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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Photo courtesy of Brent McWhirter

An overheating fan motor likely caused the fire that destroyed the Western Excelsior plant in Mancos on Monday.


Austin Cope / KSJD News

Though Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met for one hour with tribal leaders on the Bears Ears Commission during his visit to Utah, some tribal members felt excluded from discussions about the Bears Ears National Monument.


Brent McWhirter

The fire that started yesterday afternoon at the Western Excelsior Plant in Mancos, Colorado is under control, according to Mancos Fire Chief Tony Aspromonte.  As of Tuesday morning, there is still light smoke and a few hot spots from burning excelsior and coconut husks.

Bureau of Land Management

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke came to southeastern Utah Monday, marking day two of his four-day "listening tour" of the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase National Monument. 

But before Zinke came to Utah, he had a face-to-face meeting with San Juan County commissioner Bruce Adams in Washington DC. KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Adams to learn more about what came out of that meeting

On Tuesday, the body of 26-year-old Charles Oliver Evans was found near Denny Lake in Cortez. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition for an update on the investigation.