Bluff / Mexican Hat

by Zak Podmore . Just after sunset on July 12, Jackie Warren was at her home near Cottonwood Wash in Bluff. A storm system was moving in from the west and a few cracks of thunder rolled down the canyon. She was growing concerned about her horses when a lightning bolt struck directly in...
by Rhett Sifford, Staff writer The San Juan County School Board took a visual tour of the latest site plans for Bluff Elementary School at their July 10 meeting at the District Offices in Blanding. The plans, provided by MHTN Architects of Salt Lake City, gave the board their first...
A full week after the June 26 election, the race for Mayor in Bluff is still not completely cleared up. Marcia Hadenfeldt and Ann Leppanen are within a handful of votes in a very tight race.  Leppanen, a write-in candidate, pulled ahead in the latest results released by San Jun County...
Preliminary results in the June 26 election show clear winners in several races, but other races that are still too close to call. These numbers were released at midnight. There are still approximately 200 provisional ballots to count, along with mailed copies with a correct mail date...
by Zak Podmore Bluff residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, June 26 to elect their first city council since voting to incorporate last year. In San Juan County and across the State of Utah, voters will vote in a primary election that will help pare the list of candidates for the...
Information is sought on the murder of Antonio Montowine on April 14 south of Bluff. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Montowine, age 31 of Santa Fe, NM, was shot and killed by an unknown...
Bluff Elementary School fifth grade teacher Nicole Wallis is one of ten educators to be honored with a 2018 Excellence in Teaching award from the Utah Education Association (UEA). Wallis will receive the UEA/dõTERRA Excellence in Teaching award on May 18 during the KeyBank Superstars in...
by Zak Podmore The most common phrase uttered at a May 2 candidates forum for Bluff’s first town council was, “I agree.” Two mayoral candidates and six running for four council seats in the upcoming election on June 26 spoke for nearly two hours about their vision for the newly...
by Zak Podmore San Juan County is moving forward with a new economic development initiative, and a motel in Bluff could be the first to benefit. In December, the San Juan County Commission voted to create a Community Reinvestment Agency, which is a separate legal entity maintained by a...
A new elementary school in Bluff is closer to reality after the San Juan School Board approved a trade of land on April 4. With a 5-0 vote, the board approved a land swap with the Utah Navajo Trust Fund (UNTF). Five acres of ground in Monument Valley, which is currently owned by the...

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