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Colorado lawmakers started a legislative session on Wednesday that will be defined in its early days by a raging pandemic and a heightened sense of unrest following a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.

There were more police on hand than usual for a session kickoff a week after extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, resulting in the deaths of five people. Colorado state troopers on bicycles circled the outside of the building, while three troopers stood guard at one point outside the House Chamber.

COVID-19 only started to surge in Mesa County, Colorado, in the past few months. But the devastating economic effects of the pandemic arrived much earlier.

In spring, when people were suddenly faced with lost jobs and shortages at the grocery store, a grassroots movement was sparked to help. Colorado Public Radio’s Stina Sieg says the effort is bigger than ever.

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Even before the first Trump supporter breached the U.S. Capitol last week, American journalists were already sifting through words that have not historically been applied to American democracy — words like coup and kleptocracy.

The Tiny Desk is teaming up with globalFEST this year for a thrilling virtual music festival: Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST. The online fest includes four nights of concerts featuring 16 bands from all over the world. From Monday, Jan. 11, through Thursday, Jan. 14, we'll be streaming new performances at 8 p.m. ET on NPR Music's YouTube channel and NPR.org.

Pagosa Springs Medical Center

Rural hospitals face different challenges when it comes to fighting COVID-19 and executing the rollout of vaccines. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Dr. Rhonda Webb, CEO of Pagosa Springs Medical Center about how they’re faring at this point in the pandemic.


Colorado Lawmakers Start New Session Wednesday, But Things Will 'Look A Lot Different'

Jan 12, 2021
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Due to the coronavirus pandemic and new fears raised by last week’s deadly attack at the U.S. Capitol, this Wednesday’s kickoff will be short and subdued.

Public health officials across the country are scrambling for enough COVID-19 vaccine to accommodate the needs of their communities.  KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about how the vaccine rollout is progressing in Southwest Colorado.

 

 

  

  

 

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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the electrical utility cooperative that provides power to many rural areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nebraska, has relied on coal and fossil fuels to generate the bulk of its power for many years.  Now, Tri-State is beginning a rapid shift towards increasing renewable energy. Undoing years of fossil fuel influence may be challenging.

The Threat of Idled Oil and Gas Wells on Public Land

Jan 11, 2021
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With changing commodity prices and speculation, oil and gas wells on public lands aren’t always producing. Some idled wells in Utah are serving to hold land from wilderness management. They may even be polluting.

One of the biggest challenges for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine from drug companies Pfizer and BioNTech is keeping it cold.

But Dr. Ellen Hodges, contending with subzero temperatures on a remote Southwest Alaska airport tarmac last month, had the opposite problem as she prepared to vaccinate front-line health care workers.

"It became immediately apparent that the vaccine was going to freeze in the metal part of the needle," she said. "It was just kind of wild."

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