San Juan County

by Bill Boyle San Juan County has paid outside legal counsel nearly $2 million in the past two years. While the bulk of the legal fees have been to fight three separate lawsuits related to voting rights issues, other legal challenges to the county have added to the tally. In 2016 and...
Attorneys representing the Navajo Nation in its successful voting rights lawsuits against San Juan County are seeking more than $3 million in legal fees from the county. In a January 25 filing in federal court, the attorneys argue that because of the “extraordinarily high level of...
San Juan County and party officials are scratching their heads over setting up and managing new voting precincts in San Juan County. The new precincts are part of the ruling recently approved by Federal Judge Robert Shelby which established new voting districts for seats on the...
As part of an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling to restructure voting districts in the county, San Juan County filed a request on January 19 to delay the full slate of elections that were ordered to take place this year. If the request is approved, there would be two Commission seats...
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has withdrawn his appeal of the dismissal of charges against the San Juan County Sheriff and two of his deputies. Charges against Sheriff Rick Eldredge and deputies Alan Freestone and Rob Wilcox had been dismissed in November, 2017 by Seventh District...
New voting districts were formally approved for the San Juan County Commission and School Board positions in a January 11, 2018 ruling by Federal Judge Robert Shelby. The ruling formalizes Shelby’s previous rulings and sets an election for all three commission seats and all five school...
Judge Lyle R. Anderson has announced his retirement from the Seventh District Court on July 1. Anderson announced his retirement in a letter to Utah Governor Gary Herbert on January 2. Anderson said it was a privilege and great honor to serve as a Seventh District Judge since 1993....
Shelby Seely has been removed as San Juan County Assessor after he failed to earn the required certifications for the position. Seely was no longer eligible to serve as Assessor beginning January 1. The Blanding-area business owner was elected to a six-year term as assessor in November...
Voting districts in San Juan County have been restructured by a federal judge. The new boundaries create voting districts that maintain a Native American majority in two of the three commission districts and three of the five school board districts. Commission and school board elections...
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has appealed a ruling that dismissed charges against San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge and Deputy Alan Freestone. Seventh District Judge George Harmond dismissed the charges on November 15 after an August 25 preliminary hearing. Harmond ruled, “The...

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