Blanding

In one of the most unexpected conclusions to a school year ever, area students are set to receive diplomas this week from the five San Juan School District high schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in at-home education during the entire fourth quarter of the school year. While the hundreds...
The possibility of holding popular summer activities dominated the May 12 meeting of the Blanding City Council, including opening the pool, running baseball and softball seasons, and holding events for the Independence Day holiday. Safely opening the pool is a chief concern. When the meeting was...
San Juan County Commission, District 1 Cheryl Bowers Bruce Adams San Juan County Recorder Cindi Holyoak David Carpenter San Juan County Assessor Logan Boyd Rick Meyer Republican candidates for Utah Governor Spencer Cox Greg Hughes Jon Huntsman, Jr. Thomas Wright Candidates for Utah Attorney...
Five San Juan High School student athletes earned Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Academic All-state honors for the COVID-19-shortened 2020 spring sports season. Staten Perkins was named to the Academic All-state tennis team, Madison Palmer and Delaney Palmer were honored in...
Despite a strong winter, some of the pinyons in Westwater have died with brown needles hanging on the branches or piled beneath. Those trees will become nurslings – sometimes to baby flickers whose parents have drilled holes into the dead wood – sometimes to other plants as the branches and trunks...
Due to the worldwide reset commonly referred to as COVID-19, Grange, our 20-year-old son, has returned to Bluff after a two-year stint at the University of Utah. Grange was just finishing his sophomore year in the Honors College at the “U” when the crisis struck. While he is sure to complete the...
The COVID-19 pandemic was the focus of a discussion between San Juan County Public Health Director Kirk Benge and the Blanding City Council on April 28. Benge answered questions and provided an inside perspective into state and county efforts to mitigate the ongoing health crisis.   Benge gave a...
The number of reported cases of the COVID-19 virus in San Juan County exploded in the past week, largely due to more than 1,500 additional tests that have been administered. The Utah Department of Health and Utah Navajo Health Systems (UNHS) teamed up for two days of free testing on April 30 and...
Unseasonably warm temperatures marked much of the month of April in San Juan County, with an early arrive of spring-like weather.  The month closed with near-record high temperatures. While the warm weather melted much of the snow pack in area mountains, area reservoirs are filling but at a much...
Sixteen hard-working educators in the San Juan School District received a surprise during the last week of the school year: a $4,600 bonus.  The teachers earned the bonus as a result of growth in the test scores of students in their classrooms.  This is the third year of an incentive program that...

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