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Local Motion: Small Business Tips During COVID

In the middle of the pandemic small businesses are having to pivot quickly and discover new ways to offer services and products to their customers. KVNF talks with Chelsea Rosty, Director of Business Innovation & Tourism for the city of Montrose, CO and DART about how local businesses are creatively navigating through COVID. Jayme Henderson of The Storm Cellar and Creator of the blog Holly & Flora , shares several social media and marketing tips during a time of social distancing. One...

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  • Unemployment claims drop in Colorado for 6th straight week
  • Lawmakers cast votes from home during pandemic
  • Legislature considers bill to extend sick leave benefits
  • Man arrested in Yellowstone on Forrest Fenn treasure hunt
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO Matt Heyn discusses hospital's financial situation

  • A tale of mushroom foraging
  • New study finds most state residents support wolf reintroduction

Millions  of people globally have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everything from schools to states and countries have shut down to limit the spread of the virus. National parks have been temporarily shuttered in many places to protect visitors, staff, and surrounding communities. With all this going on, it’s hard to remember what day it is much less remember what is happening in the night sky! Why should we care about astronomy during a worldwide emergency? Shouldn’t we be focusing our energy elsewhere?

  • New mask-disinfecting system in Montrose isn't meeting expectations
  • Grizzly 399, world-famous bear, debuts four new cubs in Grand Teton
  • A look at the federal Paycheck Protection Program on the Western Slope

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The coronavirus "safer at home" protocol is still in effect, so our gardeners are joining us once again via telephone.  Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Vockhausen & Lance Swigart are deep into spring garden preparation and planting.

  • Delta and Montrose get variances from state for restaurants, gyms and churches
  • State lawmakers return to a changed Capitol, consider new bills
  • New collaborative food farming program serves Western Slope


  Musicians around the world are getting creative about connecting with their audience during a time of social distance. Gathering for live, in-person performance is still unsafe. One local band in Moab, Utah is solving this dilemma – by bringing the performance to the people. KZMU's Molly Marcello has more.

  • No Memorial Day pool openings
  • Ouray opens new Via Ferrata climbing attraction
  • State encourages everyone with COVID-19 symptoms to get a free test
  • State lawmakers return to a changed reality
  • Brass band parades in Moab bridge social distance


Musician, producer and music teacher Joel Michael calls in to KVNF via Zoom from his home in Chiang Mi Thailand. Joel talks with Kori Stanton about his new conceptutal EP 'Returning to Leave' which comes out May 29, 2020 and shares several unreleased tracks.

  • Colorado National Monument reopening some facilities
  • State reminds drivers to stay sober behind the wheel for Memorial Day weekend
  • New mental health phone chat service available
  • Coalition urges Colorado to avoid massive budget cuts
  • Testing every nursing home resident and staffer in state would cost $15 million
  • Air travel increasing but far from normal
  • Accurate census count more difficult during pandemic


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Across the country on Sunday, protesters staged large-scale demonstrations prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and, more broadly, anger at police brutality. Some cities, including Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle, saw clashes with police, buildings and cars set afire and looting.

By evening, many demonstrations had devolved into another night of violence with protesters ignoring curfews imposed in dozens of cities.

Protests have erupted across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd, and some of the demonstrations have turned violent, leading political leaders and activists to debate over who is responsible.

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Amid continuing protests over the death of George Floyd, Target has temporarily closed or adjusted hours at more than 200 stores nationwide.

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