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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. / Creative Commons

The Forest Service is considering expanding the popular Boggy Draw trail system north of Dolores. The expansion would add 25 miles of non-motorized trails to the existing layout. Forest Service Recreation Staff Officer Tom Rice said the trails will be “stacked” close to each other to not expand far beyond the general footprint of the Boggy Draw area.


Before the agency moves forward with the expansion, it is seeking public comment. Rice said comments could address impacts to wildlife, ecosystems, or the town due to increased visitation.

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A proposed ordinance intended to ban unauthorized entry onto the Cortez municipal golf course landed in the rough at Tuesday’s council meeting after a half-dozen concerned residents objected. City attorney Mike Green said the ordinance was designed to limit the number of access points and  reduce the ongoing problem of people entering the course from different places without checking in. But several golf-course neighbors argued it went overboard. Joyce Humiston said more rules are not needed but there is a need for access from the east side.


A new grassroots trails group is forming in Mancos, and has planned an organizational meeting on Thursday, July 20th at 6pm at the Mancos Public Library. To learn more about the group and what it hopes to achieve, KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Peter Brin D'Amour, one of the group's members. Click below to listen.


Full Disclosure: Peter Brin D'Amour is also a volunteer DJ at KSJD.

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Five miles of bumpy, dusty road from the San Juan National Forest boundary north of Mancos to Transfer Campground will get a new chip-and-seal surface beginning July 31st. The four-day project was set to start July 24th, but was delayed by rain. In a release, the Forest Service says the heavily traveled West Mancos Road, or Forest Road 561, is currently graded 10 times a year, but the new surface will require only occasional maintenance.