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.

Bureau of Land Management
  •  BLM official calls trail "a wonderful thing"

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  • Montezuma County commissioners defend their support of the transfer of federal public lands to states. 

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The Montezuma Mosquito Control District has found a new home after being evicted by the county commissioners from the county’s road yard, where it had been headquartered – rent-free – for more than four decades under a handshake agreement.

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The Cortez City Council said Tuesday it wants more information before considering a proposal to allow marijuana grow operations in the city’s industrial park. Cortez business owner Mark Rodgers said he manages three buildings in the park with a total of about 20,000 square feet that could be utilized for such a venture.

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Concerned residents express discontent with a junkyard near Indian Camp Ranch and Crow Canyon Archeological Center, sparking disagreement about aesthetics and zoning.

Montezuma County

After years of pressure from the State, the Montezuma County Commissioners decided late last year to build a new court house and cobbled together about $7.5 million in construction money through grants and reserves.  Now, both prospective builders have told the County that the project, as designed, can't be done for less than $10 million--more than $2 million over the original budget. 

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  • Motorcycle fatalities set a record in the state of Colorado in 2015, and that has prompted the start of a new safety campaign.
  • Obama administration pushing for a compromise to guide public-lands management in eastern Utah rather than jumping in to proclaim a national monument.

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  • Groups say the BLM and Forest Service failed to analyze the “serious environmental consequences” from fracking, and have called for tighter EPA regulations on drilling companies

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  • The size of the new Montezuma County Combined Courthouse may have to be reduced to about three-fourths of its original design in order to stay within budget.