Free Grant Writing Workshop Sept. 27

Grant-Writing Basics: a Free Hands-on Workshop

September 27, 2016 2 -4 PM, Bluff Community Center

Join grants managers Laurel Cannon Alder, Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Jodi Graham, Utah Humanities for a free, hands-on workshop. Learn best practices and tools for getting your message across, common budget errors, evaluation strategies, as well as general organizational readiness. san-juan-combined

Utah Navajo Fair Sept. 14-18

The Utah Navajo Fair Returns to Bluff!

September 14 - 18, 2016

See below for a full schedule but here are few of the weekend highlights: Utah Navajo Fair and Rodeo Barrel Racer Thursday 10 am Health Fair and free carnival day for kids! Friday 1 pm Gourd Dance Saturday 9 am Parade through Bluff 11 am Resource fair 7:30 pm Open-show rodeo Sunday 7 am Indian market 12 pm Open-show rodeo navajo fair rodeo bluff utah parade   Navajo Fair Bluff Utah Navajo Fair Bluff Utah Navajo Fair Bluff Utah

Centennial Jazz Band Sept. 19 at Bluff Fort

Come for the live jazz - and support the National Park Service!

September 19, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Bluff Fort Co-op Building

In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, the Bluff Fort is hosting a jazz performance by the National Park Centennial Jazz Band to benefit Hovenweep National Monument and Natural Bridges National Monument. The live performance will be two 45-minute sets featuring five different jazz musicians. For more information on the Bluff Fort, including directions, click here. National Park Jazz Band Bluff Fort 2016

Riding Like a Pro: 3 Safety Tips

Guest written by Utah Injury Lawyers at Christensen & Hymas BicycleSafetyInfographic As avid cyclists, Bluff is among our favorite areas. Its highways stretch on for miles across open desert, big skies, and red rock. The area offers great climbs and long rides to destinations like Monument Valley. As bicycle accident attorneys, we have seen tragic accidents that could have been avoided with proper bicycle safety habits. The following is a list of advice that has kept us, and others safe while riding in the Bluff area. (c) Race Across America                  

Safety First:

● Always Obey traffic laws, such as: ○ Stopping at intersections ○ Using proper hand signals when turning, stopping, etc. ○ Ride with the flow of traffic ● Use the shoulder of the road. Legally you are entitled to the whole lane, although it is recommended to ride on the side of the road. ● Wear a helmet. Although it is not illegal to not wear a helmet in Utah, we highly recommend it. Several serious injuries from bicycle accidents could have been avoided if the cyclist had been properly protected. You won’t be sorry.

Prepare Beforehand:

The area offers long, expansive roads with little traffic. Being prepared for this type of cycling could help you avoid being stranded. ● Stay hydrated. Bring a sufficient amount of water and extra. Make sure that you are drinking water throughout your ride. ● Bring snacks, especially things that you enjoy eating so that you can maintain your energy and give your body the fuel it needs for those long rides. ● Bring along a first aid and repair kit just in case something goes wrong. ● Make sure that your bike is tuned up and ready for potentially long rides. ● Ride in a group, or if you are alone, tell someone which route you intend on riding.

Make Yourself Visible:

Making yourself visible will avoid any unwanted run-ins with nearby cars. ● Avoid cycling in cars’ blind spots. Never assume that a car can see you, even if they are right next to it. You can avoid cycling in a blind spot simply by staying behind the car. ● Wear colorful and bright clothing. Avoid wearing darker clothes that could help you blend in with the road. ● Equip your bicycle with appropriate reflectors and lights. Lights will increase your chances of being seen. If possible, we recommend not riding at night.   (c) Race Across America

Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

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Canyonlands (c) Alan Eng

August 25th marks the Centennial of the Park Service, and since National Parks are known as America's Great Invention, that's certainly reason to celebrate 100 years!
When it comes to Utah, we know how to do National Parks in style.
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Arches (c) NPS/Jacob W. Frank

Utah's first national park was Zion National Park, created in 1919. But like many of Utah's National Parks, it was first designated as a National Monument. Since then, Utah has 13 designated breathtaking national parks. Some of the favorites? Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef. From Bluff, it's only a short 2 hours to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. And don't forget Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, also managed by the Park Service, where you can play on Lake Powell.
For a full list of Utah's parks, visit here. Many of the Four Corners area parks are having their own 100th Birthday Celebrations.  For example, Mesa Verde is offering free admission August 25-28th.
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The National Monuments in Utah are also managed by the Park Service - so they're in on the celebration too! Hovenweep and Natural Bridges are both having birthday celebrations of their own. Check their Facebook pages and websites for updated event schedules.
Hovenweep National Monument (c) Tony Beeman

Hovenweep National Monument (c) Tony Beeman

 
Natural Bridges (c) Matthew Pintar

Natural Bridges (c) Matthew Pintar