Life in San Juan

Sergeant Major (ret.) Tina Saunders.  Courtesy photo
Sergeant Major (SGM) Tina Saunders retired from the U.S. Army on June 30, 2023 following over 31 years of service. She is TáChii’Niin (Red Running into the Water People clan), and born to Áshiihí (Salt People Clan). She was born to the late Herbert Joe and Anna (Emma) R. Joe from MacCracken Mesa,...
by David Boyle News Director “Stars & Stripes” is the theme for the 2023 Independence Day celebration in Blanding. The annual celebration is renowned far and wide as Blanding rolls out the red carpet to welcome local people, former residents, family members, and friends across the globe. A full...
Reverend Hubbard wrapped Reverend Cathlena Plummer in a Pendleton blanket. Plummer is the daughter of the first Diné bishop on Navajoland Steven Plummer. Courtesy photo
by David Boyle News Director A host of clergy and worshipers gathered at St. Christopher’s Mission in Bluff June 9 to 11 for the 47th Convocation of the Episcopal Church in Navajoland. Reverend Joe Hubbard is the Vicar of St. Christopher’s Mission. As the mission celebrates 80 years, Hubbard shared...
Nearly 300 cowboys and cowgirls will be competing in the 2023 San Juan Stampede Rodeo June 9 and 10. Courtesy photo
by David Boyle News Director Professional Rodeo is returning to San Juan County this week. Nearly 300 cowboys and cowgirls will compete at the San Juan Stampede Rodeo, which returns to the County Fairgrounds in Monticello this Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10. The Stampede Rodeo is returning for...
Michael Porter poses with clay creations, he’s been creating art with clay for over 50 years. Courtesy photo
By Janet Keeler Wilcox Much like Andy Warhol who created art using Coke bottles, Brillo boxes and soup cans, Michael Porter also uses replicas of objects along with childhood memories for his inspiration as he creates art.  In the hierarchy of art, he explained, painting is at the top of the list...
Michael Porter poses with clay creations, he’s been creating art with clay for over 50 years. Courtesy photo
By Janet Keeler Wilcox Much like Andy Warhol who created art using Coke bottles, Brillo boxes and soup cans, Michael Porter also uses replicas of objects along with childhood memories for his inspiration as he creates art.  In the hierarchy of art, he explained, painting is at the top of the list...
Monticello resident Natalie Randall was honored among the 30 Women to Watch in Utah. Randall serves as the Executive Director for the Utah Tourism Industry Association. courtesy photo
Monticello resident Natalie Randall was honored by Utah Business as one of the 30 Women to Watch at a May 23 event. The award honors the exceptional women of Utah’s businesses and is in it’s 25th year. Utah Business says the recipients empower others and confidently lead their companies while...
Blanding artist Richard Russel has left his mark around the county and beyond.  Janet Wilcox photo.
by Janet Keeler Wilcox If you want to see Richard Russel’s masterpieces you don’t have to travel far: Monticello, Blanding and Monument Valley all have his paintings on display.  There are six murals in the entryway of the Monticello Elementary School and two murals in the Monument Valley...
The latest issue of 101 Ways to Experience San Juan County is included in this newspaper. You can also pick it up at local businesses and visitor centers.
The San Juan Record is ecstatic for the release of the new 101 Ways to Experience San Juan County Visitors Guide. The packed 64-page magazine is included in this issue of the newspaper and is distributed throughout the area at visitor centers and businesses. A generous grant from San Juan County...
Scott and Irma Lee Hurst in 1991. The Hurst family built a tradition of excellence that carries on through the years. Courtesy photo
by Janet Keeler Wilcox Contributing writer (Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series celebrating the ongoing success of the Scott Hurst family businesses. Part One was published in the May 3 San Juan Record.) Tri-Hurst Construction has always been a family-oriented company.  Many of...

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