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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Likely Off Chopping Block

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument does not appear to be at risk of shrinkage or repeal. That’s according to public conversations between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and members of Colorado’s U.S. Congressional delegation.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending the newly-created Bears Ears National Monument be downsized by an unspecified amount, possibly through unilateral action by the President.


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The Navajo Nation is taking public comments and planning a work session on legislation regarding a replacement lease for the controversial Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona.

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Residential setback requirements in the Dolores River Valley should remain as they are.

The community of Mancos has an unlikely connection to Detroit, Michigan. Detroit resident Desmond Ricks was exonerated from a wrongful 25-year prison sentence last week with the help of Mancos resident Claudia Whitman.

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Saturday, June 10th will bring a diverse set of events to southwestern Colorado. The Dolores River Festival, the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo, and King of the Cage: Warlords 2 will all occur within a 50-mile radius.

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The Cortez community is mourning the loss of longtime Montezuma-Cortez High School social-studies teacher Ray Harriman, who died Tuesday while driving in Dolores.

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A public hearing on a license renewal for the White Mesa Uranium Mill near Blanding, Utah, was set to convene Thursday in Salt Lake City.

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The Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo started Wednesday evening at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. It will feature rodeo events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, a parade through Cortez on Saturday afternoon, and a carnival all weekend.  Some of those events will include bull riding, which involves trying to stay on the back of a 1,200-pound animal for 8 seconds. Professional bull rider Ty Wallace and rodeo committee member (and former bull rider) Charlie Blackmer joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to talk more about bull riding and rodeos in general.

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Gluten in wheat has gotten a bad rap lately, and the finger is pointed at new wheat varieties that have been developed over the past couple of decades as the root of the problem.  Although there is no GMO wheat released for production, wheat breeders continue to develop cultivars for traits like resistance to disease, better yields, and drought tolerance.  They use time tested methods of selecting for particular traits, such as cross pollinating plants to finally get seed that consistently produces wheat with the desired traits. 

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The sheriff of San Juan County, Utah, is scheduled to appear in court July 25th on charges related to an incident in which he allegedly pointed an unloaded rifle at an employee in 2014 and pulled the trigger.

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