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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Arches National Park has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park, “a place recognized for its quality night skies and a commitment to protecting and sharing natural darkness,” the National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association announced on July 5.

Local herbalist Emily Stock of Sundial Medicinals led a Medicinal Plant Walk class on July 11 to the CommuniTea Garden in Moab where she identified plants and flowers and their health benefits. The class met at Moonflower Community Cooperative. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story appears in print. This story was updated on July 18.

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West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from traps by the Moab Mosquito Abatement District. The Utah Department of Health reported on Saturday, July 13, that there had been three positive tests in Grand County.

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A helicopter hovered over an RV at a rest area on U.S. Highway 191 in northern San Juan County, its search light and rhythmic whirring drawing the attention of people in the area overnight. On a different night, a helicopter hovered over four women hiking in the Box-Death Hollow Wilderness a…

Members of the Moab Area Housing Task Force met on July 11 at the Grand County Public Library to discuss recent news and updates from the City of Moab, the Grand County Community and Economic Development Department, the Housing Authority of Southeast Utah, Community Rebuilds and the Moab Are…

Bjorn Whitman (center) celebrated in style after finishing “The Lorax” play at Star Hall on Friday, July 12. He was a Truffula tree in the play. Moab City Mayor Emily Niehaus (right) watched the play. “The Lorax” was presented by the Youth Garden Project. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

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Twenty-three-year-old Spencer W. Connolley died in a skydiving accident on Sunday, July 14, at the Canyonlands Field Airport in Moab.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Venice Calvin Denney, 89, passed away July 10 at his home. A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 15, at Grand Valley Cemetery at 10 a.m. A viewing will be held on Sunday, July14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary. A full obituary will be in next week’s edition of the pap…

Dr. Ray Andrew and Prestige Wellness Institute are presenting the second of their Summer Seminar Series. “How to Keep Your Breasts” is described by the presenters as “an informative, in-depth look at the importance of early breast cancer detection with the use of cutting- edge ‘thermogram’ t…

The nonprofit Moab Area Community Land Trust (MACLT) has released the results of an online survey conducted in May to solicit feedback from the community on the design of its Arroyo Crossing development.

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Local nonprofit Friends of the Parkway hired a group of Moab Charter School (MCS) students raising money for a trip to Italy to remove invasive species from the Mill Creek corridor near 400 East.

Moab celebrated Independence Day with the traditional proliferation of fireworks — some legal and some not.

Mosquito numbers are down “seven fold” after three consecutive nights of fogging in and around the wetlands on the western side of Moab with Biomist 4+4, according to Moab Mosquito Abatement Manager Libby Nance, and further efforts to combat the mosquitoes are ramping up.

After fighting a brief but brave battle with cancer, Richard Allen Duran was surrounded by family at his home in Cortez, Colorado, as he passed on June 14.  He was born in Fairfield, California, to Richard Duran and Lauretta Duran. He graduated from Grand County High School; he lived a lot o…

Government employees are leaving jobs due to a daycare shortage, causing elected officials to examine the need for county-managed support in Moab.

The Southeastern Utah Chapter of Realtors gave away its first ever scholarship to Sara Beshoner-Krell from La Sal. She attended high school and graduated from Monticello High School. Beshoner-Krell has chosen to go into the nursing field. “It’s an honor to be able to award a scholarship to a…

Austena Fugit and her daughter Penelope (right) watched Moab law enforcement and first responders join motorcycle riders and military personnel on Main Street as they escorted children on a bus headed from Grand Junction, Colorado, to Bluff. The children lost parents who were in the line of …

The Youth Garden Project is inviting the community to participate in the first annual Blue Ribbon Produce Contest.

A 3-year-old boy drowned in the pool at the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center on July 4 and survived due to the life-saving efforts of first responders.

Community members gathered at Swanny City Park on July 4 for a performance by Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband after a day filled with celebratory festivities in Moab.

The community in Moab celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with a fireworks display on Sand Flats Road.

A Walnut Lane residence was deemed “completely destroyed” by first responders after it ignited on July 3. The Moab City Police Department, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and Utah Highway Patrol responded to 250 Walnut Lane on a report of a structure fire at a…

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Homeowner Sheila Stratham (right) gave a tour to Kris Westrum (center) and Donna Neuneker (left) of her new Community Rebuilds house during an open house on Wednesday, June 26. A music note motif sculpted on the wall was one of several unique features included in Stratham’s home design. Comm…

This is normally the time of year when you’d see adult bats and their pups flying around, said Scott Gibson, wildlife conservation biologist for the Southeastern Region of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). But that isn’t happening this year.

Vicki Sue Atkinson (Orr), age 60, passed away on June 16 in Independence, Missouri. She was born on August 26, 1958, in Sacramento, California. She lived in Moab during her youth, and had three daughters with her former husband Neal West. She loved the outdoors, her grandchildren and the Kan…

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Publishers’ Note: The Moab Mosquito Abatement District manager Libby Nance has recently made several public statements that may lead the public to believe our reporting has been inaccurate. While we do not believe Nance’s statements were intentionally damaging, we want the public to know tha…

Nine candidates for Moab City Council answered a series of three questions about their campaign goals: M. Bryon Walston, Tawny Knuteson-Boyd, Kendall Jenson, Ken Minor, Kalen Jones, Rani Derasary, Cassie Patterson, Valarie Valenzuela and Solona Sisco.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Moab Valley Fire Department extinguished a tractor-trailer fire on U.S. Highway 191 north of Moab on June 20. Grand County Deputy Sheriff Jamison Wiggins (far left) and Sgt. Curt Brewer (center, facing camera) responded to the emergency with Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler West (center…

Moab Charter School hosted a free public Slip'n Slide and Popsicle Party on June 20. Children had a blast slipping, sliding and eating popsicles, said the school’s director, Carrie Ann Marinelli. Wred Harris (center) is pictured having fun on the slip'n slide.