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As Fire Season Kicks In, Local Authorities Implement Fire Restrictions

With temperatures soaring across western Colorado and eastern Utah and summer monsoons not yet in sight, fire restrictions have gone into effect across many jurisdictions. On Monday, the Montezuma County commissioners imposed a fire ban generally prohibiting open fires and fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county. Beginning July 1st, Mesa Verde National Park will ban open fires, including in Morefield Campground and the Chapin Mesa picnic area. Stage 1 fire restrictions, the strictest,...

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More details have emerged about the investigation of a shooting in Aneth, Utah that left one man dead and placed area schools on lockout for the afternoon.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's review of the Bears Ears monument is expected by June 10th. San Juan Record editor Bill Boyle joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to share his perspectives about how the Bears Ears Monument discussion is playing out locally.

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New Mexico has the highest jail-incarceration rate in the nation. That's according to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative, a non-partisan non-profit that advocates for criminal-justice reform. In 2013, the latest year for which data was available, nearly 341 out of every 100,000 people in New Mexico were held in jails. The state with the second-highest rate was Georgia, with about 317 per 100,000 people. In contrast, Colorado’s rate was 221.

The manager of Cortez’s Welcome Center, Noel Cooley, has announced her resignation, effective June 9th.

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Boating flows are coming back, briefly, on the lower Dolores River.

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The Cortez Farmers Market starts its 44th season on Saturday, June 3rd at 7:30am in the parking lot of the Montezuma County Courthouse. Market Manager Theresa Titone stopped by the studios to talk with KSJD's Austin Cope about the market's history and what to expect this year.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is set to make a recommendation this month about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument. Utah’s congressional delegation has repeated its desire to repeal the monument, and Zinke is now working through a list of about 55,000 public comments submitted about the monument.  

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On Wednesday morning, smoke from a prescribed fire near Dolores settled into the Montezuma Valley. Scott Landes with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment joined KSJD's Austin Cope on the phone to discuss the public health impacts of smoke and other airborne matter, and how his team monitors air quality in general.

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The Navajo Nation has won a victory in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case in which a utility company sought to condemn land partially owned by the nation.

Authorities have still not released details about a reported murder in Aneth, Utah, on May 18th that prompted a school lockout.

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