La Sal

Usually this time of year I am writing to tell you all about the year end happenings at La Sal Elementary School. As with most things in our world at present, the “virus” has affected the norm.   There was no end-of-the-year get-together at our local one-roomed schoolhouse to show families and...
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...
 It is an interesting year to say the least for seniors graduating from high school or other educational institutions. Besides only being able to enjoy a “virtual” graduation, some missed out on other extra spring activities.   In lieu of graduation, my offering for them this year is a biographical...
Well, such a springtime in the Rockies can be spring-like. “When it’s springtime in the Rockies, there’ll be six feet of snow or it’ll be 40 below.”  We do take spring a day at a time in this part of the world, where Ma Nature gives us a spring day here and there. We’ve had more than a few nice...
The number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in San Juan County is expected to grow in coming days as the results of a mobile testing unit continue to roll in. The virus has infected residents of most communities in the county, including Blanding, Bluff, Montezuma Creek, Monument Valley, and Navajo...
 And you know I am not talking about tile squares either.  Nope, it’s the TP. No more large, fluffy luxurious wades of whiteness with which to do the job. Now I’m trying to judge the minimum for completing the task.   I’m also still trying to figure out a lot of things in the current, unprecedented...
Estimates are that nearly one in five San Juan County residents face hunger every day. One quarter of children may not know where their next meal is coming from.  The number of San Juan County residents facing hunger is much higher than national and statewide averages, reports the Utah Food Bank....
I often tout the greatness of our community of Sierra La Sal. Also, I think I mention from time to time that “it takes a village...” in this case, not only to raise a boy, but evidently to help a young man complete his Eagle Scout project.  If you drive into La Sal from the west, you will now...
Shari Griffin, an art teacher at Monticello High School, is the 2020 Teacher of the Year for the San Juan School District. Griffin was honored for her work at a March 2 banquet. Monticello High School Principal KC Olson said, “Shari Griffin is a valuable asset to our MHS team. As a member of our...
The top students in the Class of 2020 will compete on March 18 at the 40th annual Southeastern Utah Sterling Scholar competition at Carbon High School in Price, UT. There are 30 San Juan County seniors who will vie for the coveted title of Sterling Scholar against 67 other seniors from Carbon,...

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