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.
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.
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.
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.
Chewing tobacco is known to be strongly associated with a number of major health problems, including oral cancers, high blood pressure, and gum disease. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Meggie Curtis, Youth Programming Coordinator with the School Community Youth Collaborative, and Midge Kirk, Health Educator and Tobacco Specialist with the Montezuma County Public Health Department, about how local youth are highlighting the problems associated with chew, the upcoming "Through With Chew" week, and how people who use smokeless tobacco can get help to quit.
In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Dan Simplicio, a tribal member from the Pueblo of Zuni and Cultural Specialist at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, about the decimation of the Zuni population after European contact, and how the Zuni people raise their children to maintain a strong cultural identity throughout their lives.
Creating places in our communities where kids and adults can go to explore their creativity is vital to encouraging expression through art. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sarah Allen and Jaime Becktel from The Painted Turtle Studio in Mancos about how it supports and nurtures art and education there.
Girls on the Run is a youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade that is based on running and interaction between participants. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Jen Adams and Casie LaMunyon from Girls On The Run in Montezuma County about how the program teaches young girls confidence while also establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
The effect of domestic violence on the children who experience it can be devastating and long-lasting. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Lisa Henry, a licensed professional counselor, about how domestic abuse starts and becomes cyclical, how it impacts children in homes where abuse occurs, and about a local program pffered by Renew and the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center that is working to curb domestic violence and the trauma it causes.
A recent report from the state of Colorado shows the impact that poverty is having on children in Montezuma County. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Vangi McCoy, Coordinator at the Montelores Early Childhood Council, about how growing up poor can adversely affect the education, health, and futures of our kids.