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

courtesy of Roberta Diswood / Just Move It

"Just Move It" is a community-centered fitness and exercise promotion program that holds events throughout the Navajo Nation, in surrounding communities, and in Indigenous communities throughout the United States. Just Move It coordinator Roberta Diswood joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to talk more about the movement, the program's history, and what to expect at the upcoming events in Cortez on Friday, July 21st at 6pm at Parque de Vida, in Towaoc on Monday, July 24th at 6pm at the Towaoc Wellness Center,  and in Shiprock on Thursday, August 3rd at 5:30pm.

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A new grassroots trails group is forming in Mancos, and has planned an organizational meeting on Thursday, July 20th at 6pm at the Mancos Public Library. To learn more about the group and what it hopes to achieve, KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Peter Brin D'Amour, one of the group's members. Click below to listen.

 

Full Disclosure: Peter Brin D'Amour is also a volunteer DJ at KSJD.

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On Monday, a public meeting held by the Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD) was met with a standing-room-only crowd—not a regular occurrence at water management meetings.  The day after the meeting, KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Mike Preston, DWCD General Manager, to learn more about the District's plans for McElmo.

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About 75 residents of McElmo Canyon filled the Dolores Water Conservancy District meeting room Monday night to encourage water managers to consider the canyon’s welfare when planning for the next drought. 

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KSJD's Austin Cope took a trip into the San Juan National Forest to meet one of a few federal mule pack strings in the U.S. and to learn about what it's like to work with the animals. Click below to listen to the story and interview with Glenn Ryan, Lead Packer/Manager for the Rocky Mountain Regional Specialty Pack String.

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