Chuck Pyle - The "Zen Cowboy"

Jul 10, 2015
Chuck Pyle

Chuck Pyle is a western musician who has become known as the "Zen Cowboy". KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Chuck about how he got his nickname, his beginnings as a musician, the Chuck Pyle Finger Style of guitar playing, and his take on religion.

Tickets to Chuck Pyle's show at the Sunflower Theatre in Cortez on Saturday, July 11th can be purchased at

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In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Bill Dvorak of Dvorak Rafting, Kayaking, and Fishing Expeditions, about the recent designation of the Browns Canyon National Monument along the Arkansas River in central Colorado, and Amber Clark, Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee for the Lower Dolores Plan Working Group, about a proposed National Conservation Area for the Dolores River Canyon.

In this episode, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss the recent Montezuma County permitting issues facing the organizers of a "Bong-a-Thon" cannabis event planned at Stoner, Colorado, and the latest news surrounding the proposed Village at Wolf Creek resort development.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Grant Curry from the Permaculture Provision Project, and Ross Mazur, a Work Away Program volunteer, about how permaculture is transforming the farm at Hanniah's Rest Ranch in southwest Colorado, and the ways that biochar can benefit soils that are not optimal for food production.

In the late 1800s, Porter and Ike Stockton caused chaos up and down the Animas Valley and across the San Juan Country in a series of crimes that changed the area forever. In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with author Michael R. Maddox, who spent six years meticulously researching and writing the story of the lives of the Stockton brothers, and how these undesirables left decedents who changed the history of the Southwest.

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A career in law enforcement can be exciting and rewarding, while also helping to maintaining public safety. KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Southwest Colorado Community College Law Enforcement Academy Director Anita Seamons and Shannon Livick, Assistant to the Dean at Southwest Colorado Community College, about what a job in law enforcement can look like, and programs the school is offering for those who may be interested in pursuing one of these careers.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Dr. Lyn Patrick about trans fats: what they are, how they ended up in our foods, and why the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has mandated that trans fats be removed from our food supply in the next 3 years.

Center for Science in the Public Interest Pinterest Trans Fat Wall of Shame:

Mushrooms Boom This Spring

Jun 26, 2015

The unusually wet spring has made some mushroom foragers very happy. As part of the crowd-sourced journalism project iSeeChange, a listener in Paonia, Colorado posted pictures of her harvest of morels and she wondered if this bumper crop is something we’ll see more and more. KVNF's Jake Ryan found out.

To get involved with the iSeeChange project and post your own climate observations, go to

Veteran's Affairs - June 26th, 2015

Jun 26, 2015
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In this episode of KSJD's monthly Veteran's Affairs program, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Bert Valencia and Darla Sanders of local VFW Post 5231 and DAV Chapter 44 about a Vietnam veteran who is traveling through the Four Corners area on an electric scooter to raise money for veterans groups in Vernal, Utah, and updates on the Cortez Veterans Outreach Center and the VA's new Choice program.

Climate, Weather, and Wildfire

Jun 24, 2015
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Weather and climate are many times used interchangeably, but are really terms used to explain different phenomena. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma Chapter Coordinator for Firewise of Southwest Colorado about the important differences in weather and climate, how they are considered in wildfire forecasts, and the potential for wildfire in the Four Corners area as temperatures begin to soar.