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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San Juan County, Utah, has a new director of economic development. The San Juan Record reports that Natalie Randall, the current director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Monticello, was picked from among nine applicants.

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The Cortez City Council expressed interest Tuesday night in contributing about $20,000 to the Bridge Emergency Shelter in the form of waiving fees.

The state of Colorado will adhere to the Paris climate treaty, despite President Trump’s rejection of that 2015 global accord. On Tuesday, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order committing the state to slashing greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025, the standard called for in the historic Paris agreement. Hickenlooper also said Colorado will join a nationwide climate alliance working for cleaner energy. The alliance includes New York, California and some 10 other states, as well as numerous municipalities and businesses.

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The public-comment period for a Trump administration review of 27 national monuments ended Monday. The fate of those monuments now rests with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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The local monsoon season is approaching, but how much relief it may provide to rain-starved Montezuma County is still up in the air. Weather observer James Andrus told the county commissioners Monday that he is not optimistic about strong monsoons, but conditions may change. Andrus said two daily high-temperature records were set in June and there was a period of 53 days without rain before a meager three-hundredths of an inch fell on Cortez Friday.

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