You never know what may show up on your front door this time of year.  A visiting rock star and his groupie attended the October 24 Fall Harvest Festival, held at Veterans Memorial Park in Monticello.  Enjoy Halloween and be careful out there!  Staff photo
You never know what may show up on your front door this time of year. A visiting rock star and his groupie attended the October 24 Fall Harvest Festival, held at Veterans Memorial Park in Monticello. Enjoy Halloween and be careful out there! Staff photo
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Monticello City Manager tenders his resignation
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Monticello City Manager Greg Westfall tendered his resignation on October 22, one day after a special meeting of the Monticello City Council. Westfall had served as the City Manager since April, 2013. Prior to that, he worked as the Assistant City Manager and Recreation Director beginning in 2010. The City Council met in closed session with legal council for approximately 80 minutes on October 21. Westfall was not in attendance at the closed session. After the closed session, the draft minutes state that the Council voted 4-1 to offer Westfall full salary and benefits through the remainder of the calendar year. Councilman Steve Duke voted against the motion. Westfall tendered his resignation the following day. The council is scheduled to appoint an interim city manager at their October 28 meeting.
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Monticello High School has a new principal
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Lewis Whitaker will assume the principal duties at Monticello High School on November 1. Whitaker, who has served as the assistant principal at the high school for a little more than one year, replaces Scott Shakespeare as the interim principal through the remainder of the school year. Shakespeare recently accepted a position at the Cinnamon Hills Youth Crisis Center in St. George and will leave at the end of the week. He served as the principal at Monticello High School since August, 2006. Earlier in the year, Shakespeare resigned his position as a member of the Monticello City Council. Whitaker has taught in the San Juan School District for eight years. He taught language arts at Monument Valley High School for four years, before transferring to Monticello High, where he taught for one year. He is in his third year as assistant principal at the school. Whitaker and his wife Diana are the parents of seven children. They live in Eastland.
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Public lands meetings begin this week
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The future of public lands will be the focus of a series of meetings as San Juan County moves into the next phase in the process of creating a recommendation for the Bishop Public Lands Bill. Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz are sponsoring a bill, which they hope may help settle some of the controversies regarding federal land. Many of the public land controversies have swirled in the area for decades. A series of public meetings are planned in coming weeks to discuss some of the proposals submitted by various groups. Three recommendations generated by a San Juan County public lands council will have particular focus at the meeting. Meetings will be held at Monument Valley High School on Monday, October 27; at the Blanding Arts and Events Center on October 28; at the Bluff Community Center on October 29; at the Aneth Chapter House on November 3; at Monticello High School on November 5; and at the La Sal Community Center on November 6. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. The public lands council is made up of a cross-section of county residents who met several times and completed a number of visits to areas of interest. A number of county residents served as Land Council members, including Brent Johansen, Grayson Redd, Heidi Redd, Josh Ewing, Vaughn Hadenfeldt, Mark Maryboy, Shane Shumway, Marie Holiday, Shaye Holiday, Stefnee Turk, Steve Deeter, Todd Westcott, and Tim Chamberlain. Commissioner Phil Lyman served as leader of the group.  County employees John Fellmeth and Nick Sandberg attended as advisors and technical staff. The three alternatives vary in the amount of land that would be set aside for special designation. Several other proposals that will be discussed include the Dine Bikeya prosal and the San Juan Alliance proposal. Other proposals that may be discussed include the proposed Greater Canyonlands National Monument, and the Red Rock Wilderness Bill. Maps outlining the recommendations are available at the meeting and at sanjuancounty.org.
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