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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.

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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.

 

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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.

The first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Garfield County was confirmed today at 4:41 pm MST. This individual is a Garfield County woman in her 30’s who had contact with the travelers that tested positive for COVID-19 in Pitkin County. She has not been hospitalized and is recovering in self-quarantine. Garfield County Public Health will be contacting those who may have had potential exposure.

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Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has advised the Pitkin County Public Health Department that one test for COVID-19 is presumptively positive for the virus. Pitkin County now has 11 presumptive positive cases with results from 23 tests still pending. Officials say a contact tracing investigation is underway to determine whether community transmission is taking place in Pitkin County.

 

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The Garfield County Recycling Center along Highway 6 in Rifle is closed until further notice. According to a press release issued by the county Thursday, biohazardous waste was illegally dumped at the site, forcing the closure.

Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin County issued a public health order Thursday to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19 in the region. The order is effective immediately and will be revisited on April 8th, 2020.

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DENVER -- New research from the Economic Policy Institute shows that switching to a single-payer health system would boost the overall economy, make it easier for workers to switch jobs or start businesses, and create a net surplus of new jobs.

Craft Brewers to Urge Gardner to Advance CORE Act

Mar 11, 2020
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DENVER -- Leaders from Colorado's multi-billion-dollar craft beverage industry delivered a letter this week urging U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to co-sponsor the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy - or CORE - Act, designed in part to protect watersheds.

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  Eagle County Commissioners voted to extend the local disaster emergency declaration Tuesday in response to COVID-19. KDNK’s Lucas Turner reports on what the declaration means.

City of Glenwood Springs

The City of Glenwood Springs hosts its first virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday March 10th at 6pm. The meeting will feature information about upcoming infrastructure projects, and updates about the COVID 19 virus. Glenwood’s public information officer Sarah Derrigan says there are multiple ways to attend the meeting. Click the headline for instructions on how to participate.

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The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, but immigrant rights advocates say the controversy has created a chilling effect that could lead to an undercount.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

After extensive collaboration between community groups, and two public comment periods, Pitkin County officials Tuesday voted to adopt the new Penny Hot Springs Management Plan. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

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Every year the Colorado Department of Agriculture creates the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory. It lists places to get food and other agricultural items produced right here in the state. KDNK's Lucas Turner spoke with Wendy White, a marketing specialist, and manager of the Colorado Proud program to get the details.

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After months of negotiations, the Post Independent reports that Centura Health, Colorado’s largest healthcare provider is backing out of the Southwest Health Alliance, an offshoot of Summit County-based Peak Health Alliance, which Garfield County is expected to join.

DENVER -- Getting an accurate count in the upcoming 2020 Census could be a big factor in determining whether federally funded agencies can provide the same services other Americans rely on to people with a limited ability to read, write or speak English.

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Solar Rollers is a non-profit high school energy education program where student teams design, build and race high-performance, solar-powered R.C. cars. In May, the race comes back to the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

The Colorado legislature has passed a bill to repeal the death penalty. The decision comes after several days of emotional debates that put the spotlight on lawmakers' religious beliefs and their experiences of losing loved ones to gun violence and murder.

The final approval on Wednesday came despite opposition from some leading Democrats, including Sen. Rhonda Fields, whose son was killed by two of the three men currently on Colorado's death row.

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New research released last week by MJ Bradley & Associates shows that Colorado is off-course to meet emissions standards mandated in last year’s House Bill 1261. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

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Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) has invited four different valley artists to make 8-foot by 8-foot billboards for public display starting next week, and the pieces will have some things in common. They’ll all be black-and-white, bilingual, and contain the same slogan: “THIS ART IS
MADE FROM CARBON EMISSIONS / ESTA PIEZA ESTA HECHA CON
EMISIONES DE CARBONO.”

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  Colorado State University and Garfield County are partnering to create a new 12,000 square-foot 'education center' in Rifle. The two-story building will feature a shooting range, and spaces for the community and 4H members to explore woodworking, metal fabrication, cooking, gardening, quilting, sewing, robotics, and more.

 

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