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Vehicle Access to McPhee Restricted at Sage Hen, Dolores Cemetery

Vehicle access to some informal boat-launching sites at McPhee Reservoir has been restricted.

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Pinon Project

On May 20th, Dolores River Boating Advocates organized a trip down the Lower Dolores River. But this trip was different than others- it included 19 mentees from the Pinon Project. Most of the kids had never been on a river trip before, and they said it was a great way to meet new people and learn about each other while being on the river. KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with three of the kids who took the trip, as well as Dolores River Boating Advocates' Amber Clark and the Pinon Project's Lauren Lacourciere to hear stories from their trip. Click below to listen. 

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In this episode of KSJD's monthly Veterans Affairs program, Tom Yoder talks with Bert Valencia from local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5231 and Montezuma County Veterans Service Officer Rick Torres to discuss the latest updates from the county, changes that may be coming at the Veteran's Administration, and events that will be happening locally on Memorial Day.

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The Dolores River below McPhee Dam is no longer boatable, but there is still a chance of a brief additional boating release in June if the remaining snowpack starts to melt rapidly. Releases have been ramped down to 200 cubic feet per second or less to allow the lake to fill. Reservoir managers say drier-than-normal weather prevented them from extending boating releases through the Memorial Day weekend.

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The Navajo Nation is asking the state of New Mexico to designate U.S. Highway 491 as “Chief Manuelito Highway.” On Thursday, a committee of the tribal council approved legislation to that effect. Manuelito, who died in 1893, was a leader of the Navajo people, and the highway serves numerous Navajo communities, including Shiprock,  Tohatchi, and Sheep Springs.

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Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents Colorado’s Third District, is questioning the accuracy of an analysis of a health bill passed by the House.

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A conservationist has reportedly purchased a parcel of state trust land at the Needles entrance to Canyonlands National Park.

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We usually associate organic production with environmental stewardship and sustainability, but good farming practices trump organic certification when it comes to controlling weeds.  Whether farming conventionally or organically, the time to put the whoa on weeds is when you first see them.  Azure Farms, Moro, Oregon, must have missed this concept in their farm plan.

The third weekend in May 2017 brought plummeting temperatures to the Four Corners area. As a cold front moved in, a weather station at the Cortez Airport reported a low of 31 on Thursday night, 26 on Friday night, and 28 on Saturday night. While those temperatures are not uncommon in May, they seriously damaged fruit crops in local orchards.  Jude Schuenemeyer with Montezuma Orchard Resoration Project joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to talk more about the effects of the freeze. 

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Colorado Workforce Center Employment Specialist Della Gray talked with KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to learn more about how the Colorado Workforce Center is helping workers and their families affected by the Western Excelsior Plant fire in Mancos earlier in May. The workforce center will host a job fair focused on jobs for victims on Thursday, May 25th at 10am at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds.

 Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the job fair would be held on Tuesday, May 25th. May 25th is a Thursday.

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The Cortez City Council may formally endorse keeping Canyons of the Ancients National Monument despite previously saying it would stay neutral.

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