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by Carter Pape The Times-Independent As protestors stood silently around the room with signs advocating to “keep public lands in public hands” and to “protect wild Utah,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, broke the fourth wall on Friday, October 25, during a roundtable discussion in Moab to say that “not a...
Despite the fact that San Juan County is already the highest-taxed county in the state by percentage, a property tax increase of 22.9 percent is being considered by three separate entities associated with San Juan County.  A notice to residents of the potential tax change was approved at the...
In an effort to better serve students in the largest department in Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS), and to advance career and technical education programs, particularly in southeastern Utah, CAAS Dean Ken White and USU President Noelle Cockett announced...
Controlled explosions sent tons of rock onto Highway 191 this week. Motorists traveling between Moab and Monticello could run into delays due to blasting associated with improvements to U.S. 191 between the 107 and 109 mile markers.  Since the end of August, Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT...
Mack McDonald, the new San Juan County Administrator, recently took some time from a very busy schedule to meet with the San Juan Record. McDonald began his new position on September 23, replacing Interim Administrator David Everitt as the key county employee in sprawling San Juan County. He moves...
Despite a dry end to the recently-completed water year, San Juan County experienced a remarkable wet year. The water year runs from October 1 to September 30 every year. In the past year, Monticello received 136 percent of normal precipitation, including receiving ten feet of snow.  Monticello had...
A group of elected officials met on Wednesday, October 2 in Blanding, including Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Congressman John Curtis.  The group included tribal, federal, state, county, and community leaders. According to President Nez, the focus of the discussion was “how the entities...
DUST IN THE WIND The San Juan Record is making progress as we continue the transition into our “2020 Vision” for the future. We hope you enjoy the transition and have patience as we work through the inevitable challenges. We are moving ahead one month into the transition to our new printing...
The authors of two books focusing on the Bears Ears will visit the San Juan Record Bookstore on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. The bookstore is located at 49 South Main Street in Monticello. Steven Strom and Rebecca Robinson will make a brief presentation and be available to visit and sign copies...
A social media threat on September 30 has resulted in an increased law enforcement presence at San Juan High School. School officials state that the threat to the school has been addressed and there is no imminent danger to students or staff. Officials were unable to provide details on who made the...

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