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Wildfires Just As Likely on State Land as On Federal Land, Study Finds

Following intense wildfires across the West this summer, an environmental group has released a study saying such fires are no more likely on federal public lands than state lands.

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KSJD's Austin Cope had a conversation with three members of Chimney Choir, who will perform their mix of "electro-collage folk" on Saturday, September 23rd at 7pm.

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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center near Cortez has weighed in against proposed changes to national monuments, including Bears Ears in Southeast Utah.

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Former polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs has pled guilty to two federal charges related to food stamp fraud. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the ex-bishop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints plead guilty to defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, on Wednesday. He had been accused of pressuring or ordering church members to turn over SNAP benefits to his Church.

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A draft memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to President Trump on national monuments is drawing scrutiny from political leaders after it surfaced Monday.

Gail Binkly

Dolores Mayor Santiago Lopez has publicly weighed in on the emotional discussion around last week’s closure of the popular playground in Joe Rowell Park.

In an editorial published Monday in the Cortez Journal, Lopez apologized for Board’s decision to close the deteriorating playground. He said concerns about safety and liability prompted the board to follow recommendations from the town staff and attorney to block access to the structure immediately.

Austin Cope

Summit Ridge residents concerned about the impacts of a new trailhead near their subdivision renewed their pleas for help Monday before the Montezuma County commissioners in a continuation of a previous public hearing.

Austin Cope

Last week the Colorado Children’s Campaign, an independent group that analyzes data on issues facing children including poverty, access to healthcare, and education, presented the results of the Kid’s Count Survey.

National Park Service

A land donation to provide visitor access to a tiny national monument in Montezuma County is back on track after the county commissioners agreed to circumvent their own policy regarding federal land exchanges.

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KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District Superintendent Lori Haukeness for an update on the status of the district's accreditation. 

Gail Binkly

The playground at Joe Rowell Park in Dolores has been an emotional topic of discussion after the Dolores Town Board voted to close the structure on September 11th, citing safety reasons.


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Sunflower Theatre

Folk harmonies with swirling textures of rhythm and melody at the Sunflower Theatre, Saturday, September 23rd at 7:00pm

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