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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Three days after firing Capt. Brett Crozier as commander of the coronavirus-sickened nuclear aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly boarded the warship docked in Guam and delivered a stinging, profanity-laced denunciation of its deposed skipper.

NPR has obtained an audio recording of Modly's remarks.

Gov. Jared Polis is urging all residents to wear cloth masks or scarves if they need to leave their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Polis says wearing the masks at grocery stores and on walks will slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow Colorado to lift its stay-at-home order sooner.

El Grupo de Trabajo de Emergencia de Carbondale

Luis Yllanes, miembro del consejo municipal de Carbondale, nos cuenta sobre El Grupo de Trabajo de Emergencia de Carbondale cuya visión es "Comprender, apoyar y abogar por las necesidades de nuestra comunidad durante un momento de crisis internacional para garantizar la seguridad, la equidad y el sustento de todos." También, nos cuenta sobre la decisión de Juez Boyd en suspender los procedimientos de desalojos de inquilinos en el moveno distrito jurídico de Colorado que incluya los condados de Garfield, Pitkin y Rio Blanco.

Easter is next Sunday, April 12. But the country isn't close to being "opened up" by then, as President Trump said he'd like to see during a March 24 news conference, a suggestion that was panned by experts.

Whatever Goes On

Apr 1, 2020

Whatever respects social distancing norms while chatting about... whatever! Hosted by The Janerator, Pamster and Lukealicious, Whatever is an original, unscripted, spontaneous, wacky, fun, funny, interesting and informative (or not) show during which listeners are encouraged to call in to talk about whatever.

Raleigh Burleigh

Casey Piscura is owner of Wild Mountain Seeds, based from Sunfire Ranch just south of Carbondale. He created the nonprofit Seed Peace to promote community-driven seed production and local growing initiatives for resiliency and health. In this interview, he shares his vision and an update from his farm in response to the unfolding coronacrisis.

Lucas Turner

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

Basalt Chamber of Commerce

The entire state of Colorado is now under a stay at home order, but the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt for weeks. In response, organizations up and down the valley have been coordinating to respond to the crisis. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Kris Mattera, Executive Director of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce about the role the chamber is playing to help small businesses and provide a hub of online information for the community.

A Garfield County woman in her 70s who tested positive for COVID-19 died Saturday. Garfield County Health officials say the woman had other significant health conditions, and that more countywide test results are pending. Pitkin and Eagle Counties also reported COVID-19 deaths on Friday, both have now reported two each. Click the headline for more details.

The Pitkin County Public Health Office Tuesday confirmed the first death of a Pitkin County resident due to COVID-19 infection. The victim, a 94-year-old male with serious underlying medical issues, died on March 24 at his home in Aspen. He had been suffering from COVID-like symptoms but had not been diagnosed prior to his death.

On Wednesday Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed executive order D2020-017, ordering all Colorado Residents to stay-at-home unless absolutely necessary. Click the headline to hear the full audio.

Danielle Howard

As our communities face unprecedented challenges with the containment of COVID-19 and subsequent economic disruption, Danielle Howard of Wealth by Design encourages us to take a breath, take inventory and make choices from an abundance mindset.

Pitkin County Public Health has ordered new restrictions that further prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting contact between people, primarily through a stay-at-home order.

Gov. Jared Polis is issuing several new orders to try and limit the economic damage from the spread of the coronavirus.

Polis is encouraging property owners to stop charging penalties for late rent payments until April 30 as thousands of workers lose their jobs. He says tenants shouldn't be evicted if they can't pay.

Garfield County received notification Friday regarding two individuals that tested positive for COVID-19. Garfield County now has 5 total cases of the illness. The county also issued an updated public health order, stating:

"Garfield County will follow all Public Health Orders issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and all Executive Orders issued by the Governor of Colorado related to the COVID-19 virus unless otherwise excepted or ordered."

"Ancient" Art Hosts Swing, Swing, Swing from Home

Mar 20, 2020
Art Ackerman

KDNK's Spring Membership Drive 2020 ended on a heartfelt note at DJ "Ancient" Art Ackerman hosted Swing, Swing, Swing from his home in Carbondale. Station Manager Gavin Dahl made it possible to take these precautions by picking up Art's records and spinning them from the studio. Here we present some highlights. For the full program, click here.


The City of Glenwood Springs and Valley View Hospital hosted an online presentation to address some community and health issues on Friday, March 20, with Mayor Jonathan Godes and Dr. Ben Peery of Valley View Hospital.

Andrea Stewart

Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Andrea Stewart joined KDNK by phone to discuss what they're doing to support local businesses and their adaptive strategies during this period of social distancing.

Polis Hopes #DoingMyPartCO Will Ease Social Distancing

Mar 19, 2020

Governor Jared Polis initiated a public forum this week for Coloradans to share what they’re doing during social distancing due to COVID-19. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Pitkin County IMT


According to the Pitkin County Incident Management Team, as of 4:00 this afternoon, there are 17 negative and 14 positive COVID-19 test results in the county, with four new negative and one new positive result added today. 

Jill Rubin

Host Jill Rubin joins KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh by phone to chat about the changes that we are collectively experiencing as our communities are asked to slow down and take care.

Natasha Lucero-Conklin of the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District talks with Dr. Maria Roques from Mountain Family Health about coronavirus and tips for staying healthy. / Natasha Lucero-Conklin del Centro de Recursos Familiares del Distrito Escolar Roaring Fork habla con la Dra. Maria Roques de Mountain Family Health sobre el coronavirus y consejos para mantenerse saludable.

Lucas Turner

Local public health officials say the response to COVID-19 is now shifting gears. One of the key strategies is called social distancing. KDNK’s Lucas Turner explains why this strategy is important to understand, and how it reduces the spread of the virus.

Sarah Jeanette Meyer

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...

Second Presumptive Positive COVID-19 in Garco

Mar 15, 2020

Garfield County Public Health confirmed a second presumptive positive case of COVID-19. According to a press release issued Sunday afternoon, March 15, 2020, the individual is a woman in her 40s. The County is working on determining who may have had close contact with her.  More information will be posted to the KDNK website as it becomes available.

The first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Garfield County was confirmed today at 4:41 pm MST. This individual is a Garfield County woman in her 30’s who had contact with the travelers that tested positive for COVID-19 in Pitkin County. She has not been hospitalized and is recovering in self-quarantine. Garfield County Public Health will be contacting those who may have had potential exposure.



Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has advised the Pitkin County Public Health Department that one test for COVID-19 is presumptively positive for the virus. Pitkin County now has 11 presumptive positive cases with results from 23 tests still pending. Officials say a contact tracing investigation is underway to determine whether community transmission is taking place in Pitkin County.


Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin County issued a public health order Thursday to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19 in the region. The order is effective immediately and will be revisited on April 8th, 2020.



  Governor Jared Polis is ramping up the state’s response to the coronavirus as the number of cases continues to grow, especially in mountain communities. Officials have now reported over 40 cases of COVID-19 in Colorado after testing more than 300 people. Our state Capitol Reporter Scott Franz has been following the developments, and he joined us from Denver to provide the latest information.