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With unemployment rates skyrocketing, more families are facing economic hardship. That means some can’t afford to give their children basic school supplies. One group in Montezuma County is trying to help. KSUT's Mark Duggan reports:


A Colorado man spreads art across the internet

Jul 31, 2020

If you have a social media feed, chances are that you've seen something that was posted by a “bot.” Short for robot, they're little computer programs that automatically post to social media. Sometimes they post highly-polarizing political content that's meant to provoke. But one Colorado man has found a way to use them for good...spreading art across the internet. KSUT's Mark Duggan introduces us to him:


Bayfield and Durango School Districts are currently working with their draft plan for reopening this fall. Ignacio and Montezuma-Cortez School Districts have theirs officially in place. In Part 2 of KSUT's reopening schools report, Sarah Flower looks at how districts plan to move forward for learning next month. 

As School districts across the country grapple with plans for reopening this fall, some schools in southwest Colorado are planning for full in-person learning.  KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story. 


KSUT’s Sarah Flower met via Zoom earlier this week with school administrators from Cortez, Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio to discuss each district's approach to reopening their schools. 

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Mercy Regional Medical Center recently announced they're reducing the hours and number of diagnostic COVID-19 tests at their free community testing site. In their weekly update, KSUT reporter Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about limited capacity testing and how regional entities are trying to fill the gap.


Monsoon moisture is finally arriving in southwest Colorado. But the long-term outlook calls for more drought. KSUT's Mark Duggan explains:


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A new program seeks to connect Navajo and Hopi entrepreneurs with micro-loans to help them through the pandemic. It's known as “Kinship Lending” and has helped artists and small businesses.

KSUT's Mark Duggan spoke with Jessica Stago of Change Lab, a Native-owned business resource group that runs the loan program:

 

As families, faculty and staff wait for schools to potentially reopen in the fall, the Colorado Department of Education has released new statewide guidelines. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports. 


Last Friday, Colorado issued a statewide face covering mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor's office released data over the weekend showing the state could run out of ICU beds by early September if Colorado’s increase in positive COVID-19 numbers continues to rise.

KSUT’s Sarah Flower joins Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department to talk about that mandate and our case numbers regionally. 


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is issuing a statewide mask order as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the state. KSUT's Mark Duggan has more:


A renewed effort is underway to rename some geographic features in Colorado. KSUT's Mark Duggan takes a closer look:

 

 

Almost half of the states in the U.S. now require wearing face coverings in public spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While several Colorado municipalities have local mandates, the state still has not implemented any regulations. Sarah Flower reports on Governor Polis's latest update.


Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the growing evidence of airborne spread of COVID-19 after being urged to do so by over 200 scientists internationally. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke to Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about what this means regionally and how it affects local response to the virus. 


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.


San Juan Basin Public Health Update, July 7, 2020

Jul 7, 2020
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As positive COVID-19 cases continue to grow in La Plata and Archuleta Counties, KSUT’s Sarah Flower gets an update from Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health.


Visitors are flocking to Colorado’s public lands. But large crowds can post a risk of spreading COVID-19. KSUT’s Mark Duggan spoke with Joe Lewandowski of Colorado Parks & Wildlife about their efforts to keep visitors safe at state parks. 

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is putting the brakes on part of Colorado's reopening plans. But he's also touting a new phase to allow some areas to open even more. Mark Duggan explains:

 

 

 

San Juan Basin Public Health Update, June 29, 2020

Jun 29, 2020

With July Fourth coming up on Saturday, KSUT reporter Sarah Flower speaks to San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon about the recent spike in local COVID-19 cases, and how to celebrate the holiday safely.


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Local farmer's markets are adapting to keep customers and vendors safe during the pandemic. Some small agricultural producers are even finding ways to sell their produce through websites and delivery. Mark Duggan spoke with Melanie McKinney Gonzalez, market manager for the Durango Farmer's Market to learn more:

 

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Some libraries in the Four Corners are taking cautious steps at reopening to the public. But visitors will see some changes. And the materials you return will be quarantined before they go back on the shelf. KSUT reporter Mark Duggan takes a closer look:


San Juan Basin Public Health Update, June 22, 2020

Jun 22, 2020

San Juan Basin Public Health is reporting recent cases of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 at local testing sites who are not residents of Archuleta or La Plata counties, and are not counted in the agency’s case counts.

KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Executive Director Liane Jollon about how those cases are being reported, the work that public health agencies do for contact tracing, and ongoing prevention efforts.


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.


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Artists find themselves in a unique position during the coronavirus pandemic. Galleries and museums have been shuttered for months, cutting off a large part of the art market. But staying home has also led to a creative outpouring for many artists. People are looking for ways to channel their anxiety and other emotions. Mancos-based blacksmith Alex Bond came up with a way to get small pieces into the hands of art lovers using vending machines.

 

 

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.

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in some parts of the country. But in Colorado, new cases and hospitalizations are trending downward. We wanted to know how one area health care organization is handling the pandemic, from preparing for a possible spike in cases to balancing public health with a desire by some to return to normal. KSUT reporter Mark Duggan reached out to Tony Sudduth to find out more. He's the CEO of Southwest Health System and Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez.

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KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon, from San Juan Basin Public Health for their weekly update, touching on the impacts of COVID-19 on wildfire response.


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COVID-19 is having a big impact on local businesses. Some struggle, others thrive. And employees are caught in the middle. The long-term effect on the area's economy is still unknown.

KSUT's Mark Duggan checked in with two area business boosters to get a report on the state of the Four Corners economy:

 


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