Category Archives: December 2017

Johnson mixes humor and intrigue in ‘Western Star’

I can attest from experience that injecting humor into an otherwise serious tale of murderous intrigue isn’t easy. But Craig Johnson has been pulling off that enviable trick in his murder mysteries for well over a decade now, to national … Continue reading

Published in December 2017, Prose and Cons

Dividing lines: New voting-district maps prompt controversy in San Juan County

After a five-year court battle between the Navajo Nation and San Juan County, Utah, registered voters in the county may finally have a chance for representation that adheres to the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But … Continue reading

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Bluff becomes a town — officially: The recent vote will mean changes, but most residents welcome them

The first thing you notice about Bluff, Utah, is the spectacular scenery. Nestled along the wide and lazy San Juan River between steep red-rock walls, Bluff is about as close to the heart of the Four Corners canyon country as … Continue reading

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Monument rollback: Trump dices Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante into five tracts; Utahns cheer but lawsuits begin

President Trump thumbed his nose at the legacy of two of his predecessors, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, issuing proclamations on Dec. 4 slashing the national monuments they had designated in Utah. Trump’s orders would reduce Bears Ears National Monument … Continue reading

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Fish out of water: A study shows climate change will shrink trout habitat in the upper Dolores River watershed

If you’re an angler, you probably have a favorite spot, maybe somewhere in the watershed of the upper Dolores River, above McPhee Dam. But that favorite fishing hole may not support trout, salmon, or any fish at all in coming … Continue reading

Published in December 2017

Women’s March for Unity draws 500 in Cortez

About 500 people in Cortez joined more than a million people worldwide in the Women’s March for Unity Saturday – a demonstration for civil rights and progressive causes and a protest against Donald Trump’s administration. Braving eight inches of slushy … Continue reading

Published in December 2017