Life in San Juan

Following the unprecedented focus and attention on San Juan County in 2017, 2018 followed in those footsteps with even more tremendous stories that shaped our lives and communities. Now that 2018 is a thing of the past, let’s take a look at some of the stories that made it a year to...
Ellen Kirby went to the Monticello High School Christmas concert with absolutely no idea that she would be named Monticello Citizen of the Year. Kirby was given the annual honor by Mayor Tim Young at the concert on Dec. 17. Young called a surprised Kirby to the stage before a raucous...
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...
by Rhett Sifford Bobby Jane Gregory, owner of the Line Camp Steakhouse at Roughlock Resort, is 120 Cello Bucks richer after her impressive creation, “Grandma and Grandpa’s Cabin,” won top honors in the 2018 Monticello Gingerbread House Tour competition. Winners in the second annual...
by Kara Laws With Christmas day less than a week away, buying local gifts is more beneficial than ever. We have run out of time to wait for shipping, shipping mistakes, or gifts arriving a little more lackluster than described. Luckily for San Juan County residents, Blanding hosts a...
by Alene Laney Merchants of Monticello place quality, meaningful gifts in their stores. If you haven’t been out to the local shops lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you’ll find. Stunning artwork. Beautiful jewelry. Nostalgic toys. Tasteful decor. Cute crafts. Tough tools....
FOOD ADVENTURESby Mary Cokenour In the early 1950s, A&W opened two franchises. One in Blanding, the other in Monticello. While Monticello’s franchise went bust due to lack of business, Blanding’s was booming, so much so that the owner decided to cut ties with A&W. In 1959, Patio...
San Juan County is extremely fortunate, given a rural population, to have a tradition of performing Handel’s “Messiah” every Christmas for over four decades. It’s something to which most rural communities can’t lay claim. Past directors include Jonnie Bailey, Pete Henderson, Derryl...
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office released a press release Saturday, Nov. 10, informing of an accident that took place in North San Juan County that morning. The accident claimed the lives of two men, one of them a Monticello native. “Today, just after 12 o’clock noon at the Potash...

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