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Young people have strong opinions and ideas about what is happening in our local communities.  On this morning's interview, we hear from two swim team members who have been deeply affected by  recent departure of the Montezuma-Cortez High School swim team coach.

Funding Education in the Dolores School District

Oct 15, 2015

Education funding in Colorado continues to face challenges that communities must address at the local level to maintain school budgets. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dolores Schools Superintendent Scott Cooper about what is at stake in the Dolores School District with mill levy funding that is set to expire if voters don't renew it in November, and how this ballot initiative highlights the challenges of school funding in Colorado.

In this episode, a Master Leasing Plan concerning oil and gas development in Montezuma and La Plata Counties has been proposed by the Bureau of Land Management. KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press look at Montezuma County's varied responses to the proposal.  Also, Colorado funding for education--already near the bottom nationally in per pupil support--may be getting worse.  And, will marijuana revenue backfill funds lost to the State through the Negative Factor formula or are schools on their own?

30 Years at Southwest Open School

Oct 12, 2015
Cortez Journal

Southwest Open School, commonly known as SWOS, has served students in Cortez for 30 years.  KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Jennifer Chappelle, the Director of SWOS, and Richard Fulton, a former Director at SWOS who is now the Director of the Teacher Education Department at Fort Lewis College, about the ideas that started the school, how Southwest Open School has changed over the years, and what the future holds for this alternative high school.

Chalkbeat Colorado

In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Shamai Buckel, a founding member of the Kiva Montessori Charter School in Cortez, and Laurie Hall of The Farm Bistro restaurant about their collaboration to feed Kiva students fresh, local foods at lunch time, and the impact it has on children's health and well-being.

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 Colorado Kids Count Report

Sep 24, 2015

Since its first release 22 years ago, Colorado Kids Count has become the most trusted source for information on Colorado children. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Vangi McCoy, Coordinator for the Montelores Early Childhood Council, and Sarah Hughes, Research Director for the Colorado Children's Campaign, about what data the Kids Count program looks at, and what it tells us about the health and well-being of our kids.

  • Area school administrators dismayed about Colorado Supreme Court ruling on "negative factor" school funding.
  • Citizens propose new rules for outdoor events to Montezuma County Commissioners.

Cortez Journal

In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Southwest Open School (SWOS) teacher Casey Simpson and Conor Russell, a student at SWOS, about the school garden that they have installed at the school, how they have incorporated permaculture principles into the garden, and how it enhances education for the students at SWOS.

  • Dolores Re-4A School District has lost millions in funding as a result of a state legislative measure.
  • Dolores County School District seeking some budgetary help from voters in November.
  • Colorado Department of Transportation and State Patrol launch fall DUI crackdown.