San Juan County

By SOFIA BOSCH & TERRY NGUYENSJR/USC interns As San Juan County prepares for its first election since federal redistricting, some residents will head to the polls and cast their votes in an unfamiliar district and for unfamiliar candidates. Despite the primaries being a month away...
By SOFIA BOSCHSJR/USC intern At the crux of the debate surrounding the San Juan County redistricting is the loaded term gerrymandering. The word “gerrymandering” comes from an instance in Massachusetts in 1812 in which Governor Elbridge Gerry produced irregular, salamander-shaped...
By Jordan Winterswith contributions from the USC Rural Reporting Team In San Juan County, one person’s fairness is another person’s injustice. Perhaps nothing has underscored the debate on political fairness more than residents’ reactions to the redistricted voting boundaries. After...
By TERRY NGUYENSJR/USC intern Twelve candidates have filed their intent to run for school board in a special circumstance election that opens up five board member seats, compared to the usual two to three. However, many residents — and even some school board candidates — have expressed...
By Jordan WintersSJR/USC intern A variety of characters were among the 50 or so passengers on the plane to Grand Junction. There were young solo adventurers and bubbly older couples whom I helped with luggage. But when I finally got settled in, I came to the realization that I was the...
By Dan Toomey & Tommy BrooksbankSJR/USC interns Aside from covering our everyday news beat for the Record, as student journalists, we also came to San Juan County to ask residents about their honest opinions of the news media: “I’m going to be nice… no, I’m not going to be nice.”...
By Rachel ParsonsContributing reporters: Dan Toomey and Jordan Winters There are many disagreements in San Juan County — political and social, cultural and ethnic, industrial and environmental. The fight over the boundary of Bears Ears National Monument is emblematic of these disputes....
by Bill Boyle A dedicated group of undergraduate students from the University of Southern California (USC) spent two weeks immersed in the local stories of San Juan County as “interns” for the San Juan Record. They have helped to create a 16-page supplement for this issue of the...
A tsunami of filings in the case against two environmental activists eventually resulted in a stay of the trial date. Rose Chilcoat and Mark Franklin, of Durango, CO, were set for a trial this week before Seventh District Judge Lyle R. Anderson. The trial has been delayed after a...
by Dan Toomey and Tommy Brooksbank, SJR/USC interns Dozens of activists and White Mesa residents marched along Highway 191 Saturday demanding action against the White Mesa uranium mill. The protest began at the White Mesa Community Center with participants sharing stories of alleged...

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