Man of the Year

 

chrisThat’s right! Our own On Air Personality Chris was named 2015 Citizen of the Year at the annual meeting of the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce held in January 2016 . Needless to say, we are just as excited about this honor as Chris is. Way to go, Chris. We are proud of you!

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The 19th Annual Four Corners Folk Festival

This past weekend was the 19th Annual Four Corners Folk Festival here in Pagosa Springs.
Dan Appenzellar & Crista Munro have been bringing incredible talent to our little town since 1996, hosting some of the most talented artists in the world of Bluegrass, Americana and Folk music. This year was certainly no exception as the reviews rave!
Sarah Jarosz, The Oh Hello’s, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Elephant Revival! All of these and more joined together on Reservoir Hill over Labor Day weekend to celebrate what we all love the most – MUSIC!
The term “folk music” originated in the 19th century, but is often applied to music that is much older than that. In the past it has had an association with music that was unknown, with no known composers, and oftentimes with a “lower class”. It has also been described as “music that has been transmitted and evolved by a process of oral transmission”, meaning that is has been passed along to generations and cultures of people through the performance of it (much like Old Wives Tales, I suppose).
A traditional definition of “folk music” is elusive. However there is no real clear definition for folk music, or folklore (much like trying to define “love”, I suppose).
Whatever words you might use to describe, define or transmit folk music, it is an important and influential movement here in Pagosa Springs. Our environment, our landscape and our culture lend themselves to musical inspiration and the rebirthing of traditional expressions in music and art of all genres and mediums. These reasons and more are why the Four Corners Folk Festival continues to be successful, attracting more and more locals and visitors each year. Last I heard, more than 3500 festies were in attendance. All up there on Reservoir Hill. Together. That is a beautiful thing. Here is another beautiful thing that happened as a result of this event, per Dan & Crista,
“I just popped a check in the mail to United Way of Southwest Colorado for $1942 – the total of the beer & wine tips last weekend. Thank you all for your generosity! The money will go toward helping dozens of organizations and individuals in our region.”
WOW. Thank YOU for your generosity.
This, to me, is what music does for people. Music brings us together, fills our hearts with joy, lends each one of us a voice that is not our own but speaks our minds; music encourages, inspires, and lifts us up. I am not a musician, just a nerdy fan and a faithful student.
I had the opportunity to chat in the studio with a couple of the amazing artists who performed at the festival this year. Very special thanks to Beth Wood & Baskery for taking time to come in.
Beth Wood is currently up in Sisters, Oregon playing The Sisters Americana Folk Festival this weekend. Lovely woman, incredibly talented, soft and strong all at the same time. She truly is a modern day troubadour and believer in song. If you missed her live on KWUF, I am sorry. It was a gift to us, as we heard her singing her heart out, doing a live performance of “Late Night Radio” off the same-titled album (per my request!) and showcasing one of the songs from her most recent album “Sometimes Love”. Check her out. http://www.bethwoodmusic.com/ I was moved to misty eyes and almost cried. Instead I accepted her hug and asked that the Goddess bless her. Then she was on her way. A short 30 minutes I will never forget.
Baskery took time to come in on a Saturday, just a few hours before they took the stage. This sister trio from Sweden was more than I could have hoped for. Kind, sincere, honest, perfectly human. We had coffee (2 pots!) before we went on the air and talked about Jimmy Hendrix, punk rock, our parents, sibling issues, living in America. Then we clicked on the mic and they spoke eloquently and purely about their passion for music, their evolution as a band, their new record deal with Warner LA and staying true to themselves. I was awestruck as they sang an a Capella version of an old Swedish song (in Swedish!) called “Beyond Sorrow”. Then I had to let them go. I was humbled by their appreciation of our radio station, by their request to take a t-shirt for their father who at one time was their drummer and who still resides in Sweden. I was humbled in many ways by these lovely unpretentious ladies. Their new album is called “Little Wild Life”. You should definitely pick it up asap. Find them anyway you can. Here’s the link to their website: http://www.baskery.com/
Thank you, Greta, Stella & Sunneva. I send you kisses.
For everyone I didn’t get to speak with (most of you), thank you for doing what you do. Never for a moment think it’s all for naught. Music saves lives, Love is your prize. You are our heroes.

Attending the Outdoor Expo at Wild Horse Casino

Thank you to The Wild Horse Casino & Hotel & Convention Center for inviting the Wolf Pack out to broadcast live for The 1st Annual Hunt the Jicarilla Outdoor Expo. It was really a special experience for me to be there on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation and chat with some of the folks from the Jicarilla Apache Nation. It was more than a work obligation, it was more than a day at the casino. I didn’t even gamble a penny, but I won the jackpot of a rich experience.
The Wild Horse Casino & Hotel is located on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in Dulce, NM. Guests at the Wild Horse can enjoy gaming, dining, libations, shopping and so much more. It is a short, scenic drive from Pagosa Springs. Just head south on 84 through Chromo and then take 64 West through Lumberton and you will find yourself at the front door to a fun weekend or even a night away!Hunting clients also have access to a skinning facility. This also includes temporary cold storage. For information on reservations you can go to their website www.apachenugget.com or call: (575) 759-3663 or (575) 759-3777. Scott Flury is an amazing hard-working member of the Wild Horse Casino Team and will be glad to answer any questions. Special thanks to Scott!
The Jicarilla Apache Nation has a long history of preserving its habitat and wildlife resources for trophy quality. The Reservation provides excellent year-round habitat for elk, Mule deer, turkey, Black Bear and Mountain Lion. The Reservation also serves as winter range for large herds of elk that migrate down from the San Juan Mountains. It is a premier Hunting and Fishing destination. If you would like more information about Hunting the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, go to www.jicarillahunt.com or call (575) 759-3255. If you would like information regarding recovery of native fishes in the San Juan River, see www.fws.gov/southwest/sjrip/
Here’s a little bit of history..
The word “Jicarilla” is tanslated to mean “little basket maker”.
The Jicarillas were one of six southern Athabaskan groups which migrated out of Canada sometime between A.D 1300 and 1500. Their traditional American Southwest homeland covered more than 50 million acres spreading across the central and eastern region of Northern New Mexico and adjoining portions of Southern Colorado and Western Oklahoma.
Living in small clusters of traditional family groups, the Jicarillas maintained semi-permanent campsites at favored locations for hunting and gathering, and moving with the seasons. Their lifestyle was that of a hunting tribe and a resourcful people, gathering plants and herbs for food and medicine. They also, though to a lesser degree, raised corn and other crops. The Jicarillas are also skilled basket makers and take pride in their handmade beaded jewelry. These skills have contributed to their ability to remain somewhat self-reliant on The Reservation and instills in the peoples of The Jicarilla Nation a beaming sense of pride in their culture. You can find more information about the Jicarilla Apache Nation online at www.jicarillaonline.com.
I was touched by and would like to say thank you to the following people for chatting with me from the expo. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity. Thank you so much.
Leon Reval, Legislative Member of The Jicarilla Apache Tribal Council
J.C. Knighthawk, Director of The Jicarilla Apache Game & Fish
Tom Fisher, New Mexico State Trapper’s Association
Matthew, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Dick Rey, Owner at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Carl D. Chavez, Artist & Taxidermist, Mountain Legends Taxidermy
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Davis, Trappers & Jewelers, 2nd Generation Jicarilla Apache Nation
…and all the wonderful guests at The 1st Annual Hunt the Jicarilla Outdoor Expo. Thank you for stopping by the KWUF Booth to say hello!

Getting Excited for Labor Day Weekend!

19th Annual Four Corners Folk Festival on Rez Hill

We are thrilled that it’s almost time for Labor Day weekend. There is so much going on in Pagosa Springs that weekend, and what we are super excited for is the 19th Annual Four Corners Folk Festival. Tune in to KWUF Radio all next week beginning Monday August 25th for ticket giveaways, live interviews, live music from our groovy Wolf Studios and celebrations all over town for the last week of summer!
The Pagosa Pirates Varsity Football team also gets going with their season opener hosting Centauri. Get em, boys!
Thanks to The Choke Cherry Tree, The Wild Horse Casino, Village Interiors and Carpet One for bringing live broadcasts of all Pirates games to your hometown on KWUF 1400 AM.
Feelin that Colorado LOVE.

Attention Smartphone Users

Smart phone users can now listen to KWUF 1400 AM and KWUF 106.3 FM on their smartphone. Download our FREE app from the app store on your phone or iIPad and take the Wolf with you anywhere you go! Just download the RadioLoyalty (one word) app from the app store, search for KWUF and listen!

Chimney Rock Colorado

The Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is now open to the public for its 2012 season. There will be a very special Annular Eclipse and Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28, 2012) is Local Appreciation Days at Chimney Rock. Residents from Pagosa, Ignacio, Arboles, Durango and surrounding communities are invited to visit Chimey Rock to enjoy half-price guided tours all weekend long! From more information go to their webiste.

Dedication to Mothers

Mother's DayKWUF 106.3 FM is dedicating a day to Mothers. On May 11 you are invited to call in to KWUF FM and make a dedication to Mom! What a great way for your family to announce to the world how much your mom means to you. Call us with your dedication at 970-264-1063 on Friday, May 11 and show mom how much you care.

Trees!

The San Juan Conservation District is taking orders for seedling trees and shrubs to be planted expecially for conservation planting, shelter belts, reforestation and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Landowners can obtain a seedling order form from the San Juan Conservation District located at 505A Piedra Road or the CSU Cooperative Extension Service at the Archuleta County Fair Building. Orders will be taken through March 22, 2012. For more information call: 970-731-3615.