Jeff Pope

Executive Director

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Martha Teal

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project recently completed an Orchard Market Study with two major findings: First, Montezuma County has the highest concentration and number of old orchards--that is those planted before 1920--in the State of Colorado, and these apple trees are best used as a valuable genetic reservoir. Second, there’s an abundance of juice apples that were planted in the 1930s and 40s that are ideal for juice or cider operations. 

NASA-JPL Caltech

When scientists first discovered a methane hot spot over the Four Corners, it was so large they assumed that their satellite detection technology had malfunctioned.


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San Juan County, Utah is in the national news, given the recent finding of Voting Rights Act violations and the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.  But is the national media painting with a broad brush that doesn't reflect a deeper story? Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly talked with Bill Boyle, editor of the San Juan Record in Monticello, Utah to learn what we might be missing in the narrative that's emerging on the national stage about San Juan County, Utah.

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The Montezuma County Commissioners and their Planning and Zoning Commission continue to be out of step on how to build, maintain and pay for a proposed trail to Mesa Verde National Park.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press take a look at why, as well as the Dolores water Conservancy District's change of course (again) on a boating release for the lower Dolores River.

Montezuma County

After years of pressure from the State, the Montezuma County Commissioners decided late last year to build a new court house and cobbled together about $7.5 million in construction money through grants and reserves.  Now, both prospective builders have told the County that the project, as designed, can't be done for less than $10 million--more than $2 million over the original budget.