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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Karen Dickson / Montezuma County

Updated 5:35 p.m., June 30

Firefighters have started containing two wildfires in Montezuma County that began during a weekend of high fire danger.

Courtesy of Erin Johnson

At the end of 1917, Dr. Emil Johnson, an immigrant from Sweden, opened a hospital in Cortez. It stretched between two cottages, had ten beds, and shared his name—the Johnson Hospital. It was located on Main Street, at the modern-day site of the Turquoise Inn across from City Market.

Austin Cope / KSJD File Photo

The start of the COVID-19 pandemic correlated with a spike in federal food and cash assistance distributed by the Montezuma County Department of Social Services. 

Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

This article is no longer being updated. Please click here for the latest on the East Canyon Fire.

The East Canyon Fire, burning in rugged terrain in pinon, juniper and scrub oak forests between Mancos and Hesperus, grew to more than 2,700 acres Monday evening.

Photo courtesy of Jon Brooks

Updated at 8:00 pm on June 15, 2020

Wildfire season started abruptly in Southwest Colorado this weekend after a series of lightning-caused fires ignited on Saturday night. The East Canyon fire was reported around 1pm on Sunday afternoon, and was estimated at 2,000 acres with 0% containment on Monday evening.