Life in San Juan

“Make it stop!” That’s Craig Stanley’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus craziness, and you can hear virtually every voice in San Juan County echoing the sentiment. Stanley, manager of Clark’s Market in Blanding, says his team is working hard and is tired, but they are doing everything they can...
Estimates are that nearly one in five San Juan County residents face hunger every day. One quarter of children may not know where their next meal is coming from.  The number of San Juan County residents facing hunger is much higher than national and statewide averages, reports the Utah Food Bank....
Local author Bob McPherson has recently published the history Traders, Agents, and Weavers: Developing the Northern Navajo Region (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).  The book centers around the story of Navajo economic and cultural development through the testimonies of traders,...
The Utah Shakespeare Festival  is hitting the road with  one of the world’s most popular and tragic love stories, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Blue Mountain Entertainment will present the show on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Monticello High School Auditorium. Admission will be by...
The efforts of outstanding youth in area communities have been honored with the “Making A Difference” Community Youth Award campaign.  The campaign is the work of a variety of law enforcement, city, county, and federal agencies, along with local businesses. They are all members of the San Juan...
Risa Shimoda has been collecting bits and pieces of her father’s history for 20 years and is requesting additional help from San Juan County residents.   Her father, Midori Shimoda, was living in California during WWII when the Japanese living on the west coast were suddenly under suspect after...
Whenever I hike in Bears Ears National Monument, I think about how it almost became an Indian reservation.  Over a century ago Durango businessmen actively campaigned to remove the Southern Utes to San Juan County, UT. Most of that county would have become a new 2.9 million-acre Ute Indian...
“Operation Save the Koalas/Australia” began early in January of this year after some heartbroken fourth-graders had a conversation on the playground at recess.  They had just heard about the devastating wildfires in Australia and the huge loss of Koalas. They decided instead of just feeling sad,...
San Juan County is the focus of marketing efforts that recently won a prestigious award for the Utah Office of Tourism. The Voices of Bears Ears, a four-part video series, earned an Adrian Award for marketing excellence on January 21 from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (...
The life of Jens Nielson will be honored at Bluff Fort in 2020 for the 200th anniversary of his birth date.  Nielson was a key figure in the Hole in the Rock Expedition and in the subsequent settlement of Bluff in 1880.  He was born in Denmark on April 26, 1820 and passed away in Bluff in 1906....

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