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RFTA To Resume Front-Door Boarding, Full Fares August 1

Sunday, July 19 - The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) announced yesterday that it would resume allowing passengers to board buses from the front door, although they must still exit via the rear exit. All riders will be required to pay the normal fare when riding the bus, and no cash will be expected. Despite the changes, RFTA says they are keeping some public health protocols in place to protect drivers and riders.

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During the early months of the pandemic, local artist Wewer Keohane sent invitations to 75 artists, mostly living within the Roaring Fork Valley, to accept a randomly chosen flash card. The cards served as prompts to create work inspired by their time in isolation during COVID-19 shutdowns. 

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Aspen Valley Hospital is now testing over 16 people per day for COVID-19, and as a result, has bumped its status to "Cautious" on the hospital's Capacity Matrix. That means the hospital is concerned about rising numbers of COVID-19 cases locally and its capacity to handle an influx in patients.

Even if someone is infected by the novel coronavirus and remains asymptomatic — free of coughing, fever, fatigue and other common signs of infection, that doesn't mean the coronavirus isn't taking a toll. The virus can still be causing mild — although likely reversible — harm to their lungs.

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The Aspen Chapel Gallery's upcoming exhibition, "Art From the Heart," (June 24 through July 12) benefits local artists and organizations helping in the Roaring Fork Valley’s COVID-19 response. The Aspen Chapel Gallery’s co-director Tom Ward said the impetus behind the exhibition was simple.

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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. 

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Longtime local resident Maria works in housekeeping and lives in a shared mobile home in El Jebel. She said she’s worried about paying her $300-a-month rent this summer. (We’re not using her full name because she’s undocumented.)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a virtual town hall Tuesday that the reservation hit its peak number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and emergency room visits a few weeks early thanks to social distancing and mask-wearing.

 


(HS)2 / Colorado Rocky Mountain School

As schools everywhere are faced with the dilemma of cancelling summer programs amid the pandemic, ‘High School, High Scholar,’  known as '(HS)2' at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, or CRMS, in Carbondale is going virtual. 

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To help stop the spread of coronavirus, some Roaring Fork Valley residents are doing more than just wearing masks themselves. They're making them for frontline workers and the community. 

 

Connect For Health Colorado

 

Due to COVID-19, Colorado has extended the emergency enrollment period for health insurance until the end of month. Thursday is the last day for residents who are currently uninsured to enroll in health insurance. 

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Roaring Fork Valley art centers, galleries and museums are offering ways to tap into creativity at home. Carbondale Arts, the Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen Art Museum and Anderson Ranch Arts Center have launched virtual classes, how-to videos and even downloadable coloring pages as part of their pandemic programming. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether the Trump administration has the authority to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program any week now. This could have a huge impact on DACA recipients in the Roaring Fork Valley.

 

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Hannah Horn is a community-based advocate for Response, a Pitkin County nonprofit that provides free, bilingual support services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. On Thursday, April 16, Horn was on-call for the organization’s crisis hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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Aspen-based company Detailing HQ usually provides cleaning and paint touch-ups for cars. But now, owner Jake Greene is offering disinfecting services for essential businesses and workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.

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The Town of Basalt has asked the Colorado legislature to require insurance companies to reimburse small businesses for losses due to COVID-19. That's if those restaurants had “business interruption insurance.” It’s a type of property or casualty insurance required by most landlords that covers income lost to an event, like a fire or storm.

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Three days after firing Capt. Brett Crozier as commander of the coronavirus-sickened nuclear aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly boarded the warship docked in Guam and delivered a stinging, profanity-laced denunciation of its deposed skipper.

NPR has obtained an audio recording of Modly's remarks.