Colorado High School Sports Delayed Again by COVID

DENVER—The high school sports season in Colorado has once again been infected by the coronavirus. Today, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) banned indoor group sports for the time being. This means, Season B, which included girl’s and boy’s basketball, skiing, wrestling, ice hockey, … Read more

More COVID Relief Funds Available for Parachute Businesses

PARACHUTE—The town of Parachute is once again going to bat for local businesses that are still struggling financially due to COVID-19. The town is offering a third round of grant funding through the Business Interim Relief Program.  Town Manager Stuart McArthur says businesses can apply for a grant of up to $1,000.00. He says the … Read more

Discrepancy in Garfield County COVID Deaths

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—How many people in Garfield County have died from COVID-19? The exact number isn’t known yet. Garfield County is reporting six while the state health department’s count is now up to 11.  Public Health Specialist Carrie Godes says the higher number may be correct but it has not been verified by Garfield County Coroner … Read more

State Lawmakers Report for Special COVID-19 Session

DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers went back to work today for a special session called by by Gov. Jared Polis to pass bills offering sales tax relief and state grants to small businesses, tenants and public school districts affected by the pandemic. Legislators have unveiled bills offering a combined $280 million to help small firms … Read more

Garfield County COVID Cases Climb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County’s COVID-19 count continues to climb. Between November 15th and the 28th, 610 people tested positive for the virus. That raises the average to over 43 cases per day. The total count is now up to 2,191.  Statewide, over 230 thousand COVID-19 cases have been reported with more than 3,000 deaths.  While local … Read more

Garfield County now Orange on the COVID-19 Dial

Despite pleas from the Board of County Commissioners, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment moved Garfield County to the orange high-risk level due to an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. The CDPHE did compromise though, allowing a number of variances to remain in place; Instead of a 25% seating capacity for restaurants and … Read more

Polis Calling Special Session to Deal With COVID Impacts

DENVER— DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced a special COVID-19 legislative session to discuss a $220 million stimulus package to aid bars, restaurants, tenants, landlords and students. Polis says it includes tax relief for restaurants and bars affected by capacity limits, funds for child-care providers, rental assistance for tenants and landlords and … Read more

Local Hospital COVID Numbers

RIFLE/GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County’s two hospitals are at opposite ends of the COVID-19 spectrum.  Grand River Health in Rifle is reporting a 7.7 percent positivity rate for COVID-19 testing. Out of 4,349 tests administered at Grand River, 336 came back positive with 97 still pending. A dozen people have tested positive in Western Garfield County since … Read more

COVID Case at Riverside Middle School

NEW CASTLE—At least 66 students and five teachers at Riverside Middle School in New Castle will be spending the next two weeks at home after someone tested positive for COVID-19. According to reports from the Garfield RE-2 District Office, officials were alerted about the situation late last night.  As a result, Riverside Middle School has … Read more

COVID Claims Another Life in Garfield County

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The COVID-19 death toll in Garfield County is now four. According to Garfield County Public Health, a man in his late 60’s succumbed to the virus at his home. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Garfield County now sits at 423. Over the last three weeks, the county has averaged close to 50 cases per week. … Read more