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In the frigid morning before the sun rose on Dec. 9, dozens of parents and teachers gathered outside Grand County schools to hold signs and raise awareness of a statewide tax restructuring bill that they fear could negatively impact local students and schools.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

The day before Thanksgiving, Moab’s Gravel Pit Lanes bowling alley was packed with over 200 people who were there to show appreciation for the community that has been a gathering place for their group.

The Moab City Council held extensive meetings on Tuesday to discuss development standards for overnight accommodation, how the city will divide contribution money among community organizations, and a new strategy for street parking.

Radio actor hopefuls audition for “Wormhole! The Radio Musical” on Sunday, Dec. 8. The play follows four unlikely heroes in a world where everything seems to be going wrong after world leaders put artificially intelligent robots in charge of governments across the globe. “Wormhole!” will deb…

Denise Tangren Merkl, 70, died of cardiac arrest on Nov. 30, 2019, at Canyonlands Care Center. She passed without apparent pain, which is of great comfort to her family. Mrs. Merkl is a native of Moab and a descendant of Moab pioneers.

The spirit of the season quickly turned from merry to mayhem during Saturday’s Holiday Art and Craft Fair at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center when a dog fight erupted in the basement.

A young attendee of the Electric Light Parade on Dec. 7 accepts a gift from a parade participant. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

Bruce Browning, 91, passed away on Dec. 3, 2019, at Moab Regional Hospital. At his request, cremation has taken place. At a future date, a family and friend gathering will be held to pay tribute to his very productive life. A full obituary will be in next week’s edition of the paper. Condole…

“But who has the time to get sick with a baby? A day spent puking isn’t possible. That’s crazy.”

Dianne Dayhoff (right), owner of Tied in Knots in DeBeque, Colorado, shares info about tatting with Shannon Miller of Moab. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

The Gym on 5th hosted an all-women’s self defense class on Nov. 9 taught by Empowered Self Defense out of Salt Lake. Over 40 local women and girls showed up to learn new skills and build community. Half of the proceeds were given to Seekhaven Family Crisis and Resource Center. [Courtesy photo]

Saturday, December 07, 2019
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At the Dec. 3 Grand County Council meeting, plans to move forward with a long-planned new Grand County Emergency Medical Services facility were discussed, following a brief meeting of the Municipal Building Authority.

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In early 2020, Moab locals and visitors can get a new look at Moab’s past when the museum reopens after an extended closure and exhibit reboot. Open houses are planned for February and March, with an official opening celebration to follow later in the spring. Exact dates have not yet been set.

Utah’s Division of Water Quality is poised to update its policy on graywater systems. The change in code was driven by Utah homeowners who wanted a simpler, less expensive option for re-using water that would otherwise be sent directly to waste-treatment plants. Activists in Moab, particular…

A controversial set of ordinances passed by the San Juan County Commission intended to govern growth in Spanish Valley could potentially head to the ballot, after a petition seeking a county-wide referendum was allowed to go forward.

The Moab Ladies Golf league had a stellar year. The league roster had 25 regular participants, registration for the annual Desert Duster Tournament was full, and the league gave a $500 scholarship to Jamie Day, a graduating senior and a member of the Girls High School Golf Team. In August, A…

Tom Taggart, 61, passed away on Nov. 30, 2019. At his request, cremation will take place and a private family service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Volunteers for Moab Solutions will be at City Market raising funds six days a week, taking Sundays off until near Christmas Eve. Volunteers will include singing teachers, staff from local nonprofits including Seekhaven, employees of Larson & Company and the occasional dinosaur (played by…

Bonnie Crysdale, my wife, the mother of daughter Cris Ann, son Kent and sister of Barbara Murdock, dropped from our lives in the space of two minutes without warning at age 77 from a heart attack at a Thanksgiving party with family and friends all around her.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Moab Regional Hospital is focused on carrying out its mission: “Our dedicated team puts the patient first, delivers quality cost-effective healthcare, and promotes wellness to all we serve.”

On Saturday, Dec. 14, Moab-area birders will participate in the 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This will mark the 35th count to be coordinated by the Moab Bird Club. Moab’s first Christmas Bird Count was held in 1984 with twelve participants.

Dr. Kimberly Franke will give a presentation on shoulder pain and strategies to help alleviate symptoms as part of Moab Regional Hospital’s “Dinner with a Doc” series on Dec. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and dinner is provided.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Postmaster Tammy McFadden invites the Moab community down to the Moab Post Office (50 E. 100 North) for refreshments, to get better acquainted, and to share holiday mailing and shipping tips on Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jane (Josie Wakefield) interacts with Tarzan (Dallin Stucki) during the Grand County High School production of Tarzan, The Musical on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The City of Moab will be holding an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to discuss the aesthetics and features of a proposed parking structure to be built in downtown Moab. The meeting will be held at the Moab City Council Chambers, 217 E. Center St., from 5 to 7 p.m.

Close to 60 persons attended the Human Trafficking 101 Training in Moab on Nov. 20. The training was led by trafficking survivor Angela Rae Clark and covered what trafficking is and how it looks in the Four Corners region.

November’s students of the month are pictured with Mayor Emily Niehaus. Pictured, from left to right after Mayor Niehaus, are third-grader Kendal Dalton, second-grader Johan Murdock, fourth-grader Luke Williams, first-grader Talaila Williams, sixth-grader Brylie Grace, fifth-grader Quinn Pot…

Moab’s annual Electric Light Parade returns on Saturday, Dec. 7. It is one of several recurring community events marking the start of the winter holiday season. Read more on page 28. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

The Grand County Middle School Honor Society had a very successful food drive this November, running a competition between eighth-grade and seventh-grade first-hour classes.

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An investigation by the Weber County Sheriff’s Office into claims of electioneering by the San Juan County Clerk has been completed and referred to the Weber County Attorney’s office for review.

It all started in 1987. The Canyonlands Arts Council, organized by a group of passionate art lovers in Moab. Since then, Moab has seen many changes and so has the council, now called the Moab Arts Council (MAC).

Thursday, November 21, 2019

"The Planning and Zoning Committee should have done their job three or four months ago, rather than pushing their agenda at the eleventh hour,” said Commissioner Willie Grayeyes said of changes to a draft plan for development in Spanish Valley, likening the edits to an attempt to twist the c…

Moab’s own community radio station hosted the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Coalition’s annual conference on Nov. 13, 14 and 15.

Government accounting is like an onion, says City Manager Joel Linares—complex, with many layers. Though the details may be dizzying, city staff sat down with the Moab Sun News to explain the basic structure and big-picture concerns regarding the city budget.

The path forward for the Moab City Sustainability Plan continues to be developed during discussions between the city council and Sustainability Director Rosemarie Russo.

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This week’s Grand County Council meeting was a long one, covering a wide range of agenda items, including a discussion of the 2020 budget and a proposed property tax increase.

Grand County’s fiscal year follows the calendar year, which means the Grand County Council has to approve 2020’s budget in short order—by Dec. 31 at the latest.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Star Hall was packed for a premiere on Saturday, Nov. 9, but this was no Hollywood red carpet. Instead, 10 teams of local residents screened their own short films created as part of the Moab Showdown 49-Hour Short Film Competition.

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The Moab City Council heard a long report from Moab City Police Chief Bret Edge at their regular meeting on Nov. 12 at City Hall. Edge discussed training and staffing issues at the department, as well as two studies stemming from resident concerns.

A Salt Lake City-based legal firm will review a complaint made by Moab resident Lynn Jackson alleging “multiple violations” by the county council, according to Grand County Attorney Christina Sloan.

The Clay Artists of Moab delivered the proceeds from their annual Soup Bowl Fundraiser to Doug Caylor and Angela Settle of the Moab Free Health Clinic on Nov. 6, commenting that they’re “very pleased that the community turned out in record numbers to support this important nonprofit.”

Jon and Paula Fuller of Moab sign up for the prize drawing at the open house reception which followed the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Windgate by Wyndham hotel. They received a complimentary water bottle from Wingate’s General Manager Tommy Newell. [Photo by Murice D. M…

Jim Jones received a poppy and a letter from students during Helen M. Knight Elementary’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Nov. 11. Jones served during World War II, landing at Normandy. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

The new nonprofit Full Circle Intertribal Center (FCIC) held an event at the Youth Garden Project on Nov. 9 to celebrate both Native American Heritage Month and FCIC’s birth as a nonprofit. Traditional foods were served such as mutton, ash bread and acorn dumpling soup, all by donation. FCIC…

Every year, the Red Rock 4-Wheelers, a 4-wheel drive club, donate money back into the community by having club members suggest local organizations that are dear to them. The Club also donates to groups working to keep visitors safe while outdoors.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Grand County property tax owners who want to receive their tax bill by email can now sign up for this service, according to Grand County Treasurer Chris Kauffman.