A storm hits Monument Valley.  Angel Coggeshell photo
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Easter services planned throughout county
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Christians throughout San Juan County will mark the Easter season with a series of events culminating in Easter Sunday on April 20. Many churches in the area have special services and activities planned. Several events have already occurred as Palm Sunday, which opens the Passion Week, was April 13. The Community Church in Monticello will hold Good Friday Services on Friday, April 18 beginning at 7 p.m. The program will include music provided by the Bapitist Church in Dove Creek and a sermon by Gary Halls. An Easter morning sunrise service will begin at 7 a.m., with breakfast served afterwards. At the First Baptist Church in Monticello, a sunrise service begins at 7 a.m. followed by a breakfast, Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and a Morning Worship Service at 11 a.m. The First Baptist Church in Blanding will hold Easter Sunday Services and Communion starting at 8 a.m. with breakfast following the services. St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monticello will hold Mass, “The Lord’s Last Supper”, at 7:30 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 17. On April 18, a Good Friday Solemn Service begins at 6 p.m. Easter Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 in Moab. The Easter Sunday Service begins at noon on April 20. A number of Holy Week Services are planned at St. Christopher’s Mission in Bluff and St. John the Baptizer in Montezuma Creek. On Maunday Thursday, Eucharist Foot Washingwill take place at St. Christopher’s Mission at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 Good Friday Devotions are offered at St. Christopher’s Mission at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18.  April 19: Easter Vigil and Eucharist is at St. John the Baptizer at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Easter Sunrise Service begins at 6:30 a.m. on the San Juan River. Directions signs will be on the Mission Road. Festive Eucharist is at St. Christopher’s Mission at 10 a.m. Local congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints hold sacrament services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Monticello, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Blanding, and at 9 a.m. in Eastland and La Sal. The San Juan Chamber of Commerce and Monticello High School National Honor Society will host an free community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Veterans Memorial Park at 11 a.m. After the Easter Egg hunt, there will be a visit by the Easter bunny and free pizza from Thatzza Pizza.
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Funeral notice
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Georganne Burtenshaw passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  Services will be held Friday, April 18, 2014.  A viewing will take place at San Juan Mortuary from 9 to 10:15 a.m.  Funeral services are at 11 a.m. in the Blanding South LDS Chapel.
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City, County to join forces for new building
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A funding plan for a new community center / senior center/ golf clubhouse in Monticello was approved at the April 14 meeting of the San Juan County Commission. The project combines two separate projects into a single building that is designed to meet a number of needs. Officials hope that construction can begin by the end of the summer on the 7,000 square foot building. The project engineer estimates that the building will cost approximately $2 million, plus site work. Funding for the project, totaling approximately $2.9 million, will be pursued from the Utah Community Impact Board. It will include a $1.3 million grant, a $1 million loan at 1.5 percent annual interest, and $600,000 in cash from the two entities (split 50/50). San Juan County will assume 60 percent of the loan, with the city assuming the remainder. Operations and maintenance will be split 50/50 between the entities. Details of the deal will be finalized in an inter-local agreement between the county and the city. In 2013, the City of Monticello had secured funding for a community center at the golf course. However, the project floundered when bids for the 5,000 square foot building came in $400,000 higher than the engineer estimates. The bids came in at $1.5 million, compared to the $1.1 million estimate by the project engineer. At about the same time, San Juan County was pursuing funding for a new 2,000 square foot senior center, to be built just north of the county courthouse. That building would have required $2.3 million in funding. “Combining the projects and splitting the ongoing operations and maintenance costs between the entities will save us a lot,” said County Administrator Kelly Pehrson. “Both the city and the county will get what they needed in their stand-alone buildings.” The new facility will be ADA accessible and will seat 250 people for meetings, including for senior citizen events and the weekly meetings of the San Juan County Commission. The space will be available to rent for meetings and retreats, including events tied to the Hideout Golf Club, which is owned by the City of Monticello. Funding for the project is set to be secured at the June 1 meeting of the CIB.
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Monticello secondary water rates show significant increase for large users
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Secondary water rates will not increase for Monticello residents this year, but large commercial customers that use large amounts of secondary water will see a significant rate increase. The secondary water rates were set at the April 8 meeting of the Monticello City Council. In 2013, the city completed a project to install meters on the secondary water system. Use of the new metering system will begin when the secondary system is charged this week. At the April 8 meeting, the Council did not increase rates for residential and small commercial customers. City officials plead with city residents to use water carefully, as city water supplies are very low after several years of dry winters. The average use of water per connection is 20,000 gallons per month. The city needs to generate $11,000 in additional revenue to service the loan for the new system. With no increase for residential customers, large water users will generate the needed additional revenue. Less than ten connections use large amounts of water, including public buildings, schools, and churches. The rate structure implemented by the council will charge these customers as their water use exceeds 20,000 gallons per month. The rate is $0.50 per thousand gallons for use between 20,000 and 50,000 gallons. The rate increases to $1 per thousand gallons between 51,000 and 100,000 gallons and $1.50 per thousand gallons for use above 100,000 gallons. Public works director Nathan Langston estimates that that rate structure will increase the cost of water for the public safety building by nearly 18 percent, from $453.60 under the previous structure to $535. Estimates for Monticello High School are a 300 percent increase, from $2,268 to $6,823. Monticello Elementary School rates are estimated to increase by 350 percent, from $2,268 to $7,948. The city asks residents to match the 2013 goal of cutting water use by 25 percent below average levels. “If we do the same as last year and cut use by 25 percent, we can definitely make it through another summer,” said Langston. He added, “We will still have 700 acre-feet of water at the end of the summer, but we will be in a world of hurt next year if we have another dry winter.” Langston asked city residents to watch their water use carefully. The new meters can be monitored to determine use patterns and if there are leaks. A new deep well at the golf course will be connected to the city culinary lines in a few weeks. It will add about 100 gallons per minute to the city supply, which is about half of the peak culinary use. The city accepted a $298,950 bid from Grimshaw Drilling in Cedar City to drill an additional well near the Monticello Airport. The engineer estimated that the cost would be $320,000. Grimshaw Drilling is expected to move equipment this week and should be drilling shortly. About $300,000 will remain from the emergency funds provided by the Utah Community Impact Board to drill and develop deep wells. In other matters at the April 8 meeting, the city eliminated a bond and application requirement for off-site alcohol permits. Both Police Chief Kent Adair, and the convenience stores that the policy impacts, thought that the bond and application procedures were excessive. An annual renewal of the alcohol permit is still needed, but the renewal process has been simplified. City officials state that the city policy is still more stringent than state requirements. Laurie Schafer, interim CEO at San Juan Health Service District, met with the council. The health service district operates clinics in Monticello and Blanding and San Juan Hospital. Schafer said the district is “definitely doing better financially.” “We are not out of the woods, but things are looking up,” said Schafer. Doug Allen, representing the Hometown Heroes organization, presented checks for $500 each to the Monticello Police Department and the Monticello Fire Department. The funds will be used as needed by the departments.
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