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A Zuni Perspective on the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act

The Native American Graves and Repatriation Act was enacted 25 years ago to help bring human remains and sacred objects back to the tribes to who they are affiliated with. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dan Simplicio, a Zuni tribal member and Cultural Specialist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, about his views on NAGPRA, how it has been problematic for the Zuni tribe, and what needs to change.
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Something unusual is happening in America's wilderness — some animals and plants are moving away from their native habitats. The reason is a warming climate. It's getting too hot where they live.

Species that can't migrate may perish, so some biologists say we need to move them. But they admit that's a roll of the dice that violates a basic rule of conservation: If you want to keep the natural world "natural," you don't want to move plants and animals around willy-nilly.

Mars is cold and dry, but billions of years ago, it was cold and wet. That's according to new evidence from NASA's Curiosity rover, which is currently exploring a large crater on Mars.

  • City of Cortez is planning to apply for a grant to help with remodeling the Journal newspaper building it is purchasing from Ballantine Communications.
  • Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed an executive order creating a commission to study the issue of American Indian mascots in public schools.

The Power of Music As We Age

Oct 7, 2015
Alive Inside

Research on how music affects our health and well-being consistently shows that it can have a profound effect on older people who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.

In Napa, Calif., a company called Free Flow Wines fills and dispenses reusable wine kegs, which are used by restaurants and bars for serving wine on draft. Every month, the company rinses and refills about 10,000 of the stainless steel casks, each of which eliminates the need for 26 clunky wine bottles.

This is a small win for the environment, since glass bottles are heavy and require energy to ship.

  • Montezuma County Commissioners have second thoughts about refusing to participate in BLM's Master Leasing Plan process.
  • City of Cortez set to purchase Cortez Journal building for $2.9 million.

Chalkbeat Colorado

In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Shamai Buckel, a founding member of the Kiva Montessori Charter School in Cortez, and Laurie Hall of The Farm Bistro restaurant about their collaboration to feed Kiva students fresh, local foods at lunch time, and the impact it has on children's health and well-being.

You've heard it a million times: The hours we spend sitting in front of our computers, sitting in front of the TV and sitting just about everywhere else are adding up. We are sitting ourselves to death.

So it came as welcome news when we read last week that just 10 minutes — 10 minutes! — of walking after sitting for a long period of time can restore the damage to our vascular system.

  • Fire departments in Montezuma County responded to a blaze at a senior housing five-plex in Towaoc on Saturday.
  • Two local citizens sharply criticize the Montezuma County commissioners for their recent decision not to participate in a Master Leasing Plan process initiated by the BLM.

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Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year as the trees change their colors. In this episode of the More Than You Want To Know Show, the EngiNerd looks at why and when aspen trees change colors in the fall, and describes an aspen grove in southeast Utah that is the largest known organism in the world.


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Sunflower Theatre

Juni Fisher

Western music at the Sunflower Theatre, Friday October 9th at 7pm

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