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Constructive tension

Here we are again–another Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A day for Americans to share his quotes on social media; a day off of work for those who work in certain industries; a day to rest. And yes, for many people, it’s a day to remember long enough to post a meme, then to forget. 

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San Juan County paid nearly $500K to Louisiana law firm to lobby for Bears Ears reductions

This story originally appeared at sltrib.com. Read it in its entirety here. Two months before President Barack Obama designated Bears Ears National Monument in late 2016, San Juan County hired a New Orleans-based law firm to fight against the designation and later to lobby for the monument’s reduction. The southeastern Utah county paid $485,600 to Davillier Law Group in

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He thought he avoided criminal charges, but now a second prosecutor is looking into the San Juan County clerk after he attempted to oust a Navajo candidate

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Should the San Juan County clerk face criminal charges for falsifying a document in a failed attempt to boot a Navajo candidate from the November ballot? An outside prosecutor said no late last month. But that won’t be the final word, as the county attorney is seeking a second review of the controversy. The move comes

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San Juan County clerk who falsified a document to oust Navajo Willie Grayeyes from ballot won’t face charges

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. In one of his last acts as county attorney, Grand County’s top prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against a San Juan County clerk who illegally booted a Navajo candidate — now a county commissioner — from the November ballot. Former Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald sent a letter to San Juan County prosecutors

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Press Release: Failure to Prosecute Nielson Sets Dangerous Precedent

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday afternoon, Ashley Bunton, the managing editor at the Moab Sun News, tweeted that John David Nielson, the San Juan County clerk, will not be prosecuted by the Grand County Attorney’s Office. This unfortunate development follows a string of controversies that have occurred

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‘I’m sure it’s a culture shock for most of you’: Navajos take the majority on the San Juan County Commission

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Monticello • After a hard-won and historic victory that will shift the body from a long-standing white Republican majority to a Democratic and American Indian one, the new San Juan County Commission took the oath of office in a packed ceremony Monday. The occasion was met with celebration from many in southeastern Utah who hope

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Who is Phil Lyman?

San Juan County, Utah, home to Bear Ears National Monument, has been a haven for controversy and a breeding ground for negative rhetoric for years. Current County Commissioner and long time anti monument champion, Phil Lyman, has not only been at the epicenter of this drama, but more times than not he’s been the one

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County Government Needs You

Within 10 minutes of meeting someone, I can’t help but ask if they’re registered to vote. I’m the worst, I know. I’m sure it’s not doing me any favors in the dating scene, but I can’t help myself. The responses I often get are “no, it doesn’t matter” or something to that effect. With nationwide

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Judge: Clerk Falsified Complaint Against Navajo Candidate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge who ordered a Utah county to put a Navajo man back on the ballot has determined the county clerk violated state law by improperly dating the residency complaint and by overstepping his role. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer said in his written decision filed Thursday night that Democrat Willie Grayeyes’

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