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Microbursts are a rare weather phenomenon that occur in summer or early fall. A microburst occured in Cortez in September, and knocked a tree onto a house. KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with local weather observer and meterologist Jim Andrus to learn more about these phenomena and how they occur.

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Archaeology in Southwestern Colorado may bring to mind pot sherds, prehistoric walls, or the mass migration of people out of Southwestern Colorado in the 13th century. But a new study at the University of Colorado at Boulder adds turkeys to that list. To learn more, KSJD’s Austin Cope talked with CU Boulder Archaeologist Scott Ortman, one of the study’s authors, and a former researcher at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez. Click below to listen to a web-only extended version of the interview.

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Summer is gnat season in many parts of the country, including in the Four Corners. KSJD’s Austin Cope sat down with Sierra Coon, Chief of Interpretation at Hovenweep National Monument, to learn about  where gnats live, how they are different than other insects, and how to repel them.

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Eurasian collared doves have spread rapidly across the United States since they were introduced from south-central Europe and Asia in the 1980s. University of New Mexico Researcher and Adjunct Professor of Biology Mike Fuller talked with KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning about the effects of the species’ colonization. Click below to listen.

 

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Many locals know spring is wind season in the Four Corners.

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