Short Features

Short audio features played throughout the KVNF program schedule:

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 every other Friday morning after the  local newscast (from 8-8:10 AM) and on the following Wednesday night at 7 PM just before Global Express.

Mindful Moments: Sundays at 11:00 am

A weekly opportunity for you to pause, find stillness, and look inward leading to a better understanding of self and of the world around you. Your host, Erin Easton will offer teachings to help you find more kindness, peace, and ease in your daily life.

Pulse of the Planet: Weekdays at 1:00 pm

Each weekday, the Pulse of the Planet radio series provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.

Hightower Radio Lowdown: Tuesday & Thursday at 7:00 pm

2-minute commentaries by Jim Hightower, America’s most popular populist. He is a best-selling author, public speaker, and political sparkplug who learned from his daddy, W. F. Hightower, that “Everybody does better when everybody does better.” Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner (which put him square in the crosshairs of corporate agribusiness,) he has long chronicled the ongoing democratic struggles by America’s ordinary people against rule by its plutocratic elites. You can read more about Jim at

BirdNote: Weekdays at 5:49 am and Tue-Fri at 3:57 pm

Birds connect us with the joy and wonder of nature. By telling vivid, sound-rich stories about birds and the challenges they face, BirdNote inspires listeners to care about the natural world — and take steps to protect it.

Gavin Dahl

This week Gavin Dahl speaks with KVNF host and mindfulness coach Erin Easton and Montrose Recreation Center fitness leader John Wagner about the Whole Being Health and Wellness Expo happening Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th at Montrose Rec Center. We also hear one of Erin's Mindful Moments on stress. Mindful Moments air at 11am on Sundays.

If you give and continue to give, you become richer and richer all the time. Richer in terms of happiness and well-being. 

We take a mindful look into why having a sense of meaning and purpose is so important to our well-being.

Western Slope Skies - Saturn and its Rings

Aug 6, 2021
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

It’s hard to imagine not knowing about Saturn’s rings. The planet is iconic, and even those least interested in astronomy can still picture it. Yet, for thousands of years, we didn’t know. Early sky watchers saw Saturn with unaided eyes, looking like a rather bright star.

Part 1 of 4. Stress is present in all of our lives, and is unlikely to go away anytime soon. 


In a drying landscape one thing we can do to halt desertification is to restore small water cycles. What does that mean? It means keeping the water that does fall or comes down through irrigation and streams in local circulation. There are many ways to do this through the way we graze animals, to keeping our ditch water above ground, planting and caring for trees, and restoring soil health. The simple global principal at work here is that in the biosphere, water follows carbon. Where there is more carbon there will be more water.

Mindfully changing old habits.


Galaxies, those enormous accumulations of stars, dust, gas, and other stuff, are a bit like people – they tend to congregate in big groups.

Western Slope Skies - A Wandering Soul in the Asteroid Belt

Apr 2, 2021

Likely you have heard of the asteroid belt, that planetary graveyard between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, where numerous space rocks revolve around the Sun. The asteroids formed early in the Solar System’s development, when pre-planetary bodies (planetesimals) repeatedly collided under Jupiter’s immense gravitation, continually fragmenting into what we see today. You may know some of their names— Ceres, Vesta, Pallas, Juno. You can add one more to your list-- the strange, spud-shaped world of Psyche.

Part 2 of 3 in a series about being mindful of the body. Looking at the ways we neglect or turn away from the body. We live in a society that requires us to keep going even if our body is telling us to slow down.


Western Slope Skies - North Pole of an Asteroid

Mar 19, 2021
NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

After a recent presentation on the OSIRIS-Rex mission to asteroid Bennu, someone asked "How do you define the north pole of an asteroid?" According to the International Astronomical Union, the correct answer is that asteroids do not have north poles!

Western Slope Skies - Fun with Asteroids

Mar 5, 2021
By Mdf at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain,

Do you watch space movies? How many have you seen with the hero’s spaceship travelling a dangerous route through the asteroid belt, bobbing and weaving to miss catastrophic collisions with numerous asteroids in order to escape and save the Solar System! Today, we are going to find out what travelling through the asteroid belt would really look like.

This week we start a 3 part series: No Mud No Lotus.

Western Slope Skies - The Sun Awakens

Feb 19, 2021

When it comes to astronomy, the dark night skies of the Western Slope command most of our attention. It can be easy to forget that the most important astronomical object actually lives in the daytime sky: the Sun!

Western Slope Skies - Traveling with TESS

Feb 5, 2021

A starry night sky sparkles with mysteries, such as whether Earth is the only inhabited planet. Are we alone?

Are our ideas of happiness actually causing part of our suffering?

In this episode we will talk about our beliefs and how they affect our reality. Essentialy our beliefs are what form our experience in this world.

Western Slope Skies - Geology of the Moon

Jan 22, 2021

Step outside on a clear night this week and gaze upward. You’ll see a bright gibbous Moon – or a full Moon on January 28.

We take a sneek peak into being mindful of our emotions, how to to be aware of them and who they turn us into.

Exploring mindful intentions as we enter into the New Year. Intentions are different than resolutions or goals, they are a deep awarness of what keeps us healthy and balanced in every moment.

Western Slope Skies - Mining the Moon

Jan 8, 2021

The Moon is iconic, seen and enjoyed from anywhere on Earth. It is so coveted that the U.S. and the Soviet Union were in a space race to see who could reach the Moon first. In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first to land on its surface. This race inspired the first international space treaty. Dubbed “the Outer Space Treaty,” the 1960s document governed the first international laws about space and forbade any single country from owning celestial bodies, including the Moon. Instead, they were to be enjoyed and studied by all.

Theres no better time then now, to pay attention to why we do things, as we take a look at being mindful of our intentions.

Western Slope Skies - Astronomy Highlights for 2021

Dec 25, 2020

2021 promises to be a great year for watchers of our Western Slope Skies. The New Year will feature two lunar eclipses, Perseid meteors under a dark August sky, several planetary conjunctions, and increasing solar activity.

Softening our opinions can help bring more peace to our lives.