Position: Reporter

Email: kimberlyb@cortezjournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6030

About: Kimberly Benedict joined the Cortez Journal in 2008, simply because she needed a job, and quickly discovered a passion for community journalism. A Colorado native, Kimberly has lived in small town Iowa, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., but feels most at home surrounded by the aspens of the San Juan National Forest. With a degree in constitutional law, Kimberly's greatest ambition used to be to manage a national political campaign, or be president of the United States. Her greatest ambition today is to hike the Colorado Trail from beginning to end. Kimberly's favorite pieces to write are those that strike at the heart of the community and tell the stories that most need to be heard. Read More Hide

Fabric of history and tradition

The histories of farming and ranching communities have been told and preserved for years in a variety of forms. From the oral tales and traditions passed on from father to son, and grandmother to...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

Optimism increasing

Winter storms and a fresh layer of snow have brought a new level of optimism to water discussions in Southwest Colorado.Buoyed by a recent forecast from the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center,...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee 'flats' damage a concern to officials

Low levels at McPhee Reservoir have U.S. Forest Service officials concerned over more than just the area's water supply.Off-road enthusiasts drawn to the mud flats left behind by the receding...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

A real soar spot

Santa's work may have been completed on Christmas Eve, but for Montezuma County birders it was Dec. 26 that offered an opportunity for making a list and checking it twice.Despite a fresh layer of...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

McPhee 'flats' damage a concern

Low levels at McPhee Reservoir have U.S. Forest Service officials concerned over more than just the area's water supply.Off-road enthusiasts drawn to the mud flats left behind by the receding...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Big-hearted secret Santa

At first glance, he didn't look like Santa Claus. Standing near the customer service counter at City Market on Friday, dressed in faded blue jeans, a bright orange shirt and a black leather vest,...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mustangs seized

Exercising their authority as caretakers of the U.S. wild horse population, Bureau of Land Management officers confiscated three formerly wild mustangs from their adoptive owners in Cortez last...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Insect Inspection

Nakayla Lestina spent most of her high school career playing with bugs.Knee deep in grass, tamarisk, thistle, beans, wheat and sunflowers, the Dove Creek student coaxed tiny insects to find new...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2012 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Cortez to add full-time firefighters

The Cortez Fire Protection District will add full-time firefighters to the firehouse on Ash Street for the first time in its history, thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management...

DATE: July 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Understanding the hummingbird

Each spring, as the snows vanish from the high country and warmth returns to Southwest Colorado, color begins to flit across the sky in the form of hummingbirds making their pilgrimage back to...

DATE: July 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee has ‘enough water’

Farmers and ranchers will receive full allocations this water season, according to local reservoir and irrigation managers.Careful management of water reserves have left plenty of resources to fill...

DATE: July 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

On the write track for DA?

Though the Republican primary race for the 22nd Judicial District attorney position is still up in the air, awaiting the results of a recount scheduled for Monday, a write-in-candidate has thrown...

DATE: July 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News