Fort Lewis College

To Combat COVID, Fort Lewis College Embraces Navajo Principle of Kinship

Oct 11, 2020
Chalkbeat

Colleges around the nation are struggling to reopen safely. Fort Lewis College in Durango has turned to Navajo students in its public health program to develop a plan that resonates with cultural values around mutual responsibility.

It's day 3 of KSUT's fall membership drive, and it's Purgatory Day! We'll be drawing for our Day Prize, this evening at 6:

• a Purgatory Power Pass ($750 value!) 

courtesy of Mercy Regional Medical Center

COVID-19 has taken its toll on our nation's hospitals. Rural communities have their own challenges. Mike Murphy, CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center spoke with KSUT’s Sarah Flower in an exclusive interview about the region's largest hospital, its COVID-19 response, tracking cases and data, and being prepared moving forward.


Today is the first day of school for Fort Lewis College. Last week, the college conducted over 1500 COVID-19 diagnostic tests, four of which came back positive for the virus. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about how those numbers are counted in our region.   

Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College will provide COVID-19 testing for students and staff as it opens for in-person and remote learning this fall. College President Tom Stritikus talks with KSUT's Sarah Flower about their plans for reopening and the changes students can expect:


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. 

Library of Congress

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:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Humankind is no stranger to pandemics. The 1918 influenza infected 500 million people -  or about a third of the world's population at the time. In the Four Corners, it was particularly devastating on Native lands and in Silverton.

KSUT Reporter Mark Duggan reached out to Fort Lewis College History Professor Andrew Gulliford to find out more about the regional impact of what has come to be known as the Spanish Flu.


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.   

New Dean at PCC’s Southwest CO Community College

Jan 15, 2013

  Norm Jones has been named Dean of Pueblo Community College’s Southwest Colorado Community College. Jones will oversee the college’s operations in the Southwest region that includes course-offering sites in Durango, Mancos/Cortez and Pagosa Springs.

 “We are pleased to have Norm join our team and look for great things to come for SCCC and our students under his leadership and direction,” said PCC President Patty Erjavec. 

Jones most recently was Vice President for Enrollment and Athletics for Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA.