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A tax increase may be coming to property owners in San Juan County.  The county introduced the possibility at a Commission meeting in Blanding on October 1. The tax increase may be coming from three separate county taxing entities, with a comparatively small increase from the county library and...
The Monticello City Council held two public hearings on September 17 and considered a number of changes to city policy and ordinances. The city is considering changes on how Loyds Lake is managed.  In the past, the reservoir has been managed as if it were a city park. This has created some...
The San Juan School Board met on September 11 at Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek. Business Administrator Kyle Hosler provided a brief update of the progress on construction projects for Bluff Elementary School and the Montezuma Creek Elementary School gymnasium. Both projects are...
San Juan County will pay $2.6 million in legal fees to make a settlement in the massive voting rights lawsuit between the county and the Navajo Nation.  The settlement was approved at a special meeting of the San Juan County Commission on September 24. The $2.6 million is for the Navajo Nation...
Significant portions of this article are taken from a Times Independent story by Doug McMurdo Voters in Grand County will not weigh in on a proposed new form of government in the November general election. The plan to put the issue on the ballot was dashed on September 5, when Grand County Attorney...
DUST IN THE WIND While it is not as bad as many people think, it also isn’t as good as we may be accustomed.   I am referring to the financial status of San Juan County. In September, county officials – including Commissioner Bruce Adams, Attorney Kendall Laws, and Interim Administrator David...
Two wanted fugitives were captured by U.S. Marshals on September 11 after nearly two weeks on the lam. Blane and Susan Barksdale were arrested without incident at an isolated home near Tonto Basin, AZ. The husband and wife had overpowered two guards in a prisoner transport van near Blanding on...
The San Juan Record is in the process of developing a “2020 Vision” as the information industry continues to grow and transform. This vision will result in a few changes in coming weeks.  “Our readership has never been larger,” said San Juan Record Publisher Bill Boyle.  “The challenge is making...
With a scathing rebuke, a federal judge rejected a motion by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) to become a full-party participant in a landmark public lands case. Judge Clark Waddoups ruled on September 5 that SUWA could participate in a massive case regarding RS-2477 road rights-of-way...
The Blanding City Council called for civility and cooperation among San Juan County residents in an August 27 meeting.  The council discussed a letter and press release condemning the comments former San Juan County Commissioner Mark Maryboy made in a Mexican Water town hall meeting held August 22...

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