San Juan County

San Juan County

Utah 7th District Court Judge George Harmond is sorting through murky details from arguments at the August 25th preliminary hearing of San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge and two of his deputies. The judge will likely decide after September 20th whether there is enough evidence to bring the officers to trial for official misconduct, retaliation against a witness, and various other charges.


A former associate director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness faces a preliminary hearing August 22nd on charges related to an incident in April in Southeast Utah. However, one charge against Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Franklin, has been called into question. The couple is accused of shutting a gate on April 1st on state trust land between Bluff and Mexican Hat, Utah, preventing cattle from accessing a water hole. They face several charges, including attempted wanton destruction of livestock, a felony.

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A district judge has denied a change of venue in a case involving charges against the sheriff of San Juan County, Utah, and two of his deputies. The San Juan Record reports that Seventh District Judge George Harmond ruled Tuesday that the trial will take place in District Court in Monticello rather than in Salt Lake City. Sheriff Rick Eldredge, Chief Deputy Alan Freestone, and Deputy Robert J. Wilcox were charged in June with various counts relating to a 2015 incident in which Eldredge allegedly pointed an unloaded rifle at an employee and pulled the trigger.

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San Juan County, Utah, has a new director of economic development. The San Juan Record reports that Natalie Randall, the current director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Monticello, was picked from among nine applicants.

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The possible renewal of a license for the nation’s only conventional uranium mill drew about 100 people to a public meeting in Blanding, Utah, Thursday night.