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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Two ordinances regulating livestock and other non-domestic animals in the town of Mancos are headed for a public hearing before the municipal Planning and Zoning Commission in September. Town Administrator Andrea Phillips says the town board on Wednesday approved sending the latest version of the much-discussed ordinances to P&Z.

The Ute Mountain Housing Authority will receive more than $870,000 from the state Department of Local Affairs for a housing project in Towaoc on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation.

The 11-unit project is for tribal members and other residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and earning less than 30 percent of area median income. Another project in Southwest Colorado, a 12-unit rental development in Silverton, was awarded $305,000. The awards were among eight affordable-housing grants totaling more than $9 million announced Thursday by DOLA’s Division of Housing.

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Durango’s Public Art Commission has decided to take down the “Arc of History” sculpture at the intersection of highways 550 and 160. The piece, made of graduated pieces of stone, was installed in July of 2014 and vandalized a year later. An appraiser found it to be a total loss. The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the much-criticized sculpture, saying it could not reach agreement with the artist on a price to restore the work.

 

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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.

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