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DUST IN THE WIND While it is not as bad as many people think, it also isn’t as good as we may be accustomed.   I am referring to the financial status of San Juan County. In September, county officials – including Commissioner Bruce Adams, Attorney Kendall Laws, and Interim Administrator David...
Two wanted fugitives were captured by U.S. Marshals on September 11 after nearly two weeks on the lam. Blane and Susan Barksdale were arrested without incident at an isolated home near Tonto Basin, AZ. The husband and wife had overpowered two guards in a prisoner transport van near Blanding on...
The San Juan Record is in the process of developing a “2020 Vision” as the information industry continues to grow and transform. This vision will result in a few changes in coming weeks.  “Our readership has never been larger,” said San Juan Record Publisher Bill Boyle.  “The challenge is making...
With a scathing rebuke, a federal judge rejected a motion by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) to become a full-party participant in a landmark public lands case. Judge Clark Waddoups ruled on September 5 that SUWA could participate in a massive case regarding RS-2477 road rights-of-way...
The Blanding City Council called for civility and cooperation among San Juan County residents in an August 27 meeting.  The council discussed a letter and press release condemning the comments former San Juan County Commissioner Mark Maryboy made in a Mexican Water town hall meeting held August 22...
San Juan County was apparently the setting in the past week when two prisoners escaped from custody while being transported from Henrietta, NY to Tucson, AZ. The two overpowered a two-person transport team on August 26, soon after leaving from the San Juan County jail in Monticello.   Initial...
The San Juan County Commission voted to oppose an upcoming oil and gas lease sale on land maintained by the Bureau of Land Management near Hovenweep National Monument. The vote came at the September 3 Commission meeting. The resolution calls on the BLM to “defer the sale to prevent the degradation...
Tension continues to rise over the political situation in San Juan County, and it spilled over at two town hall meetings in the past week.   Separate and independent town hall meetings were held in Monticello and Mexican Water. Both meetings had a similar agenda: a discussion of issues of local...
Mack McDonald
Mack McDonald has been hired as the new San Juan County Administrator.  The hiring was approved at the August 20 meeting of the San Juan County Commission. Commission Chair Kenneth Maryboy announced that the county went through an extensive recruitment and evaluation process.  “We are excited to...
A special election in November will ask voters in San Juan County if a committee should be formed to consider a change in county government. The election is scheduled after five county residents successfully submitted a petition. County Clerk John David Nielson said that the group submitted several...

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