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Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, or RFTA, reinstated fare collection and front-door passenger boarding August 1st. Both practices had been suspended since late March due to COVID-19. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon has this report.

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At a special meeting on July 29, Colorado Mountain College trustees unanimously approved endorsing a measure to repeal key aspects of the Gallagher Amendment. The measure was passed by the Colorado General Assembly and certified for the 2020 ballot on June 12. According to CMC Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff Dr. Matt Gianneschi, the economic impacts of COVID-19 stand to deeply exacerbate the conditions set forth by the Gallagher Amendment.

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UpRoot Colorado has already donated 782 pounds of fruits and vegetables to local food pantries this season. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Westslope Director Ciara Low to learn more.

Tracking the coronavirus pandemic could soon be a bit easier because of one simple fact: everyone poops.

Around the world , wastewater plants have become unlikely sentinels in the fight against the virus, allowing scientists to track the disease's spread at the community level. The practice of testing sewage samples is spreading across Western U.S. states as well, with programs currently running in Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California.

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The U.S.-Canada border crossing north of Eureka, Mont., is quiet these days. No buses or vans packed with mountain bikes and vacationing families. Just a single logging truck. 

"No traffic hardly at all," says David Clarke, owner of the First & Last Chance Bar and Duty Free Store.

Gov. Jared Polis is ordering restaurants and stores to stop selling alcohol after 10 p.m. each night in an effort to prevent inebriated residents from spreading coronavirus.

Polis said the earlier last call is needed because young adults have become the top spreaders of coronavirus in Colorado.

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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is about to head back to Washington DC for three weeks of work before a longer summer recess begins in August. Economically the stakes couldn’t be higher in our local communities with so many businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus. In Hotchkiss on Wednesday, KVNF reporter Gavin Dahl asked him if he thinks a new bipartisan COVID relief package is possible in Congress.

Colorado is the latest state in the Mountain West to issue a mask requirement, joining Nevada and New Mexico. 

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The Weekly News Reel takes a look at the top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday. This week’s news includes local responses to the recent COVID-19 spike and Colorado's statewide mask mandate plus Bureau of Land Management's lack of leadership, KDNK's Mountain Fair Memory Machine and much more.

"Box It In" Strategy Hopes to Slow COVID Spread

Jul 17, 2020
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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Colorado. And, Pitkin, Garfield, and Eagle counties are working together to stem the tide. At a Pitkin County community meeting Thursday, health officials talked about the best strategy they have to fight the spread of the virus. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Colorado Statewide Mask Mandate Begins Midnight Friday

Jul 16, 2020

Colorado’s new statewide mask mandate goes into effect at midnight Friday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties Thursday announced a coordinated regional testing strategy for COVID-19. For links to testing information by county, click the headline.


The rise of COVID-19 cases locally is affecting the Latino demographic with notable prominence. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has more on why this might be.

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The Weekly News Reel takes a look at the top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday. This week’s news included how local officials are handling the recent COVID-19 spike, Parachute Police Sergeant Justin Martin's virus story, Carbondale resident Patrick O'Grady's arrest, continuing local protests, and more.


Officials in Garfield County are worried about the holiday weekend and the spread of COVID-19. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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As confirmed cases of COVID-19 surge locally, Mountain Voices Project seeks government support for its Landlord/Tenant Housing Recovery Plan. Pat Morrissy describes the iniative.

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Amidst concerns of a spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County, town and county officials have been trying to get the message out to residents of the importance of taking precautions against the disease, including a public conversation with Parachute Police Sergeant Justin Mayfield, who contracted the virus in March. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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The Carbondale Board of Trustees met Tuesday June 30 for a special meeting to address traffic changes on Main Street. Here’s more from KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon.

Garfield County will not be moving forward into the next COVID-19 re-opening phase. One of the criteria to move into the next phase is a steady or declining virus rate but, in a press release today, officials say the county’s transmission rate is 35 cases in the past 2 weeks.

This post was updated June 29, 2020 to include comments from Alexis Kalergis. 

A Colorado team says their work on a COVID-19 vaccine is progressing. Other vaccines are much further down the testing pipeline, but none have crossed the finish line yet. 

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KDNK's Weekly News Reel takes a look at the week's top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday. This week’s news included protests in Rifle and Paonia, COVID-19 spikes in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin counties, and more.

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The Carbondale Pool and Rec Center have both reopened this month, though there’s been some rearranging due to COVID-19. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon visited both facilities to learn more. Here's Community Center and Recreation Programs Manager Jessi Rochel.


Garfield County health officials have seen a spike in new cases of COVID-19  in the past week, which could put the County’s variance from the state in jeopardy. The county is now at 244 cases since the pandemic began, with 44 diagnosed between June 8th and the 21st.

Garco Readies for Socially-Distanced Primary Election

Jun 18, 2020
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June’s primary election moves forward with COVID-19 restrictions. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh recently had a socially-distanced conversation with Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico  at Carbondale’s Town Hall.

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Jun 16, 2020

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Strawberry Days 2020

In a “normal” year, this upcoming weekend would have drawn crowds from near and far for "the oldest continuously held civic celebration west of the Mississippi." KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has this report on Strawberry Days 2020...

At a hearing last weekend about a Colorado bill on vaccination, Dr. Reginald Washington had originally planned to make several urgent points in support of the bill. 

First, that diseases like measles are resurging, and they’re serious. (He’d know. He’s treated patients with complications from measles and pertussis.) Second, due to COVID-19, children are missing well-child visits and skipping vaccinations, putting them at risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. 

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The Mt. Sopris Montessori Preschool reopened in Carbondale last week with some new COVID-19 protocols. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon checked in with director Kira Kearsey to see how it’s going. 

The pandemic has beef markets on a roller coaster, and Shohone, Idaho's Amie Taber is among the ranchers along for the ride.