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.

Gail Binkly

The Montezuma County Commissioners likely violated Colorado open meetings law when they met with the Bureau of Land Management to discuss access issues near Summit Ridge in June.

A former associate director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness faces a preliminary hearing August 22nd on charges related to an incident in April in Southeast Utah. However, one charge against Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Franklin, has been called into question. The couple is accused of shutting a gate on April 1st on state trust land between Bluff and Mexican Hat, Utah, preventing cattle from accessing a water hole. They face several charges, including attempted wanton destruction of livestock, a felony.

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Metal carports are causing concern among City of Cortez officials and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Cortez Journal reports that P&Z on Tuesday discussed the possibility of increasing regulations on the inexpensive metal carports used by many homeowners. City officials told the board homeowners often install the carports without realizing they need a permit, but there are no penalties for doing so. Some board members said the carports are unsightly, but others noted that they are all that many homeowners can afford.

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KSJD’s Gail Binkly sat down with Mesa Verde public information specialist Cristy Brown and visual information specialist Kayla Eiler to find out more about the problem and what the park is doing to combat it. Click below to listen.

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Montezuma County Public Health officials are reminding people to beware of hantavirus exposure after a county resident contracted the potentially deadly respiratory illness in July. An epidemiologist with the health department, Lauri Wood, says the resident has fully recovered from the disease, which is primarily spread by deer mice. The case is one of four confirmed in Colorado this year. People typically contract hantavirus while cleaning out rodent-infested structures and breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and droppings.