Bluff Elementary Students Participate In The Navajo YES Kids ‘Marathon’ In Shiprock

By Jocelyn Lockwood As the wind whips sand across the desert on a dry spring evening in Little Water, three rambunctious boys lovingly tumble in the soft dunes. It seems nothing will tire them out. It’s one of the few times in the past month the boys haven’t set out to run a mile up … Continue reading Bluff Elementary Students Participate In The Navajo YES Kids ‘Marathon’ In Shiprock

Event: Bears Ears Monument Advisory to host its first public meeting on June 5 & 6

The 15-member Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee, which was appointed with some controversy last month, will meet publicly for the first time on June 5 and 6 at the Hideout Community Center in Monticello, Utah. The meeting will be open to the public and will be held on June 5, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. … Continue reading Event: Bears Ears Monument Advisory to host its first public meeting on June 5 & 6

Letter: Maryboy and Adakai Set Record Straight on County Administrator’s Resignation

Note: The following is a prepared statement from the San Juan County Democratic Party. Oljato, UT – The San Juan County administrator’s recent resignation was not a big surprise. “Mr. Pehrson had not been willing to take direction from the new County Commission and execute its priorities, and his abrupt resignation last week was not … Continue reading Letter: Maryboy and Adakai Set Record Straight on County Administrator’s Resignation

Letter: Shame on the Interior Department for placing monument foes on the Bears Ears Advisory Committee

To the Editor, When President Obama designated Bears Ears National Monument, it was to “preserve its cultural, prehistoric, and historic legacy…for the benefit of all Americans.” However, the Interior Department has selected 15 people, who are resolute monument foes, for the advisory committee that will provide guidance on the managing of the reduced Bears Ears … Continue reading Letter: Shame on the Interior Department for placing monument foes on the Bears Ears Advisory Committee

Commentary: Opponents of Bears Ears Designation Appointed to Sit on Monument Advisory Committee

It's been a familiar story over the last few years. Time and again the Trump administration has selected longtime adversaries of certain governmental departments to run them. In 2011 then-Texas Governor Rick Perry proposed abolishing the Department of Energy. Six years later, President Trump selected him to direct it. Andrew Wheeler was a lobbyist for … Continue reading Commentary: Opponents of Bears Ears Designation Appointed to Sit on Monument Advisory Committee

Historic Photo Retake: San Juan River near Bluff, 1925

By Brandt Hart This set of photographs was taken just west of Bluff. They clearly illustrate a lesson in changing vegetation and river ecology. In the top 1925 image, the San Juan River flows freely. The river then, for the most part, was unencumbered by dams and diversions upriver which allowed massive floods to routinely … Continue reading Historic Photo Retake: San Juan River near Bluff, 1925

Letter: Commissioner Bruce Adams’ Proposed Bears Ears Referendum Is Ahistorical and Tone-Deaf

Dear Editor, Bruce Adams, San Juan County Commissioner, has made a jaw-dropping, tone-deaf proposal. At the Commission meeting on April 16, 2019, he insisted that the Navajo-majority San Juan County Commission not take any action related to the Bears Ears National Monument issue, as the BENM is too “controversial" in the County. Adams thinks a … Continue reading Letter: Commissioner Bruce Adams’ Proposed Bears Ears Referendum Is Ahistorical and Tone-Deaf

San Juan County Commission Tables Motion to Sue County Attorney, Weighs Referendum on Bears Ears

By Zak Podmore Published: April 17, 2019 A resolution put forward by San Juan County Commissioner Kenneth Maryboy to sue County Attorney Kendall Laws was debated at Tuesday's commission meeting before being tabled. The resolution lists a number of complaints against Laws, including his failure to compile an inventory of litigation that the county is … Continue reading San Juan County Commission Tables Motion to Sue County Attorney, Weighs Referendum on Bears Ears