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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Across the country, millions of U.S. citizens were excluded by the CARES Act from receiving a stimulus check due to filing taxes jointly with an immigrant spouse. During a recent virtual press conference organized by the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, restaurant owner and mother of two Alaina Silva gave voice to families affected by this provision. You can watch the full presentation here.

Peach Valley CSA

Glenwood's Saturday Farmers' Market celebrates 35 years this summer. For founding vendor Peach Valley CSA Farm, the advantages of an alternative distribution method are affirmed this season by the pandemic crisis. KDNK caught up with farmer Ken Kuhns to learn more.

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KDNK News and Public Affairs won big this year, taking home two regional Murrow Awards from the Radio and Television Digital News Association and multiple first and second place awards from Colorado Broadcasters Association.

Carbondale Farmers' Market

The Carbondale Farmers' Market is poised to launch on June 10 as essential business with special guidelines. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with market manager Jamie Wall for an update...

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.

TRTC

Thunder River Theatre debuts the virtual ExtravaGala variety show Thursday night. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon spoke with Executive Artistic Director Corey Simpson about the production.

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.

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

 

Pitkin County officials are eyeing strategies for combatting COVID-19 once stay at home restrictions are lifted. Public Health Director Karen Koenneman Thursday described current restrictions as "the hammer” and upcoming mitigation strategies as "the dance.” 

Eagle County

Eagle County Commissioners Tuesday allocated an additional $500,000 in economic assistance for residents experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments is spearheading new fiber-optic network dubbed Project Thor. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Neighborhood Heroes

As part of the Carbondale Mutual Aid Group and Emergency Taskforce, residents Emily and Debbie Bruell are spearheading a new program called “Neighborhood Heroes.” They spoke to KDNK’s Lucas Turner about how it works. For more on how to sign up as a neighborhood hero, click the headline.

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A Colorado-based Facebook group titled “Go Outside and Howl at 8pm” now has over 500 thousand members, and it’s just one of many similar groups. Coloradans all over the state have taken to the new quarantine activity.

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CDC

The Pitkin County Board of Health Monday endorsed an advisory urging the public to wear non-medical cloth masks in public places where social distancing is not possible. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Firefighter/Engineer J. Baker

 

Beginning April 15, 2020, at 12:00 AM, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office along with the Bureau of Land Management-Colorado River Valley Field Office, the US Forest Service and the seven Fire Districts in Garfield County will enact Stage 1 fire restrictions. The Sheriff's office says "We are all aware of the extra burden that has been placed on our First Responders due to the COVID-19 outbreak in our country and our communities. There are simply not enough firefighter/EMTs available for COVID-19 response and non-essential burning responses." The announcement comes after two controlled burns near Rifle and Silt went out of control on Friday and Saturday.

Two controlled burns in Garfield County went out of control Friday and Saturday. Garfield County Sherriff’s Office and Colorado River Fire Rescue responded to a fire on Happy Dog Trail west of Rifle Gap Reservoir Friday. By the time it was extinguished it had burned about 25 acres. No one was injured and no structures were lost. Another fire south of Silt on County Road 313 also started as a “controlled burn” but quickly grew to at least 20 acres. No one was injured, but a cabin, a shed, and four vehicles were lost in the blaze.

 


  Aspen City Council Thursday, upon first reading, approved earmarking 6 million dollars for an emergency relief and economic stimulus package to benefit residents, workers and businesses from Aspen to Parachute.

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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.

USAF

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has promised to challenge in court the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era clean car standards after revised rules were announced this week.

According to the US Census Bureau, as of Wednesday, 40.3% of Colorado households have self-responded to the 2020 Census. The national self-response rate is 38.4%.  In Garfield County, a little more than 37% of households have responded, 24.2% in Lake County, 16.7% in Pitkin County, and 9.8% in Eagle County. The self-response questionnaire is at 2020census.gov and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

The Pitkin County Public Health Office Tuesday confirmed the first death of a Pitkin County resident due to COVID-19 infection. The victim, a 94-year-old male with serious underlying medical issues, died on March 24 at his home in Aspen. He had been suffering from COVID-like symptoms but had not been diagnosed prior to his death.

The halls of the state Capitol are so quiet and empty during the coronavirus pandemic, some state patrol troopers have been spotted biking through the halls outside of the governor's office.

But while the building is closed to the public indefinitely and lawmakers remain away on an emergency recess that is likely to extend into April, party leaders are still waging a high-stakes political battle behind the scenes.

Pitkin County Public Health has ordered new restrictions that further prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting contact between people, primarily through a stay-at-home order.

In response to recent COVID-19 developments and directives by Governor Polis, the Division of Professions and Occupations under the state Department of Regulatory Agencies will expedite licensing to increase the healthcare workforce.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted 2-1 Thursday to approve the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project in Oregon, but it still has some barriers in its way. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Last week YouthZone, the Colorado Workforce Center and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation announced a partnership with the goal of giving teens at YouthZone guidance and help on their career path and first steps into adulthood. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has this story.

Garfield RE-2 is providing breakfast and lunch for anyone 18 and under at no charge. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

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All Garfield County Libraries are closed through April 8th. All library book drops are also closed, and there will be no overdue fines during this time. Librarians are asking the public to hold on to your library materials.

 

Lucas Turner

Local public health officials say the response to COVID-19 is now shifting gears. One of the key strategies is called social distancing. KDNK’s Lucas Turner explains why this strategy is important to understand, and how it reduces the spread of the virus.

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