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Sofia Stuart-Rasi

  • Drought remains widespread across the Southwest, even after a wet monsoon season in parts of the region; Colorado Parks and Wildlife has lifted the voluntary afternoon fishing closures on the Dolores River effective as of Thursday.
  • A new rental contract for the Fairgrounds Speedway in Cortez is raising controversy; President Joe Biden said the nation must quickly invest in new technology to combat climate change after he toured the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO on Tuesday.
  • The 69th annual Miss Navajo Nation Pageant concluded on Saturday with the crowning of Niagara Rockbridge. According to tradition, Miss Navajo represents womanhood and fulfills the role of “grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister to the Navajo people and therefore she can speak as a leader, teacher, counselor, advisor and friend.”
  • Residents of a mobile home park in Steamboat Springs are still waiting for answers after they lost power for two months following a fire earlier this year; A state patrol trooper who protects the governor has been arrested and charged with felony menacing for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman driving outside of the Colorado Capitol last month.
  • Manaugh Elementary School in Cortez has stopped in-person learning till September 7th due to a surge in COVID-19 infections; The Colorado Department of Agriculture is seeking information for an agricultural loan program; School started this week for the inaugural classes of kindergarteners and 1st graders at Kwiyagat Community Academy in Towaoc.
  • Sofia Stuart-Rasi joins KSJD News from Missoula, MT, where she looked at one environmental issue that’s similarly affecting lakes and rivers right here in the Four Corners. Climate change is making it easier for invasive trout species to drive native trout to extinction. In this story, Stuart-Rasi reports on the situation in Flathead Lake, MT, and how tribal and non-tribal agencies are working together to keep the lake how it has been for centuries.
  • Some Colorado state lawmakers are advancing plans to build an iron fence around the state Capitol building despite concerns from former lawmakers about the message it would send; Diné College is the first tribal college to grant faculty status to their librarians.
  • An individual at Montezuma-Cortez High School has been diagnosed with COVID-19; The Colorado Independent Redistricting Committee has released preliminary maps and is currently taking comments from the public.
  • Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper says he tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms; Colorado state lawmakers met Thursday to discuss how to spend hundreds of millions of federal coronavirus relief dollars on housing assistance programs; Students at Dine College have an opportunity to get free spring semester tuition this academic year.
  • The Bureau of Reclamation declared a water shortage for the lower Colorado River Basin and climate change is making it hard to predict when that might end; The Kwiyagat Academy on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation is still accepting students for its fall academic year.