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2017 Monsoons Deliver Less-Than Average Precipiation

The Cortez area normally receives nearly half its annual precipitation during the traditional monsoon season of July through September.

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While Colorado’s congressional delegation had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many continue to show bipartisan support for the policy. The executive order, signed by President Obama, gave children brought into the United States illegally a chance to stay in the country legally.

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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is joining 15 other state attorneys general nationwide in a lawsuit challenging the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, immigration program. The program lets young immigrants brought here illegally by their parents remain in the country and find employment. President Trump announced Tuesday he will phase out DACA over six months while giving Congress the opportunity to develop a legislative substitute. The Albuquerque Journal reports the lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in New York.

Bureau of Land Management

KSJD's Austin Cope spoke on Wednesday morning with Chris Asbjorne, Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, for an update about the lightning-caused Secret Canyon Fire that started east of Dove Creek last week. Click below to listen.

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President Trump has proposed slashing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 30 percent.

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A brief but intense windstorm blew down trees and caused a power outage when it swirled through Cortez Monday afternoon.

Colorado Senate GOP

A Colorado state senator maintains there may be too many state oil and gas inspectors, although he admits he was off in his initial guess at how many there are.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation

A federal judge has ruled that Colorado’s sex-offender registry violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

A former Dolores County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting multiple boys, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is asking for other possible victims to come forward.

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The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District has moved significantly closer to meeting a state-imposed deadline to improve its accreditation rating. The district jumped 6 points in the most recent ratings, which were released Friday by the Colorado Department of Education.

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Could Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah be reduced from 1.35 million to 160,000 acres?

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