Bathing bears a big hit

by Bill Boyle
Many readers were intrigued by our September 24 cover photo of a bear enjoying a dip in a local stock-watering tub.
David Ketron and Michael Lee captured the photographs with a motion-activated game camera on land north of Monticello.
David said he was wondering why the normally clear water was so muddy. He realized after checking the camera and seeing that at least five bears were captured in the photographs.
See more photos at our website at or at the San Juan Record Facebook page. At last count, there were more than 1,000 likes on the Facebook photos.
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With this issue of the San Juan Record (Vol. 100, Number 1), we begin our centennial year of publication. On September 29, 1915, the first issue of the weekly newspaper was published by Oscar W. McConkie.
Now, 99 years later, we begin our centennial year without missing a single week in the interim.
We plan a number of events and publications over the next twelve months to commemorate the past century in San Juan County. Stay tuned for more details!
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The Los Angeles Times recently published a story about the 2009 Antiquity Raids. “A Sting in the Desert”, by Joe Mozingo, is a remarkable effort that culminates 200 interviews and years of work.
It is required reading for anyone wanting to understand what happened here in 2009. Find it on the internet at
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Supporters of five men facing federal charges related to the May 10 Recapture Canyon protest are using the Internet to help raise funds. At the press deadline on Monday, donors have contributed $2,185 for legal fees.
Check it out at

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