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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The Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 school district has been on a five-year accreditation improvement plan for the past five years, and they’ve now entered year six.

Colorado Preservation, Inc.

Durango School District 9-R will apparently be leaving the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES.

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A small geyser seemed to erupt from the intersection of Pinyon, Maple and North streets in Cortez on Friday night. This was not geothermal activity, but rather a large break in a city water main.

Cortez City Manager Shane Hale said the 10-inch water main broke on Friday evening. Police and construction crews worked together to detour traffic around the street, and the utility workers patched the pipe later that night. The line was fully repaired by Saturday.  

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Voters in Montezuma County will see a question near the end of their ballots called issue 1A, and voters in the town of Dolores will see an additional issue: 2A.


Colorado Department of Transportation

If your commute involves turning onto Lebanon Road from Highway 491 just north of Cortez, be prepared to detour onto Road L for the next few weeks.