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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Almost two years after San Juan County Utah commission and school board voting districts were ruled unconstitutional, county residents gave input on proposals for new district boundaries.

On Thursday at public hearings in Monticello and Bluff, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby and Special Master Bernard Grofman listened to feedback from citizens about accuracy and fairness of the proposed districts. After rejecting San Juan County’s redistricting attempt last year, the judge appointed Grofman to redraw the district lines.

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The Manti-La Sal National Forest Ranger Station in Moab received what might have been a threatening package earlier this month, but it turned out to be filled with non-poisonous reptiles and amphibians.

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After its residents voted to incorporate on November 7th, the community of Bluff is taking steps to become an official town. Bluff Incorporation Committee Co-Chair Brant Murray told KSJD residents will elect four representatives and a mayor to the new town board in June of 2018.

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Durango residents are sharing ideas for how to decorate the medians near the intersection of highways 160 and 550 on the west side of town.

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The Montezuma County Agricultural extension has been in the news quite a bit lately, as the Montezuma County Commissioners take a closer look at how the office is run. But the history of the extension office in Montezuma County goes back to 1917, according to its director Tom Hooten. During World War I, he says the extension helped people make "victory gardens" to help supply food during the war effort.  Since then, he says the extension has focused on two primary things: grasshoppers and prairie dogs.