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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San Miguel County Sheriff's Office

Dry conditions over the Memorial Day weekend sparked several wildfires around Southwestern Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Wild animals are bearing the impacts of this year's drought well, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Austin Cope

Memorial day campers and celebratory high school graduates will have to be especially careful with fire this year, as dry conditions have sparked burn restrictions across the region.

Austin Cope

The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush.


Eric Whyte

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm and ranch on its lands in Southwestern Colorado. It grows crops like alfalfa and artisan corn, and raises over 600 head of cattle. The Tribe went through a long settlement process to obtain the water rights to operate the enterprise.  But just because it has the farm and the rights to the water doesn’t mean they can use as much as they want.


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