I saw the article, too. After discussion amongst a group of academics & NWS forecasters, the general consensus is that the data from this site is unlikely to ever appear with NEXRAD data, i.e., you won't be seeing it on your GR feed or RadarScope. Looks like it will be privately operated.
The radar is likely to be C-band, so it will have limited range anyway.
As someone who lives in this notorious data hole, it sure would be nice if it were available on the Web in some way. It was decided some time ago that this would be built, so glad to hear they have found a site. That said, it seems of less value than it could be if the public cannot access it. As to the range, it does not need to be huge, as it is a fairly limited area around the Four Corners that does not have reasonably good data from Grand Junction or Albuquerque. But in that area, the status quo is pretty deficient, especially in the colder months when the cloud tops associated with precipitation are lower.
I'd be fine if it has a website where I can access it. It is, as I understand, publicly funded, so it ought to be available to the public free in some way. It would be nice to get it through GR, Radarscope, or media-related radar sites, but as long as it is available to the public through some free website, I can live with it.
I kind of wondered about that when I read the article. It sounded like it was being publicly funded, but didn't necessarily sound publicly-owned.
While I'd rather see public-funding used for a true NWS station where its just available like the others, if it does have a free website that is ok..