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 the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.

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  • Local ranchers want to hire their own rangeland technician to analyze the condition of grazing allotments rather than relying on public-lands agencies’ studies.
  • Voters in the sprawling Cortez Fire District will have to go to the polls literally Tuesday if they want to have a say in choosing board members.

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  • Montezuma County not yet ready to reconsider its current moratorium on commercial cannabis sales.
  • Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission discusses the idea of asking voters to approve a countywide sales tax.

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  • Cortez city planners draft new land use codes covering zoning, subdivision, and development processes and procedures.


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  • Cortez City Council unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement Tuesday with the Colorado Department of Transportation that formalizes the city’s access control plan for Highway 160.

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  • Montezuma County Commission considering a request that the county act as a conduit for bonds to finance a $30 million expansion project at Southwest Memorial Hospital.
  • Landfill to impose a $5,000 fine on anyone sending a dumpster to the landfill with burning or smoldering trash.

  • Teacher salaries and retention remain a concern for the Montezuma-Cortez School District, but the picture looks better for the coming year.
  • Montezuma-Cortez School Board agreed to put $22,000 for the Montezuma School to Farm Project into next year’s proposed budget.

  • The Montezuma-Cortez School District has a new superintendent, but she isn't really new.
  • Montezuma County Commissioners are upset that an eagle's nest is complicating a proposed trail expansion at Phil's World.


  • Task force on fate of the former Montezuma-Cortez High School building says to "tear it down".
  • Coalition of environmental groups file suit over the 2015 renewal of a permit for the Navajo Mine in New Mexico.


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The Navajo Nation has sued San Juan County in Utah twice, and won once, over voting rights.  Now San Juan County has filed a counter claim detailing measures in place to assist voters and alleging corruption among the original plaintiffs.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press take a look at this unfolding issue.

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