Austin Cope

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Austin grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. Since graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he has lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, and northern Wyoming before returning to the Cortez area. He enjoys live music, outdoor activities, and listening to NPR every morning when he wakes up.

Ways to Connect

Tom Yoder / KSJD

The KSJD Daytime Collective is new collaborative music show that will air on KSJD from 9-11am and 1-3pm on weekdays starting Monday, February 13th. KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with KSJD's Programming Director Tom Yoder to talk about the ideas behind the show, who will be hosting it, and what it will offer to KSJD's weekday daytime listeners.

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At the end of February, a group of over 2000 representatives from counties all over the nation will gather in Washington, D.C. They will spend a week holding conferences and trainings about on county governance, and one day meeting with congressional delegations from their respective states. Colorado’s delegation of counties, known as Colorado Counties, inc.

Montezuma County Commission

Last fall Montezuma County embarked on an ambitious plan: building a non-motorized, mixed-use trail between Cortez and Mancos by way of Mesa Verde. Supported by the Colorado Governor’s Office, the project is a collaboration between the county, various state and federal agencies, and the public. The next public meeting for the Paths to Mesa Verde is Tuesday night from 6 to 8pm at the Cortez Recreation Center. To learn more about the County’s progress, KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with Montezuma County Natural Resource Planning and Public Lands Coordinator James Dietrich.

Austin Cope / KSJD

The tiny Rico School in the mountain town northeast of Dolores will remain open for the near future, but some way needs to be found to make it self-sustaining.


Austin Cope / KSJD

A 42-year-old Rico woman was killed Monday in an explosion that destroyed her home and reverberated throughout the small mountain town.


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