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Sarah Flower

Fort Lewis College students will return to in-person learning on Monday for the first time in almost 3 months. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with college president Tom Stritikus about what this spring semester will look like and how the college has stepped up its community wide testing for the virus.

Mark Duggan

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:

A cartoonish Native American towering over Durango has divided the city

Jul 10, 2020
Jeremy Wade Shockley, Special to The Colorado Sun

Should "the chief" stay or go?

The fate of the sign should be determined by “enlightened dialogue and not through mob rule,” says Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who wrote federal law protecting some monuments. 

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 Grief During COVID-19

Jun 19, 2020

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.

With food insecurity rising at an alarming rate worldwide due to COVID-19, one local soup kitchen is answering the call. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story.

Resources and related information for local wildfires

Jun 16, 2020
Mark Duggan/KSUT

Here you'll find links to updated information about wildfires in the Four Corners region, as well as general information about wildfire. 

Current area fires with public information support:

The fires listed below have been contained and controlled:


COVID-19 testing is now available to all residents in the Four Corners region. Sarah Flower reports:

La Plata County is reporting its first workplace outbreak of COVID-19 at a construction site in Durango. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon:





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:

Testing kits for COVID-19 are still difficult to come by in some parts of the country. Regionally, one diagnostic lab is providing unlimited tests for COVID-19 antibodies. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 


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:

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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:

Kathleen Adams

Over 300 volunteers in La Plata County have come together to provide thousands of personal protective equipment items (PPE) for our region's frontline workers.

KSUT's Tami Graham interviewed Michelle Reott, the Project Manager for the MakerLab sewing team, about their efforts:


courtesy San Juan Basin Public Health

Today marks the beginning of Colorado's Safer at home order. KSUT's Sarah Flower is joined by Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health Department, for our weekly update. 

April 20, 2020: KSUT's Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon, executive director of San Juan Basin Public Health for a weekly update on COVID-19 in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. 

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.   

KSUT's Sarah Flower gets a closer look at COVID-19 with Dr. Jennifer Rupp from Four Corners Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine, and Mercy Regional Medical Center. 


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.  

Support Feed the Frontlines of Durango here.  

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:

KSUT's Sarah Flower spoke with Matt Karkut, Executive Director of Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center about the challenges posed by the Coronavirus on his constituents: 

Gail Harriss, from the Durango EarthDay committee, spoke with Tami Graham today about plans for virtual Earth Day activities next week.  




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:


Photo courtesy of Andrew Baxley/Osprey

A number of businesses in the Four Corners have stepped up to make face masks and other supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. KSUT's Mark Duggan profiles their efforts.

Weekly update from San Juan Basin Public Health

Apr 12, 2020
San Juan Basin Public Health

April 13, 2020: KSUT's Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon, executive director of San Juan Basin Public Health for a weekly update on COVID-19.

Navigating safe social distancing in the outdoors

Apr 10, 2020

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:  

Durango resident Sarah Sumner tested positive for COVID-19 just a few weeks ago. She went viral on social media when she told her story. Sumner shared her journey with KSUT's Sarah Flower: