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KSJD's Austin Cope woke up early on Saturday morning to check out the Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Festival. But Saturday morning was rainy, and hot air balloons can’t fly in the rain. To find out why, Austin talked to balloonist and the event's "weather man," Brian Hill of Page, AZ, about how and why balloonists monitor the weather.

After that, Austin had a laughter-filled conversation with one of the balloon teams from Albuquerque to hear stories from their travels through the air and along the ground. Click below to listen.

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Floods from summer monsoons have closed several backcountry roads and campgrounds on Bureau Land Management land around Canyonlands National Park. Kings Bottom and Williams Bottom campgrounds are temporarily closed, and the Long Canyon Road inaccessible as well. The BLM recommends high-clearance vehicles to access Canyonlands National Park via the Mineral Bottom Road, and also to access the Bartlett and Poison Spider trailheads. The agency says it is working with its partners to repair the damage as soon as possible.


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Members of a Durango-based group intended to help protect five rivers around southwestern Colorado have gone their separate ways after 10 years together. The River Protection Workgroup, a collection of water managers from the Southwestern Water Conservation District and conservation organizations like Trout Unlimited, The Wilderness Society, and San Juan Citizens Alliance, had its final meeting in May.

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The Montezuma County Commissioners likely violated Colorado open meetings law when they met with the Bureau of Land Management to discuss access issues near Summit Ridge in June.

A former associate director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness faces a preliminary hearing August 22nd on charges related to an incident in April in Southeast Utah. However, one charge against Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Franklin, has been called into question. The couple is accused of shutting a gate on April 1st on state trust land between Bluff and Mexican Hat, Utah, preventing cattle from accessing a water hole. They face several charges, including attempted wanton destruction of livestock, a felony.