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.

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Chimney Choir website

KSJD's Austin Cope had a conversation with three members of Chimney Choir, who will perform their mix of "electro-collage folk" on Saturday, September 23rd at 7pm.

Davis County Jail via Associated Press

Former polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs has pled guilty to two federal charges related to food stamp fraud. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the ex-bishop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints plead guilty to defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, on Wednesday. He had been accused of pressuring or ordering church members to turn over SNAP benefits to his Church.

Ken Lund / Creative Commons

A draft memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to President Trump on national monuments is drawing scrutiny from political leaders after it surfaced Monday.

Gail Binkly

Dolores Mayor Santiago Lopez has publicly weighed in on the emotional discussion around last week’s closure of the popular playground in Joe Rowell Park.

In an editorial published Monday in the Cortez Journal, Lopez apologized for Board’s decision to close the deteriorating playground. He said concerns about safety and liability prompted the board to follow recommendations from the town staff and attorney to block access to the structure immediately.

Austin Cope

Last week the Colorado Children’s Campaign, an independent group that analyzes data on issues facing children including poverty, access to healthcare, and education, presented the results of the Kid’s Count Survey.

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