Jeff Pope

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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. 

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The Navajo Nation has sued San Juan County in Utah twice, and won once, over voting rights.  Now San Juan County has filed a counter claim detailing measures in place to assist voters and alleging corruption among the original plaintiffs.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press take a look at this unfolding issue.

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The question of whether President Obama will create a 1.9 million acre national monument in Southeast Utah in the last days of his administration is gaining national attention, most recently with a front page article in Sunday's New York Times.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly take a deeper look at what a monument might mean for an-already strained local conversation around public land.

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The Bureau of Land Management is in the process of creating a Master Leasing Plan to help manage development of BLM lands in southwest Colorado. Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly talk with Shannon Borders, public affairs specialist for the BLM, about what the MLP is about, how the process works, and how the public can weigh in on the plan.

In this episode, hosts Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly continue their discussion of the proposed recreational trail that would link Cortez, Mancos, and Mesa Verde National Park, and how the Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission is weighing in on the proposal.

In this episode, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss the political and economic factors behind building a recreational trail that would link Mancos, Cortez, and Mesa Verde National Park.

In this episode, Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press and KSJD's Jeff Pope discuss the American Lands Council and their efforts to transfer public lands to state control, the recent departure of Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District Superintendent Alex Carter, and the potential impacts of falling oil prices on the economy of Montezuma County.

In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss how the Montezuma County Commission is considering changes for their legal notices and a local newspaper of record, and the results of a recent survey on public lands usage in the West.

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