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Friday, November 20, 2020

Ms. Wilson's eighth-grade classes launched rockets for science at Grand County Middle School as part of a science unit studying potential and kinetic energy. “The kids engineered rockets to send an egg into the atmosphere and try to have it safely return with a parachute,” said Ms. Wilson. N…

Mr. Secrist's eighth-grade English classes celebrated finishing the classic young adult novel "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton by dressing up like 1960s “greasers” on Nov. 17. Pictured above are Elisabeth Knight, Hope Shumway, and Legacy Blake.

Caption: Underdog Animal Rescue and Rehab’s Mutt of the Week is Hughie, a one-year-old lab-heeler-hound mix who was rescued as a pup in September of 2019. Last month, Hughie’s first adopter surrendered them back to our rescue. Our ranch staff spent many hours feeding Hughie treats by hand an…

Moab’s Youth Garden Project said goodbye to their 2020 full season intern crew on Nov. 13. “THANK YOU for giving it your all during this wild year, and thanks for growing at YGP,” the nonprofit wrote in a Facebook statement. “We couldn't have done it without you!”

Elizabeth “Liz” George, aged 73, passed away on Nov. 18, 2020, at her home in Moab. Cremation has taken place and services are pending at this time. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.

Hi, this is Cosmo, the Library Cat. This week, I asked some of my librarians here at the Grand County Public Library to recommend something to read or listen to. Mary Adair, the children's library assistant, suggested “Play in the Wild: How Baby Animals Like to Have Fun” by Lita Judge. This …

Thursday, November 19, 2020

With COVID-19 cases on the rise across the nation and Utah hospitals reporting the strain, the pandemic is again a topic of much discussion at local government meetings. The Grand County Commission heard an update from the Southeast Utah Health Department on local COVID-19 status, discussed …

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City and county officials recently passed measures to address UTV noise in town, including a moratorium on licenses for new UTV rental and guide businesses and slower speed limits for off-road vehicles. It remains to be seen how effective these measures will be in reducing noise and improvin…

Friday, November 13, 2020

“Desertified” and “degraded” are words often used when talking about deserts or drylands. What do these words actually mean and how do they shape the ways we think about managing and restoring drylands? Science Moab talks with Dr. Brandon Bestelmeyer, who has studied deserts both in the Sout…

Thursday, November 12, 2020

When Jaylyn Hawks entered local government six years ago, she didn’t imagine that her tenure would end with a pandemic and a trip to Japan. Now that her husband, Steve Hawks, has accepted a visiting professorship across the Pacific Ocean, she will have to leave Grand County behind.

After a spring season shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, Moab tourism is back and by some metrics at its highest-ever level. This is good news for local tourism businesses and for local government budgets that rely on sales tax revenues, but for some residents, the rush of visitors to th…

Hello and meow everyone. It’s Cosmo, the Library Cat! I’ve never been to school, but I’m always curious and interested in learning new things. Because of this, I’ve been checking out the Grand County Public Library's online Learning Express Library and its School Center collection. You can a…

Ron Irvin, commander of American Legion Post 54 Moab, stands with Lloyd and Keith Holyoak to mark Veterans Day outside the Grand County Administrative Building. [Brady Packard / Moab Sun News]

With COVID-19 cases on the rise statewide and Grand County at the high transmission risk level according to the governor’s Transmission Index, local officials are questioning the wisdom of allowing large-scale special events to be held in Moab. The index currently recommends that gatherings …

The Church of Latter-Day Saints Chapel at 701 Locust Lane, Moab, experienced a break-in and vandalism late Saturday night, Moab City Police reported. A member of the church reported the damage to the Moab Stake Presidency, who then contacted the police at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Officer Amanda Edw…

The 2020 Trail Marathon National Championships were held in Moab last weekend, Nov. 7 and 8. In spite of necessary COVID-19 mitigation measures, race organizer Danelle Ballengee said things went “really smooth,” and runners were excited for the chance to participate in the race known for its…

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An emergency alert buzzed many Utahns’ cellular phones on Sunday night (Nov. 8) with a message from Utah Governor Gary Herbert: “Hospitalizations and case growth due to COVID-19 are unsustainable,” it read. “Tune into local TV stations around 9:30 p.m. I will address the state to announce a …

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Congrats to the students of the month for October! Pictured are Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus, sixth-grader Christian Nelson, fifth-grader Jaylee O'Donnal, third-grader Baylee Blake, second-grader Beckham Niesen, first-grader Gracen Smith, kindergartener Rowan Black and HMK Principal Mrs. Jill Ta…

The Moab Valley Multicultural Center observed Day of the Dead on Nov. 1, opening its property for visitors to see art and cultural installations and remember the lives of loved ones who have passed on. [Photo: Moab Valley Multicultural Center Facebook]

The Grand County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team reported that the crew has responded to 105 incidents this year, with four calls this Halloween including a helicopter-assisted evacuation from a rugged route up Parriott Mesa in Castle Valley. “October 31st capped off a very busy month that …

Grand County Middle School celebrated Halloween on Oct. 30 with a costume contest, where each class was visited by three judges. A total of 45 prizes were given out, with Best Overall awards (pictured above) going to eighth-graders Trace York and John Lewis who dressed as Rapunzel and Flynn …

Hello everyone, it’s Cosmo the Library Cat. I’ve noticed that some humans like to create arts and crafts, especially during a time that is coming up that they call “the holidays.” I decided I wanted to try, but I didn’t know how to get started. Then my librarians told me about a site called …

Indigenous rock art and cultural artifacts are common around Moab. Through studying the art left behind on the landscape, Elizabeth Hora-Cook tells Science Moab how she tries to understand what society may have been like for the Fremont, an Indigenous group that lived in Utah 2,000-700 years ago.

Fossils discovered in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona have revealed a new species of early mammal, according to a research article published in the journal Biology Letters. The creature, Kataigidodon venetus, was about the size of a hamster and lived in the Upper Triassic (~220…

Debra Owen Guinand Kirwan died on the rise of a blue moon on Oct. 30, 2020, after a very full life that was cut too short after a more than two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born to William (Bill) Owen and Dorothy Kirk in Denver, Colorado, on March 21, 1959.

Fire restrictions in place since June 12 in the Bureau of Land Management Canyon Country Fire Zone were lifted on Nov. 1. The zone covers the Moab and Monticello BLM Field Offices in Grand and San Juan counties. Similar restrictions on the Manti-La Sal National Forest were also lifted on Nov…

After Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and state public health officials debuted a new COVID-19 Transmission Index on Oct. 13, restrictions in various counties throughout the state were changed to reflect a new way of calculating the risks of a coronavirus outbreak. A statewide surge in cases and conc…

The husband of a Ugandan activist killed in June at Arches National Park will sue the park system for more than $270 million in damages, his lawyer announced. An administrative claim was filed against the park on Oct. 22, as reported by NBC News.

Granville Hakes cast a provisional ballot on Nov. 3. Hakes said he is in his 60s and this is his first time voting. [Photo by Heila Ershadi / Moab Sun News]

Castle Valley resident Eddie Weeks and his dog, Missy, act as nonpartisan, volunteer poll watchers at the ballot drop-off box outside the Grand County Courthouse on Nov. 3. Election Protection is a national, nonpartisan coalition formed to ensure that all voters can participate in the politi…

At a special joint meeting on Oct. 30, the Moab City Council and the Grand County Commission convened with members of the Arches Hotspot Region Coordinating Committee to review the committee’s project proposals to be considered for the Utah Transportation Commission’s Hotspot Funding.

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In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial anniversary. Karla Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, envisioned a deeply engaging way to honor America’s cherished national parks: she decided to visit each one and produce a book of poetry dedicated to them. She recruited her …

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Amidst a pandemic, contentious campaigns and many gripping local issues, Election Day arrived in Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Thousands of Utahns voted by mail for city, county, state and national candidates while many cast their votes in person.

Wednesday, November 04, 2020
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Amidst a pandemic, contentious campaigns and many gripping local issues, Election Day arrived in Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Thousands of Utahns voted by mail for city, county, state and national candidates while many cast their votes in person. 

Monday, November 02, 2020
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Fire restrictions in the Bureau of Land Management Canyon Country Fire Zone were lifted on Nov. 1. The zone covers the Moab and Monticello BLM Field Offices in Grand and San Juan counties. Similar restrictions on the Manti-La Sal National Forest were also lifted on Nov. 1.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Birds rely on riparian areas of Southeast Utah and the Colorado Plateau. As the ecosystems change along the banks of these rivers, there is real impact on bird populations and species. Dr. Sean Mahoney spoke with Science Moab about his work with birds that inhabit and migrate through the riv…

Thursday, October 29, 2020

“As a community, we continue to battle the ongoing issue of bicycle thefts in our area,” read an Oct. 21 Facebook post by the Moab City Police Department. Police Chief Bret Edge told the Moab Sun News that the uptick in thefts began two or three months ago, and the department has dedicated e…