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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Utah women are reportedly paid the lowest in the nation compared to their male counterparts.

Southwest Conservation Corps

The invasive Russian olive tree can cause havoc in river ecosystems around the West. But a group of organizations outside of Durango has found a way to remove not only to remove the trees, but also to help the surrounding community in other ways.


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The president of the Navajo Nation is encouraging increased use of the tribe’s traditional language.

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As unusually dry weather continues in the region, Montezuma County has become the first entity to enact fire restrictions.

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A brush fire near Towaoc over the weekend that prompted evacuations and threatened several structures burned a total of 93 acres.

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