Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District

Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia is currently on a state-wide bus tour to address the issue of early childhood literacy. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Lt. Governor Joe Garcia and Sheryl Shushan with the Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission about their visit in Cortez, what they have been hearing from the public on their road trip, and priorities for children and education in Colorado.

The Future of the Cortez Cultural Center

Sep 28, 2015
Cortez Cultural Center

Earlier this year, the Cortez Cultural Center announced that they would be closing and re-organizing. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez Cultural Center director Jeff Weinmeister, and Lee Bergman, their board president, about input they have heard from the public, and what the community can expect from the Cortez Cultural Center in the coming months.

  • Semi truck driver who ran into a gas pump and sparked a fire in Cortez has been found.
  • Montezuma County commissioners set to meet with Bureau of Land Management on Monday to discuss the Master Leasing Plan.
  • Homeless man amasses 8,500 pounds of debris in an illegal camp in the Uncompahgre National Forest.
  • DOJ and the DOI announce $940 million settlement with American Indian tribes.

  • Cannabis customers and growers enjoy tax holiday.
  • Public forums planned to discuss proposed sales tax for an expansion of Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez.
  • Colorado legislators support “Good Samaritan” legislation to encourage mine clean-up.

  • Parts of Mancos lose power on Thursday night after semi truck knocks over utility pole.
  • City of Cortez decides not to adopt a noise ordinance.

A New Manager at the Cortez Chamber of Commerce

Aug 14, 2015

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce focuses on increasing and sustaining economic vitality in the Cortez area. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Michelle Rojas, the new manager at the Cortez Chamber of Commerce, and Kinsey Ertel of Ertel Funeral Home and Board president at the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce, about how the organization is working to foster business prosperity for community success.

Four Corners Research

In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Dave Dove, archaeologist at the Mitchell Springs Ruin Group south of Cortez, about the history and prehistory represented there, what has been learned from 23 years of investigation, and new technologies that are offering archaeologists new ways of doing research at the site.

In this episode of Talking Heads, Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press and KSJD's Jeff Pope discuss the departure of construction company Skanska from Cortez, San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman's ongoing legal troubles, Cortez's ranking as the 8th worst place to live in Colorado, and an update on the "Bong-a-Thon" cannabis event planned near Stoner.

The Cortez Burst Triathlon

Jun 18, 2015
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Each year, the Cortez Burst Triathlon offers a race for all ages that is a fun way to kick off the 4th of July holiday. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Rayna Hale, President of Friends of Recreation, and Sensa Wolcott, Race Director for the Cortez Burst Triathlon, about how the race supports good health in our community, ways to train for a triathlon, and what participants can expect at this year's Cortez Burst Triathlon.

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Sometime during the night of Sunday, May 24th, vandals uprooted the heritage fruit trees in the Montezuma School To Farm orchard at Cortez Middle School. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sarah Syverson, the Director of the Montezuma School To Farm Project, about what happened, how the community responded, and how these incidents provide a chance for restorative justice.