Room with a view looking over Comb Ridge.  Jan Noirot photo
Room with a view looking over Comb Ridge. Jan Noirot photo
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Colorado Deputy shoots local resident near Ismay Trading Post
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An unidentified man from San Juan County died in a shootout with a Sheriff’s Deputy from Colorado on February 15 near the Ismay Trading Post. The unidentified man was shot and killed after a high-speed chase that began in Colorado, on McElmo Canyon Road between Cortez and Aneth, and ended in Utah, just a short distance from the state border. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the incident. According to the Cortez Journal, the man was an occupant in a vehicle that was pulled over by a Montezuma County Sheriff’s Deputy for having suspicious license plates. There were three people in the passenger car. The vehicle fled as the officer approached and shots were fired at the officer. A high-speed chase ensued for about ten miles through the canyon before there was a blown tire on the vehicle. The Cortez Journal reports that the driver of the vehicle parked in the middle of the road and came out with his hands up. The car subsequently rolled off the road and into some bushes, where it sparked a brush fire. The Journal states that the man continued to fire at the officer from the vehicle. The officer returned fire and hit him. He died at the scene. The other two occupants of the car were arrested. The Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on leave pending the investigation. The Journal reports that the sheriff’s vehicle was “shot up”. As often happens in the area, there is a jurisdictional challenge for the investigation. The shooting occurred in San Juan County, Utah and involved a Colorado deputy and a Native American suspect. It was on private land which is surrounded by the Navajo Nation. The FBI eventually assumed responsibility for the investigation. The other jurisdictional challenge is providing information to local residents. Five days after the event, the FBI is still not releasing any information about the event, including the name of the man. A local resident was killed by a police officer from a neighboring state and no information is released about the incident. Officers from San Juan County and the City of Blanding were on the way to the incident, which was resolved before they arrived.
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New Monticello City Councilman KC Olson takes the oath of office from Cindi Holyoak on February 13.  Olson fills the seat left vacant by the death of Sanford Randall. Eric Niven photo
New Monticello City Councilman KC Olson takes the oath of office from Cindi Holyoak on February 13. Olson fills the seat left vacant by the death of Sanford Randall. Eric Niven photo
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New Monticello City Councilman to replace Randall
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New Monticello City Councilman KC Olson takes the oath of office from Cindi Holyoak on February 13.  Olson fills the seat left vacant by the death of Sanford Randall.	Eric Niven photo
New Monticello City Councilman KC Olson takes the oath of office from Cindi Holyoak on February 13. Olson fills the seat left vacant by the death of Sanford Randall. Eric Niven photo
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by Eric Niven KC Olson has been appointed to the Monticello City Council, filling the seat left open by the death of Sanford Randall. Olson was appointed at the February 13 meeting of the City Council. The vacant seat on the City Council was the focus of the meeting as three city residents presented credentials and reasons to occupy the seat vacated by the untimely death of Randall. Tom Wigginton, Roy Cokenour, and Olson signaled their interest to fill the seat. Eventually, Olson was nominated by Councilman Nathan Chamberlain and seconded by Councilwoman Bayley Hedglin. Olson was then confirmed by the unanimous vote of the council. Olson was immediately immersed in the activities of the Council after he was sworn in by City Recorder Cindi Holyoak. Olson’s appointment will be for two years. During the review of the bills, Councilman Blaine Nebeker expressed concern about a $1,300 bill for the city telephone system. Nebeker asked when the monthly telephone expense will revert to a maintenance fee. City Manager Doug Wright said the company is wrapping up the telephone system with assurances that the monthly expenses will be reduced shortly. In public comment, Tyler Hall requested the Council alter City ordinances relating to business signage. He asked that the sign height stipulation be increased beyond the level of the facility and also allow the use of A-Frame advertising on sidewalks. Mayor Tim Young said the Council would consider Hall’s request. Councilman George Rice provided an annual report of the waste water program for 2017. It will be submitted to the state. He said that despite the fact that the much of the system was built in 1947, the city sewer system is doing well. The pools are below capacity, allowing for future growth. Rice said that there have been no backups in the last three years until Super Bowl Sunday, when a minor backup occurred. Rice tracked the reason for the backup to several dozen golf balls which someone had put into the sewer system. Aside from the golf ball backup, Rice said that with the current monitoring and systematic maintenance efforts, the sewer system will keep operating as designed. The report was unanimously accepted. City Manager Wright reported on leasing the old Golf Pro Shop to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). He reports that UDOT, who is moving some operations from Moab, considered purchasing the building outright, but decided instead to lease it for $7,800 a year for seven years. In the audit review, City Manager Wright brought up a concern of an action which occured in 2016. The state decided to not pursue the audit issue. Basically the Counicl voted to reduce a section of the budget and then over spent in that section. As a result, a line item was overspent in the budget. Because overall expenditures are under budget, it is a case where generally only the auditors get excited. Wright assured the Council that it would not happen again. The airport needs to have the cracks sealed and markings repainted with reflective paint. The cost for this project will be supplemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and UDOT, with Monticello’s portion being $15,000. This cost caused Councilman Rice to ask if the airport and other subsidized projects, including the golf course and swimming pool, are worth the money, as each benefits a small percentage of city residents. This discussion led to the reassignment of committees to the Council members. Councilwoman Bayley Hedglin expressed concern that the City is “bleeding out”, implying the city needs to be more fiscally responsible. Hedglin commended the volunteerism of the City but encouraged more strenuous oversight by Council members. The Council then considered whether to pursue new branding and marketing of Monticello, including a new logo. There are questions if the existing logo and slogan are consistent with the goals and objectives of the City. A universal and coordinated focus may be needed throughout all the City’s interaction with the public. It was proposed to develop the Monticello brand and then perpetuate that brand throughout the City, including signs, letterhead, webpage, etc. The Council unanimously agreed and requested additional logo designs be submitted for consideration. Another lot in the industrial park was earmarked for sale. By request of the Council, this parcel was previously listed in the newspaper to entertain bids. Only one individual submited a bid and that bid was put to a vote of the Council. Councilman Rice questioned whether the City is selling the lots at market value and asked if they would sell for more if the lots were actively advertised instead of just listed. The vote to sell the latest parcel to Brian Boyd was approved in a 3-2 vote, with Rice and Hedglin dissenting. Brian Sturdevant, superintendent at the Hideout Golf Club, has received the prestigious Class A certification. The Council extended their congratulations. The next Council meeting is March 6 at 7 p.m.
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Offensive struggles doom Broncos
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THE ROUND-UP
by Tad Barton Whether it was struggling to score for short periods of time or entire quarters, the San Juan Broncos boys and girls basketball teams each took an early exit from their post season campaigns last weekend due to offensive struggles. With three quarters of scoring less than ten points the Lady Broncos hung tough, but fell to the Judge Memorial Bulldogs 56-39 on February 16. A day later, a slow stretch at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter was enough to bury the San Juan boys as they lost to the Delta Rabbits, 82-68. In the girls game San Juan opened the game with a 13-point first quarter, but still trailed Judge 18-13 after one. The second quarter was closer, but the Bulldogs extended their lead outscoring San Juan 12-9, to take a 30-22 lead at half. San Juan came out of the intermission and was able to take a small bite out of the Judge lead as the Broncos stepped up their defense to hold the Bulldogs to just eight points in the third quarter while scoring nine themselves to pull within 7-points, 38-31 heading into the fourth quarter. In the final period, it was all Judge as the Bulldogs dropped another 18 points on the Broncos who were only able to score eight points over the final eight minutes of play, giving Judge a 56-39 victory. San Juan was led in scoring by Delaney Palmer who finished with 14 points to go with eight rebounds and three steals. Bodell Nielson scored seven points and had six rebounds along with an assist and steal. Coming off the bench, Syannah Ketchum gave the Broncos a boost with six points via two baskets from three-point range. Lyandra Benn scored five points and had a rebound and Tasiah Little added four points, seven boards and a steal. Madi Palmer finished with two points, six rebounds and an assist. Brittany Grover rounded out the scoring with a point, three rebounds and three assists. Kelesha Gray finished the game with four rebounds and two assists, Ryann Shumway had two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Katie Giddings pulled down a rebound for the Broncos. Boys basketball
On February 17, the San Juan boys got their turn to play in the opening round of the 3A state tournament. After jumping out to an 8-7 lead to start the game, the Broncos’ just couldn’t find a way to score as Delta finished the first quarter on a 14-0 run to take a 21-8 lead. The Bronco scoring troubles continued inthe second quarter, resulting in the Rabbits building a 19-point lead by half, 39-20. San Juan came to life in the third quarter, pouring in 26 as the Broncos heated up from beyond the arc. Delta scored 18 points for the quarter, to take a 57-46 lead into the fourth. In the fourth, the Broncos continued to put pressure on the Rabbits, pulling to within six, but Delta put the game away from the free-throw line and picked up an 82-68 win. The Broncos were led by Jaxon Torgerson with 25 points, including four treys, three rebounds and three assists. Shaw Nielson put on a show behind the three-point line with 12 of 15 points coming from long range, and two rebounds. Jaden Torgerson and Dylan Ivins each scored 11 points. Jaden added nine rebounds and an assist, while Ivins finished with seven rebounds, three assists and four steals. Seth Pugh and Ryan Imlay added three points and had three rebounds and Pugh chipped in an assist and steal. Ramsay Holliday had an assist and steal, Landon Pemberton had a rebound and Baylr Eldredge had an assist. The losses for San Juan officially cap the Winter sports season at San Juan. Thank you to the coaches and the players for their hard work and dedication.
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