Blanding

A lot has happened in the nine months since the 2019 San Juan High School football season came to a premature close at the hands of Region 12 opponent Richfield on October 25, 2019. It could even be said the bitter taste of the 41-20 loss to the Wildcats in the first round of the 3A state...
Because Oggie is a rescued dog, we don’t know her ancestry, but we do know she was bred for high altitudes and cold weather. She’s miserable when we hike in the canyons during the summer, but she has strategies to survive. In Westwater, despite the fact I’ve bought her a cooling vest and carry...
Images of “Free to Be Me” Fourth of July celebrations in Blanding. When the city was unable to sponsor the traditional annual event due to COVID-19 restrictions, Blanding residents and businesses banded together to organize their own festivities. Chalk art photo by Daniel Jolley; all other photos...
San Juan High School graduate Tasiah Little is heading northwest from Blanding to continue her basketball career with the Peninsula College Pirates in Port Angeles, WA. She was recently awarded an athletic scholarship, signed a letter of intent to attend the two-year school, and will begin pursuit...
Cheatgrass is the bane of Oggie’s life. On the Westwater trails it’s mostly beaten down by foot traffic, but she still picks up the seedpods on her feet. Whenever she stops and frantically chews on her paws, I try to pull out the bristles, also called awns, but our progress is slow and the walk...
by Rhett Sifford Staff writer A group of Blanding residents and businesses, led by Toniee Lewis, have banded together to organize a private event that will celebrate American freedom, stand against a loss of freedom, and ensure that a big Fourth of July party won’t be missing in Blanding this year...
It was business as usual at the June 23 meeting of the Blanding City Council. The council interviewed local airport fixed base operator (FBO) applicants Shelby Seely and Kasper Pedersen. The other applicant, Jason Nay, put his support behind that of Seely and Pedersen.  Councilmember Cheryl Bowers...
When the Blanding City Council decided on May 26 that the City of Blanding would cancel the annual Fourth of July celebration due to COVID-19 restrictions, it immediately set off a flurry of activity that put a new celebration on the Blanding calendar for July 3 and 4. A group of Blanding residents...
On June 6, 2020, Ted, Oggie, and I headed for Bullfrog, hoping to find a hiking place south of the predicted rainstorm, but rain and hail started peppering down when we turned onto Highway 95 and grew heavier as we traveled west. A white-out of ice hit us after we drove through the Comb Ridge cut...
At the June 9 Blanding City Council meeting, the Council discussed the events being planned by private residents for Independence Day Celebration. An events policy was approved for the city years ago and serves as a guideline for what groups can do.  Many of the policies work within the guidelines...

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