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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.

Carbondale Arts

Arts Through It All reminds Roaring Fork Valley residents of its incredible community of artists. Sam Stableford is a 12-year-old Carbondale-based hip-hop dancer working with Dance Initiative and teaching classes for young dancers. Meet other local artists here.

Garco BOCC Sees Red Over State Move to COVID-19 Red Zone

Dec 11, 2020

Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment has moved Garfield County to the Red Zone on the state’s COVID-19 dial. And, county commissioners are none too happy about it. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

The State Public Health Department offers 3 days of free COVID-19 testing in western Garfield County from December 13 through December 15. Click on the headline for details and time changes.

The Geeks

With the holidays coming up, the Geeks and foreign correspondant Donna Dalton say 2021 could be the year for Christmas in July. They also debate opting in to COVID-19 contact tracing and could there be vaccination tracing?

Carbondale Arts

Jesssie Chaney is a fine-art photographer working out of Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. She's currently focused on photographing abandoned places. Meet other local artists here.

Carbondale Arts

Leah Potts is an Aspen-based watercolor artist, specializing in animals and pet portraits. She'll be having her first solo show at The Art Base early in 2021.

Carbondale Arts

Karen Alldredge, now based in Redstone, has been weaving traditional and functional baskets for 30 years. Meet more local artists here. 

In this month's Healthy is the New Happy, Natasha Lucer0-Conklin and Brianda Cervantes spoke with Fernanda Gomez Landa and Miguel Rosales Tejada from Glenwood Springs High School about what it's like to be a high school student during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carbondale Arts

Esther Nooner is a photography-based artist, working at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Meet more local artists here.

Kathy Honea is a mixed media artist based in Basalt. Meet more local artists here.

State Public Health Moves Garco to Orange COVID Zone

Nov 20, 2020

The state Department of Public Health has moved Garfield County into the orange, or “high-risk” zone, on the state's COVID-19 dial. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has a few details.


Garfield County Commissioners continue to resist taking on new COVID-19 restrictions despite an almost vertical spike in confirmed cases.

New State Coronavirus Restriction Color is Purple

Nov 18, 2020

The state has created a new level on its Coronavirus restriction dial. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Gov. Jared Polis is summoning lawmakers back to the Capitol for a rare special session to consider a coronavirus stimulus package worth more than $200 million.

"Extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions," Polis said Tuesday at the governor's mansion. "I'll be asking the general assembly to take up critical legislation that will help Colorado families and Colorado small businesses survive these challenging winter months ahead to bridge us to the vaccine."

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Brisa Chavez is Garfield County's 2020 recipient of the Humanitarian Award for Community Empowerment. Here she describes the challenges and threats the Coronavirus poses for immigrant families in the County's communities.


Despite spiking coronavirus cases in the county, Garfield County Commissioners refuse to enforce stricter public health orders. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more from this week’s regular meeting.

AZYEP Youth News Team on Mental Wellness During COVID-19

Nov 16, 2020

This month, the Andy Zanca Youth News Team interviewed two community members on Mental Wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Annemarie Zanca, the founder of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, and Amanda Pearson, the Program Director of FocusedKids, offer advice on how to stay mentally healthy amongst uncertainty and isolation. 

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Sunday a new State of Emergency in response to rising COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

In recent weeks, Utah has continued to break records for daily COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths related to the virus. On Friday, health officials announced a daily record with 17 new deaths, and over the weekend, the state logged an additional 10 deaths and more than 5,300 new cases.

Lucas Turner

About 50 people gathered in front of Shooter’s Grill Monday night to hear 3rd Congressional District candidate Lauren Boebert deliver one final stump speech before the election. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with a few in attendance to get their thoughts on COVID-19, candidates and more.

Tips for a Safe, Fun, COVID-free Hallowe'en

Oct 30, 2020
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Trick or treating isn’t dead this year; it’s just a little different. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Carrie Godes, of Garfield County Public Health, about what families can do to keep it safe and fun. 


As state and local COVID numbers rise, Garfield County Commissioners are leaving mask-wearing up to personal responsibility. But, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports, cases continue to climb.

Healthy is the New Happy: Debunking COVID-19 Myths

Oct 26, 2020

Healthy is the New Happy hosts Natasha Lucero-Conklin and Brianda Cervantes interview RFSD school nurse Yvette Blanc to debunk some of the COVID-19 myths. Tune in to learn more about how schools are helping students stay safe and healthy as they return to in-person learning models. 


LIFT-UP Executive Director Angela Mills and newly-hired AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Program Manager Sophia Gielink share about recent efforts to address food insecurity in the Roaring Fork Valley.

AZYEP Youth News Team Conducts COVID Community Check In

Oct 19, 2020

The Andy Zanca Youth News Team checked in with Robin Humble, Mike Schneider, Mary Hernandez, who are teachers and small business owners in the Roaring Fork Valley about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their lives and their industries. 

As many of us wait to hear decisions from local schools about virtual or in-person learning this fall, the Family Resource Center wants to make sure you're prepared for the different options. Natasha Conklin and Brianda Cervantes spoke with Rick Holt, the Chief Academic Officer at RFSD, and Carrie Godes, a Garfield County Public Health Specialist, to learn about what it will take to get students back into the classroom and what it might look like. This show is brought to you by the Family Resource Center and the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program. 

AZYEP Presents the Youth News Team

Sep 23, 2020

This Year's News Team, while meeting under unusual circumstances, are off to a great start. While sitting together in Sopris park, these journalists shared about their interest in news, radio, and the crises our communities are facing today.

On this episode of Dimensions in Diversity, Steve Mills interviews local therapist Janet Gordon about how LGBTQ+ students can combat isolation during COVID-19. 

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With the state and local mask ordinances, you may not be noticing the new faces in town. But, there are some. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon reports.

Independent Movie Theatres Emerge from COVID Closures

Aug 28, 2020
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The movie business, like many industries, is struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused many movie theaters to close for months. But, some independent and chain theaters are reopening. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano reports.