30 Years at Southwest Open School

Oct 12, 2015
Cortez Journal

Southwest Open School, commonly known as SWOS, has served students in Cortez for 30 years.  KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Jennifer Chappelle, the Director of SWOS, and Richard Fulton, a former Director at SWOS who is now the Director of the Teacher Education Department at Fort Lewis College, about the ideas that started the school, how Southwest Open School has changed over the years, and what the future holds for this alternative high school.

  • The Good Samaritan Center food pantry in Cortez sees an increase of roughly 40 percent in the number of people it serves.
  • At $125 million, Latigo Wind Farm will be the largest private construction project in the history of San Juan County, Utah.

Alan English CPA / Creative Commons

The Native American Graves and Repatriation Act was enacted 25 years ago to help bring human remains and sacred objects back to the tribes to who they are affiliated with. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dan Simplicio, a Zuni tribal member and Cultural Specialist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, about his views on NAGPRA, how it has been problematic for the Zuni tribe, and what needs to change.

  • Montezuma County commissioners publicly state their support for the manager of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe voices support for Colorado commission to study the use of American Indian mascots by public schools.

Jeff Adams

In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Jeff Adams of Interior West Consulting about his work as an archaeologist along the Salmon River in Idaho, the prehistoric and historic sites that are located there, and how the Salmon River corridor was used over thousands of years of human history.

  • City of Cortez is planning to apply for a grant to help with remodeling the Journal newspaper building it is purchasing from Ballantine Communications.
  • Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed an executive order creating a commission to study the issue of American Indian mascots in public schools.

The Power of Music As We Age

Oct 7, 2015
Alive Inside

Research on how music affects our health and well-being consistently shows that it can have a profound effect on older people who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.

  • Montezuma County Commissioners have second thoughts about refusing to participate in BLM's Master Leasing Plan process.
  • City of Cortez set to purchase Cortez Journal building for $2.9 million.

Chalkbeat Colorado

In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Shamai Buckel, a founding member of the Kiva Montessori Charter School in Cortez, and Laurie Hall of The Farm Bistro restaurant about their collaboration to feed Kiva students fresh, local foods at lunch time, and the impact it has on children's health and well-being.

  • Fire departments in Montezuma County responded to a blaze at a senior housing five-plex in Towaoc on Saturday.
  • Two local citizens sharply criticize the Montezuma County commissioners for their recent decision not to participate in a Master Leasing Plan process initiated by the BLM.