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Local Venues on 'Red Alert' Advocate for Bipartisan Law

Kaspar Keil

The live events industry has declared a red alert with over 1500 venues across the country illuminating their buildings in red at night to raise awareness about the financial strain of the pandemic. The goal is to encourage Congress to pass bipartisan legislation known as the Restart Act, sponsored by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. KVNF’s Gavin Dahl learned more from Sen. Bennet about the proposed law earlier this summer.

Venues across the KVNF listening area have joined the effort, organized by the group We Make Events. In Paonia, the Paradise, Blue Sage Center for the Arts, and Paonia Town Park Stage are participating. In Telluride, the Liberty, Sheridan Opera House, and Telluride Town Park are too. Also heeding the call is the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. You can learn more and see a list of participating venues at WeMakeEvents.org


Gavin Dahl is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. He worked for KVNF from July 2020 to July 2022. He won awards and recognition for his KVNF reporting from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has been published by The Montrose Press, The Sopris Sun, Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Radio Survivor, Boise Weekly, and The Austin American-Statesman. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA in media production and community organizing.
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