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A couple from Durango, CO will face trial in 2018 for charges related to livestock endangerment. Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Kevin Franklin, were bound over for trial at a preliminary hearing on November 2 in the Seventh District Court. Chilcoat has a January 31, 2018 jury trial...
San Juan County may be getting a Presidential visit in coming weeks. President Donald Trump plans to visit the state in early December, most likely to announce reductions in the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. On October 27, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said President Trump...
An enormous increase in entrance fees is proposed for several of the most popular National Parks, including Canyonlands in San Juan County. The National Park Service is considering a proposal that would increase the entrance fee from $25 to $70 per car from May through September. The...
The convictions of San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman and Monticello resident Monte Wells were upheld in an October 23 ruling by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The two men were convicted for their role in the May, 2014 protest in Recapture Canyon. Appeals to the...
A lawsuit against Energy Fuels, which operates the White Mesa uranium mill south of Blanding, has been dismissed by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups dismissed the case, ruling that previously reported radon emissions from one of the mill’s tailings cells did not...
Road closures and road openings have moved front and center in San Juan County, with three separate incidents gaining the attention of area residents. In the past week, several small roads were “obliterated” on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service within the current boundaries of...
The White Mesa Mill, which is the only federally licensed uranium-processing mill in the United States, held an open house in the past week. It is one of a few times since the facility opened in 1980 that tours were available of the multi-million dollar mill, disposal cells, and...
Despite a wave of leaks and guesses, and allegations and denials, the U.S. government has not announced the next step in the Bears Ears National Monument. While Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended that Bears Ears National Monument be decreased in size, no maps have been...
by Bill Boyle The Latigo Wind Farm, located just north of Monticello city limits, continues to be a source of controversy among some in San Juan County. Two years ago, construction crews were working day and night to install the wind farm, a 60 MW project just north of Monticello. The...
TIED TO THE POSTby Tonya Stiles Do you ever wonder if Facebook is making you hate people? I don’t mean to suggest I hate my Facebook “friends.” I like those folks. I keep my friend list short, filled only with people I know and like, so I can still feel comforted by their pictures of...

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