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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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Garfield County Commissioners are part of a lawsuit against the state’s Air Quality Control Commission. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh explains.

The state legislature will adjourn for at least two weeks starting Saturday to help protect the public from the spread of COVID-19.

With its big political debates and historic treasures, the state Capitol building often sees thousands of visitors each day.

That has lawmakers worried about the potential for the virus to spread in the busy building.

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.

Gov. Jared Polis is urging the cancellation of large public gatherings as several more COVID-19 cases are reported around the state.

Polis says gatherings of more than 250 people should be cancelled unless organizers can prove attendees will be at least 6 feet away from each other.



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.


Garfield County

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.

Ranked Choice Voting Demystified

Mar 12, 2020
US Air Force

Basalt will use ranked choice voting, also known as ranked voting, in April’s mayoral election. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more on the voting style and why Basalt is using it this year. 

Craft Brewers to Urge Gardner to Advance CORE Act

Mar 11, 2020
Lucas Turner

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.

Alliance Sues BLM Over Quarry Permit

Mar 11, 2020
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Another lawsuit has been filed concerning the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry near Glenwood Springs. This time, it’s against the Bureau of Land Management. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Eagle County


  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.

A woman in Pitkin County tested positive for COVID-19 this weekend but not until she returned home to Australia. Pitkin County officials held a press call Monday to talk about precautions. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. Click on the headline to find numbers and links for Coronavirus and COVID-19 information and local updates.

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.

Colorado has its first two "presumptive positive" cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the latest coronavirus. State health officials on Thursday confirmed an out-of-state visitor to Summit County has tested positive.

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  Carbondale resident Karl Hanlon has thrown his hat in the ring to challenge incumbent Republican State Senator Bob Rankin to represent the 8th District at the statehouse. Hanlon recently spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh. In this clip. they talk about why he's in the race, his upbringing in Jackson County, Colorado, and how climate change is showing up in rural parts of the state. Click on the headline for Hanlon's take on affordable housing, rural Colorado jobs and more.


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.

With almost half of precincts reporting, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was declared the winner of Colorado's Democratic presidential primary.

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.

Colorado Department of Agriculture

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.

As Rosa Sabido marked 1,000 days in sanctuary at the Mancos United Methodist Church, her supporters rallied in Durango in hopes of Capitol Hill offering a path to citizenship for the Mexican immigrant.

Since December, Rosa Belongs Here has gathered 2,750 signatures asking for Rep. Scott Tipton to sponsor Sabido with a private bill that would grant permanent residency. 

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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.


As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, Governor Jared Polis says Colorado will be prepared for it if it gets here. KDNK's Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz has more.

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.

Border Wall Threatens Plant, Animal, Human Communities

Feb 26, 2020
Arizona Game and Fish

Myles Traphagen works on wildlife issues in the borderlands of Arizona and New Mexico for the Wildlands Network. He joins colleague Mirna Manteca tonight at Carbondale Middle School to talk about what’s happening to animal and human communities along the border wall. The bilingual event is part of Wilderness Workshop’s Naturalist Night series and begins at 6.  Here, he talks with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about some of the wildlife issues and how foundational US environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, have been waived to build the wall.

WildEarth Gaurdians

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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Garfield County Commissioners have voiced concern about the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental review of a hydrology study for the proposed Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry expansion. But, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out, there may be some misunderstandings about the review process.