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Former San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman has filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its actions related to the 2014 protest in Recapture Canyon. Lyman, now serving in the Utah House of Representatives, filed the private action on November 8 in the U....
Two suspects are in the San Juan County Jail facing a combined 12 felony charges and multiple misdemeanors following a high-speed chase between Monticello and Blanding involving four law enforcement agencies on Thursday, October 24. The case began when Monticello Police Officer Kory Dunn received a...
Master planning in Spanish Valley was the major focus of a marathon meeting of the San Juan County Commission on November 19.   In the end and by a 2-1 vote, Commissioners rejected the recommendations of the San Juan County Planning Commission and adopted a preliminary plan that had been submitted...
The Gunnison sage grouse, an endangered species with a very small population in San Juan County, is the focus of a draft recovery plan recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The federal agency is asking for public comments on the conservation actions necessary to stop population...
Shanna Black is a new insurance agent at Farm Bureau Financial Services. She has worked alongside Wyatt Holyoak since July after earning her insurance license.  Many may know Black from her recent position at Monticello Elementary School. In fact, Black was recognized this year as a top employee...
by Terry Messmer Utah State University Extension wildlife specialist In recent weeks, reports of cougar sightings have increased across Utah. The cougar, Puma concolor, is known as the mountain lion, puma, screamer, or panther. They are readily recognized by their tawny color, white muzzle and long...
Search and Rescue volunteers have been busy recently, with two highly technical operations in San Juan County. On October 27, crews responded to Little Balley’s Road, where two hikers had fallen approximately 30 feet while descending into the canyon.  One hiker had a head wound and the other...
The licensure of an aggregate and hot mix asphalt plant in Spanish Valley was the topic of significant discussion at the November 5 meeting of the San Juan County Commission. Commissioners felt pressured to act as they faced a November 8 deadline for public comment on the licensure decision by the...
Cold and dry was the story in October in San Juan County, as the string of dryer-than-normal months begins to grow. The dry month is similar to 2017, but in marked contrast to one year ago, when area communities received several inches of precipitation to mark the end of a prior drought. For...
While the November 5 election features a single question for San Juan County voters, the special election is getting more and more complicated. The ballot question asks if a committee should be formed to consider a change in the San Juan County form of government.  Ballots have been mailed to...

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