Fiber optics are an important part of ensuring that the digital bandwidth is available for online resources that are critical to modern life. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez City Manager Shane Hale and Rick Smith, General Services Director for the city of Cortez, about how the city is investing in fiber optic infrastructure, and how it will impact the local economy and residents.
Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado for the past year, but pot shops have been slow in coming to Montezuma County. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Nate Fete, owner of "The Shop", the first recreational marijuana business to open in the county, about what customers can expect when they purchase weed, how to make sure marijuana is enjoyed safely, and what his business is doing to keep their product out of the hands of young people.
In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly from the Four Corners Free Press discuss the potential avenues for economic development in Cortez and Montezuma County: what appears promising, and what could hinder progress.
During this season of holiday shopping, it is important to consider spending your dollars locally instead of online or at big box stores. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Rocky Moss, Manager of the Dolores Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center, about why it matters to support local businesses, and the impact that it has on our communities.
The Cortez Cultural Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an interactive forum for the community's artistic, cultural, and environmental interests. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Donna Stewart, Executive Director at the Cortez Cultural Center, and Lee Bergman, Board President for the Cortez Cultural Center, about what their organization is doing to fulfill their mission in the community.
In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Tom Yoder sits in for regular host Sarah Syverson to talk with Shani Winer of The Pie Maker, a small batch bakery in Montezuma County, about the history of pies, the importance of pies in our society as a communal food, and how her bakery is striving to create sweet, savory baked goods using fresh, local ingredients.
For ten years, a small company in Cortez has been producing some of the finest guitar strings in the music business. KSJD's Tom Yoder goes inside the workshop at Curt Mangan Strings to find out how they make their strings, and hear why they choose to center the business in southwest Colorado.
July is Independent Retailer Month, a time to focus on how dollars spent locally are vital to our small town economies. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Mark Drudge from Cortez Retail Enhancement Association about why dollars spent locally are so important to our communities, how independent businesses can attract more customers, and why shopping local makes good sense.
Kinder Morgan is one of southwest Colorado's largest and most influential companies, extracting carbon dioxide gas from the McElmo Dome, one of the largest supplies of the gas in the world. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Kinder Morgan President for CO2 Operations Jim Wuerth about what CO2 from the area is used for, how carbon dioxide wells operate, and why Kinder Morgan pays nearly half of Montezuma County's property taxes.
Habitat for Humanity of Montezuma County works to help families break the cycle of poverty, escape from unhealthy living conditions, and build long-term financial security through new and renovated housing. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Susan Rain, a board member at Habitat for Humanity of Montezuma County, and Lynn Anderson, store manager at the Habitat for Humanity Re-sale Store, about housing needs in southwest Colorado, how their organization helps meet those needs, and what people can donate and purchase at their re-sale store.