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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In an interview on Monday morning, Cortez school officials defended their decision to cut World History from Montezuma-Cortez High School's graduation requirements. Lori Haukeness, RE-1 School District Superintendent, and Dr. Jayson Wayman, Montezuma-Cortez High School Principal, told KSJD's Austin Cope how the decision will better serve students.

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Students at Montezuma Cortez High School will no longer be required to take World History classes after this year.

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The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and other irrigators in Montezuma and Dolores Counties will receive about 20 percent less water from McPhee Reservoir this year, according to Dolores Water Conservancy District General Manager Mike Preston.

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Authorities in San Juan County, Utah recently declared the Democratic candidate for District 2 Commissioner, Willie Grayeyes, ineligible to run in the 2018 elections. KSJD's Austin Cope and Gail Binkly sat down to talk more about the story and what could happen next.

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This weekend's Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival has brought birding enthusiasts from across the region. Becky Levy, Executive Director of the Cortez Cultural Center, joined KSJD's Austin Cope for an update on what it's like to watch birders in their natural habitat, and what bird species people at the festival have seen so far this year.

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