On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, reporter Sarah Flower and Liane Jollon from SJBPH had their weekly conversation about Covid-19. Honoring Dr. King's legacy, they addressed how racism is also a public health issue and how the intersection of racism and a global pandemic has exploited the inequalities that have come with COVID-19.

Their discussion also touched on Jollon's response to a local group recently showing up at her home to protest state Covid-19 restrictions.

During the past ten months, KSUT has continued to broaden its scope of local and regional news and information, complementing the station's national and international news from NPR and BBC. In doing so, KSUT has hired its own reporters, and actively engaged several content partners, strengthening its available reporting in the Four Corners and Rocky Mountain West.

These partnerships include:

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, marginalized communities have experienced greater inequities. 4 Corners Mutual Aid Network has been trying to fill those gaps. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more.


Pagosa Springs Medical Center

Rural hospitals face different challenges when it comes to fighting COVID-19 and executing the rollout of vaccines. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Dr. Rhonda Webb, CEO of Pagosa Springs Medical Center about how they’re faring at this point in the pandemic.

Public health officials across the country are scrambling for enough COVID-19 vaccine to accommodate the needs of their communities.  KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about how the vaccine rollout is progressing in Southwest Colorado.






Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

courtesy of The Hive

Finding a safe way to connect has been one of the biggest challenges for local youth during this pandemic. The Hive Durango has helped fill that void. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:



COVID-19 cases are on the decline in Colorado in recent weeks. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Brian Devine, deputy incident commander for COVID-19 at San Juan Basin Public Health about the importance of keeping up safety precautions for the New Year's holiday and the coming weeks. 




KSUT Tribal Radio has a new website - visit us at tribalradio.org. Once there, you can listen to the online stream, see the latest station news and photos, and dig into our Indigenous storytelling projects Native Lens and Native Braids. 

Mark Duggan

Getting fast and reliable high-speed internet was a challenge for many people in the Four Corners even before the pandemic. But now, as more adults and schoolchildren work remotely, communities and private businesses are stepping up to fill in some of the gaps. One such effort is bringing broadband to a city park in Mancos.

Southern Ute Drum

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe swore in their incoming election officials this week. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more:

Public health officials across the country are urging people to stay at home this holiday season. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Brian Devine, deputy incident commander for COVID-19 at San Juan Basin Public Health about how to gather safely.

The effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic has left many in Southwest Colorado concerned about where they’ll get their next meal. Some are facing the difficult choice of which basic need is going to be met. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 

Durango Food Bank Dump Hunger Food Drive: Ska Brewing will host the "Dump Hunger Food Drive" from 10 AM - 5 PM, this Friday and Saturday, 12/18-19, at their World Headquarters in Bodo Park in Durango. The public can drive through and donate non-perishable foods. All monetary donations will be matched by C&J Gravel.

Mark Duggan

Montezuma County has reported more than 900 cases of COVID-19 since March. Hospital officials there say their capacity has gone up and down during the current surge of infections. To learn more, KSUT's Mark Duggan spoke with Tony Sudduth, CEO of Southwest Health System, which runs the hospital.

Mental health experts have seen a dramatic increase in how the pandemic has taken a toll on people's emotional well being, including children. Local mental health officials say it’s imperative to keep checking in with your kids during this time. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more:

Nancy Maryboy and David Begay

Nancy Maryboy and David Begay, co-authors of Sharing the Skies: Navajo Astronomy, a cross-cultural book on Navajo and Western astronomy, will do the virtual presentation, "Navajo Skies" as a live Facebook stream, Sunday, December 13 at 4:30 PM. The event is the Powerhouse Science Center's 4th in a 9-part space-themed speaker series in celebration of the Apollo 14 mission.

Maryboy and Begay, President and Vice-President, respectively, of the Indigenous Education Institute, spoke with KSUT's Tami Graham about their book and presentation:

courtesy Gates Family Foundation

For a more in-depth look at Colorado Gives Day and funding for local media organizations, KSUT's Tami Graham spoke to Melissa Davis, the Director of the Colorado Media Project and Vice-President of the Informed Communities program at the Gates Family Foundation.

They discuss opportunities for supporting KSUT and other media orgnizations during Colorado Gives Day, and the work of the Colorado Media Project to highlight the collective impact that local, homegrown Colorado journalism has had within communities across the state this year.

The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado is spearheading a regional effort to increase local participation in Colorado Gives Day, December 8, 2020. Beginning this week, donors may schedule their donations through swcogives.org and support local nonprofits with an online donation. 

KSUT's Tami Graham spoke with Tracy Pope, Marketing & Grants Manager for the Community Foundation about this year's campaign:


Colorado Governor Jared Polis appeared Tuesday for the first time since testing positive with COVID-19 last weekend. It was in a virtual press conference with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  

The days and weeks following Thanksgiving are generally some of the busiest for businesses and holiday shoppers. This year, local stores are quieter due to COVID-19 restrictions. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health to talk about balancing the economy and public health.

Analysts across the country are finding that the impact of the coronavirus on food insecurities is greater than what the nation experienced during the Great Depression. With Thanksgiving being this Thursday, one group in Southwest Colorado is taking the lead on serving meals to those in need. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Ann Morse, Executive Director of Manna Soup Kitchen about local food insecurities.

Thanks to a great partnership with Solar Barn Raising, KSUT has installed two ground-mounted solar arrays adjacent to its new home in Ignacio. After several years of planning, designing and overcoming obstacles, including the pandemic, a fantastic crew of staff and volunteers completed the installation on Tuesday, November 24th.

Thanksgiving week is upon us and public health officials across the country are urging people not to gather with friends or family outside of their immediate household. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about ways to share time with others safely this Thanksgiving.

New cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. In response, San Juan Basin Public Health issued this press release on November 17:

Coronavirus Resources

Nov 20, 2020

We've compiled a list of links to important COVID-related resources. See a variety of data dashboards, track outbreaks, and follow local public health departments. Also find the latest coronavirus coverage from KSUT, NPR, and other sources.

By the Numbers: COVID Cases Spike Since Halloween

Nov 16, 2020

The latest figures from state health departments in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona show cases have reached levels not seen since April and May.

La Plata County has seen over 200 positive COVID-19 cases in the last 5 days. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about this increase and how to help slow the spread of the virus.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has instructed state residents to shelter in place for 14 days due to an alarming increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has this report:


courtesy of Mercy Regional Medical Center

As Southwest Colorado’s positive COVID-19 cases are surging, all eyes are on area hospitals. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Mike Murphy, interim CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center for an exclusive interview.