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Signs Indicating Public Access To BLM Land Worry Residents of Summit Ridge Subdivision

The Montezuma County Commission delayed adopting portions of its 2017 road map Monday after dozens of residents of a Summit Ridge subdivision protested proposed changes in their neighborhood. At the urging of the Bureau of Land Management, the county commissioners are considering changing the signage of County Road 35.6 and adjacent roads from red to green to indicate public access to isolated public lands bordering the subdivision. Red-signed roads are privately maintained, while green signs...

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Supporters of oil and gas development are praising an order signed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday calling for expedited drilling on public lands.

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Denver has become the new home of the lucrative Outdoor Retailer Show, which fled Utah over disagreements with that state’s policies regarding public lands. At a press conference Thursday announcing the move, Governor John Hickenlooper touted the state’s open spaces as “part of the defining characteristic of Colorado.” The Denver Post reports that under a five-year agreement reached with organizers, the outdoor-industry expo will put on shows in June and November, plus a combined show with SnowSports Industries America in January.

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Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition for an update on deputies' shooting of 53-year-old Pleasant View resident Tyrone Peabody the night of July 4th. Click below to listen.

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Firefighters are working to suppress the East Rim Fire on public lands northeast of Dove Creek. The lightning-sparked blaze reached 250 acres Wednesday and was burning near the Dolores River Canyon south of the Pyramid formation and east of the river. Fire restrictions on BLM Tres Rios Field Office lands were implemented on Tuesday.

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A 53-year-old Pleasant View man was shot and killed by Montezuma County Sheriff’s officers after he reportedly fired at them Tuesday night. Sheriff Steve Nowlin tells KSJD the officers were responding to a report of a domestic-violence disturbance around 9 p.m. when they were fired upon by Tyrone Peabody and returned fire. No one else was injured. Nowlin said the incident is under investigation by the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.

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The grand finale of the Fourth of July fireworks show in Cortez was interrupted for  15 minutes Tuesday night after the fireworks trailer caught fire. Cortez Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Bittle tells KSJD a charge detonated too close to the ground and ignited part of the trailer. The show’s organizer, Keenan Ertel, immediately cut power to the fireworks’ electronic ignition system to allow firefighters on scene to extinguish the blaze, which did not injure anyone or spread beyond the trailer. The show resumed after crews finished safety checks.

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Few immigration cases in the United States are simple. That includes the case of Mexican immigrant Rosa Sabido, who is taking sanctuary at the Mancos United Methodist Church as she sorts out her immigration status. She can’t become a citizen because a large backlog in citizenship applications has made the wait to receive citizenship longer than the time she can legally remain in the U.S.  After a long and complicated process of applying to various visas and work permits that allowed her to live and work in the U.S.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have signed a lease extension for the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. In a statement, Begaye hailed the agreement, saying it gives the nation the capability of producing and selling renewable energy. The lease extension accords the tribe the use of a significant portion of the power plant’s transmission capabilities.

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Motorists are more likely to hit a deer in Utah than in the other Four Corners  states. That’s according to 2016 data compiled by State Farm. Odds of hitting a deer were 1 in 150 in Utah, which was deemed a high-risk state, while Colorado was medium-risk, with odds of 1 in 263. New Mexico and Arizona were judged low-risk states, with odds of 1 in 475 in New Mexico, and 1 in 1,175 in Arizona. Nationwide, the worst state was West Virginia, at 1 in 41.

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The U.S. Congress started its Fourth of July recess at the end of last week, which has given lawmakers and the country a bit of time to reflect on how to move forward with the debate on how to change the country's healthcare system. Republican proposals in the house and the senate have centered around large cuts in federal funding to state Medicaid programs, though the actual proposals are still under negotiation. To talk more about the potential local impacts of this proposal, KSJD’s Austin Cope sat down with Kent Rogers, the CEO of Southwest Health System. 


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Path To Peace Chamber Concert

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

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