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KSJD Local Newscast - July 27, 2020

Jul 27, 2020

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Early last week, Vernon Knuckles was sworn in as the new chief of the Cortez Police Department.

Knuckles comes from the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office where he worked for nine years, most recently as undersheriff. His first few days as chief have been spent moving into his new office and reacquainting himself with a department he used to work for from 1996 to 2005.

But he is also stepping into this role at a time when the function of police in a community is in the national spotlight. 

KSJD Local Newscast - June 29, 2020

Jun 29, 2020

At a hearing last weekend about a Colorado bill on vaccination, Dr. Reginald Washington had originally planned to make several urgent points in support of the bill. 

First, that diseases like measles are resurging, and they’re serious. (He’d know. He’s treated patients with complications from measles and pertussis.) Second, due to COVID-19, children are missing well-child visits and skipping vaccinations, putting them at risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. 

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Justin and his buddies look like they're from a special ops team – they're wearing flak jackets and carrying assault weapons. But they aren't military and they aren't police. 

"I see myself as a concerned citizen who happens to be armed," he says.