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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Cortez-based health provider Southwest Health System (SHS) has fired its CEO and two other members of its leadership team, reportedly for financial reasons.

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The approximately 85,000 annual visitors to the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez will see a new set of employees and products in the facility’s bookstore starting Friday afternoon. But if they want to buy Mesa Verde tour tickets, they will have to drive to the park’s visitor center or get them in Durango.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Wildlife officials are reminding the public to be aware of bear activity as spring begins.

Eric Tanner / Dolores Water Conservancy District

As spring begins in the Four Corners, the Dolores Water Conservancy continues to monitor weather and snowpack in the San Juan Mountains to try to predict how much water will make it into McPhee Reservoir this summer. KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with DWCD General Manager Mike Preston to get an update on current forecasts and conditions. Click below to listen.

photo courtesy of Utah Dine Bikeyah

The national debate about the Bears Ears National Monument has quieted somewhat since President Trump announced plans to cut its area by 85 percent in early December. But the conflict is far from over.