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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.


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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.


As many are gearing up for Halloween this year, Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health speaks with KSUT’s Sarah Flower about how to celebrate safely. 


KSUT continues its series examining the Colorado State ballot measures with the help of the La Plata County League of Women Voters. In Part 2, reporter Sarah Flower and League representatives take an in-depth look at remaining ballot propositions.

 

 


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There are nearly a dozen ballot measures on the 2020 Colorado ballot. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with representatives from the League of Women Voters of La Plata County to take an indepth look at the propositions. Listen to part one of this two part story below. Part two will be broadcast and posted on Monday, October 19.


courtesy of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet

Senator Michael Bennet toured Southwest Colorado on Indigenous Peoples' Day, Monday, October 12. Reporter Sarah Flower had an exclusive interview with the Senator about his experience talking with residents and the issues they face due to COVID-19 and beyond.

 

 


COVID-19 cases are increasing across the states of Colorado and New Mexico. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about this increase and recent outbreaks in La Plata County. 

 

Ballots have been mailed to Colorado voters and will be arriving in mailboxes soon. KSUT News will be reporting on the many initiatives found on this year's ballot. Today, reporter Sarah Flower speaks with representatives from Durango School District 9R about Ballot Initiative 4A. 

 

 


As COVID-19 spreads within the White House, KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, from San Juan Basin Public Health for a local perspective on how the virus affected the nation's highest office. 


San Juan Basin Public Health Department is reporting the first outbreak of COVID-19 in Archuleta County. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

 


La Plata and Archuleta Counties are moving into Stage One status of the Safer-at-Home dial established by the State of Colorado. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about that distinction and how it affects these counties:


San Juan Basin Public Health

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.

It's day 2 of KSUT's fall membership drive, Outdoor Gear Day, and we'll be drawing for 2 fabulous Osprey packs this evening at 6:

• prize 1, an Osprey Sirrus 24 Ruska Purple Women's Pack

• prize 2, an Osprey Daylight Travel Pack in Petrol Blue

Both packs will be loaded with KSUT schwag, including a t-shirt, water bottle and more.

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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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.

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:


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. 

 

 


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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.


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.   

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.


A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in young adults, ages 20-29 currently accounts for close to 20% of positive COVID-19 cases in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollen about this, and related issues for their weekly update.


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.


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. 


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