San Juan County

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The Navajo Nation has sued San Juan County in Utah twice, and won once, over voting rights.  Now San Juan County has filed a counter claim detailing measures in place to assist voters and alleging corruption among the original plaintiffs.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press take a look at this unfolding issue.

  • San Juan County, Utah, is firing back over charges it violated the Voting Rights Act by moving to a mail-in ballot system in 2014.


  • Election results from Mancos and Dolores.
  • Leaders in San Juan County, Utah, are expressing concern about a plan by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission for redrawing county-commission districts.


  • 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.

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