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Molly Dove

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Molly Dove graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. She was a reporter and producer for KBIA while attending college. She most recently was a journalist with Wisconsin Public Radio.

"As the new Morning Edition host, I am excited to wake up and have my morning cup of coffee with our listeners while helping them stay informed and engaged with the local, state and national news of the day. It is a privilege to tell the stories of the people and places that make up the community Aspen Public Radio is a part of," she says. 

April 2020 - Molly has moved back to Wisconsin, but continues to host Morning Edition and report on the valley from there. Due to the virus impacting travel and movement about the country, we have postponed the search for her replacement at this time.

Screenshot / Garfield County

After Memorial Day weekend, Garfield County officials said they saw a spike in COVID-19 cases, about 101 positive tests since June 1. Now heading into Fourth of July, officials are emphasizing the importance of social distancing and wearing face coverings for residents and visitors in order to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Garfield County.

Graphic by Alex Hager (Aspen Public Radio) / Data from Pitkin County, Eagle County, Garfield County

Cases of COVID-19 in the Roaring Fork Valley are on the rise, and many of the new infections are in young people. Health and government officials say the uptick in cases among those under 30 could be a harbinger of increased hospitalizations and halt the rollout of reopening plans.

Screenshot / Roaring Fork School District

You can find an English-language version of this story here.

Cuando el gobernador Jared Polis dispuso el cierre de las escuelas de Colorado a mediados de marzo debido a la pandemia, el distrito escolar Roaring Fork, al igual que otros distritos del estado, tuvo que esforzarse para poner en marcha un plan de enseñanza a distancia. Ahora se está pidiendo información sobre el funcionamiento de la educación virtual durante la primavera y la manera en que debería modificarse si la pandemia forzara un nuevo cierre de escuelas. A tal fin, el distrito realizó una encuesta entre más de mil estudiantes, padres y personal del distrito.

Roaring Fork School District

Pueden encontrar la versión en español aqui

When Gov. Jared Polis ordered Colorado schools to close in mid-March due to the pandemic, the Roaring Fork School District, like others across the state, had to scramble to put distance learning in place. Now, they're asking for feedback on how virtual learning went in the spring and how it should change if the pandemic should close down its classrooms again. To do that, the district surveyed over 1,000 district students, parents and staff.

Courtesy Photo / Basalt Middle School

Monday, the Roaring Fork School District begins a three-phase plan to welcome back student athletes for practice over the summer. The first phase will require any workout to be outdoors, athletes to work out in groups of ten and participants to keep six feet of distance at all times.

Christin Kay

LIFT-UP Releases July Food Distribution Plan

Friday, June 26- Next month, LIFT-UP Food Pantries will continue to distribute food throughout the Roaring Fork Valley via drive-through and walk-up format. LIFT-UP pantries are not open for food pick up or donations at this time. 

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Carbondale is one of many towns in Colorado putting plans in place to help local businesses adjust to the economic effects of COVID-19. The town closed Carbondale’s Main Street between Third and Fourth streets so businesses can give customers space to safely shop and dine. 

Some local business owners said the closure is helping, while others said it is bad for business.

Town of Basalt

Basalt officials are looking for public feedback on updates to the Arbaney Pool.  Improvements spread out through four years include improvements to the main pool and creating a robot-shaped children's pool, as well as making the facility eco-friendly.

Screenshot / Garfield County Credible Mind PRO

Garfield County announced a new, free online mental health resource last week to help those struggling during the COVID-19 crisis. CredibleMindPRO is a website that provides tools, assessments and local mental health information through articles, podcasts and videos. 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

PitCo Says State Public Health Order Changes Won't Go Into Affect Here Until Later

Thursday, June 18 - Changes to Colorado’s statewide public health order to go into effect today, but any of those changes will not go into effect in Pitkin County until the local public health order is amended, according to a release from the county. Pitkin County could choose to be more restrictive or less restrictive with its next set of rules, as allowed by a variance. 

Courtesy Photo / City of Glenwood Springs

Tourist attractions in Glenwood Springs were given the stamp of approval by the state to open Monday, June 8, including Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Tammy Terwelp / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County Food Stamp Requests Up Substantially

Thursday, June 11 - Requests for food assistance in Pitkin County went up dramatically during the pandemic. Applications for the food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, were up 638% during the month of April.

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