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U.S.D.A. Nominee Draws Fire & Praise

Aug 10, 2017
Agricultural Research Service U.S.D.A.

President Donald Trump's nomination of Sam Clovis for Undersecretary of Agriculture, with responsibility for science and education has drawn criticism from some members of the Senate Agricultural Committee, and others who question his qualifications for the post.  However, 22 agricultural organizations and commodity groups have endorsed the nomination.  The concern is that Clovis does not have the qualifications for the position, as specified by the 20

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A divided Cortez City Council gave narrow approval Tuesday to an ordinance allowing outdoor drinking and dining on approved portions of city streets and sidewalks downtown. The 4 to 3 vote came after the council heard from three citizens concerned about safety and loss of parking. The ordinance was the result of a proposal by KSJD Radio and Sunflower Theatre Executive Director Jeff Pope. He told the council in June that he would like three parking spaces on Market Street near the theatre to become a temporary portable deck where people could enjoy refreshments before and after events.

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Recent monsoon rains prompted the Montezuma County commissioners to lift the countywide fire ban on Monday. A total of 1.66 inches of rain fell in Cortez in July, according to local weather observer James Andrus. That’s 130 percent of the total for an average July. For the year so far, Cortez is at 143 percent of average.

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Multiple sightings of bears in the town of Dolores may prompt the town board to consider an ordinance requiring the use of bear-resistant trash containers. This summer there have been numerous reports of bears digging through waste containers the night before morning pickup. Sheriff Steve Nowlin fired a rubber slug into the rear end of one bear he spied roaming through town August 1st, driving it away. Town Manager Lana Hancock tells KSJD the sheriff’s office has been very active in patrolling for bears, but an ordinance may be deemed necessary.