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Crossing the Divide brings you exclusive access to the Filmmaker Panel hosted in October 2019 by the Grand Junction Film Festival. This discussion features professionals from the film and television industry sharing their personal journeys on the path to successful media careers along with predictions for what lies ahead for viewers and creatives in a world beholden to technological advances in content consumption.
A preview of our upcoming release Breaking In: The GJ Film Fest Filmmaker Panel, which features actor, writer, producer and Grand Junction Film Festival Board member and panel moderator Arielle Brachfeld. Arielle shares her journey into the world of film and television production from her early years in Denver as a teen with a flair for the stage and discusses how cultural biases often lead women with an interest in production to pursue careers in journalism rather than arts and entertainment.
This show originally aired on KAFM Community Radio.
Part 2 of Going Paleo features Stephanie Lukowski, Curator of Education for Museums of Western Colorado. Stephanie details what drew her to study the strange world of prehistoric mammals and her eventual decision to pursue science education. She addresses the struggles encountered as an aspiring scientist raised in a devout religious family and explains how someone who loves the cold left the alpine winters of Snowmass for the sun-baked, high desert terrain of extreme Western Colorado.
A discussion with Julia McHugh, Museum of the West's Curator of Palentology, about the importance of the Western Colorado region in shaping the future of paleontological study. In addition to providing an insider's perspective on this small but intriguing area of natural science, Julia reveals details of groundbreaking work in the study of Forgotten Fragments led by a local team of students and experts that uncovers the complex ecosystem of prehistoric decomposition.
A sneak peek at Part 2 of our upcoming episode, Going Paleo, features Museums of Western Colorado's Curator of Education Stephanie Lukowski riffing on how to approach science education; what makes the high desert region of Western Colorado the ideal place for finding hidden paleontologic treasure; and what to do should you come across an object of interest while recreating on the land.
In 2019, for the first time in our nation's history, power generated from renewable energy surpassed that of coal, the result of a continued downward trend in the demand for coal-fired electricity driven largely by market forces reducing the cost of renewable energy production.
For rural communities built on extractive industries, the potential impacts of a renewable energy future could be devastating. On July 25th of this year, Solar United Neighbors, WeOwnIt and the Craig Chamber of Commerce partnered with Crossing the Divide to hold the first of many conversations to come about the realities of restructuring local economies to survive and thrive in the face of major changes on the horizon. This is the discussion that unfolded.
Since our discussion, PaciCorps announced its intention to close the Craig Station power plant in 2026 rather than its previously disclosed date of 2034. Unit 1 is scheduled to be shut down in 2025 as part of its initial plan.
A preview of our upcoming podcast Renewed Energy: A Stop on the Rural Electric Listening Tour, a panel discussion sponsored by Solar United Neighbors, WeOwnIt and The Craig Chamber of Commerce about the demise of coal and its effect on communities economically dependent on the high paying jobs and tax base provided by coal-fired power.
Museums of the West's Curator of Paleontology Julia McHugh joins me in the broadcast studio at KAFM Community Radio for a preview of Part 1 of Going Paleo, an inside look at the field of Paleontology and how regional finds past and present and the unique geology of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah contribute greatly to the growing body of knowledge of creatures and landscapes that existed long before humans walked the earth.
Open spaces open minds and soothe the soul. Yet increasing demands on our time and continued economic disparity prevent many of us from enjoying the recreational offerings of our public lands. And a population disconnected from its natural landscapes is less likely to grasp the interplay between environmental health and human well-being.
In 2010 Colorado Canyons Association was born with a vision of connecting kids to the outdoors, broadening diversity among recreationists and cultivating the next generation of caretakers of our public Conservation Areas. As the organization prepares to say goodbye to its Founding Director, we reflect on CCA's beginnings and its continued efforts to broaden public awareness and support for outdoor recreation and environmental education.