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Table to Farm Compost is gearing up for a busy season, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tami Graham spoke to Taylor Hanson, Managing Member, about their services and opportunities for individuals and businesses to support minimizing food waste, while maximizing local availability of compost soil. 

 


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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:

 


KSUT Speaks with Governor Polis about Safer at Home

Apr 28, 2020

KSUT's Sarah Flower spoke with Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the state's recent Safer at Home order. 

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the numerous and far-reaching impacts to our region, KSUT has mobilized a news team to provide coverage of both breaking news and developing stories related to the coronavirus.  Stay-tuned for weekly stories during Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered.  Stories will also be available on the KSUT website.

Last Updated 6/3/2020, 10:30 PM

KSUT will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. If you have official information that should be included, please submit here.

KSUT Coronavirus-related News Stories:

• June 3, 2020: La Plata County Reports First COVID-19 Outbreak at Durango Construction Site. Listen here

New COVID-19 Testing Options for Southwest Colorado

Apr 27, 2020

Testing shortages for COVID-19 has been an issue nationwide. Today, Southwest Colorado's testing options have expanded considerably. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 

 


KSUT is seeking local stories about personal experiences during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We're broadening our initial request for "positive stories" to include more personal stories.  

What's your story? How do you remain connected? What worries you? What are you grateful for? How do you spend your days? We've posted a few submissions to start, and hope you'll consider sharing yours here

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. 


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The pandemic has been particularly hard on small businesses. But some are relying on their regular customers and government loans to weather the storm. 

KSUT's Mark Duggan talks to two business owners in the Four Corners about the challenges of keeping the doors open:

 


Colorado Governor Jared Polis’s most recent safer-at- home orders call for schools to close their doors for the remainder of the academic year. KSUT’s Sarah Flower checks in with school superintendents across La Plata County:  


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Individual artists and arts organizations have been hit hard as a result of the coronavirus. Tami Graham spoke with Margaret Hunt, Executive Director of Colorado Creative Industries regarding relief funds available to our creative sector in Colorado.  

 


courtesy of Denkai Animal Shelter

Animal adoptions are up nationwide. Especially now, people want the companionship and therapy that comes with having a pet. KSUT's Mark Duggan spoke with Floss Backburn, Founder and President of the Denkai Animal Sanctuary in Cortez to learn more:

 


Courtesy State of Colorado

Colorado Governor Jared Polis is loosening some restrictions in the state as cases of COVID-19 start to level out a bit. Mark Duggan has more:

 


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 in partnership with American General Media Presents: C.E.R.F. The Airwaves Online & On-Air Music Festival, April 19-20. This event will benefit the Community Emergency Relief Fund (C.E.R.F) and Four Corners Performing Artist Relief Fund, while providing local entertainment that listeners can enjoy at home. 

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: 


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Even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, the job of educating children continues. Developing online learning has been challenging for school officials. But as KSUT's Mark Duggan reports, it's also been a success:

 


The Town of Pagosa Springs is implementing local programs to help boost their local economy during this pandemic. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

 


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

 

  


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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.


In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, KSUT Presents has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Pagosa Folk 'N Bluegrass Festival. 

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. 

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School districts in the Four Corners have had to pivot quickly to online learning during the coronavirus pandemic. But they're also working to provide kids with food. KSUT's Mark Duggan explains:


Colorado is experiencing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers and first responders due to COVID-19. The federal government is leaving it up to states to find their own gear in the open market. One local company, StoneAge Inc. is stepping up in a big way for the Four Corners region. KSUT's Sarah Flower reports:                        

 

KSUT’s Tami Graham spoke with Briggen Wrinkle from the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado about their efforts to raise and distribute over $100,000 in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis in our region.


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