Monument Valley / Oljato

Sixteen hard-working educators in the San Juan School District received a surprise during the last week of the school year: a $4,600 bonus.  The teachers earned the bonus as a result of growth in the test scores of students in their classrooms.  This is the third year of an incentive program that...
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...
The hallways and classrooms are deserted. The gymnasiums and cafeterias are silent. The school buses are empty. For youngsters of the 1980s, it seems like the world of the movie “Red Dawn” has come true. It’s not true, of course, but for the first time in modern history, life at schools in San Juan...
Mobile testing may result in increase in diagnosis of COVID-19 cases It has been more than one month since San Juan County residents have been impacted by the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus triggered by a worldwide pandemic. One month in, 12 local residents have been diagnosed with the virus,...
San Juan County is well represented on All-state basketball teams for the 2019-20 season. The Deseret News released its annual list of the top Utah high school basketball players on March 25 and 26 based on coaches’ votes. Ten players were chosen from San Juan, Monument Valley, and Whitehorse high...
San Juan County restaurant owners are scrambling to make ends meet after their services to customers were severely limited by an order designed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Local restaurants and bars have been heavily impacted by the order from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert that...
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....
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,...
When the Monument Valley High School girls basketball players went to sleep on Wednesday, February 26, it wasn’t sugarplums dancing in their heads. They were dreaming of their first-ever state championship trophy. It wasn’t a far-fetched dream. The Lady Cougars had put together an impressive 18-5...

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