KSJD Interviews

Weekdays during Morning Edition at 7:30am or 8:40am

KSJD interviews cover a wide variety of topics and issues. Tune in at 7:30am or 8:40am on weekday mornings during Morning Edition for interviews that inform and empower our community! An archive of past interviews is below.

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At the end of February, a group of over 2000 representatives from counties all over the nation will gather in Washington, D.C. They will spend a week holding conferences and trainings about on county governance, and one day meeting with congressional delegations from their respective states. Colorado’s delegation of counties, known as Colorado Counties, inc.

Austin Cope / KSJD

During the month of January, Colorado got a lot of snow. Snowfall in the San Juan mountains hit 135 percent of average, totaling over 60 inches on Lizard Head Pass by the end of the month. The snow more or less buried towns like Rico, and avalanches closed mountain passes.

Montezuma County Commission

Last fall Montezuma County embarked on an ambitious plan: building a non-motorized, mixed-use trail between Cortez and Mancos by way of Mesa Verde. Supported by the Colorado Governor’s Office, the project is a collaboration between the county, various state and federal agencies, and the public. The next public meeting for the Paths to Mesa Verde is Tuesday night from 6 to 8pm at the Cortez Recreation Center. To learn more about the County’s progress, KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with Montezuma County Natural Resource Planning and Public Lands Coordinator James Dietrich.

Jesse K. Alwin, U.S. Marine Corps / Creative Commons

As the Trump Administration and the Republican-controlled U.S. congress discuss their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, (also known as Obamacare) many of the changes--and their potential impacts-- remain unknown. But according to Southwest Health System CEO Kent Rogers, cuts to the ACA’s Medicaid expansion or an all-out repeal of the bill with no replacement could create serious challenges. Rogers sat down with KSJD's Austin Cope to talk more.

  Note to listeners: Southwest Health System is a corporate supporter of KSJD. 

The school in the town of Rico is tiny. It’s not the size of the building that’s the problem-- it’s the low number of students in it. This year, there are only seven students enrolled at the school: three in preschool and four in elementary school. And since the schools receive a certain amount of funding from the state per student, the Dolores County School District is having trouble making ends meet.