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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Dr. David Weindorf, Associate Dean for Research at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University, about his studies on the mine waste sediments from the Gold King Mine that were spilled into the Animas River, and his recent appearance before a U.S. Senate subcommittee to report his findings.

La Plata County Emergency Management

The Gold King Mine waste spill into the Animas River in early August deposited several different types of toxic metals and other pollutants into the waterway. Pandora's Box host Lyn Patrick talks with Marcie Bidwell, Executive Director of the Mountain Studies Institute, about how the Animas River chemistry was changed after the spill, and what we might expect for water quality in the future.

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The weather: it affects all of us in many ways. In this episode, the EngiNerd examines how weather is measured and predicted, the difference between weather and climate, and the chaotic nature of both.

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The spring rains have been a welcome change, but how does increased moisture here in the Four Corners area relate to bigger weather patterns like El Niño? KSJD's Jeff Pope asked a question on the iSeeChange Almanac about our spring weather, and Dr. Paul Roundy, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Albany in New York, provided an answer.

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Hiking trails are a resource that many of us use to explore our public lands. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Gabi Morey, Director of Education and Outreach, and Kathe Hayes, Volunteer Program Director from the San Juan Mountains Association, about the value of trails for recreation, programs they offer to get kids and families into the outdoors, and what is coming up for National Trails Day on June 6th.

San Juan Mountains Association website: www.sjma.org

Cortez Journal

Open space is a vital aspect of community planning, and key to the quality of life for residents. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez City Manager Shane Hale, and Tim Cline, Chairman of the Cortez Planning Commision, about a new parcel of open space that the City of Cortez will be dedicating on Memorial Day in honor of a local veteran who was killed in action during the Iraq war.

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Apr 27, 2015
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With continuing drought across the Four Corners area, it is critical that we work to protect our homes, neighborhoods, and communities from the devastation of wildfire. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma Chapter Coordinator for FireWise of Southwest Colorado, about how you can be better prepared for wildfire, and join in events happening on National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 2nd.


In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico Energy Coordinator with the San Juan Citizens Alliance, about a methane gas concentration that appeared over the Four Corners area in NASA satellite images, and discuss the environmental and public health implications of methane, how leading scientists are researching the source of the methane, and what concerned citizens can do.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD host Sarah Syverson talks with Grant Curry of the Permaculture Provision Project about why more and more people are seeing the value of permaculture, new ways to understand the practice of permaculture, and what to expect at the Permaculture Convergence Conference that will be held in Montezuma County in May.

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Exploring the canyons of the Four Corners area in search of remote archaeological remains is a passion for many residents and visitors to the area. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with climber and author David Roberts to discuss his new book "The Lost World Of The Old Ones", which takes readers along on some of the most difficult cliff climbs in America in search of prehistoric remains, and how these places fit into the larger context of prehistory in the Southwest.