Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District

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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.

MCHS Drama Department

The Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama Department is kicking off a new season of performances with the comedic play "You Can't Take It With You". KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama Department members David Gonzalez-Overton, Kaleb Burris, Kyle Miller, and Liam O'Shields about their latest production and "Outbreak", their Halloween haunted house that will be open this weekend.

  • Montezuma County Hospital District's ballot initiative sparks debate at Tuesday meeting of the Montezuma-Cortez District Re-1 School Board.
  • Cortez City Council passes resolution to support setting Dolores Water Conservancy District's mill levy at its current rate.
  • Southwest Colorado Community College names Four Corners native Tonya Nelson as its executive dean.

  • Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District Board under pressure to decide what to do with the old M-CHS building that contains asbestos.
  • State of Colorado questions Montezuma County commissioners over blanket tax abatement given to farmers in July.

  • 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 Re-1 School District needs school board applicants.
  • Documentary film highlights water issues in Colorado.
  • Cucumbers linked to salmonella outbreak in the Southwest states.

  • Positive news on Cortez District Re-1 school budget and glowing reviews on new high school.
  • Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office DUI checkpoint set up in McElmo Canyon finds no drunk drivers.
  • BLM Tres Rios Field Office plans to begin prescribed burns about seven miles east of Dove Creek.

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Montezuma-Cortez High School has a new head coach for their football team. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dave Wagner about the coaching experience he brings to the job, his thoughts on this year's Panther football team, and why he values creating responsible young men and connecting with community as part of his work.

TRIO Education Assistance Programs

Aug 26, 2015

TRIO education assistance programs are designed to identify and provide services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to go to college. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Wendy Javier and Marya Corrigan about TRIO programs they administer in local schools that assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and those with disabilities to gain a higher education.

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Administration of a public school system provides a perspective into education that can reveal important issues. KSJD's newest interview host Dave Hart talks with Montezuma-Cortez School Superintendent Alex Carter about why a shortage of teachers could be a crisis in coming years, how poverty is affecting education in America, and opportunities that the new MCHS high school will bring to students.