San Juan County

  • Montezuma-Cortez School District Superintendent Alex Carter is leaving to take a position with the non-profit Colorado Education Initiative.
  • Utah Attorney General's Office confirms it is conducting a criminal investigation involving San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman.


  • San Juan County, Utah, Commissioner Phil Lyman is planning to appeal his conviction and sentencing related to an illegal ATV ride in 2014.
  • The police chief of Monticello, Utah has been fired over his handling of a 911 call.


  • San Juan County, Utah, Commissioner Phil Lyman will spend 10 days in jail for leading a motorized protest ride on a closed road in Recapture Canyon in 2014.


In this edition of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss politics in southeast Utah, including the latest investigation into possible criminal conduct by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, and the thorny issue of political district redistricting in San Juan County.

  • Raymond Boyd appointed to the Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission.
  • The Salt Lake City Tribune wants records on 2012 criminal investigation involving San Juan County, Utah, Commissioner Phil Lyman.

  • Montezuma County officials are hoping for a spring groundbreaking for the new courthouse to be built south of the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center in Cortez.
  • A federal judge has ordered that voting districts for the San Juan County, Utah, school board must be redrawn because they are unconstitutional.


In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss the latest on the conviction of San Juan County Utah Commissioner Phil Lyman on trespassing charges, why the Montezuma County Commission is considering pay raises for elected county officials, and the situation around homelessness in Cortez as winter sets in.

  • The Rico Hotel is purchased by the Telluride Ski and Golf Company for employee housing.
  • Two men who organized a motorized protest ride through a southeast Utah canyon ordered to pay $96,000 in restitution.


  • Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission decides more study is needed on two complex proposals.
  • Federal judge denies San Juan County Utah Commissioner Phil Lyman a new trial on trespass conviction.


  • Montezuma County commissioners want to protect the Phil's World mountain biking area through a local ordinance.
  • San Juan County Utah Commissioner Phil Lyman named Commissioner of the Year by his peers despite trespassing conviction.


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