Education

Coerina Fife was born and raised in Montana on the Flathead Reservation. Fife was inspired to get into education by her Great Aunt Addie, who taught in a one-room school house until she retired. She would often play school with her siblings and always chose to be the teacher. She graduated from...
Ryan Palmer and his wife both grew up in the Blanding area and recently welcomed their third child to the family. Like many San Juan County residents, he loves the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family in the mountains. He also enjoys running and cycling. Palmer earned...
Kristian J. Olsen has been named associate vice president by Utah State University (USU) to lead its Blanding campus. Olsen comes to Blanding from USU Eastern in Price, where he served as the director of students. “We’re thrilled to have Kristian transition to this leadership role in Blanding,”...
It may not feel quite like summer yet, but as of this week the San Juan County Library summer program is in full swing. Library director Pat Smith said the kids really look forward to it every year, and it’s a great way to keep them reading while school is out. She said the fun activities and cool...
Four students from San Juan High School earned the right to represent Utah at the National History Day contest with a state championship effort at the Utah History Day State. Staten Perkins, Kaitlyn Crippen, Emma Ward, and Sophia Redd presented the top senior group performance with their...
Diplomas are set to be presented to 190 graduates of the San Juan School District at graduation ceremonies throughout the county this week. In addition to services at the five high schools, commencement services will also be held at elementary and middle schools. Photos of the graduates are printed...
Teachers in the San Juan School District will receive a three percent salary increase for the upcoming school year as part of a 5.06 percent overall increase in compensation. The teacher contracts were approved at the May 14 meeting of the San Juan School Board. The approval culminates a lengthy...
Following 40 years of service, current Utah State University (USU) Blanding Associate Vice President Guy Denton has announced he will retire June 30. Denton’s career has spanned various positions throughout USU’s statewide system, as well as Africa and Ohio State University. “It has been a...
Heritage Language programs at Blanding Elementary dominated discussion at the April 16 meeting of the San Juan School Board. The board discussed at length the success (and challenges created by that success) of the Navajo Language (HL) Instructional program at Blanding Elementary School....
San Juan School District teachers are some of the top earning teachers in the state. Surprised? That’s according to a report from the Utah Foundation, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization. The report, Apples to Apples: How Teacher Pay in Utah Stacks Up to the Competition,...

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