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Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Moab Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of a new Subway restaurant at 702 S. Main Street on Saturday, June 15. Pictured from left to right are Joe Kingsley, Moab Chamber of Commerce Director Laici Shumway, Gaylyn Larsen, Molly Scroggins, Mikayla McEl…

Moab Valley Fire Department responded to a structural fire on Arbor Drive on June 13. The fire was caused by a homeowner burning weeds, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported.

Richard B. Kirkland, 72, passed away on June 13 at his home. At his request, cremation has taken place and a military graveside will be held at the Las Vegas National Cemetery at a later date. A full obituary will be in next week’s edition of the paper. Condolences may be sent to the family …

A dachshund named Reese is safe after first responders found the dog stuck to a tamarisk branch after becoming lost and swimming in the Colorado River during peak flow on June 16. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Land Management…

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a series of interactive online maps designed to promote climbing and other recreational opportunities on BLM-managed public lands.

The Grand County Council and the San Juan County Commission met for a rare joint meeting on Monday, June 10, at the Old Spanish Trail Pavilion. On the agenda was a discussion about a truck stop development near the counties’ shared boundary, potential changes to Utah’s Transient Room Tax and…

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The South County Cycle Team from Orange County, California, wore light blue as they rode in the Kokopelli Relay race, which started in Moab on Friday, June 7, and ended near St. George. The route included scenic views of Wilson Arch, Escalante, the Bryce Canyon area, Capitol Reef National Pa…

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to offer 149 parcels, totaling nearly 183,668 acres on lands managed by the Canyon Country, Color Country, Green River and West Desert districts, at its Sept. 10 quarterly oil and gas lease sale.

Sisters Roxie, Isabella and Serenity Skidmore enjoyed flying kites on Saturday, June 8, in celebration of Utah’s Family Month. The kite-flying event was sponsored by the Grand County Family Support Center and the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

A new hiking and biking trail opened on June 10 in Grand County. The trail has been one of Grand County Trail Mix’s main projects this spring, said Madeline Logowitz, the division manager for active transportation and trails at Grand County Trail Mix. More than 540 hours of help from volunte…

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With just two citizens speaking at a public hearing on the topic, the Moab City Council stalled adopting a pay scale that raises compensation for its members and the mayor.

Grand County Council member Mary McGann, council member Terry Morse and San Juan County Commissioner Ken Maryboy, pictured left to right, listened to constituents at a historic joint meeting of the Grand County Council and the San Juan County Commission on Monday, June 10, at the Old Spanish…

The spacious conference room at the Hideout Community Center in Monticello hosted the first meeting of the federal Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee last week.

Cancer is nobody’s favorite topic, but in the high desert of Moab skin cancer is a very real danger for outdoor guides and residents of Utah.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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Omar Guerro, also known as Martin Armento Verduzco Lopez and Irving Martin Verduzco Armento, was sentenced on Tuesday, June 11, for the murder of Moab resident Edgar L. Najera, who was known by the nickname Rojo, and for the kidnapping of Jorge Hernandez-Ayala.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

The news and program directors at Utah Public Radio (UPR) visited Moab on Friday, May 31, at the USU-Moab campus to record conversations “between people who hold different political and cultural beliefs.” The recordings are part of the One Small Step project. UPR, based in Logan at Utah Stat…

In a June 3 press release, the Mill Creek Community Collaborative (MCCC) said it wants to understand what Moab residents and visitors value most about Mill Creek and have created a survey to help gather this information.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project hit a major milestone last week achieving 1,000 work days without a lost-time injury or illness as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Jack Edward Kleinke, age 70, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones and professionals that helped him maintain his dignity on May 30, at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah.

Yvonne Hatathley, right, picked up her daughter Shycee from Ms. Martinez’s second-grade class at Helen M. Knight Elementary on the last day of school on Friday, May 31. Shycee is now a third-grader.

Seventh-day Adventist Church members, who are part of the Moab Interfaith Coalition, collected food donations from Spanish Valley residents on Saturday, June 1. The coalition started the food drive to help replenish the supply of food items available to residents at the Grand County Food Ban…

Canyonlands Field Institute (CFI) appreciates the support from local businesses and organizations to provide underwriting for outdoor summer camp opportunities. Grand County Recreation Special Service District, Canyon Voyages Adventure Co., Desert Rivers Credit Union and The Synergy Company …

“This came from my brain,” Grand County Council chair Evan Clapper said about his proposal to write a letter weighing in on a developing plan for a regional truck stop.

The Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) announced in a June 4 press release that it is seeking public comment on the draft Comprehensive Management Plans (CMPs) and draft Mineral Leasing Plan (MLP) for the Green and Colorado rivers.

Firefly spotting season is here, and the Natural History Museum of Utah is asking for the public’s help. Grand County is included in a statewide community science initiative called the Western Firefly Project to help scientists track firefly populations throughout Utah by logging sightings s…

Former Utah state archaeologist Kevin Jones gave a presentation on May 30 at Back of Beyond Books, 83 N. Main St., during a presentation about his book “Standing on the Walls of Time: Ancient Art of Utah’s Cliffs and Canyons.” Jones wrote the essays in the book, which also features previousl…

Joanna Onorato (standing) shared her experience of volunteering on the U.S.-Mexico border with a presentation, “What’s Going on Down There?” at the Grand County Public Library on May 30.

The Moab City Police Department and firefighters from the Moab Valley Fire Department responded on Tuesday, June 4, to a wooded area west of 292 Walnut Lane on a report of a brush fire, Moab City Police Chief Bret Edge said. “Firefighters were on scene quickly and were able to extinguish the…

“This ‘death by a thousand cuts’ is going to be the ruin of the West,” said Lauren Wood, a lifelong river runner, Utah business owner and self-proclaimed climate justice activist.

Thursday, May 30, 2019
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When the weather this fall starts to get too cold for most tourists, it could become just right for state transportation officials who are eager to get started on long-awaited plans to widen North Main Street.

Residents with water rights on the south end of Moab are being asked by the state to “defend and protect” their claims.

Open houses are being held to encourage public participation in selecting Grand County’s next form of government — whether it be a council or a commission.