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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Pinon Project

On May 20th, Dolores River Boating Advocates organized a trip down the Lower Dolores River. But this trip was different than others- it included 19 mentees from the Pinon Project. Most of the kids had never been on a river trip before, and they said it was a great way to meet new people and learn about each other while being on the river. KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with three of the kids who took the trip, as well as Dolores River Boating Advocates' Amber Clark and the Pinon Project's Lauren Lacourciere to hear stories from their trip. Click below to listen. 

The third weekend in May 2017 brought plummeting temperatures to the Four Corners area. As a cold front moved in, a weather station at the Cortez Airport reported a low of 31 on Thursday night, 26 on Friday night, and 28 on Saturday night. While those temperatures are not uncommon in May, they seriously damaged fruit crops in local orchards.  Jude Schuenemeyer with Montezuma Orchard Resoration Project joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to talk more about the effects of the freeze. 

Montezuma County Assessor

The Cortez Main Street has seen some significant changes over the course of the town’s history. Businesses have come and gone, streets have been paved and repaved, and buildings have been built and rebuilt. But many of the buildings on Main Street are over 60 years old.

UPDATE 5/24/17: A spokesperson for the FBI states the agency does not believe there is a threat to public safety. Authorities have still not released the identities of the victim or suspect(s) as of May 24th.

Original story, published 5/19/17:

Law officers were seeking a suspect Friday in the fatal shooting of a 46-year-old man in Aneth, Utah on the Navajo Nation.  According to a statement from the FBI, the shooting happened around 2:00 pm. 

U.S. Geological Survey / via Google Earth

This month the City of Cortez is looking back on the history of its parks. KSJD’s Austin Cope sat down with Chris Burkett. Burkett served as Cortez Parks and Recreation director between 1978 and 2006, and now directs grants and special projects for the City. To start their interview, Austin asked him how the corner of Mildred and Main Street--near the Colorado Welcome Center--looked in 1978.

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