Electricity is a vital part of everyday life that we sometimes take for granted. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Josh Dellinger, the new General Manger at Empire Electric Association, about how an electric co-op works, what the utility has planned in the future, renewable energy, and education programs that Empire Electric offers to its members.
In an attempt to meet the ever widening problem of superweeds, a new herbicide combo that includes Roundup (glyphosate) and an older herbicide known as 2,4-D is being developed by the agricultural chemical industry. In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Genna Reed from Food and Water Watch, and Bob Bragg, host of Ag Markets & More on KSJD, about the potential problems of fighting super weeds with super herbicides.
The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez provides overnight shelter and other critical resources to those who need them in Montezuma County. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Laurie Knutson, the Director of the Bridge Shelter, and MB McAfee, the chair of the their board of directors, about how the Bridge is helping homeless people, and what to expect at their upcoming fundraiser "Soups of the World".
Theater and drama are fun and important aspects of education in the arts, building confidence and communication skills. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with students David Gonzalez-Overton, Kaylee Brinkerhoff, and Madison Nielson of the Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama Club, and their theater director Nicholaus Sandner, about "Rabbit Hole", the current theater production they are working on, and how participation in drama impacts their lives.
In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss local news and politics, including a discussion of a recent coyote hunt that lost sponsorship from a Cortez business after the public voiced opposition.
Railroads played a vital role in the import and export of food in and out of southwest Colorado in the early 1900s. Big Fat Farm Show host Sarah Syverson talks with Lew Mathis of the Galloping Goose Historical Society, and Chuck McAfee, whose family started farming in Montezuma County over 100 years ago, about what food distribution networks looked like in historic times, and the ways that farmers and families survived through difficult times like the Great Depression.
Fiber optics are an important part of ensuring that the digital bandwidth is available for online resources that are critical to modern life. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez City Manager Shane Hale and Rick Smith, General Services Director for the city of Cortez, about how the city is investing in fiber optic infrastructure, and how it will impact the local economy and residents.
Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado for the past year, but pot shops have been slow in coming to Montezuma County. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Nate Fete, owner of "The Shop", the first recreational marijuana business to open in the county, about what customers can expect when they purchase weed, how to make sure marijuana is enjoyed safely, and what his business is doing to keep their product out of the hands of young people.
Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez is embarking on construction of a new inpatient wing and renovation of existing facilities. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sue McWilliams, Montezuma County Hospital District and Southwest Health System Capital Campaign Coordinator, about how these additions will improve the ability of hospital physicians and staff to utilize new technology and streamline access to patient care.
In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly from the Four Corners Free Press discuss the potential avenues for economic development in Cortez and Montezuma County: what appears promising, and what could hinder progress.