Outdoors

Blue or Purple Mustard is a weed that seems to be growing on every piece of property in San Juan County. San Juan County Weed Supervisor Monty Perkins says there are several things that can be done to help control the weed. This weed is a winter annual that sprouts in the fall and flowers in the...
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will add three new wildlife passages under US-191 south of Monticello and fill in a wildlife fencing gap this summer. When completed, the wildlife fencing will fill the gap, extending the fence from just south of Monticello to south of Devils Canyon on...
The plentiful snowpack of the past winter will benefit the Colorado River Basin through increased runoff to crucial reservoirs, according to a Bureau of Reclamation study released on April 15. With the improved hydrology, Lake Powell’s operation for water year 2019 will shift to a balancing release...
Canyon Country Explorations & River Lore: The Remarkable Resilient Life of Kenny Ross, is a well-researched tale about the life and experiences of a not well known character on the Colorado Plateau.   Author Gene M. Stevenson brings Kenny Ross to the surface as a major influence on modern and...
When I was a teenager, my family moved into my great-grandparents’ farmhouse in north central Kansas. The two ancient red cedars which flanked the front porch seemed dark and foreboding, and every time the wind howled through their branches, I shuddered. Years later, after we moved to San Juan...
Will the snowpack be 200 percent of normal? Many things are known as the wet and wild winter of 2019 draws to a close. However, one question remains: Will the mountain snowpack be more than double the normal levels? On March 19, the six feet of snow at the Camp Jackson Sno-tel station contained 23...
The strongest snowstorm in several winters took aim at San Juan County in the past week, resulting in closed schools and businesses, closed highways, copious amounts of snow, and what may be the end of a drought. Snow began falling on Wednesday evening, didn’t stop until Friday afternoon, and...
Have you ever wanted to try ice fishing but didn’t know how to get started? Here’s your chance. The Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will host a free ice fishing clinic in Monticello on Saturday, February 23. It begins at 10 a.m. on the ice at Loyds Lake. Those who attend will learn about...
Search and rescue crews will soon be onsite in the search for a Monticello man who was apparently caught in a massive avalanche in the La Sal Mountains on January 25. The slide occurred in a popular site in Dark Canyon Basin about 4:30 p.m. on Friday. A group of eight Monticello-area...
by Rhett Sifford Since the start of December, 36 inches of snow has fallen at the Camp Jackson SNOTEL site located at nearly 9,000 feet in the Abajo Mountains. That’s good news. There are nine inches of water in that snow – even better news for a county that suffered through an extreme...

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