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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  • Planning & Zoning Commission says Montezuma County should just say no to a proposed recreational trail from Cortez to Mancos.


  • Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District gets large rebate for energy efficiency design in new high school building.
  • Cortez City Council voices skepticism over solar energy technology from Santa Fe, New Mexico company.

  • The fate of the former Montezuma-Cortez High School building remains undecided.
  • Montezuma-Cortez School District board names Lori Haukeness as the district’s interim superintendent.


In this episode, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss the political and economic factors behind building a recreational trail that would link Mancos, Cortez, and Mesa Verde National Park.

  • Montezuma County voters may be asked to decide on a county sales tax in the near future.
  • Montezuma County attorney John Baxter and commission watchdog M.B. McAfee have heated exchange over notices of public hearings.

  • El Niño has been good to Montezuma County, providing 169 percent of normal precipitation over the last 13 months.
  • Montezuma County appears ready to go to court to try to prove an RS 2477 claim against the Forest Service over the Dolores-Norwood road.

  • Colorado earned a B, Utah a C-plus, and New Mexico a D for their treatment of prairie dogs in 2015.
  • Utah legislator Ken Ivory, who sparked controversy as director of the American Lands Council, is leaving that post to lead a “Free the Lands” campaign.


  • Dolores is about to join Cortez and Mancos in becoming home to a Family Dollar store.


  • A new report compiled by scientists with the U.S. Forest Service and Duke University predicts that drought will continue to stress forests and alter habitat for years to come.
  • Officials with the San Juan National Forest say they are working on several proposals to help deal with spruce-beetle infestations.

  • A dead man was found Saturday inside a boat in a Cortez yard, but foul play is not suspected.
  • Democrats in Utah are calling for more information about the costs and results of a legal analysis of a possible lawsuit to demand federal public lands be transferred to the state.


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