COVID-19

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Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon joined KDNK's Gavin Dahl to dicuss his feature on how local farmers are reponding to the COVID-19 crisis. He spoke to the leaders of Rock Bottom Ranch, Wild Mountain Seeds, Two Roots Farm, and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute about farmers markets, CSAs, and other ways they hope to grow their impact in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2020. 

UPDATED FRIDAY APRIL 9th at 11:30 am MT

Pitkin County Landfill is closed to the public until further notice. Only essential commercial waste haulers will be allowed access during the COVID-19 shutdown with the following exception: "Residents depositing trash, recycling and compost will be allowed access to the landfill on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 11am and 1pm."

During the closure, the landfill will not accept construction waste, hazardous waster electronics, furniture, or non-essential landscaping debris. You can find more information at landfillrules.com

Coloradans Get Up to Speed on COVID-19 Scams

Apr 8, 2020
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DENVER -- Using federal coronavirus stimulus checks as bait, criminals are finding new ways to separate Coloradans from their money. Eric Galatas has more.

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The Board of Trustees at Colorado Mountain College announced this week the college will waive tuitions, books, and fees this summer. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Now less than seven months away from a general election that could be held under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled a plan to radically reshape voting to respond to the emergency.

It's a massive set of proposals that shows where the more liberal section of the Democratic Party wants to take Democracy, even if Republican lawmakers in the Senate and the White House have made it clear that such changes are political nonstarters.

Colorado Fiscal Institute

KDNK News Director Lucas Turner speaks with Senior Economist Chris Stiffler about his report What 10 Charts Can Tell Us About How Recessions Affect Colorado. The report from Colorado Fiscal Institute covers state revenue, family income, Medicaid enrollments and more.

Courtesy Dr. Timothy Rummel

Colorado is among the places on the national radar for an emerging surge in possible COVID-19 cases. As of this past weekend, Colorado had seen nearly 5000 known cases, and 140 deaths as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus. In El Paso County alone, there have been 25 related deaths. KRCC's Andrea Chalfin recently spoke with Dr. Tim Rummel, a pulmonary critical care doctor at UCHealth, on what it's like as the number of cases continues to grow.

City of Glenwood Springs

As of Tuesday Morning, facial coverings are mandatory in incorporated Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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.

Molly Marcello / KZMU

In Southeastern Utah, National Parks and Monuments are shuttering in response to coronavirus at the behest of rural healthcare officials. KZMU’s Molly Marcello has more.

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Colorado’s coronavirus response team is racing to add thousands of additional hospital beds to handle a projected surge of new cases in the coming weeks. KUNC’s Scott Franz has more.

Kathleen Shannon, courtesy of The Sopris Sun

The newest member of the KDNK news team, Kathleen Shannon, sat down with Gavin Dah on Booked to discuss her article in The Sopris Sun on utility workers and other services that make life at home during the COVID-19 crisis possible. She also talked about her radio show, The Time Being, on Wednesday nights from 9-11pm. When she's playing music, she goes by the on air moniker KillaKath. 

Courtesy of Post Independent

Post Independent reporter John Stroud has covered the Roaring Fork Valley for 30 years. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 his journalistic output has been as prolific as ever. He spoke with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about interviewing the first person to test positive for COVID in Garfield County, how the Roaring Fork School District is handling the crisis, the 9th Judicial District putting eviction and foreclosure proceedings on hold, and more. 

SB-181 Rulemaking Process Paused Due to COVID-19

Apr 2, 2020
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The Coronavirus is taking a toll on the SB-181 rulemaking process. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

Pitkin County’s March 23rd public health order bans short-term lodging. The Aspen Daily News reports that the county Incident Management Team is cracking down after finding out that people recently booked vacation rentals in the area and then sought medical treatment for COVID-19-like symptoms.

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.

Carbondale Emergency Task Force Seeking Volunteers

Apr 1, 2020
Town of Carbondale

The Carbondale Emergency Taskforce (CETF) is seeking volunteers and directing those who need assistance to the correct resources. AZYEP News Team’s Mountain Maes explains more about volunteering and requesting help.

 

 

Regional health officials in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin counties are asking residents to self-report their symptoms as a way of measuring and responding to the spread of COVID-19. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Becky Larson, Epidemiologist for Eagle County Public Health and Environment to learn more about how these tools work.

Deadly Fish Tank Cleaner Not Coronavirus Cure

Mar 31, 2020

 


Self-medicating with fish tank cleaner to avoid COVID-19 infection is not a good idea. Here’s why.

Gov. Jared Polis said Monday the dramatic social distancing measures residents are taking in Colorado appear to be working.

Polis said new testing results suggest the spread of the COVID-19 may be slowing days after schools, bars and restaurants were ordered to close their doors around the state. He reported it is now taking five days for cases of the virus to double statewide.

Roaring Fork School district is now offering free, nutritious meals to children under 18. They can receive one breakfast and one lunch per day, regardless of or where they attend school or, household income status. Parents and legal guardians can pick up meals without children present. More information, including a schedule and a list of pickup locations, roaringforkschools.com

 

Grand River Meals on Wheels

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners voted Friday to fund Grand River Meals on Wheels (GRMoW) in the amount of $40,000 to sustain home delivery meal services to homebound clients in Western Garfield County. The vote came as the need for social distancing measures around COVID-19 has driven participation in the program up 20% since early March.

Gov. Jared Polis is defending his decision to issue a stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.

During a news conference Friday, he said state health officials told him that if he didn't take aggressive action to keep residents isolated from one another, COVID-19 could kill as many as 33,000 Coloradans by June 1.

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.

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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.

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