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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A man allegedly involved in a domestic incident triggered a two-hour lockout on the first day of school in Dolores Tuesday.

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Officials with the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest have identified about 3,000 acres where they want to conduct prescribed burns this fall.

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Montezuma County held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for its new, $8.2 million combined courthouse project. Officials wielded golden shovels as they launched the construction project for a 28,000-square-foot building at Park and Driscoll streets in Cortez.

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The Montezuma County commissioners have suspended the fire ban. Sheriff Steve Nowlin told the board all the fire chiefs were in favor of lifting the ban because of recent moisture.

Residents are still encouraged to be cautious with open fires and are reminded to call Cortez Dispatch at 970-565-8441 before burning.

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A group that advises the Bureau of Land Management may make a recommendation this week regarding a master leasing plan in Montezuma County.

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For the first time in several years, there is space for enrollment in kindergarten and high school in Dolores School District Re-4A.

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Fifty-five percent of Utah voters favor making the Bears Ears area in San Juan County a national monument.

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The Four Corners Power Plant on the Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico was evacuated Thursday because of a chemical fire.

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Coloradoans are now allowed to collect rainwater, thanks to a new law. But the district manager for Colorado Mosquito Control in Montezuma County, Jason Carruth, warns rain barrels can become mosquito breeding grounds and sources of disease.

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The Cortez City Council gave approval Tuesday to an amended site plan for the new Montezuma County combined courthouse, following a lengthy discussion about the safety of one driveway.