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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As the debate about health care rages on at the national level, the U.S. Senate will now wait until after the Senate’s July 4th recess to try to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

But at the rural level, the impacts of that bill could be significant, as journalist Paige Blankenbuehler writes in a recent High Country News article.  KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Blankenbuehler via Skype to discuss the issue more. 

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A Cortez woman born in Mexico has taken sanctuary within the Mancos United Methodist Church while she seeks to avoid deportation. Rosa Sabido, whose stepfather is a naturalized U.S. citizen and whose mother is a lawful permanent resident, has been living in the church’s fellowship hall since June 2nd after her application for a seventh stay of removal was denied in May. Immigration authorities had approved her previous six applications, which are good for one year each.

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UPDATE, 6/26/17, 1:45pm: The Forest Service says trail and road closures are subject to change depending on size of the fire. The Colorado Trail remains open at this time.




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Crews quickly contained a small brush fire near the Ute Mountain Casino late Wednesday afternoon.

According to Ute Mountain Fire Chief John Trocheck, the fire started around 4:30pm in a field. Crews from the Ute Tribe, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Cortez fully contained the blaze within 30 to 45 minutes with the help of a water truck from Cortez and a BIA helicopter. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument does not appear to be at risk of shrinkage or repeal. That’s according to public conversations between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and members of Colorado’s U.S. Congressional delegation.