Ron Parker

  • Colorado hospitals could be overwhelmed if COVID-19 spike continues
  • Montrose County has new outbreaks
  • Mesa County sees climbing COVID-19 infection rates, may return to tighter restrictions
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon analyzes ballot measure 7A to increase taxes for the Colorado River District

  • Montrose County seeks move to less restrictive pandemic guidelines
  • Montrose COVID-19 testing moves to County Event Center
  • Great Outdoors Colorado funds Western Slope projects for outdoor recreation, land protection
  • Fatal motorcycle crashes up 12% reports CDOT
  • Colorado voters age 50+ are not a ‘lock’ for either US Senate candidate
  • Economic recovery has been faster on the Western Slope, says CMU professor

  • Honda settles defective airbag suit with Colorado for $1.6M
  • Ouray County offering free COVID testing Aug. 31 & Sep. 1, giving up on mask compliance
  • No charges filed against officers who shot David Martin 17 times in Fruita
  • State says West Elk Mine may have violated the law
  • House Republican sues Gov. Polis over mask mandate
  • Airline industry may not recover for several years
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon learns about pandemic EBT from Hunger Free Colorado

The American conversation around masks and COVID-19 has taken a dizzying turn. For months, wearing masks has been politicized as a sign of liberal leanings. But in recent days, ever more governors — many of them Republican — have moved to mandate masks. This week President Trump — arguably the nation's most visible mask un-enthusiast — started referring to wearing them as "patriotic."

Naomi Sikora

KVNF's Kori Stanton talks with Paonia, CO native, Naomi Sikora from her hotel in New York City. Naomi left Colorado in mid March to work at a hospital in Manhattan.

  • Governor Jared Polis says state will begin more widespread testing for coronavirus
  • Study shows rural counties in West don't have testing resources of cities
  • Update on spread of COVID-19 in three Western Slope counties
  • Some hospitals slowly starting to do more elective surgeries
  • Foundations in the state are working to ensure everyone gets counted in 2020 Census


  • Safer at Home order does not mean social distancing is over, warns Gov. Polis
  • BLM fast-track approving the vast majority of its oil and gas permit applications
  • Single parents face unique challenges during the coronavirus pandemic


  • Gov. Polis seeks disaster declaration for peach crop losses
  • Western States Pact aims to slow spread of COVID-19, share best practices
  • May 5 special election
  • Businesses slowly reopening

  • State Democrats ask citizens to report incidents of racism during the pandemic
  • Sheriffs respond to disturbing call in Delta County on Wednesday night
  • Some Western states better prepared for comprehensive testing than others


  • Latest COVID-19 stats
  • Gov. Polis and Rep. Tipton have contentious exchange over federal coronavirus funding

  • Governor Jared Polis tells residents that pandemic precautions will remain in place
  • Comprehensive study indicates climate change continues to threaten Colorado River
  • BLM releases new management plan for 1.7 million acres; locals say agency disregarded their input
  • Salt injection facility on West End reopens a year after causing earthquakes


  • Oncoming allergy season makes coronavirus especially tricky to diagnose
  • After avalanches, officials ask residents to stay out of high country due to coronavirus
  • Rare species of frog surviving against all odds in Utah


  • Mesa County making plans to help homeless
  • Montrose foundation gives grants to nonprofits
  • Delta drive-in opens tonight

  • Governor Jared Polis prepares Convention Center to be makeshift hospital
  • Senior citizens throughout the West have survived pandemics, wars, depressions
  • BLM releases final Uncomphagre resource management plan


  • New guide from USDA for rural resources during COVID-19
  • DMEA finalizes plan to move to new power supplier Guzman Energy
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife holds online mountain lion management open house
  • One hiker dies, another is rescued near Grand Junction

  • Governor Jared Polis extends date of emergency declaration
  • New 'Howling at 8' phenomenon extending throughout Western Slope
  • Local coronavirus updates
  • Pastors get permission for rare Easter service at Delta Drive-In


  • Telluride Bluegrass Festival cancelled for the first time ever
  • BLM releases new management plan for 1.7 million acres
  • Snowpack close to normal across state

  • Governor Jared Polis extends stay at home order through April 27th
  •  Grand Junction and Montrose companies and volunteers work to make masks
  • San Miguel County first in the nation to offer all residents free coronavirus tests


  • Municipal elections today
  • Stay-at-home order helping slow spread of COVID-19
  • Help on the way for nonprofits and small businesses

  • Governor Polis asks residents to wear facial coverings when outside
  • Montrose County reports first COVID-19 fatality; Ouray County has first case
  • Doctor in Colorado Springs offers assessment of spread of coronavirus


  • Public comment needed on San Miguel/Ouray county transmission line project
  • COTREX - Colorado Parks & Wildlife trails app shows closed and open trails
  • Gov. Polis:  wear cloth masks to prevent spreading virus
  • Montrose mental health support line 970-252-6220

  • Governor Jared Polis issues statewide stay-at-home executive order
  • Hinsdale County implementing more stringent protection measures
  • Montrose County up to 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Water managers taking steps to ensure water supply remains consistent
  • United States Senate passes historic 2 trillion dollar aid package


  • First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Delta County
  • 5 of 6 KVNF listening area counties now have at least one case of COVID-19
  • Study released about hospital preparation, readiness for oncoming patients
  • Number of communities around state under shelter in place growing


  • National Guard conducts testing in Montrose
  • First confirmed case of COVID-19 reported in Montrose County
  • Hinsdale County reports first case of COVID-19, from Lake City
  • Governor Polis urges citizens to stay at home to prevent spread of coronavirus

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  • Capitol Coverage of ongoing efforts to battle spread of coronavirus in Colorado
  • Pandemic will have long lasting, dramatic impact upon state budget
  • National Guard screens 100 pre-selected patients in Telluride
  • Food pantries around the state gearing up to feed kids during school closures
  • Delta County closes some offices at courthouse complex

  • Governor Polis announces closure of bars, restaurants; large public events cancelled
  • Montrose County staff closes county offices, will work from home
  • Cities of Montrose, Ouray declare state of emergency
  • Delta County activates Emergency Response Center
  • Delta County Libraries announce all facilities are closed, events cancelled

  • Coverage of coronavirus impact on local communities
  • Schools closed in Montrose, Delta counties
  • Aspen has to stop testing for COVID-19 due to lack of resources
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital issues protocol for treatment
  • State legislative session suspended until end of month

  • Lawmakers voting to reschedule local, county elections due to coronavirus
  • Large private company to close doors in Grand Junction, hundreds of jobs impacted
  • Arch Coal reaches agreement with company for methane flaring in North Fork Valley
  • NW Colorado wolfpack spotted again, wildlife managers wonder where it came from
  • CHSAA suspends all state Spring sports until at least April
  • Parks and Wildlife to offer free help for big game hunters in Montrose

  • Governor Polis asks older residents to be safe, stay out of the high country
  • Gunnison County sees first confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Pitkin County has the largest outbreak cluster of COVID-19 in Aspen
  • Cases of Alzheimer's in state going up, many doctors unqualified to diagnose it
  • If Governor Polis agrees, Columbus Day will be renamed Frances Cabrini Day
  • Parks and Wildlife offering free help applying for big game hunting licenses


What should you do if you think you might have the coronavirus? How are Western Slope hospitals preparing for their first COVID-19 patients? KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews staffers from Delta Memorial and Montrose Memorial to answer these questions and more.

  • Feature story on local reaction, preparation for coronavirus
  • Four candidates running for three seats on Hotchkiss Town Council

  • First two presumptive cases of COVID-19 detected in Colorado
  • Governor Polis says tests for coronavirus to be stepped up
  • Democrats at state house unveil public health option
  • New KVNF General Manager talks about job as Pledge Drive approaches
  • Parks and Wildlife announces availability of seasonal state park jobs

  • Delta, Mesa County health departments issue statements about coronavirus
  • Governor Jared Polis says Colorado will be ready if coronavirus spreads here
  • Colorado poised to join a handful of other states legalizing pay for college athletes
  • Woman in Southwest Colorado passes 1,000th day living in sanctuary church

  • Death penalty repeal passes in House, Governor's signature expected
  • Montrose County issues press release about coronavirus
  • Immigrant groups working hard to get accurate count in Census
  • Narrow gauge railroad switches to oil burning locomotive