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San Juan Basin Public Health Update, April 12, 2021

Apr 12, 2021

Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that the state is in it’s 4th wave of COVID-19. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon, of San Juan Basin Public Health about what this wave means for Southwest Colorado.


San Juan Basin Public Health Update, April 5, 2021

Apr 5, 2021

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Southwest Colorado. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health Department about the increase in cases, and Colorado Governor Jared Polis extending the statewide mask mandate.

First-year and returning students at Fort Lewis College in Durango will have one more item to check off their to-do list before coming to campus this fall. FLC announced Friday that all students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the Fall 2021 semester. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talked  to college president Tom Stritikus to learn more.

Colorado opens eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to every Coloradan 16 years and older on April 2.

Rose Chavez

The first large scale participatory budgeting initiative in Colorado recently took place in Archuleta County. Tami Graham spoke with Drew Brown of Educe Consulting back in November 2020 about the initiative, and again today for an update, now that the budgeting process is complete.

 

Also joining the conversation is Rose Chavez, a Healthy Communities Advocate in Archuleta County, who shares additional information on the impact the initiative has had on funding and support for several food-security projects.

 

 


In Photos: La Plata County Vaccine Clinic

Mar 29, 2021
Mark Duggan

Vaccine clinics were held on recent Saturdays at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. See a slidehow of photos from the March 20, 2021 event.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced today, March 29th, that every Coloradan 16 years old and up will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports.


San Juan Basin Public Health update, March 29, 2021

Mar 29, 2021

Southwest Colorado is leading the state with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as Colorado is opening up vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older on Friday. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health for their weekly COVID-19 update. 

 

 

  

Amanda Bartel

Tami Graham spoke with Patrick Barker, executive director of La Plata Open Space Conservancy (LPOSC) about a GOCO grant that was recently awarded to the non-profit.

New Mexico Department of Health

The New Mexico Department of Health has launched a new app this week to help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases across the state. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Jim Walton from the state’s Department of Health about the app and why they're implementing it now. 


Over two million Coloradans are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, with over 30% of La Plata and Archuleta County residents having had their first dose. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about further vaccine distribution, concerns about spring break travelers, and remaining cautious as the best plan for vaccinating children is determined. 


Compañeros

COVID immunization rates continue to increase in Colorado. March 24th data from the Department of Public Health shows that more than 900,000 people have received both shots. But behind the numbers, there's a stark racial divide. KSUT's Sarah Flower takes a closer look at efforts to ensure a more equitable vaccine rollout.

The number of people in Southwest Colorado that are testing positive for the variants of COVID-19 are increasing. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about what this uptick in cases means for the region.

  

  

Photo Divine, Kyla Jenkinson

Affordable Housing is an issue facing communities across the Rocky Mountain West and the Durango area is no exception.  Tami Graham spoke with Jenn Lopez, an affordable housing consultant working in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, about opportunities and challenges around developing a cohesive strategy for Durango and La Plata County. Jenn helped develop the Durango/La Plata County Homeless Strategy in 2020 and has extensive knowledge and background related to affordable housing.  


San Juan Basin Public Health

Liane Jollon, executive director of San Juan Basin Public Health, received a national award from the American Medical Association on Monday. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports. 


Thousands of Southwest Colorado residents received the Covid-19 vaccine this weekend. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about the success of the local vaccination events, and the need to stay vigilant to protect in-person learning at schools across the region. 

  

The Durango Independent Film Festival will present 99 films, in seven different categories over ten days, while celebrating its 16th anniversary, virtually. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

 

 

The Durango Independent Film Festival runs virtually from March 3-12, 2021. More information can be found at durangofilm.org.  

  

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has confirmed that a variant of COVID-19 has been found on Tribal lands after sequencing the laboratory sample from an individual who recently died. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about what this confirmed case means locally in fighting the pandemic.


New Mexico State Parks

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is loosening some of the states COVID-19 restrictions, including the reopening of state parks to non-residents. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has more.


Nyibol Bohr

Nyibol Bior was a year old when Sudan entered its second civil war. At five, she was torn from her Sudanese home and sent to an Ethiopian refugee camp.  At the age of eight, she walked over a thousand miles, seeking refuge and stability from the war. Thirty-eight years later, Nyibol now teaches high school students in Dolores, Colorado, inspiring children and giving them the strength to persevere through their own struggles. 

She has a new children’s book – My Beautiful Colors: A Refugee Story due to be released this spring.

  

Andrea Zeiner

Southwest Colorado is leading the state in getting vaccines out to their communities. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health Department about that success and some of the challenges they’re still currently facing. 


Shanta Foundation

KSUT's Tami Graham spoke with Wade Griffith, Executive Director of Durango-based non-profit Shanta Foundation regarding their work in Myanmar, especially in light of the recent military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government, including Aung San Suu Kyi.


Colorado Governor Jared Polis delivered his State of the State address to the legislatures yesterday. While the speech was mixed with somber moments around the virus and inequities, Polis remains hopeful for the future. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports. 

 


Many local teachers, early childhood educators, and Southern Ute Indian Tribal members and employees were vaccinated in the last several days. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about how the vaccine rollouts are going, and if they're expected to protect against new variants of COVID-19 found in the U.S.


9Health Fair

A recent study found that almost half of all Americans are delaying doctor visits and well checks. 9Health Fair, a Colorado statewide preventive healthcare nonprofit is starting a pilot program for southwest Colorado to ensure equitable healthcare for all. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports. 

Colorado Pet Pantry

Colorado Pet Pantry is the largest nonprofit organization whose goal is to make sure that no pet goes hungry, keeping them out of shelters and with their families. They recently opened their doors to residents in the Four Corners. KSUT’s Sarah Flower has that story. 

Governor Jared Polis announced an updated Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan for Colorado on Friday. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about how that plan will be implemented regionally.


Sarah Flower

Fort Lewis College students will return to in-person learning on Monday for the first time in almost 3 months. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with college president Tom Stritikus about what this spring semester will look like and how the college has stepped up its community wide testing for the virus.


courtesy of Sheila Casey

As the new White House administration takes over, KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, of San Juan Basin Public Health about what new federal guidelines around COVID-19 means for local public health officials.

They also discuss the Community Vaccination Project, a successful local volunteer effort that vaccinated over 300 residents for Covid-19 over the weekend.

  

  

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