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No Changes to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Recommended As Review Concludes

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is no longer under review for possible downsizing or rescinding. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Friday that he will recommend to President Trump that the 164,000-acre monument west of Cortez remain the same.

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Citizens in Bluff, Utah, are set to decide in November whether to incorporate as a town. More than half of the community’s 265 residents signed a petition earlier this year supporting the idea of exploring incorporation. Per state law, that petition was submitted to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, which then launched a financial feasibility study. The recently completed study by Bonneville Research concludes that incorporation is feasible, and projects that over the first five years, revenues and expenditures would be at “break-even” levels if current services stay about the same.

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"Just Move It" is a community-centered fitness and exercise promotion program that holds events throughout the Navajo Nation, in surrounding communities, and in Indigenous communities throughout the United States. Just Move It coordinator Roberta Diswood joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to talk more about the movement, the program's history, and what to expect at the upcoming events in Cortez on Friday, July 21st at 6pm at Parque de Vida, in Towaoc on Monday, July 24th at 6pm at the Towaoc Wellness Center,  and in Shiprock on Thursday, August 3rd at 5:30pm.


A new grassroots trails group is forming in Mancos, and has planned an organizational meeting on Thursday, July 20th at 6pm at the Mancos Public Library. To learn more about the group and what it hopes to achieve, KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Peter Brin D'Amour, one of the group's members. Click below to listen.


Full Disclosure: Peter Brin D'Amour is also a volunteer DJ at KSJD.

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Two committees of the New Mexico state legislature are meeting in Farmington this week to learn more about the impacts of closing the San Juan Generating Station near Waterflow. The Daily-Times reports the committees were to meet Wednesday and Thursday at San Juan College at the request of legislators from San Juan County. Plans are for the power plant to shut down its coal-fired operations in 2022 and possibly replace them with other types of energy, such as solar and wind.

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Five miles of bumpy, dusty road from the San Juan National Forest boundary north of Mancos to Transfer Campground will get a new chip-and-seal surface beginning July 31st. The four-day project was set to start July 24th, but was delayed by rain. In a release, the Forest Service says the heavily traveled West Mancos Road, or Forest Road 561, is currently graded 10 times a year, but the new surface will require only occasional maintenance.


People have been living in and around Rocky Mountain National Park for over 11,000 years. About 100 years ago, historian and storyteller Dave Lively’s family set up a homestead near the Grand Lake entrance on the west side of the park. To talk about that homestead and further history of the park, Mr. Lively will make a visit to the Cortez Public Library this Friday, July 21st at 10 am to give a presentation called “Rocky’s West Side Stories.” He joined to KSJD’s Gail Binkly to share more of his own stories as well as some stories from the park. Click below to listen:

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On Monday, a public meeting held by the Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD) was met with a standing-room-only crowd—not a regular occurrence at water management meetings.  The day after the meeting, KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Mike Preston, DWCD General Manager, to learn more about the District's plans for McElmo.

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About 75 residents of McElmo Canyon filled the Dolores Water Conservancy District meeting room Monday night to encourage water managers to consider the canyon’s welfare when planning for the next drought. 

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KSJD's Austin Cope took a trip into the San Juan National Forest to meet one of a few federal mule pack strings in the U.S. and to learn about what it's like to work with the animals. Click below to listen to the story and interview with Glenn Ryan, Lead Packer/Manager for the Rocky Mountain Regional Specialty Pack String.


Applying fertilizer to increase crop production is an approved practice in modern agricultural production.  However, a study, completed the University of Illinois in 2007, indicates that while crop yield are improved with the addition of nitrogen fertilizer, the down side is that soil organic matter is lost, rather enhanced by the fertilizer.  Revisiting this study ten years later is significant because of the renewed awareness that organic matter is important for giving soils the


Sunflower Theatre

Path To Peace Chamber Concert

Music In The Mountains at the Sunflower Theatre, Thursday, July 27th at 7:00pm

True, authentic stories told live on stage!