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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Days are counting down for Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to finish his review of national monuments created over the past 20 years. At the top of his list is the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah. He’s planning a trip to southeastern Utah next week, but the details are still not public.

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Incoming Sunflower Theatre Director Desiree Henderson joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to talk about her background in the arts, her time growing up in Cortez, and the kinds of performances she hopes to bring to town.

Kim Welty,  the director of the Sunflower Theatre at KSJD, is retiring after almost 2 ½ years since the theatre’s opening in January 2015. This week was her final week at work, and she will be saying her final goodbye at the Sunflower's Jeffrey Foucault show on Sunday, May 7th at 7pm. The new director is Desiree Henderson.  KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with Kim Welty to reflect on her time as director.

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More people are visiting the new Bears Ears National Monument this season, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

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This summer marks 15 years since two significant wildfires in the region: the Long Mesa Fire in Mesa Verde National Park and the Missionary Ridge Fire outside of Durango both occured in 2002. It also marks five years since the 2012 Weber Fire outside of Mancos. Each of these fires burned thousands of acres, and they encouraged people to reflect on resiliency in the face of the destruction that wildfires can bring.