Giants of San Juan

LIFE IS GOOD I used to listen to my graduating seniors at Monticello High School talk about what they intended to do after graduation. It usually was a variation of the following: “Well, I dunno, but for sure, I am getting out of this boring town as soon as I can and go where the...
LIFE IS GOOD As a kid, I heard people say things about Monticello like “the wind blows too much”, or “it’s too cold in the winter” but I didn’t think much about their whining at the time. Funny, but I have thought about the plus side of Monticello almost non-stop lately. Marcia and I...
LIFE IS GOOD If SUWA, the Sierra Club and others of their ilk are not enough, locals now have a group on the Wasatch Front who have been spiritually directed to lock up all Wilderness Study areas in San Juan County for backpackers only. In the June 20 issue of the Deseret News, a “My...
LIFE IS GOOD Last week a lady stopped me in the Post Office and said, “Buckley, you have an amazing memory. How can you remember all the details of the experiences you share in your columns?” Me? A good memory? Hells bells, I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast by lunch. I...
LIFE IS GOOD If you had to name the single most famous person who ever lived in San Juan County, who would it be? Let me think. There was Bruce R. McConkie. He spent his early years in Monticello and became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church. He has been...
Hans Jensen was 5’ 5” tall, and weighted about 125 pounds. Yet, for years he thought nothing of going out in the middle of a field after a long day of work at his meat market in Monticello, to set up a special tripod he had built near the beef or the hog he planned to butcher. When...
LIFE IS GOOD I write this on April 11, 2010. Five months ago it started snowing. Most Monticello folks still have drifts on the north side of their homes. Drifts on either side of the Joel Palmer’s front door are down from 10 feet high a month ago to six feet today. By the fourth of...
LIFE IS GOODby Buckley Jensen If you did not read Marcia Jensen’s letter to the editor in the Panorama last week or that same letter in this issue under “letters to the Editor” please do so before reading Life is Good. This column will make more sense if you read Marcia’s editorial...
GIANTS OF SAN JUAN Born November 1, 1822 in Long Island, NY, Francis Hammond grew to manhood, and lived most of his life before ever knowing that the San Juan Mission existed. In 1846, while knowing little about Mormons, Francis sailed from New York to California. The same day he sailed...
GIANTS OF SAN JUAN La Ray Alexander was not a home grown Blanding boy. He knew nothing of San Juan County when seeking his first teaching position after graduation from Brigham Young University. He came to Blanding in l938 because he was offered a teaching job at San Juan High School...

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