San Juan County

Controlled explosions sent tons of rock onto Highway 191 this week. Motorists traveling between Moab and Monticello could run into delays due to blasting associated with improvements to U.S. 191 between the 107 and 109 mile markers.    Since the end of August, Utah Department of Transportation (...
Safety and behavior in local schools was a focus at the October 9 meeting of the San Juan School Board.  After a threat against his school was made by a student on social media on October 1, San Juan High School Principal Bob Peterson said he “did not do one thing that was educationally-based all...
Mack McDonald, the new San Juan County Administrator, recently took some time from a very busy schedule to meet with the San Juan Record. McDonald began his new position on September 23, replacing Interim Administrator David Everitt as the key county employee in sprawling San Juan County. He moves...
Despite a dry end to the recently-completed water year, San Juan County experienced a remarkable wet year. The water year runs from October 1 to September 30 every year. In the past year, Monticello received 136 percent of normal precipitation, including receiving ten feet of snow.  Monticello had...
A group of elected officials met on Wednesday, October 2 in Blanding, including Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Congressman John Curtis.  The group included tribal, federal, state, county, and community leaders. According to President Nez, the focus of the discussion was “how the entities...
A tax increase may be coming to property owners in San Juan County.  The county introduced the possibility at a Commission meeting in Blanding on October 1. The tax increase may be coming from three separate county taxing entities, with a comparatively small increase from the county library and...
The San Juan School Board met on September 11 at Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek. Business Administrator Kyle Hosler provided a brief update of the progress on construction projects for Bluff Elementary School and the Montezuma Creek Elementary School gymnasium. Both projects are...
San Juan County will pay $2.6 million in legal fees to make a settlement in the massive voting rights lawsuit between the county and the Navajo Nation.  The settlement was approved at a special meeting of the San Juan County Commission on September 24. The $2.6 million is for the Navajo Nation...
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...
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...

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