COVID-19

Community Health Centers Go Mobile to Serve Homeless

May 14, 2020
courtesy Colorado News Connection

 


Colorado's community health centers are getting creative and going mobile to serve homeless communities during the coronavirus pandemic. From the Colorado News Connection, Eric Galatas has more.

Jason Gonzales / Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat Colorado reporter Jason Gonzales joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl on Booked to explain the massive cuts to higher education coming to Colorado. We discussed his article on the COVID budget toll and his article on how these budget woes were decades in the making.

UPDATE: Jason's latest article, published after this interview aired, outlines how severe these cuts will be for higher ed in the state.   

Governor Jared Polis met with President Trump on Wednesday at the White House to seek more federal aid and talk about Colorado’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Recklessness In National Forest More Dangerous Now

May 13, 2020
Courtesy White River National Forest

 

Warm weather and cabin fever is bringing more people outside. White River National Forest rangers reported higher-than-normal use of the forest last weekend, including some potentially dangerous situations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Forest Public Affairs Officer David Boyd about why the danger is more acute this summer.

 

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Midvalley Family Practice is teaming up with regional health care providers and non-profit MIRA Bus to provide COVID-19 testing. Community testing services will be available in El Jebel Thursday from 10am to 4pm. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Family Nurse Practitioner Lisa Robbiano and Registered Nurse Maria McHale to learn more.

Governor Jared Polis says he will seek more federal aid for Colorado when he meets with President Trump at the White House Wednesday. KDNK's Scott Franz has more.

The Women's Voices Project Reflects on Lockdown with 'The Collective Pause'

May 12, 2020
VOICES

Before COVID-19, local arts organization VOICES was working towards its second annual Women's Voices Theater project. 8 local women taking the stage with work they created. This is important because women's work is produced 1/5th as often as men's on stage.  Unfortunately VOICES had to postpone the event to Mother's Day, 2021. But they wouldn't let the pandemic have the final say! To provide an outlet for these performers, they produced a special podcast titled "The Collective Pause" that aired on Mother's Day. It features work from Suzie Brady, Vanessa Porras, Renee Prince, Natalie Spears, Marcia Weese and MinTze Wu. All reflecting on their experience with lockdown. Some more serious pieces, some humor - all heart.

Voces Unidas

Beatriz Soto es una fundadora de Voces Unidas de las Montañas, una nueva organización formada para apoyar a toda la comunidad latina viviendo en nuestro área. Beatriz nos cuenta de este iniciativa y sus programas, incluyendo un servicio de texto para proveer información sobre COVID-19 y los recursos disponibles para ayudar a las personas más afectadas en nuestro valle.

Limited Library Access Starts Monday, May 11

May 11, 2020
AH Marsh photo

If you’re ready to go back to the library, today’s the day. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about the Garfield County Library District's Phase One re-opening.

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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.

CoPIRG: Keep Colorado Stay-at-Home Order in Place

May 8, 2020


The state branch of a national consumer watchdog group says Colorado is re-opening too fast. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Beatriz Soto

A public letter penned to Garfield County Commissioners asks that county resources be made more inclusive during times of crisis and otherwise. Beatriz Soto, founding board member of Voces Unidas de las Montañas, explains the new organization's purpose and their requests of local government.

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Since the onset of COVID-19 and amidst so much crisis, it has felt crass to be thinking about hope. It is, however, a word we use all the time. "I hope it's sunny tomorow." "I hope there's ice cream in the freezer." Hope seems to be part of the farbic of humanity, but what does it really mean in this greater sense? What does hope look like during a pandemic?

 

Hear reflections on hope from local community and spiritual leaders including Lisa Goddard of Roaring Fork Insight; Reverend Laurie Bushbaum of Two Rivers Universialist Unitarian; Rabbi Emily Segal of the Aspen Jewish Congregation; Eaden Shantay of True Nature Healing Arts; and Carol Grace, licensed marriage and family therapist.

 

 

Noxious gas, rolling giant eyeballs, being trapped in a perpetually falling elevator. The pandemic is sparking a world-wide increase in vivid dreams. And people are sharing them on websites like I Dream of COVID and across social media.


Since the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the U.S. economy into a medically induced coma, 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance, including more than 350,000 in Colorado.

Eleven Garco Residents Positive for COVID-19 Last Week

May 5, 2020
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Garfield County Public Health Director Yvonne Long told County Commissioners Monday that Garfield County residents continue to test positive for COVID-19. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update.

Matt McBryar and Geekspeak special guest Lucas Turner talk about the online audio collaboration tool called Cleanfeed, and the satisfaction of fixing your own electronics. They also go in-depth about COVID-19 contact tracing surveillance. Matt expresses his preference for technical equipment that functions as separate pieces, and Lucas reveals one of his apocalypse survival secret plans...

MANAUS

Muchas de las familias más afectadas por la crisis de COVID-19 se ven excluidas de los programas de ayuda disponibles por el gobierno federal. MANAUS, una organización filantrópica, formó un fondo de emergencia para apoyar a esa gente desde Parachute a Aspen. En colaboración con LaMedichi, el dinero es transferido a familias junto con la oportunidad de aprender sobre seguridad financiera con su club de ahorros.

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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.

As Colorado’s stay at home order lifts, residents learning about the new 'safer at home' phase, and local businesses are navigating state and county guidelines for reopening on May 4th. To learn more about how this affects the Town of Carbondale operations, local business activity, and daily life, KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Mayor Dan Richardson and Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Andrea Stewart.

Some of the first known cases of COVID-19 in Colorado showed up in Vail and Eagle County. That means there are people who have recovered and can give blood plasma that might help critically ill patients.

The Carbondale Emergency Task Force is partnering with Roaring Fork Family Practice to launch an advance directives service and awareness campaign promoting health care planning during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. For more on what that means, KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon spoke with Dr. Gary Knauss and the task force health lead Ryn Calhoon.

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Colorado Governore Jared Polis

Colorado is no longer under a statewide stay at home order, but Governor Jared Polis is warning residents he might have to bring back restrictions if they are not careful and coronavirus cases spike again.

Colorado House Speaker KC Becker took to Twitter on Monday to vent about the grim task she and other state lawmakers will face next month when they return to the Capitol to try and write a budget during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lucas Turner

 


  Garfield County libraries plan to re-open on Monday, May 11. According to a press release, library hours will be limited, staff will check out materials that are in the library, and print items that are sent from your phone, tablet, or home computer. ...more

 

Testing is considered a major requirement on the path back to normal, and as the president has made clear, it's largely up to the states to find the way. Are states in the Mountain West up to the task? By multiple measures, Utah and New Mexico are leading the way, while other states are still lagging behind. 

Pitkin County's stay at home order has been extended through May 8. Visitors and residents must continue to follow the guidance outline in the last amended Pitkin County Public Health Order.  Public Health Officials say it will allow the community to develop strategies and guidelines for preventing a surge of COVID-19 cases when it moves to the "safer-at-home" phase.

Aspen Community Foundation

Aspen Community Foundation, in partnership with Kissane Viola Design, has launched an Aspen to Parachute COVID-19 resource webpage. It lists information about food, financial assistance, or childcare, how to volunteer, and more. Information is updated regularly. A Spanish-language page is available at A2PCOVID.org/sp

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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.

Rent Relief Available for Aspen Businesses

Apr 24, 2020
Amanda J. Duryee

Small businesses in Aspen can now apply for rent relief of up to $14,000. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

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