Bluff / Mexican Hat

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,...
(Updated Wednesday September 9) : Bluff Town Council approved a letter of opposition to one of the three projects at the September 8 meeting of the Bluff Town Council. After receiving an email from SITLA answering their questions about the projects, council chose to support the Tank Bench Mesa and...
Less than 10 miles west of Bluff lies the geological marvel known as Comb Ridge. Stretching more than 80 miles from south to north, this feature is a jagged monocline created approximately 65 million years ago when underground tectonic plates shifted to raise a sandstone rim almost 20 degrees in...
Schools throughout San Juan County, included pictured Monticello Elementary, will delay their start by two days
San Juan County School Board finalized plans ahead of the start of the academic school year later this month. Key items passed include 100 percent remote learning for students in the south part of the county for the start of the year. The district moved the first day of school for students from...
After many years searching for true meaning in my life, I finally realized one element I universally need is texture. I am like a child who explores things by touching, smelling, and occasionally putting them in his mouth. At Twin Rocks Trading Post, I constantly run my hands over the Navajo rugs....

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