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 committee of the Navajo Nation Council is recommending approval of legislation to extend the operation of the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona, through December 2019. The existing agreement between the Navajo Nation and the power plant’s owners would expire at that time anyway, but the owners have said they want to begin shutting the plant down this July, citing economic reasons.

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The lower Dolores River will remain boatable at least through Sunday.

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The leaders of Arizona’s northwestern-most county are asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reconsider the current ban on uranium-mining near the Grand Canyon.

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A wrongfully-imprisoned Detroit man has been freed, thanks to the efforts of a Mancos woman.

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New Mexico has the highest jail-incarceration rate in the nation. That's according to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative, a non-partisan non-profit that advocates for criminal-justice reform. In 2013, the latest year for which data was available, nearly 341 out of every 100,000 people in New Mexico were held in jails. The state with the second-highest rate was Georgia, with about 317 per 100,000 people. In contrast, Colorado’s rate was 221.