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Courtesy of Sarah Syverson / Mancos Creative District

The Mancos Creative District hopes to create a “vibrant and sustainable economic hub” and empower a “diverse creative community” in the town of Mancos. KSJD’s Austin Cope talked with incoming Mancos Creative District Director Sarah Syverson about how the organization hopes to increase diversity and improve economic development in the town of Mancos.

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Archaeology in Southwestern Colorado may bring to mind pot sherds, prehistoric walls, or the mass migration of people out of Southwestern Colorado in the 13th century. But a new study at the University of Colorado at Boulder adds turkeys to that list. To learn more, KSJD’s Austin Cope talked with CU Boulder Archaeologist Scott Ortman, one of the study’s authors, and a former researcher at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez. Click below to listen to a web-only extended version of the interview.

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The Montezuma County commissioners voted 2 to 1 Monday to recommend a 10 percent pay increase for county elected officials. The increase would take effect only after the 2018 elections. Coroner George Deavers – who is paid $33,000 a year despite being on call around the clock –  told the board that only six of Colorado’s other counties opted out of any pay increase last year. He recommended a 20 percent hike. Clerk Kim Percell voiced reservations, saying her employees had no cost-of-living increase last year. Most county elected officials earn about $58,000 per year.

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Lightning struck and killed a 24-year-old Durango man around noon on Sunday while he was mountain-biking near the Lizard Head Wilderness Area south of Telluride. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that John Daniel Huisjen was biking with his girlfriend on the East Fork Trail when a thunderstorm moved in. The couple and other cyclists sought shelter below tree line but Huisjen was hit. An off-duty Telluride EMT started CPR, but life-saving attempts proved unsuccessful. Huisjen’s girlfriend was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

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The Montezuma County commissioners gave approval Monday for the county health department to hire a new employee for 30 hours a week to help free up environmental health specialist Melissa Mathews for her other duties. The commission and health staff discussed a recent article in the Cortez Journal that charges the health department violated state open-records law by failing to turn over inspection records of 143 restaurant facilities upon request and demanding excessive fees.

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