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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.

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In this episode of Conversations With Dave, host Dave Hart talks with Executive Director Kellie Willis and Youth Program Director Kelli Unrein from the Piñon Project Family Resource Center about the programs they offer for families and kids in Montezuma County, and a new youth suicide prevention program that is helping young people build strength and resiliency to face their challenges.

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Getting youth involved in local organizations helps them to become valued and essential members of our communities. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Meggie Curtis, Youth Programming Coordinator at the School Community Youth Collaborative, and Jasmine Stroud, a senior at Lighthouse Christian Academy and a member of the Cortez Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Board, about new ways that local businesses and organizations can connect with young people to help them build healthy relationships within their communities and prepare them for life as adults.

Prescription Drug Abuse

May 4, 2015
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Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States that has been declared an epidemic by public health organizations. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Laurie Lovedale, Manager of the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program at Peer Assistance Services, Inc., about why abuse of prescription drugs, especially pain killers, is on the rise, why youth are particularly affected, and ways to make sure that prescription drugs don't fall into the wrong hands.

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Youth mentoring is an important part of supporting younger people in our communities. In this interview, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Mike White, Case Manager for Youth Services at the Piñon Project, Caina Miller, a mentor with the Piñon Project's Youth Empowerment Program, and Lindsay Guzman, a young person who is a mentee in the program, to discuss how the mentoring program at the Piñon Project works, and its impact on the youth and adults who participate in the program.

The Importance of Early Childhood Development

Apr 22, 2015
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Ensuring that children have a strong and healthy start in life is critical to their future success. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Geof Byerly and Vangi McCoy from the Montelores Early Childhood Council about early child health and development, resources available locally to help families provide for their children at an early age, and how the new documentary film "The Raising of America" explores the root causes of class and racial inequities in the health and well being of our kids.

Early Childhood Literacy

Mar 9, 2015
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Early childhood literacy is a critical part of a child's development that can have important impacts as they start school and beyond.  KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez Public Library Director Eric Ikenouye and Children's Librarian Laura McHenry about how the library  is working with local organizations and parents to make sure young children are exposed to books, reading, and vocabulary that will give them a solid foundation for learning as they grow.

Cortez Youth for Climate

Mar 2, 2015
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Climate change is an issue that many people are thinking about these days, and how it will affect the future of our society and economy. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Montezuma-Cortez High School students Sam Allsup and Blair Rice from Cortez Youth for Climate about their views on climate change, and how they are working to educate local elementary school students and the community about climate change.

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In January of 2015, students at Southwest Open High School in Cortez went into the communities of Montezuma County to look deeply at the ideas of freedom and independence. The following stories were produced by these students, and contain the voices of our community as they speak about the realities of these ideals, including the implications of success and failure in our society, how Southwest Open High School itself embodies freedom and independence, and more.

Moms Against GMOs

Feb 24, 2015
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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Joanie Trussel talks with Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America, a group dedicated to GMO labeling in our food supply, about why she and other mothers are taking a stand against GMOs, and how she was able to have a face-to-face interaction with the CEO of Monsanto.