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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Grand County High School’s Art and Advertising class, taught by Christa Green, is participating in a statewide High School Clean Air Poster Contest. Anika Scherer, Sean Mohler, Corah Moody and Taylor Denton’s posters will enter the state finals, and the winners will be announced in February 2020.

Rick and Martha Lamb of Moab learn about bowls made by local potters from Barb Gregoire (in the brown apron) and Jess Dye (in the blue apron) during the third annual Soup Bowl Fundraiser. This year’s event raised funds for the Moab Free Health Clinic. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

The Grand County School District will soon be improving school safety measures, after receiving a federal grant to fund greater coordination with law enforcement, video surveillance advancements, and updated communication technology to connect staff, law enforcement and first responders.

Volunteers and members of the Canyonlands Chapter of the Utah Native Plant Society held a workday recently to mulch the “Recycled Garden,” located on the grounds of the Moab Community Recycle Center, for winter. Bruce Condie built the sign and Katrina Lund painted it.

Grand County Middle School (GCMS) hallways will get much brighter after a design contest in Ms. Murdock's eighth-grade art class. Students were invited to design posters illustrating one of seven school-wide character traits: curiosity, perseverance, enthusiasm, social intelligence, self-con…

A Nov. 1 press release from the native revegetation nonprofit Rim to Rim Restoration said that four Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) chainsaw crews started work on Oct. 30 in “a dense block of ladder fuels along Pack Creek between Hunt Creek Drive and Arbor Drive where 40 structures and over 50…

Effective at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 6, Terry Morse resigned from the Grand County Council District One seat, leaving it vacant. Grand County Clerk Chris Baird said there will be a special election in 2020 to fill the mid-term vacancy; the council plans to appoint an interim replacement …

Our beautiful, precious and beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend, Zella Chloe Ceniceros, left this world unexpectedly at the tender age of 17 on Oct. 30 at her home in Moab.

Photocaption: During the Scots on the Rocks Moab Celtic Festival on Sunday, Nov. 3, a competitor gives it his all in the “weight over bar” event, in which participants throw a heavy piece of metal over a bar that is lifted higher after each toss. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

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Voters have chosen to leave the existing city council in place, electing all three incumbent candidates back for another four-year term in office.

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Kristen Ramírez-Marsh made breakfast expecting around 10 people to show up to help prepare for this Saturday’s feast and fundraiser for Full Circle Intertribal Center (FCIC).

Thursday, October 31, 2019
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Just one month after issuing a directive that would have opened roads within Utah’s national parks to “street-legal” off-road vehicles, the National Park Service (NPS) issued a statement withdrawing that order.

“No more cars in national parks,” wrote Edward Abbey in “Desert Solitaire,” his well-known ode to the deserts of southeast Utah. “Let the people walk. Or ride horses, bicycles, mules, wild pigs – anything – but keep the automobiles and the motorcycles and all their motorized relatives out.”

The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 5, with six candidates running to fill three seats on the Moab City Council. Those on the ballot are Rani Derasary, Kalen Jones, Kendall Jenson, Tawny Knuteson-Boyd, Kenneth G. Minor, and M. Bryon Walston. Derasary, Jones and Knuteson-Boyd are incumbents.

On Oct. 25, senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mike Lee (R-UT) met with representatives John Curtis, Rob Bishop (R-UT), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Jim Baird (R-IN) at the Grand Center in Moab for a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and M…

Do you want to work remotely or start an online business? Utah State University Extension’s Rural Online Initiative (brought in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Office of Rural Development and Grand County) was created to help you make that dream a reality …

Brian Merrill (far right), the CEO of Western River Expeditions and the Moab Adventure Center, walks through the new Western River employee housing during an open house on Oct. 25 with (from left to right) Brian Essig, Jason Taylor, Cooper Taylor and Lynette Merrill. [Photo by Murice D. Mill…

Carrie Ann Marinelli watches her son Henry and his friend River shoot hoops at the Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead event at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center on Oct.27. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

Author and musician Heather Hoeksema will be playing a live music set at the HooDoo Moab, 111 N. 100 West, on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. Hoeksema is in Moab launching the second part of her Rode Show Tour, playing from her new album “My Tessitura.” She is also video recording for a document…

For this year’s Halloween edition, we have compiled a few spooky stories from the area, complete with first-hand accounts of the alleged ghostly goings-on. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, perhaps we can all agree that there are some things in life that just aren’t readily explainable, …

Thursday, October 24, 2019

It is a crisp, fall morning when the children and parents start to arrive at Our Village, a nonprofit community center tucked away from the road at 721 N. 500 West on five acres of farmland. It is Friday morning and time for Sprouts, a weekly class for children ages three and under accompani…

Grand County Councilmember Terry Morse has announced he will resign from the council after the council’s first meeting in November, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in the council chambers, 125 E. Center St.

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UPDATE: On Oct. 25, the National Park Service reversed their decision, rescinding their order that Utah superintendents allow off-road vehicles in the state’s national parks. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about this policy change.

Michael Whiseant took a blood donation made by Liz Moran of Moab on Friday, Oct. 18, as part of a blood drive by Moab Regional Hospital. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

Moab resident Elana Davidson, author of “Finding Your Own Happy: The Soul Searchers Guide to Peace and Happiness” is launching a new project: a weekly Facebook Live broadcast featuring “unusual conversations on mental health and happiness.”

Graveside services for Don Knowles will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery. A luncheon to celebrate Don's life will be held immediately following the service at Zax Restaurant, 96 S. Main Street. The restaurant is in the location of Don and JoAnn's busin…

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Jones family of Moab purchased a goldstone skull and two agates from John Scully at the Moab Points & Pebbles 60th annual Rock, Gem and Mineral show held at the Old Spanish Trail Arena on Oct. 11-13. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

On a starkly beautiful stretch of U.S. 191 outside of Bluff, you could easily drive right past a dirt road stretching into the distance.

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Before the regular meeting on Oct. 15, Grand County Council held an emergency joint meeting with representatives of Moab City and Castle Valley Town to discuss the recent National Park Service (NPS) directive that would allow street-legal off-road vehicles, commonly referred to as OHVs or AT…

As temperatures dip below freezing, an unusually difficult mosquito season comes to an end. The Moab Mosquito Abatement District board members are considering the district’s future needs as they pursue a possible tax increase and seek a new manager.

Joseph Secody of the Navajo Nation performed a hoop dance in front of city hall during the Indigenous Celebration event held on Oct. 14. The event was organized by the Native American Club of Moab, Full Circle Intertribal Center and the City of Moab. During the event, Mayor Emily Niehaus rea…

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Richard Simpson, Japhet Colon, Robert Brooks and Ainsley Thompson of Connecticut enjoyed the bicycle demonstration event Outerbike at the Bar M Trail. Outerbike is organized by Moab-based Western Spirit Cycling Adventures and partner organizations. The event took place Oct. 4-6. This was its…

Six candidates will vie for three seats on the Moab City Council in the next election on Nov. 5. Incumbent candidates Rani Derasary, Kalen Jones and Tawny Knuteson-Boyd will be joined by challengers Kenneth G. Minor, M. Bryon Walston and Kendall Jenson.

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Discussions at the Oct. 8 city council meeting covered building projects under review by the Planning and Zoning Commission, citizen comments on a proposed rule to allow UTVs in Utah’s National Parks, and a highway infrastructure project in the works.

Last year, the City of Moab purchased a 2.95-acre parcel of land on Walnut Lane with the goal of creating an affordable housing development. The city closed on the land deal in November of 2018 with a purchasing price of $1,815,000.