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  • News broke on Friday afternoon, that Democratic challenger Adam Frisch conceded the race in Colorado’s Third Congressional District to incumbent Republican Lauren Boebert. The Denver Post is reporting on the rise of RSV, COVID and FLU hospitalizations in the state. According to a recent Denver Post Newsletter, Colorado is heading into a major holiday with the three viruses putting pressure on the state's hospitals. Inflation has already put a squeeze on grocery budgets. And now, the USDA says avian flu has claimed millions of turkeys this year – pushing turkey prices higher as Thanksgiving approaches. One Lake City man may be having fish for Thanksgiving….Matt Smiley nabbed a state record Brook trout while fishing the Waterdog Lake in the Uncompahgre National Forest last month.
  • Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order to amend and extend the COVID-19 disaster declaration. The measure, signed earlier this month, allows agencies to continue to access State and federal funding for rapid response during the coming months. Water enthusiasts will soon have a new boat ramp on the Gunnison River. The Colorado West Land Trust and Western Slope Conservation Center have received grants for improvements at a new site on G-50 Road in Delta County. Vaping is becoming a serious issue at Delta County School bus stops and buses, reports The Delta County Independent. Bus Garage Director Joyce Conger spoke to the school board about the number of students vaping on the bus and at bus stops. Superintendent Caryn Gibson said the infractions and punishments are the same whether it happens on the bus or on school grounds.
  • Access to labor and employment standards can be inconsistent for guest workers coming to the U.S. to do farm and ranch work. A local advocacy organization is making great strides to remedy that. Kate Redmond has more. Then the pandemic wreaked havoc in many nursing homes and prisons. State psychiatric hospitals say they controlled COVID-19 a lot better, though there are some notable exceptions. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Madelyn Beck reports.
  • Jordan Campbell of Ramro Global, dedicated to crisis reporting and worldwide humanitarian action, shared stories and photos last week at the Sherbino in Ridgway from his trip to the Donbas region of Ukraine, under siege by the Russian military. Kate Redmond speaks with him about the conflict and the importance of geopolitical reporting.
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Arjun Bacigalupi, a salutatorian who gave a rousing speech at the North Fork High School graduation. Plus, Laura Palmisano reports a film festival highlighting perspectives on disability is coming to Lake City this Sunday.
  • Third congressional district primary candidates are meeting tonight at 6 at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Colorado. Lucas Brady Woods sits down with the League’s president, Karen Sheek. Plus, Scott Franz reports some Colorado lawmakers say they want to pass new laws promoting abortion access if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down federal protections.
  • June is Pride month. Kate Redmond speaks with Dr. Lynda Spann about emotional and mental health in the LGBTQ community. Plus, planning to visit Lake San Cristobal in Hinsdale County this summer? There are new rules for the lake and other area recreation sites. Laura Palmisano reports. Learn more here.
  • COVID cases are increasing in most of the country, but it’s hard to say how much. Madelyn Beck reports. Plus, much-needed new housing projects in Paonia may require a Special Review by the Board Of Trustees due to zoning. Kate Redmond speaks to Mayor Pro Tem Dave Knutson and Trustee Paige Smith.
  • In the March issue of Delta High School student newspaper The Paw Print, freshman Juliana Stagner wrote about gender-based discrepancies she noticed while tuned to the Winter Olympics. We talk about her reporting on the different conditions for male and female athletes at her school. Plus, Kate Redmond reports 1 in 7 Colorado children live with food insecurity. Members of the beef industry have set out to change that. And Colorado lawmakers are unveiling a bipartisan bill they say will help prevent deaths from fentanyl by increasing criminal penalties for distribution of the drug.
  • In the March issue of Delta High School student newspaper The Paw Print, freshman Juliana Stagner wrote about gender-based discrepancies she noticed while tuned to the Winter Olympics. We talk about her reporting on the different conditions for male and female athletes at her school. Plus, Kate Redmond reports 1 in 7 Colorado children live with food insecurity. Members of the beef industry have set out to change that. And Colorado lawmakers are unveiling a bipartisan bill they say will help prevent deaths from fentanyl by increasing criminal penalties for distribution of the drug.