Bluff / Mexican Hat

Recently one of our loyal readers asked Rick how “Tied to the Post” got its name. Rick had never actually considered the question, so he didn’t have an adequate response. As Napoleon Bonaparte suggested, “History is the version of past events that people decide to agree upon.” At Twin Rocks...
There are times when I confuse my wife, my kids, my coworkers, and even myself. It is, however, relatively rare that I confound all of us at the same time. That, however, was the case several years ago when I bought a 1936 Chevy Sedan Delivery. Having come of age during the muscle car era of the...
On June 4, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to settle longstanding water rights questions for the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation. Supporters hope the bill, if passed into law, would help extend drinking water to many of the isolated corners of San Juan County. It would transfer of up to 81,500...
Yesterday, Susie and I drove the 75 miles north of Bluff to an area called Indian Creek Corridor on route to Canyonlands National Park. Our purpose was to re-visit a famous archaeological site known as Newspaper Rock, located in what currently remains of the Bears Ears National Monument. While...
Hundreds of live sheep were delivered to needy families on the Navajo Reservation on Memorial Day as part of the “Farmers Feeding Utah” project. The distribution was for families in the Montezuma Creek, Aneth, Red Mesa, and Tódahadekanii areas. An additional distribution of live sheep will take...
It’s been a long time coming, but the Crazy Crow Café at Twin Rocks has finally arrived. Steve has been considering a new restaurant concept for over ten years, and that plan is now a reality. Under the guidance of Frances van der Stappen, the cafe’s general manager, our new casual Four Corners...
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...
A “charm,” the collective noun used to describe a group of our tiny feathered aviators, has returned to Bluff for the season. Susie put out her first feeder in late March, and Frances filled the six stations on the Twin Rocks Café porch a week later. Ever since then, we’ve had a fine flock of our...
Last weekend, like the two previous weekends before, Bud Frazier was out delivering critical supplies to dozens of families in the Navajo Nation. Without physical addresses in very remote places, it was difficult to find the families who had reached out to Frazier for help. But when he finds them...
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...

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