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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The 2016 boating season on the lower Dolores River came with little warning, missed the Memorial Day weekend, and had two short peaks instead of one long one.

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A new micro-brewery appears to be in the works for downtown Cortez. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved on first reading two measures designed to allow for the development of the  micro-brewery and tap room on the northwest corner of Market and North streets, across from the First Baptist Church.


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A sales-tax question apparently will not be on the November ballot in Montezuma County after all.

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A committee of the New Mexico State Legislature gave a sympathetic ear recently to a presentation calling for the protection of ceremonial Native American dances.

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A little over a week after coming to Bluff, Utah, to hear views on protecting the Bears Ears area, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is visiting Grand Canyon National Park.

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Thanks to low crude-oil and natural-gas prices, every drilling rig in the San Juan Basin is sitting idle. The Farmington Daily-Times reports that for 20 months, energy companies in San Juan County, New Mexico, have been scrambling to survive, but the oil and gas downturn is the worst in more than a generation. The Daily-Times says energy-company officials believe even when prices rise again, it will be a long time before large-scale drilling can resume.

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Deaths of motorcyclists in Colorado hit a record high in 2015, but they are on pace to be even higher this year. The state Department of Transportation reports that  58 motorcyclists have died this year, up from 51 at the same time last year.

Joy Horvath Imel has been named administrator for the new Mancos Creative District. The district recently was awarded one of six new designations as certified creative districts in Colorado. According to a release, Imel’s duties will include implementing projects that celebrate the arts, culture, and history of the Mancos Valley.

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A thousand-square-yard mud slide has been cleared from a stretch of Colorado Highway 145 between Telluride and Placerville. The state Department of Transportation says a 15-minute downpour Wednesday night triggered the slide, which dumped sludge intermittently on three miles of road.

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Health officials are warning area residents to be careful handling rodents after a case of tularemia was confirmed in a rabbit in Montezuma County. Sometimes called “rabbit fever”, tularemia is a bacterial disease often found in beavers and small rodents as well as rabbits. It can be transmitted to humans by ticks, fleas, or deer flies, through cuts in the skin when handling infected animals, by drinking contaminated water, or by inhaling dust carrying the bacteria. Usually occurring in warmer months, it can be serious but is very treatable with antibiotics.

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