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Gov. Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for non-essential workers and activities.

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Colorado scientists adjust to new pace under coronavirus

DENVER (AP) – COVID-19 has launched an unprecedented scope of businesses requiring remote work. However, some jobs just can’t be done remotely. In Colorado’s academic world, there’s a class of...

DATE: April 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

How to recreate responsibly outside during a disease pandemic

It’s more than understandable: You’ve been cooped up for weeks at home, the weather is getting nicer and you want to start getting out on your favorite trails around Southwest Colorado. Recreating...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

A lesson from the Spanish influenza outbreak a century ago

Questioning the importance and effectiveness of social distancing? Look no further than the Spanish influenza outbreak of 1918 for a moment in Southwest Colorado’s past that should inform the...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Poorly prepared New Mexico suffered greatly in 1918 pandemic

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – “Keep away from the sick,” the newspaper advised, “avoid crowds, wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.” Sound measures for combating the...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Endangered gray wolf population on the rise in Southwest

THE EDGE OF THE GILA WILDERNESS, N.M. – A voice interrupted the crackle of the radio at basecamp: “Starting pursuit.” The rest of the team on the ground was anxious to hear those words after the...

DATE: March 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Grieving La Plata County residents find healing through yoga

Kaiti Rhea Countryman, an Ignacio resident, needed a place to quiet her mind and process her grief after losing several family members since 2010. So she turned to a yoga mat. Countryman and her...

DATE: March 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

Mesa Verde National Park remains open

Mesa Verde National Park announced it will modify operations during the coronavirus outbreak, but it will remain open. As of March 17, partial closures within the park were implemented to reduce...

DATE: March 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

IronWood revives mill west of Dolores, seeing opportunity in timber market

As truckloads of logs arrive at the newly opened IronWood mill near Dolores, trucks with stacks of veneer sheets leave for plywood factories. In between, ponderosa pine trees from the San Juan...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Southern Ute Boarding School listed as a ‘most endangered’ place

Just outside of Ignacio, on Southern Ute tribal land, remnants of a campus where the federal government carried out its campaign to assimilate Native American youths and eradicate their culture...

DATE: March 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Former uranium mines on Navajo Nation up for assessments

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Officials from the Navajo Nation and the federal government are taking a closer look at more than a dozen former uranium mines on the reservation. The tribe and the U.S....

DATE: March 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

U.S. House passes bill to expand Yucca House National Monument

A proposed expansion of Yucca House National Monument to protect ancient ruins and facilitate improved access is a step closer to reality. House Bill 1492, which would expand the monument ...

DATE: March 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado holds invasive mussels at bay as threat grows

Colorado Parks and Wildlife decontaminated more mussel-infested boats in 2019 than in 2018, but inspectors again kept the invasive and destructive mussels out of the state’s lakes and reservoirs....

DATE: Feb. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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