The contest, sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, drew more than 70 entries.
Several of the winning entries are printed in the San Juan Record and will be highlighted in a special issue of Blue Mountain Shadows.
Entrants were asked to describe their experiences on public lands within the county. Jessie Embry, director of the Charles Redd Center at BYU, said she is pleased with the response and with the quality of the entries. She adds that additional entries are always welcome.
Each entry can be read at www.sanjuancountystorycontest.org. The website also contains 29 oral histories and a copy of the booklet Stories Told: Life on the Public Lands in San Juan County
Grand Prize: Ride the San Juan by Janet Wilcox
First place: The Best Backyard in the World by Maxine Deeter
Second: Making a Road to the Past by Barton K. Black
Third: Camp Spot by Vaughan Hadenfelt
First place: Beneath the Bridge by Nathalie Reay
Second: My Cherished Memory by Millie Boyle
Third: Fun on Blue Mountain by Averi Christiansen
First place: A Feeling of Peace by Ethan Lyman
Second: The Oreo-Eating Deer by Jessica Walker
Third: The Exciting Trip by Rhiannon Johnson
First place: Moonlighting Blue Mountain by Kyle Palmer
Second: Lady in the Tub by John F. Moore III
First place: Rainstorm by Kendra Parker
Second: Mountain Landscape by Kelli Meyer