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Thursday, January 16, 2020
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The Utah office of the Bureau of Land Management is in the planning stages of a statewide oil and gas lease sale in June. According to the sale’s BLM e-planning website, there are seven parcels located in the Green River and Canyon Country Districts being considered for lease. 

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The toppling of a colossal block of sandstone effectively destroyed a popular rock climbing route earlier this month. The collapse of the first section of the ‘Jah Man’ route, located on a tower called Sister Superior above Castle Valley, went unreported until this week as the rock was shrou…

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Update 1/16/20: Grand County High School Principal Stephen Hren confirmed today that he would be retiring at the end of the school year after more than 30 years with the Grand County School District. The decision is not related to incident on Jan. 8, he said in a call with the Moab Sun News,…

Thursday, January 09, 2020

On Jan. 7, Grand County Sheriff’s Office investigator Nate Whitney saw what he believed to be a deceased bird on Highway 191. Whitney stopped to clear the road only to find that the animal was a very large and very alive Great Horned Owl with a broken wing. Whitney, with help from other depu…

Mayor Emily Niehaus poses with the December Students of the Month, pictured from left to right, fourth-grader Connor Prickett, second-grader Preston Gerber, third-grader Bailey O’Reilly, first-grader Hannah Hays, kindergartner Porter Hall, sixth-grader Charley Carter, fifth-grader Kaci Hamil…

Six cities in the Four Corners region and their public libraries, including Moab’s Grand County Public Library, have launched an annual regional reading program called “Four Corners/One Book” with the stated goals of promoting literacy, encouraging dialogue and building community through the…

Drivers on state Route 128 may have noticed a lot of activity at Take Out Beach, a popular boat ramp on the Colorado River that is used by thousands of both commercial and private boaters as the exit point for the “Moab Daily” raft trip.

It’s not easy to start something new, to take a chance on a creative project or a daring business idea. But for the women behind The Dust Magazine, a newer local arts and culture publication, the risk of failure is far outweighed by the positive feedback and support from the Moab community.

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On Jan. 7, the Grand County Council voted to approve a long-debated ordinance outlining development standards for new overnight accommodations after more than a year of discussion. They also heard a presentation on the 2020 census and discussed 2020 elections.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Dianne VanCleve Hansen, 73, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Rocky Mountain Care Center in Evanston, Wyoming, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Eagar, Arizona, to LeRoy and Marie Hamblin VanCleve as the oldest of three children. She spent most of her c…

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The decision on whether to pursue criminal charges against San Juan County Clerk John David Nielsen for electioneering is being reviewed by Utah County, officials say.

On Dec. 14, Pastor Linda Skogrand (left) and Michele Johnson of Not So Churchy in Moab distributed free bagged lunches in front of nonprofit thrift store Wabi Sabi. The lunches included ham and cheese sandwiches, mandarin oranges and trail mix bars. They also served hot chocolate and homemad…

Dr. Selina Sekulic will give a presentation entitled “Start with the foot!” on reducing injuries and improving movement patterns as part of Moab Regional Hospital’s “Dinner with a Doc” series on Jan. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and dinner is provided.

Moab local Cactus Moloney describes the genre of her first novel, “Beware of Flight Attendant,” as “contemporary American Horror.”

The Moab Valley Multicultural Center announced that their 2019 Community Partner of the year is Moab Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to “reducing and eliminating the waste of materials and human potential while nurturing the well-being of the natural world,” according to its website.

The officers of the Moab Valley Fire Department presented the 2019 Firefighter of the Year Award to Ronald “Ronnie” Dolphin for “outstanding service to the people of the Moab Valley.”

Deer are a common sight in Moab, but a melanistic deer – one that is entirely black due to an overproduction of the pigment melanin – is quite rare, even more rare than all-white or piebald (white-spotted) deer, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). But for the past sev…

Samantha Zim’s pen and ink and watercolor artwork reflects the drama and mystery of the landscapes she depicts. Intricately lined sandstone features and juniper trees; lofty, colorful clouds; sunset oranges and dusky purples animate her scenes.

The Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office is working on a plan to manage the San Rafael Desert and establish official roads and trails where motorized vehicles may travel.

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Some Grand County residents are joining a statewide effort in opposition to a controversial tax reform bill passed in by the Utah State Legislature last month. The group has scheduled events throughout the area to collect petition signatures, hoping to put the issue on the 2020 ballot.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Mourners laid out candles and flowers in front of the longstanding Moab institution at its closing party on Dec. 14. Under new ownership, the building will be renovated and reopened in 2020 as a new restaurant and bar space. [Photo by Maggie McGuire / Moab Sun News]

Bruce Warren Browning, the fourth and last generation of Browning gun designers, died on Dec. 3, 2019, at the age of 91 from complications of pneumonia. He was the second son of Ann Chaffin and Val Allen Browning of Ogden, Utah, and was born June 25, 1928, in Liege, Belgium. The family moved…

After decades on the job, John Fogg is retiring from Central Utah Insurance. Fogg has been an agent with Central Utah Insurance since 1980 and the agency owner since 1992, specializing in commercial lines coverage. Fogg sold the business to Renee Troutt and Gianne Fosse in 2018. 

Since 2006, Kate Cannon has been the National Parks Service (NPS) superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group, which includes Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument. But that will change on Jan. 3 when Cannon retires …

Thursday, December 12, 2019
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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.

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]