• Rifle Mother Facing Long Prison Sentence for Daughter’s Death
    RIFLE—Stephanie Alvarado admits she was high on methamphetamine and is responsible for the death of her little girl nearly a year ago. The Rifle mother pleaded guilty to second degree murder in connection with the death of 5 year old Sophia Larson on December 11th, 2019.  Alvarado was originally charged with first degree murder.  The ...
  • COVID-19 Claims More Lives in Garfield County
    GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The COVID death toll in Garfield County is now up to 16. County Coroner Rob Glassmire says 11 have been certified and five are still being investigated. He says between November 30th and December 6th, the virus claimed eight lives.  “They ranged in the age group between 53 and 98 years old.  Out of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Fauci Joins Polis in COVID Warning
    DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. Jared Polis joined the nation’s top infectious disease expert and urged people to wear masks and socially distance to prevent stay-at-home orders and overwhelmed hospitals as cases of the coronavirus surge during the holidays. Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday that Colorado isn’t alone in seeing a spike in cases. He ...
  • State Lawmakers Argue Over COVID Relief
    DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature is plowing ahead on special session legislation to provide limited state relief to businesses, students and others affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats have overcome Republican objections to the scope of the aid and GOP attempts to limit the Democratic governor’s ability to decree public health orders. The Senate ...
  • Garfield County Commissioners Respond to COVID Public Concerns
    GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners feel they’ve been unfairly blamed for prioritizing money over public health. Commission Chairman John Martin says for the official record, the county is compiling all the e-mails and phone messages from concerned and even angry citizens. He says some of the comments are misguided and misinformed. Martin says ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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