A key issue is the inefficient use of taxpayer money! All stations mentioned receive annual federal grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but largely due to "in-house" territorial nonsense, listeners across all of metro Denver can clearly receive three, instead of five, public radio stations. For that, only the public suffers.
A slippery slope: I enjoyed Michael Roberts's article on Max's world and thought I might give some input regarding CPR's expansion and creation of its "statewide network." The very beginning was a grant to study the possible interconnectivity of existing Colorado Public Radio stations. I was managing station KVNF in Paonia at the time.
The proposal and purpose of the grant was to study and implement a network of stations feeding/sharing regional news and information. An unprecedented use of the Colorado state microwave system was permitted for this "hands across the mountains" attempt. Ultimately, no network was created, and the result was the creation of KPRN in Grand Junction, which started out getting feeds from KCFR in Denver, essentially establishing a broadcasting outlet for the beginnings of CPR.
The rest is history, with the KPRN people rebelling and other local community radio stations experiencing the great footprint of CPR's expansion. I was always curious as to when someone on the eastern slope would catch the scent of this and explain it to the public-radio audience at large. Thank you for your efforts to call attention to part of the problem; I encourage you to continue with your exploration.
Udder error: Thank you for the reminder of the value of the "real thing" in Marty Jones's "Udder Bliss," in the February 14 issue. The article about the family-operated Karl's Farm Dairy in Northglenn reflected the actual "cow-to-refrigerator" process very well and explained the quality of the end product. However, there were a couple of bits of misinformation that need to be clarified.
This is a family-owned and -operated business and has been in the same family since 1947: the Hinkhouse family. Bud and Fern Hinkhouse bought the farm and the small dairy in 1947, and with the help of a few dedicated employees, their four daughters and eventual sons-in-law, they have continued to operate the business. Jones interviewed a son-in-law and grandson; thus the erroneous family name.
Even though this error may appear insignificant to many, it is quite important to the remaining Hinkhouse owner. Fern Hinkhouse, now 83 years old and still working each day, is very happy to continue in her role as the head of the family and the chief consultant to this small dairy. She hopes that the business will continue to involve her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for many years to come.
Again, thank you for sharing with your readers the story of a business more interested in maintaining quality than in getting larger. Some things are better left unchanged.
Deanna Hinkhouse Durland
Broken Bow, Nebraska
Turning the tables: Regarding Laura Bond's "About to Break," in the February 14 issue:
I just wanted to write and say great job! It's refreshing to read a well-thought-out and diligently researched article about Billy Martin's turntable game. I don't know if Laura's read any of the other pieces on the Web dealing with the sessions at ExitArt (like the jambands.com writeups), but her piece is miles above the rest.
via the Internet
Editor's note: For the record, Billy Martin's limited-edition release is Illy B Eats Volume 1: Groove, Bang and Jive Around.