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There are four state constitutional amendments on the Colorado ballot this year. KSUT’s Sarah Flower discusses what a yes or no vote means with Karen Sheek, the president of the League of Women Voters of Colorado.


courtesy of Karen Sheek

With just under 2 weeks until election day, November 3rd, KSUT News is partnering with the League of Women Voters to help explain this year's ballot measures. Reporter Sarah Flower spoke with Karen Sheek, President of the League of Women Voters of Colorado.


KSUT welcomes local sax player and music educator Bob "Bobby" Hemenger to Sunday nights with his new program Close Enough For Jazz.  

KSUT welcomes local bluegrass aficionado JJ Hirt to the airwaves with the debut of her show Down Home Girl, featuring bluegrass and acoustic music Monday nights from 7-9.

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris meet tonight at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for their first and only debate of the campaign.

KSUT will carry NPR's special coverage from 7-9 PM. Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief of USA Today will moderate.

 

 

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the first time Tuesday evening, in the first of three presidential debates.

KSUT will carry NPR's special coverage of all three debates; the first this Tuesday from 7-9 PM from Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. Chris Wallace, anchor of Fox News Sunday will be the moderator. 

Thanks to all of our listeners who pledged their support during KSUT's Fall Membership Drive. The end result was the most successful fall pledge drive in KSUT's history, despite Covid-19, and thanks to you! 

If you missed our Virtual Four Corners Folk Festival on Friday night, or just loved it and want to experience it again - or share with others, you can watch and listen here

Please note the first 10 minutes is a "place holder" featuring footage from earlier times on Reservoir Hill, and 2 beautiful songs from our friend Darrell Scott. The event features wonderful performances from Michael Franti, Rising Appalachia, Tommy Emmanuel, Caitlin Cannon & Alice Wallace, and Stillhouse Junkies. Plus you'll be treated to gorgeous views of our festival site. Enjoy!

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.   

TV pilot being shot in Montezuma County

Aug 21, 2020
Mark Duggan

A television show pilot that will be shot in Montezuma County this fall aims to put the area on the filmmaking map. It's also an opportunity for the show's creators to revel in the Four Corners backdrop they call home.

Novelist Chuck Greaves, who lives southwest of Cortez, and director, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, a recent transplant to Mancos, both say they want to showcase the region's diverse beauty in the show, called “Badwater.”

State of Colorado

Governor Polis spoke to reporter Sarah Flower in an exclusive interview regarding schools reopening, funding public health, local Indian Tribes' response, and other statewide issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Lianne Jollon about the upcoming flu season coinciding with COVID-19.


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:


In the coming weeks, schools and colleges across the region are preparing to open their doors. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks to Liane Jollon, of San Juan Basin Public Health about the importance of schools reopening safely, and the status of public health departments across the state.


Take a virtual tour of KSUT's new building: The Eddie Box, Jr. Media Center

Aug 9, 2020

KSUT was in the midst of preparing to move into the new Eddie Box Jr. Media Center this spring, when the coronavirus pandemic disrupted those plans, like so many others. While the move was delayed, significant progress has been made in recent weeks and the station hopes to be operational in the new building by mid-September. Join Executive Director Tami Graham for a quick video tour of the state-of-the-art facility as new equipment is installed and the finishing touches are completed.

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. 

San Juan Basin Public Health

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. 


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