.

Dennis McKenna

The McKenna Brothers are two of Paonia's illustrious, possibly infamous, hometown icons. Younger brother Dennis is an ethnobotanist. His older brother Terence, who died in 2000, was known for his books on psychedelics and the nature of consciousness, with such titles as "True Hallucinations and The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess and the End of History."

Travis Bubenik, KVNF

For this week’s iSeeChange report, we explore concerns about ditch lining in the area, and whether these manmade environmental changes (much like the ditches themselves) may alter their surroundings.

Last week on the Almanac, Stewart Mesa resident noticed fewer numbers of wasps around her house. She says usually by this time of the summer, her front porch is practically overrun with wasps. But this year they seem to have disappeared. 

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Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday, June 30th, 2013

What do I want to be famous (or infamous) for?

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Missy Rogers

Summer peak in an alpine wilderness.

This is the first in a series of Western Slope Skies episodes about Women in Astronomy.  We hope that, in some manner, these inspire our young female listeners to become involved in astronomy.

On June 16, 1963, the Russians launched Vostok 6.  The lone astronaut on board was Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.  She was in space for 48 orbits over three days.  In her single mission, she logged more time in space than all the American astronauts who had been in space to that date combined.

Have you ever attended a night sky session and heard people talk about Messier 13 or Messier 6?  Today we discuss the man whose list is a legacy that still excites astronomers over 200 years later. 

Charles Messier was born in France on June 26, 1730.  He became interested in astronomy at a young age.  In 1751, the French Navy hired Messier as an assistant astronomer in Paris. 

Image: "Soul Sailing" by Missy Rogers
Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

John, with his Cockney accent and rough humor, is a camouflaged, guerilla healer.

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Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday, May 26, 2013  (Repeat)

A song for Memorial Day.

This week, just after sunset, we can see an amazing grouping of  planets in the western sky.  From May 24 until May 29, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury will fit within a 5 degree circle – less than half the width of your fist held at arm’s length!   On May 26 these planets will be within 2 and one half degrees of each other – only half the apparent distance between the pointer stars of the Big Dipper!    

Image: "Soul Sailing" by Missy Rogers
Missy Rogers

Our physical inheritance offers clues about our ancestors

“Hey, can you see the flag in that thing?!”  It’s a question that makes us wince when observing the moon at astronomy outreaches.  The answer is…Maybe if you were aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter… but, all six of the flags are now faded to white, and the first one blew over when the Apollo 11 lunar module blasted off departing the moon.  

From our backyards, the moon, our closest celestial neighbor, is easily observed by the unaided eye  as it moves through its changing phases.  During the next two weeks, the moon will move from new to nearly full.


Western Slope Skies 4/26/2013

Apr 26, 2013

Saturn…The ringed planet. The sixth planet from the Sun; second largest in the Solar System behind Jupiter; and the one that evokes the most vivid images in our thoughts. It is an unforgettable sight, even in a small telescope.  

From now until early May, Saturn will be the brightest it has been for more than 5 years. It rises in the east as the Sun sets and will be visible all night long.

Commentary: Attack on Rights

Apr 17, 2013

It's time for another "Attack on Rights" report from KVNF's youth reporter, Matthew Kane.   This time Matthew expresses his concerns about the US Drone program...

Matthew Kane is attending the Launch program in Cedaredge where the students can choose a particular area of study in the community.  He's working with KVNF's program director, Ali Lightfoot to produce these reports.


Listen to Western Slope Skies, a report on the night sky by the Black Canyon Astronomical Society.  

Tamie Meck

Delta county athletes set four records Saturday at the annual Frank Woodburn Invitational track and field meet in Grand Junction .


Cedaredge's Reid Gates cleared 6 feet, 8 inches, to claim the meet high jump record, and sailed 21 feet, 9 and a quarter inches to reset the record in the long jump. Teammate Austin Williams fell short of a meet record in the shot put, but jumped to the top of the 3A state rankings in the event with a winning throw of 51 feet, 2 inches.