Life in San Juan

The annual Bluff Arts Festival is this week, but you don’t have to travel to Bluff to enjoy it. The 16th annual festival is completely virtual this year due to ongoing fear surrounding COVID-19. The virtual festival starts Thursday, October 15 and continues through Sunday, October 18. Workshops,...
San Juan County Prevention Action Collaboration (SJCPAC) Coalition teamed up with the City of Blanding to help sponsor the Fall Festival in Blanding. Prevention messaging was prevalent throughout many of the activities during this fun-filled event. With masks and hand sanitizer stations at the...
The Blanding Fall Festival takes place Saturday, October 10 at Centennial Park in Blanding. Blanding City Economic Development Director Pratt Redd says anyone is welcome to attend the events, which are sponsored by the City of Blanding. The festival starts at noon and includes a host of fall...
Last week ten Native American runners participated in a 360-mile prayer run from San Juan County to Salt Lake City. The Running As Medicine Indigenous Youth Prayer Run began on Tuesday, September 1 at Bears Ears National Monument and concluded at Warm Springs in Salt Lake City on Saturday,...
April and Gentry Ramsay are the winners of the Monticello 2020 Parks and Beautification Beautiful Yard Award.  They have been working on their yard the entire summer and still have more plans. The first project completed is the brick walkway, which is the handiwork of their five children; it is a...
Noah Begay, a 12-year-old Blanding resident, is one of 54 student finalists in the nationwide Google Doodle contest. Noah, a seventh grade student at Albert R Lyman Middle School, represents the state of Utah in the contest. The 54 national finalists will be narrowed down to five finalists through...
The 2020 San Juan County Fair, themed “In An Uncertain Year, Your Fair Family’s Here,” begins this Saturday, August 1 and runs through Saturday, August 8. “Uncertain” is truly an understatement in 2020. Fair organizer Anna Fredericks said, “It’s my 20th fair and it’s going to be the weirdest one,...
The city and San Juan Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Pioneer Day Celebration Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25. Although COVID-19 has put a bit of a damper on the event, there will still be plenty of fun to be had and a host of familiar events to enjoy. It all kicks off at the...
Dear Editor: In doing history for my father, I came across the attached in “Monticello Journal: A History until 1937,” by Harold and Fay Muhlestein.   It was Deja Vu to me. The similarities between the 1918 flu and COVID-19 are uncanny, especially how hard the Navajo Nation was and is affected. “...
Images of “Free to Be Me” Fourth of July celebrations in Blanding. When the city was unable to sponsor the traditional annual event due to COVID-19 restrictions, Blanding residents and businesses banded together to organize their own festivities. Chalk art photo by Daniel Jolley; all other photos...

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