Austin Cope

Reporter

Austin grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.

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Courtesy of Suzanne Deane

As local schools finish the first month of a new school year, teachers are facing overlapping challenges, like starting their classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, or needing extra classroom supplies to protect themselves and their students. 

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With just over two months until Election Day, Montezuma County is preparing for a high-stakes election season. But to Montezuma County Clerk Kim Percell, the November presidential election won’t look very different compared to previous years. 

Courtesy of Frank Cope

Lifelong Cortez resident Richard McClellan remembers going to the Arroyo Drive-in movie theater on the northwestern side of town when he was a kid. His family lived in the neighborhood just above the theater and, according to his mother, the Arroyo was “the best babysitter in the country.” 

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As the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shutdowns brought wide-ranging impacts to local economies across the state and nation, Montezuma County wasn't spared. Data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment shows layoffs in Montezuma County have decreased faster than in other parts of the state, but the economic impacts haven’t worn off yet. 

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