Green energy will drain the GDP and Employment

Recently, the San Juan Record ran a story about the wind-farm projects in the Monticello Utah area. One point the article made was that the wind project that was being constructed by sPower would be a great asset to the county and the school district because of the property taxes they would be paying. “However, the impact goes beyond jobs. Every year, the wind farm will generate an estimated $200 in property tax for every student in the San Juan School District. In addition, it will also help pave roads, feed…

San Juan County wind farm hearings

The wind farm issue in San Juan County started as far back as 2003 and has lead to what appears to be USDA grant fraud, bankruptcy fraud, political payoffs, and special treatment. This entire wind farm mess in San Juan County is the result of federal renewable energy programs that have lead to this political corruption and appears to have ties to the Bishop’s land initiative. On November 10th San Juan County held a hearing addressing the complaints filed by Summit Wind  and the Northern Monticello Alliance  back in August of this year.  The allegations involved misconduct, favoritism, and mitigation issues as…

Taxed to death and the people still vote for more

With the approval of Proposition 1 (Gas Tax) the combined state and local sales tax in San Juan County will increase from 5.95% to 6.20% countywide, in some cities it will increase to almost 7%– a change that will increase taxes in San Juan by $40 per person and $160 for an average family of four every year. This could mean the difference between a week or more of groceries for many families. That doesn’t sound too bad when considered separately, these tax increases may not sound like much, but…

Parks Service Fudges Numbers on San Juan County job Report

The San Juan Record ran an article on March 26, 2014 titled “National Parks in San Juan help support 1,910 jobs”.  That article made the following claims:  A new National Park Service (NPS) report states that in 2012, the 2,705,215 visitors to national park sites in San Juan County spent $150 million and supported 1,910 jobs. The article was based on a study that was conducted by the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey.  It was a national study, but the main part of the article in the San…

The Cost of Replacing a Physician

During the last San Juan Hospital board meeting in Blanding Utah on February 27, 2014 the board spent a great deal of time focusing on the financial problems the hospital has found themselves in lately.  The on thing that wasn’t addressed was the expense to the hospital in replacing 3 physicians. According to an article I found there are a number of direct and indirect costs associated with the employment of a physician. The article titled The Hidden Costs of Declining Physician Engagement, outlines the cost of replacing a physician along…

San Juan Health Services Refuses to Disclose CEO’s Qualifications

On January 31, 2014 The Petroglyph hand delivered a GRAMA (Government Records Access and Management Act) request to the San Juan Hospital in Monticello Utah.  The request asked for three different items of information that was related to the new interim CEO Laurie Schafer.   The three items of information were a list of her qualifications,  all complaints she may have received in the last year, and her last two evaluations.  The request excluded any specific details, names,  or any personal information.   On February 13, 2014 Deana Dalton with…

Three Doctors Resign from San Juan Hospital – Hospital in Trouble

On February 3, the head physician Dr. Paul Reay at the San Juan Hospital in Monticello Utah turned in his resignation.  A couple days later Dr Bryce Peterson turned in his resignation as well.   Dr Reay presented the following letter to the public addressing his resignation: The hospital in Monticello Utah has had a high rate of turnover in the last couple of years. Not too long ago Dr. Lance Allen left the hospital over an alleged violation of his contract by the hospital board. More recently, Dr. Curtis Black …