Bluff / Mexican Hat

The Bluff Town Council held their second meeting of the year on Jan. 8 at the Bluff Community Center. The first item on the agenda for the council was the consideration of a 72-hour alcohol permit for the Friends of Cedar Mesa event scheduled for March 1-2. “For Celebrate Cedar Mesa we...
by Zak Podmore Since October, artist Joe Pachak has been constructing a 25-foot tall coyote sculpture in the center of Bluff. The body is made of cottonwood, willow, and tamarisk and it’s covered with a “fur” of native grasses. All are local natural materials – “found objects” as Pachak...
A San Juan County man was arrested by the FBI at a residence in Bluff at 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 12 for the alleged murder of 31-year-old Antonio Montowine. The murder took place on April 13, 2018. Perry Maryboy was officially charged with second-degree felony murder on Dec. 14 in a federal...
TIED TO THE POSTby Steve & Barry Simpson A while ago, I was thumbing through an old issue of Southwestern Art magazine when I noticed an advertisement for a bronze sculpture. The sculpture looked interesting, so I paused for a closer look. The ad showed three men sitting beneath a...
by Zak Podmore Only a few months have passed since Bluff’s first town council was sworn into office and already the boundaries of the newly incorporated town may be redrawn. On Oct. 24, Lyman Family Farms Inc., a privately-owned company with real estate holdings across Utah, requested...
The San Juan County Commission decided unanimously to transfer 3.88 acres of land that the Hole in the Rock Foundation owns for 2.18 acres the county owns at their Nov. 20 meeting in Monticello. The county approved the transfer despite public comment stating that many residents were...
An application to the Community Impact Board (CIB) will be put together for funding for two new sewer pumps for the community of Mexican Hat. The estimated cost for the new sewer pumps is $255,000, all of which is being sought in grant form from CIB. A public hearing was held on the...
The San Juan School District cultural and planning committees gathered for their last official meeting on Oct. 16 in Bluff. The meeting signals the final stages of the planning phase for the new Bluff Elementary school. In the meeting, the committees and district looked over a final...
The 2018 Bluff Arts Festival is just days away, and the free entertainment line up continues to expand.  The festival has added JJ Otero of Son of Hweeldi to the Saturday, Oct. 20, music line up at Cow Canyon Trading Post. Otero will perform acoustically from 6 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., DDAT...
No national monument has ever seen more controversy or resulting news coverage than Bears Ears. All that publicity is spurring a visitor-education crisis, with skyrocketing numbers of tourists threatening sensitive archaeological sites and the Monument’s jaw-droppingly beautiful but...

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