Bluff / Mexican Hat

The main artery of Highway 191 traveling through Bluff was once again a topic of conversation at the Bluff town council. Mayor Ann Leppanen reported on conversations she had with the Utah Department of Transportation and local law enforcement for how to address the issue of speeding through the...
The Bluff Town Council passed a resolution requesting that President Joe Biden make it a priority of his administration to restore the Bears Ears National Monument. The resolution passed at the January 12 meeting with Mayor Anne Leppanen, council members Brant Murray, Jim Sayers, and Linda Sosa...
The Bluff Town Council is working to protect a geoglyph located near a state-leased gravel site in Bluff. The site is located north of the town beyond Seventh West. Protection of the site has been a focus of community members for the past few years. While petroglyphs and pictographs are located on...
Josh Ewing, the longtime Executive Director of Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM), plans to step out of day-to-day operations of the organization in the spring of 2021. Friends of Cedar Mesa is a conservation-focused, non-profit organization based in Bluff. According to the organization mission statement...
Roads in and near Bluff were discussed at recent town council meetings. Council member Brant Murray reported on October 13 that parts of the city roads, including 4th West, received patch work in the early part of October and roads would also receive a crack seal as temperatures drop. Mayor Ann...
A fire on Bluff Cemetery hill gave some neighboring homeowners a scare. On October 1, while cleaning up the pioneer portion of the Bluff Cemetery, volunteers from the Hole in the Rock organization used a propane torch to clear away tumbleweeds. From there the fire spread, eating up a few...
One COVID-19 Vaccine trial is including a few hundred members of the Navajo Nation in its final trial of the drug
The final phase of study for a coronavirus vaccine will include volunteers from the Navajo Nation. Since coronavirus first arrived in the United States in the late winter of 2020, a race among pharmaceutical companies to find a vaccine for the virus has been underway. Now three companies and their...
Students in Bluff, Montezuma Creek, Monument Valley, and Navajo Mountain are back to learning despite the challenges of not physically being in their school buildings. The decision for the river region of the San Juan School District (SJSD) not to physically return to school was made based on...
The Bluff Town Council approved a letter of opposition to one of three range improvement plans proposed on land near Bluff at their September 8 meeting. The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) is proposing three range improvement plans on trust land near the town of Bluff....
It was the summer of 1971, and the Simpson family was living in a mobile home behind the Plateau filling station south of Blanding. Woody, our paternal grandfather, was working in Cisco, CO clearing brush for the Nielson brothers, Connie and Skinny. Craig, Barry, and I ran the service station,...

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