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Colorado has released a new Safer At Home Dashboard Dial for counties to assess how to reopen. KSUT's Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about these metrics and how it applies to Southwest Colorado.

Mark Duggan

Local groups that address hunger are finding that the coronavirus has a hidden silver lining. It's led to a swell of support and more focus on food resources in the Four Corners.

A national pre-election mailer from the United States Postal Service arrived in mailboxes across the region this past weekend. Colorado Election Officials are warning residents about the misinformation that was distributed. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more. 

The COVID-19 positivity rate for Southwest Colorado remains under 2%. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks to Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about the metrics needed to further open up the community.


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Super PACs and dark money nonprofits have already spent more than $27 million on the race between Colorado’s two major-party Senate candidates, Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper.

Wyssen Avalanche Control Co.

A new avalanche control system on Lizard Head Pass southwest of Telluride aims to make it easier and safer for crews to manually trigger slides.

 

Every winter, sudden avalanches bury roadways and threaten the lives of travelers, both on the road and in the backcountry.

Avalanche control crews are also at risk. They’re out in often-nasty weather, trudging up relatively safe slopes to fire explosives at unsafe ones.

Anna Stonehouse / Aspen Times file photo

The lingering snowpack and avalanche debris from winter 2019 reduced the number of people hiking Colorado’s tallest peaks by about 18%, according to a new report from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Hiking on many of the state’s 54 peaks above 14,000 feet didn’t start until about one month later than average.

courtesy Durango Playfest

A star-studded line-up of actors has pitched in to help Durango PlayFest bring the arts to people’s homes and to highlight the importance of keeping local theatre alive and thriving through this pandemic. Actor Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Lombardi), a long-standing PlayFest supporter and one of the festival’s founders, decided to harness the writing talents of dozens of well-known screen and stage actors to create original vignettes of three to ten minutes each. KSUT's Tami Graham spoke with Lauria about the video series Actors' Journal:


Sarah Flower

Ballots for the 2020 General Election will be sent out next month. Colorado is one of nine states that conducts their elections by mail. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports on how area Clerk and Recorders are managing this election year.

A Zoom video recording of Flower's discussion with La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Lee Parker, Montezuma County's Kim Percell and Archuleta County's Kristy Archuleta can be viewed below.

Mark Duggan

A new campaign from the state of Colorado seeks to get residents and visitors to recreate more responsibly on public lands.

 


courtesy of Andreita Gonzales

 

The devastating economic effects of COVID-19 are very real. For some, paying bills, putting food on the table, and keeping a roof over their heads are daunting. A newly established non-profit has stepped up to help those in need. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks to founder Matt Taylor with AidToAll La Plata:


Dig Deep

Most of us take hot and cold running water and a flush toilet for granted. But for some residents of the Navajo Nation, it's a luxury they don't get to enjoy at home. Some studies show up to a third of Navajo households lack indoor plumbing. But several projects now underway are trying to bridge what's known as the “water gap.”


A Colorado Voter Q&A

Sep 2, 2020
Mark Duggan

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, but registered voters in Colorado will receive mail-in ballots after Oct. 9. Vote-by-mail began for the entire state in 2013, although some counties used it before that. Here's a handy guide to basic election questions.

 

State of Colorado

 

More than 1.6 million Coloradans turned out for the June primary two months ago. Fewer than 11,000 voted in person at polling places, where coronavirus precautions were in place. Instead, voters across the state took the ballots they received in the mail and returned them primarily to drop-off boxes.

Here are the latest state and regional COVID-19 numbers. The graphs compare data from August and July. County figures indicate total positive cases.

There are many metrics and data in how a state and county handle COVID-19. Reporter Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health Department about the positivity rate and what that data looks like. 

 

 


It's a bright August morning in the northeast corner of Montana. Robbie Magnan, Game and Fish director for the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, rose before dawn to round up these 40 buffalo into a corral.

If you're experiencing quarantine fatigue, these bulls can relate. They've endured three years of isolation and disease testing.

"Most of their life they've been in some type of quarantine," Magnan says.

Mark Duggan

Gov. Jared Polis has urged schools to reopen since May, but as school comes back to session in Colorado, about half the state's K-12 students are attending districts that are starting online. School districts received vague and conflicting guidance from the state and were under intense political pressure from all sides. When coronavirus cases rose in the summer, school districts faced a kind of snow day decision from hell.

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.


Luna Anna Archey/High Country News

This story originally appeared on High Country News. It’s part of their ongoing series, “Gen Z West,” exploring what life is like for youth in the Western United States and how this emerging generation shapes the region.

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.


Mark Duggan

Last week, on the fifth anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill, we learned that little has been done at the congressional level to clean up abandoned mines in southwest Colorado. But progress is being made locally, as citizens groups work with the Environmental Protection Agency. KSUT's Mark Duggan has a follow-up.

 

Red Feather Development Group

Up to a third of the households on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations lack access to clean running water. This can be a particular problem for maintaining hygiene, especially during a pandemic. Now an Arizona organization is installing self-contained handwashing stations for tribal members.


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.

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