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Thursday, February 13, 2020
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A proposed parking garage in central Moab met with significant resistance from residents, business owners and some city councilmembers, who pointed to ballooning cost estimates, questions about community benefits and a city-commissioned parking study that some say shows little need for the p…

Despite ongoing litigation, the Bureau of Land Management has released management plans for the two units of the Bears Ears National Monument, along with plans for each unit of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The monuments were reduced amid controversy in 2017 by President D…

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Funding for a new medical clinic in Spanish Valley was approved unanimously by a state board last week with no comment, despite weeks of legal challenges and contentious discussions about whether the clinic will meet the needs of residents in the region, straddling the boundary line between …

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The lives of two members of a local Moab family were lost in a multi-car collision on Main Street on the night of Feb. 9. Police say Moab local Vilsar Camey, 45, was killed when a reckless driver ran a red light at high speed at the intersection of Center Street and Main Street, crashing int…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Councilmembers discussed major upcoming infrastructure projects at the Jan. 28 City Council regular meeting, as well as the annexation of property adjoining city limits and a resolution to oppose oil and gas leasing in the Sand Flats Recreation Area.

“Ever since Trail Mix was established nearly two decades ago, a lot of people have seen the need for a motorized version, but no one had the time to take it on,” said Clif Koontz. Trail Mix is a county advisory committee that focuses on non-motorized trails in Grand County. 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The regular San Juan County Commission meeting was held at Navajo Mountain, an area in the extreme southwest of the county bordering Arizona. The meeting is part of a new commitment to improve access to county government for citizens living in rural areas of San Juan County, which covers ove…

Just two days after the news broke that the first pitch of the iconic rock climb “Jah Man” had crumbled, four local Moab climbers established a new route to the upper section of the climb. Gaar Lausman, Jake Warren, Dave Sadoff and Mark Howe climbed three new pitches. No longer a moderate cl…

Rising tourist visitation, a proliferation of new hotels and a lack of affordable permanent housing have put pressure on local governments to come up with a vision for the future of overnight lodging developments. 

Update 1/23: Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Republican lawmakers issued a statement today announcing that they will seek to repeal the SB 2001, a controversial tax restructuring bill, rather than allow the bill to go to a voter referendum in November. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

At their regular meeting on Jan. 14, Moab City Council decided how they would distribute $55,000 in community funds among local organizations, discussed the overnight development standards they’ve been working on for the past year, and considered zoning changes on parcels owned by the city a…

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. 

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…

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]