Gail Binkly

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.

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A proposal to double the miles of trails in the Phil’s World system east of Cortez could result in “significant impacts” to wildlife.

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The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, a local nonprofit, has received a $42,000 grant from the USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program to evaluate the feasibility of a mobile cider press.

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The Bureau of Land Management has renamed a trailhead northeast of Moab, Utah, with a more culturally sensitive moniker.

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Twelve cases of West Nile Virus in horses have been confirmed in Colorado as of Tuesday.

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The City of Cortez has been honored as a healthy community.

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Planners and local officials voiced cautious optimism after two days of meetings last week regarding the proposed Paths to Mesa Verde trail , but acknowledged that it poses numerous challenges.

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A hundred people marched, chanting, around Cortez’s City Park Sunday afternoon to show solidarity with protesters battling a pipeline in North Dakota.

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The Colorado office of the Bureau of Land Management is recommending that the agency move forward with a master leasing plan to guide oil and gas development in eastern Montezuma and western La Plata counties.

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A little over a year ago, the Animas River ran yellow, the result of a catastrophic spill of mining wastes. Now, it is again discolored, thanks to recent heavy rains that stirred up sediment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the discoloration, which was reported Wednesday morning, was not related to work being done by the agency at the mine site. In an email, the EPA said downstream stakeholders were notified about the occurrence.

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School Board has rejected a proposed change that would have allowed it to go into executive session on a majority vote instead of a unanimous one.