Coronavirus Is Infecting Colorado's Budget, But The State Has Some Advantages

Colorado's economic forecast is growing increasingly gloomy as a record number of residents file for unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic. The state's ski areas and other major businesses remain closed. While lawmakers are staying away from a dark and empty Capitol building, they still need to write a budget before June 30.

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Heritage Park

Diane Johnson hosts Senior Matters remotely this month and chats with Brian Zaragoza, Executive Director for Heritage Park Care Center, about what they're doing to limit risks to residents and their families and friends.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.

Kathleen Shannon, courtesy of The Sopris Sun

The newest member of the KDNK news team, Kathleen Shannon, sat down with Gavin Dah on Booked to discuss her article in The Sopris Sun on utility workers and other services that make life at home during the COVID-19 crisis possible. She also talked about her radio show, The Time Being, on Wednesday nights from 9-11pm. When she's playing music, she goes by the on air moniker KillaKath. 

Courtesy of Post Independent

Post Independent reporter John Stroud has covered the Roaring Fork Valley for 30 years. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 his journalistic output has been as prolific as ever. He spoke with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about interviewing the first person to test positive for COVID in Garfield County, how the Roaring Fork School District is handling the crisis, the 9th Judicial District putting eviction proceedings on hold, and more. 

Now less than seven months away from a general election that could be held under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled a plan to radically reshape voting to respond to the emergency.

It's a massive set of proposals that shows where the more liberal section of the Democratic Party wants to take Democracy, even if Republican lawmakers in the Senate and the White House have made it clear that such changes are political nonstarters.

Unofficial election results for Basalt and Carbondale’s municipal elections are in. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has the details.

Colorado Fiscal Institute

KDNK News Director Lucas Turner speaks with Senior Economist Chris Stiffler about his report What 10 Charts Can Tell Us About How Recessions Affect Colorado. The report from Colorado Fiscal Institute covers state revenue, family income, Medicaid enrollments and more.

Courtesy Dr. Timothy Rummel

Colorado is among the places on the national radar for an emerging surge in possible COVID-19 cases. As of this past weekend, Colorado had seen nearly 5000 known cases, and 140 deaths as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus. In El Paso County alone, there have been 25 related deaths. KRCC's Andrea Chalfin recently spoke with Dr. Tim Rummel, a pulmonary critical care doctor at UCHealth, on what it's like as the number of cases continues to grow.

Aron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post Pool Photo


  In a rare statewide address, Gov. Jared Polis said he is extending Colorado's stay-at-home order another two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Colorado appears to be competing with the Federal government for ventilators. The Denver Post reports Governor Jared Polis told CNN that just as the state was making a deal with a manufacturer for an order of 500 ventilators, the Federal Emergency Management Agency swooped in and bought the machines. 

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Sarah Jeanette Meyer

Información en español actualizada sobre COVID-19 en el valle Roaring Fork

Acá les compartimos información en español actualizada sobre COVID-19 y las medidas proactivas tomadas localmente para frenar la propagación potencial, los impactos, y el daño del virus en el valle Roaring Fork...

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New Mountain Lion Plan Falls Short, Say Opponents

Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to change the way it manages mountain lions on the West Slope but not everyone thinks the plan is a good idea. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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Lucas Turner

The Tactile Traveler Episode 5

On this month's program, we explore the dynamics of blind people who are being grabbed by sighted people wherever they go. We also receive a guide to 200 Braille trails and sensory gardens, meet the world’s best known blind traveler, get tips on easier ways to find luggage, play a little blind tennis, and get special tips on reducing our chances of getting the Coronavirus. For a full transcript of for the deaf, click here . Or go to tinyurl.com/tactile5

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TRTC Artistic Director Corey Simpson Reveals ThunderStream

Thunder River Theatre Company 's executive artistic Director Corey Simpson shared with Raleigh Burleigh on Express Yourself about ThunderStream. This new online service will feature diverse programming for all ages as well as play host to Carbondale's first-ever virtual First Friday.

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