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Southwest Health System Lays Off 40 Employees, Citing ‘Financial Health’

Southwest Health System, one of the county’s largest employers, announced the laying off of 40 employees Tuesday evening.

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Host Jay Loschert talks with Sam Carter, a teacher at Southwest Open School in Cortez, about his experiences on the Dolores River, changes he has seen on the river in recent years, and how to get stuck in Snaggletooth Rapids. 

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Host Lyn Patrick talks with Dr. Stepanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT, who has published a study on the effect of the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) on the human digestive system and the implications for it's effect on chronic degenerative diseases. Originally aired on June 4th, 2013.

As drought conditions continue in the Four Corners area, fire agencies and homeowners are preparing for a bad wildfire season. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, the Wildfire Education Specialist for the Montezuma County Fire Chiefs Association, about the current status of wildfire conditions, how climate change is factoring into wildfire planning, and what you can do to be ready in the event of a wildfire near you.

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In part two of a series on water issues, host Sarah Syverson talks with Ken Curtis of the Dolores Water Conservancy District about the history of water projects in southwest Colorado, irrigation water availability in the upcoming growing season, and how large producers are adapting to drought conditions. 

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Host Jay Loschert talks with filmmakers Greg Cairns and Stephen Witherspoon, whose new documentary film "The Current" looks at water issues through the lens of their trip down the Animas and San Juan Rivers in 2012.

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Jeff and Gail break down headlines and discuss how the Navajo Nation is approaching the Navajo Generating Station lease, and how transferrable development rights work in Montezuma County.

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Host Joanie Trussel talks with certified midwife Janneli Miller about the rise in cesarean deliveries, and how they can present health concerns for mothers and their babies. Originally aired on May 7th, 2013.

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Host Jay Loschert of Dolores River Boating Advocates talks with Dennis Schell about the history of how the Dolores River became a candidate for designation as a wild and scenic river, and Amber Kelly, Dolores River Campaign Coordinator for San Juan Citizens Alliance, provides an update on where the federal designation process is now.

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