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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Bureau of Land Management

KSJD's Austin Cope spoke on Wednesday morning with Chris Asbjorne, Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, for an update about the lightning-caused Secret Canyon Fire that started east of Dove Creek last week. Click below to listen.

Colorado Office of Information Technology

Colorado state and local governments are mapping Internet speeds in the region to increase broadband availability, affordability, and quality.

The Colorado Broadband Office and the Southwest Colorado Council of Governments are encouraging users to test their internet speeds before the end of August by using an online application that tests each user’s connection without collecting personal data.

Austin Cope

An online survey is asking boaters who floated the Lower Dolores River over the summer to share feedback and data to help plan future releases on the river.

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San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge and two of his deputies will appear in district court in Monticello this Friday morning at 9am.


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Few public details have emerged from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s review on national monuments released Thursday, though most of the results on local monuments have already been released. In May, the Secretary announced his recommendation to adjust the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah, but so far no concrete plans have emerged.  In June, the secretary said no changes will be made to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Cortez.