Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment handed restrictions and policies over to local authorities Friday. KGNU’s Shannon Young reports.

Garfield County Back to Yellow on State COVID Dial

Apr 2, 2021

The State Public  Health Department has moved Garfield County back into the Yellow Zone on the state Coronavirus Dial. Carrie Godes of Garfield County Public Health has this update.

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During the March 23rd meeting, the Carbondale Board of Trustees wrestled with a big agenda item: how to handle traffic on Main Street while the pandemic lingers on.

Pitco Goes Orange on State COVID Dial

Mar 25, 2021

Pitkin County moved into the Orange Zone on the state Coronavirus dial this week. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Laryssa Dardeneau of Pitkin County Public Health about what that means and when the county can go back to yellow.

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Ingrid Wussow is a fifth-generation local who was appointed to Glenwood Springs City Council in October, 2020. She's running uncontested in the upcoming City election to retain her seat as the Ward 2 Representative.  Click on this post to hear the longer conversation.

Garco Moves to Blue on State COVID Dial

Feb 26, 2021
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Garfield County moves into the Blue Zone on the state COVID-19 dial today. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Carrie Godes, county Public Information Officer, and Zack Sutherland, Operations Section Chief for the county's COVID-19 response, to find out what this looks like for businesses. Click the headline for county contact information.

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Experts who studied Colorado's response to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic say history is not repeating itself when it comes to how state lawmakers are responding to COVID-19. KDNK's Capitol reporter Scott Franz has more.

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Mountain Voices Project has launched The Landlord/Tenant Housing Recovery Plan to help those who've had trouble paying or getting rent due to the financial impacts of COVID-19. John Fox-Rubin and Patrick Morrissy of Mountain Voices speak with Traci about the program. 

Unemployment Fraud Rampant in Colorado

Feb 16, 2021
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The pandemic has left millions of people without jobs and created an opportunity for hackers and identity thieves to use info obtained by data breaches to apply for unemployment benefits. KVNF's Gavin Dahl has this report.

AZYEP Youth News Team Discusses Pet Health

Feb 16, 2021

On this month's Youth News Team Show, Blake, Indigo, and Adele interviewed local veterinarian Dr. Louise Marron from Alpine Animal Hospital about how to keep animals safe and healthy during the pandemic. 

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As more people become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, Roaring Fork Valley hospitals are adapting their systems and procedures for vaccine clinics. KDNK's Kathleen Shannon spoke with hospitals from Aspen to Rifle about what works and what doesn't.

Vaccines in the Valley: Part 1

Feb 12, 2021
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Garfield County has vaccinated nearly 80 percent of residents in the 70+ age group against COVID-19...and officially started with the 65+ age group this week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh falls into the second age group and got her first round of the vaccine in early February.

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At a rally in Glenwood Springs, organized by Stay Free Colorado, a First Amendment group that also advocates against wearing masks during the pandemic, Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky took the stage, denouncing Governor Jared Polis and stating that the U.S. is in a cold war with China. This is the uncut version of his entire speech.

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The Roaring Fork Internet Users Group, also known as, shuttered its virtual doors in January this year. Here's more on local internet service providers dealing--or not dealing--with increased demand.  

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Last month in Glenwood Springs, Stay Free Colorado hosted a rally and invited physicians who spoke against mask mandates. But a doctor from Valley View Hospital refuted many of their claims. KDNK's Halle Zander reports.

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Elon Musk is experimenting with neural implants in pigs and monkeys. The dynamic trio (hi, Donna!) on Geekspeak talk about that, the soaring GameStop stock, COVID contact tracing, and the ongoing epic battle of iPhones vs. Androids.

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KVNF's Gavin Dahl speaks with two reporters at Paonia-based nonprofit magazine High Country News about their latest stories focused on specific Colorado communities: in Gunnison County and the Wet Mountain Valley.

Healthy is the New Happy: Keeping Kids Engaged and Connected

Jan 26, 2021

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On Healthy is the New Happy this Month, we welcome back Yolanda Gonzales from Focused Kids and Illiana Renteria from Raising a Reader who have lots of tips for staying building healthy relationships and habits with your kids during extended periods of time at home. This is a collaboration with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program. 

Dystopian Film Fans More Prepared for Pandemic?

Jan 25, 2021
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A love of apocalyptic horror films may have actually helped people mentally prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research published this month in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck reports.

Horror Film Fans Were Better Prepared For The Pandemic

Jan 20, 2021

A love of apocalyptic horror films may have actually helped people mentally prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. At least, that's according to research published this month in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

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The sport of Nordic skiing is having its heyday this winter. Its rise in popularity coupled with the burning down of a Fischer Sports factory means local retailers are struggling to keep up with increased demand for gear.

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This month on Immigrant Stories, hear from Chas and Marco Salmen, who grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and went on to work as doctors at North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis. Here, they reflect on working in medicine during the pandemic and the death of George Floyd. This interview is in two parts. Click this post to hear both.

Last month the Colorado General Assembly approved Senate Bill 20B-001, designating $57 million in direct aid, grants, and fee waivers for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Now the city of Glenwood Springs is accepting applications from local businesses to begin distributing those funds. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.


Roaring Fork School District teachers are undergoing multiple shifts between virtual and in-person learning. Some teachers spoke out about what these transitions are like and how they think it will impact teachers long-term. KDNK's Halle Zander reports.

As the pandemic nears its one year mark, Gov. Jared Polis has issued more than 260 executive orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. He says he can’t wait until they all expire.

“You know each one is difficult, and thoughtful and predicated by science,” he said in an interview with Rocky Mountain Community Radio.

But as the crisis has dragged on, the governor and his administration have been defending themselves against a steady stream of lawsuits coming from churches, businesses and others questioning everything from mask mandates to capacity restrictions.

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This month on United Way Cares, hear from members of the Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley team: President Gail Schwartz and Americorps VISTA member Erin Sibley-Jett. They speak with host Traci Gurley-Tomashosky about adapting the ReStore and home-building sites to COVID-19 protocols and how the organization is multiplying its building sites.

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The Glenwood Springs City Council recently submitted a letter to the Garfield County Commissioners, calling on them to spend county money to help local businesses. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes for the details.

Garco COVID Rates Highest in Tri-County Area

Dec 23, 2020

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County plus the number of deaths due to the virus have surpassed those in Eagle and Pitkin counties KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update.

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The second installment of Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert's interview with CPR's Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner features her thoughts on healtcare and COVID-19. These installments are aired with permission from Colorado Public Radio.

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For the last seven years, Elizabeth Velasco, a medical translator, has been helping Spanish speaking members of our communities navigate hospitals and clinics. This month on Immigrant Stories, she describes how the COVID pandemic has impacted the Latinx communities in Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle counties.