Austin Cope

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Austin grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. Since graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he has lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, and northern Wyoming before returning to the Cortez area. He enjoys live music, outdoor activities, and listening to NPR every morning when he wakes up.

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The economic impacts of the fire that gutted the Western Excelsior Plant in Mancos in May are only just beginning to be felt.

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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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Summer monsoon season should be right around the corner. Increased moisture and thunderstorms could bring the area some much-needed moisture and a break from record-breaking heat. KSJD's Austin Cope talked with local weather expert Jim Andrus to learn more about the summer monsoons, what causes them, and what the monsoon outlook is for 2017. 

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Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition for an update on deputies' shooting of 53-year-old Pleasant View resident Tyrone Peabody the night of July 4th. Click below to listen.

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The grand finale of the Fourth of July fireworks show in Cortez was interrupted for  15 minutes Tuesday night after the fireworks trailer caught fire. Cortez Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Bittle tells KSJD a charge detonated too close to the ground and ignited part of the trailer. The show’s organizer, Keenan Ertel, immediately cut power to the fireworks’ electronic ignition system to allow firefighters on scene to extinguish the blaze, which did not injure anyone or spread beyond the trailer. The show resumed after crews finished safety checks.