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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Austin Cope / KSJD News

The fire that gutted the Harp Moving and Storage Building in Cortez at the end of March probably started after a campfire behind the building spread out of control.

Cortez Public Works

Cortez’s Central Business District will soon feel more like a “downtown,” according to city officials. After Labor Day of this year, the City will install medians between Elm and Ash streets (approximately between the Montezuma County Courthouse and the old City Hall). They will also install a median and pedestrian refuge between Roger Smith and Edith streets (near McDonald's).


Julie Knudson / The Nature Conservancy

This year’s release of water from the McPhee dam into the Lower Dolores River brought boaters from across the country. But it wasn’t only recreational boaters who came to the river. A group of scientists also monitored the effects of the high flow on the river's course and its ecosystems.

Tim Hurst / Creative Commons

Environmentalists are cheering the U.S. Senate’s decision Wednesday not to rescind an Obama-administration rule requiring less waste of the potent greenhouse gas methane.

Photo courtesy of Brent McWhirter

Cortez Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde and Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Bittle talked with KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition about the Western Excelsior Plant Fire that started in Mancos on Monday afternoon.