This week was the fifth anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill. The disaster ignited hope among observers that the many old and abandoned mines around Silverton would finally be cleaned up. Politicians and federal officials promised swift action. But a closer look reveals that at the governmental level, progress is moving very slowly, if at all. KSUT's Mark Duggan has more:
Concerts around the world have been canceled until further notice, and musicians are struggling with how to make a living and what’s next in their career. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with local musician Caitlin Cannon about how she’s had to pivot her summer tour, and the release of her latest album.
Coping with the loss of a loved one or other painful experience during COVID-19 presents new challenges for our society. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Judy Austin, the Executive Director of the Grief Center of Southwest Colorado about how the experience of grieving has changed and what can be done to help.
Some of us may know someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19. Or suspect they had it. One Durango-area woman got a positive test. She suffered what she calls a mild case, but still says she was miserable. KSUT Reporter Mark Duggan talked to her about her experience:
Starting today, non-critical businesses in La Plata County can open their doors with strict public health measures in place. KSUT’s Sarah Flower checked in with local business owners, and Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health for this story:
The flu pandemic of 1918 had a profound effect on the world. In Colorado, it led to quarantines and even armed guards keeping visitors away from some towns. We take a closer look at the response to the flu in part two of our conversation with Fort Lewis College History Professor Andrew Gulliford. And we examine a more recent viral outbreak in the Four Corners. KSUT’s Mark Duggan reports:
The coronavirus pandemic has led every entity to question what's next. Higher education is grappling with uncertainty about funding. Plus, what the fall semester will look like for returning students and incoming freshman alike. Locally, Fort Lewis College has started an emergency fund to help students. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story.
Frontline professionals put their health and lives at risk daily for our community, but the stakes of their risk and the associated additional stress at this time have never been higher. Tami Graham spoke with Christina Rinderle about the Feed the Frontline effort to support La Plata County frontline workers.
Mercy Regional Medical Center has grown to be one of the largest and most technologically advanced hospitals in the Four Corners region. But is it prepared for a surge in care for COVID-19? KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:
Families of essential workers are oftentimes worried about how to keep their homes and their loved ones safe. One local Durango business is offering up their rental properties to those that might be exposed to the coronavirus. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story:
Walking, hiking, biking, getting fresh air, these are all things that are a part of Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ stay at home order. But how we do that safely and with social distancing in mind is something that every outdoor enthusiast and novice alike are navigating. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:
Jeff Susor, Executive Director of the Powerhouse Science Center & MakerLab in Durango, spoke with KSUT’s Tami Graham about an extraordinary effort in the last few weeks to develop a PAPR – or Powered Air-Purifying Respirator for medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients.
As the focus of the coronavirus has largely been on public health and the health care system at large, more and more concern has risen around the importance of addressing mental health. KSUT's Sarah Flower talks to two local professionals about the impact of COVID-19: