Author: Steve Skinner

What a Gift

With great assets come great responsibilities. In KFFR, the Fraser Valley has a rare and valuable community asset with the potential to lift our quality of life and bring us all together. I am talking about KFFR, of course. This spanking new community radio station is just sprouting up. Depending on what we do with it, KFFR could become a source of joy, inspiration, entertainment, empowerment and information for all of us. This local, non-profit public radio station was fostered by longtime part-time resident, Denis Moynihan. KFFR is Moynihan’s gift to the community that will keep on giving. In the late 1970s and early 1980s there was a  public radio boom in Colorado. A lot of stations were springing up. Now you can motor into a town like Durango, Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen or Paonia and tune in a local radio station and hear local announcers giving out local inside information and playing local music. Some of those stations are still nimble and fun and great to listen to. That’s the potential we have now at KFFR, 88.3 FM. It won’t be easy. Some say radio is dead, long buried under all those smart, smart phones and the Internet full of music services. They say that our shrinking attention spans are occupied with Facebook, Game of Thrones trailers and videos of cats on YouTube. Just after the public radio...

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Columnist: Steve Skinner

This place is alright if you like scenic splendor I was alarmed by the alarm honking in my left ear at 4:30 in the morning. I had to get to Rangely from old town Winter Park and needed to be there bright-eyed and bushy-tailed by 9 a.m. I was headed to learn about working in “The TANK Center for Sonic Arts,” a massive steel water tower in Rangely. The sonic echo chamber was once used for the Rio Grande railroad and is now deployed as a performance space and recording studio. It’s amazing what you’ll do when you have nothing to do. Pulling onto I-40 on a summer morning before dawn is one of life’s sweet pleasures. The bosom of stillness, coolness and lingering dark hold the truck, the mountains and the valley in a cool embrace. I was gazing through the Tacoma windshield in a bit of a fog on the inside, not drunk but not at the top of my game, either. Watch for wildlife and maybe the police? I was feeling kind of in between while passing through Winter Park, Fraser and then Tabernash. There was cool air, fog, misty mountains and not much else on the road and in the fields. Like my dad would say, “This place is alright if you like scenic splendor.” On that moody morning, I was remembering the first time...

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Total Eclipse of the Brain

By Steve Skinner Everyone looks better in the dark. And the timing could not be better. A dark stripe just raced across the undergarment of the world … plunging us all into a state of perplexed equality and totality. We should turn out the lights more often. Spending time in total totality brings perspective. I guess the world doesn’t revolve around me after all. There is a universe out there (and maybe even more than one). How small we are. Even a big man disappears in totality. Totality is an opportunity to reset, to stop the war machine in mid-stride. On May 28, 585 B.C. A total eclipse stunned combatants in a pitched battle in the war between the Medes and the Lydians. The men in battle took the darkness as an omen and agreed to a truce. The war between stubborn kings had raged for six years with no end in sight. The sun and moon colluded to conclude the madness. Funny, one of those kings was the king of Media. King Alyattes of Lydia was at war with King Cyaxares of Media. Now our king is at war with media. When it comes to totality, what goes around comes around. Here on our continent it has been 99 years since the moon and sun have conspired for a cross-country dance. The fundamental Christians may be right this...

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