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Sunday, October 03, 2021
Thursday, September 30, 2021

I love to writing personal messages to friends and family on greeting cards and I love to

Thursday, September 16, 2021
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I am sending this copy of my public comment to the Grand County Commission since it is also relevant as part of the current larger social dialogue (or possibly “duel-logue” at some levels):

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The Moab Mosquito Abatement District (MMAD) has been fogging the north side of town with the insecticide Permethrin. Permethrin is a manmade neurotoxin in the pyrethroid family. Pyrethroids were originally used in chemical weapons during World War Two.

Thursday, September 02, 2021
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The Moab Chamber of Commerce would like to publicly celebrate a few great things that have been happening around us!

Monday, August 30, 2021
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The City can pretend this isn’t a new property tax, but a friggin 0% to 26% increase for residential and a 56% increase for commercial properties is NEW. Your pie chart shows it all - with the new City piece of the pie siphoning nearly a third of all property tax revenue. How is it that Gran…

Thursday, August 19, 2021
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The fall season brings a lot of excitement with another school year and the beginning of another school sports year. However, at Grand County High School and Grand School District key decision makers have deemed the position of high school athletic director to be non-essential. The decision …

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As the 2021 Red Devil Mountain Bike season comes to a start, I would like to thank the community for their support of the team, and our riders. There are too many companies to list in this letter. However, without your help, we wouldn't be able to make this season a reality. Thank you for yo…

Thursday, August 12, 2021
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I want to thank a young man named Joshua. On August 5th I was trying to get from my car to the sidewalk at 150 E Center, Moab.

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It is my belief that the tax structure the city of Moab is proposing disproportionately puts the financial burden on regular taxpayers. Those that make less than $60k/year and many who make as little as $20k/year or less.

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Aside from the city asking too much tax from city residents, I think property taxes, in general, are unfairly based on market value instead of ACTUAL value. It is unfair to base property taxes on an inflated market value that reflects what outside wealth is willing to pay to scrape a crummy …

Friday, August 06, 2021
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I take a deep breath this morning as I sit down to put these thoughts on paper. To be honest, the last thing I want to do right now is pick up a megaphone and be a spokesperson for challenging information. I did that last year and 2020 was bad enough.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Do Utahns want to spend taxpayer money to the tune of $150 million to construct a new highway whose only purpose is to save tourists a few minutes of driving time?

Wednesday, July 07, 2021
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Thank you to the men and women who have and continue to battle the raging fire in the La Sal Mountains. Your courage, relentless effort and coming together for a common goal to save and protect the residents and keep the fire from spreading is a significant achievement. We are praying for yo…

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Recently the Moab Sun News featured a front-page article entitled “Noticing the signs of those in need.” The article focused on increasing awareness of mental health, substance abuse and suicide risk in the area. Individuals mentioned in the article included Amanda Macintosh from the Utah He…

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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I am guessing that I’m not the only person who has become (even more) motivated to conserve water with this Pack Creek Fire. To watch helplessly as our beautiful mountains burned was an unpleasant experience for all of us, whether we lost materially or not. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021
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The Pack Creek fire — caused by an unattended campfire lit on a red-flag day — has already cost more than $4.5 million in firefighting costs, burned more than 8,000 acres and destroyed four homes. While I am angry about the stupidity of the folks who started the fire, these events are inevit…

Thursday, June 17, 2021
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Our beloved mountains are on fire. How about some Utah Department of Transportation highway signs letting people know of the extreme fire danger so another fire somewhere else around here doesn’t get started? That would be a good start. Then how about full-page ads in the papers and posters …

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I am writing in opposition of the Under Canvas development at Looking Glass Rock. I believe it is one of the most important issues locally right now. I don’t like the way the land was sneakily leased; if you live here you probably know and love Looking Glass Rock. Like Dailey Haren said, the…

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This isn't a picture of a pretty sunset and puffy clouds. It is a smoke plume from a fire started by a careless person or group of people leaving an unattended fire. It was taken from my backyard. This fire started on one side of the mountain and is rapidly working its way over.

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The La Sal Mountains above Castle Valley and Moab have exploded in smoke and flame. Climate chaos is here and it threatens all the places and people we collectively love. The only way out is to be driven by that love — love of people, love of place.

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My family and I were paddling downstream of Big Bend on Saturday when a jet skier wove in between our watercraft very close and at full speed. The jet skier had the sun in his eyes, and I was worried he didn’t see us. A little while later we landed at the Nude Beach takeout—popular with priv…

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I had hoped to visit Moab this autumn to take in the beautiful scenery and tranquility of the area. I am saddened to hear, from a friend, that with the influx of UTVs and other off-road vehicles that the peace and quiet I expected to find in this lovely area is now also a rare commodity. Sad…

Wednesday, June 09, 2021
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Three weeks ago, the company Under Canvas acquired a 30-year leasing right to a parcel of land adjacent to Looking Glass Rock, home to a famous climbing route beloved by outdoor enthusiasts.

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A KSL-TV news crew recently worried out loud about a State of Utah water conservation website. The “Fame or Shame” site encourages citizens to report those who are wasting water so water entities can follow up.

Thursday, June 03, 2021
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If you’re headed out into the wild this summer, you may need to jump online and book a reservation before you go. For the second consecutive year, reservations are required to visit Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Glacier national parks. Other popular sites, including Maine’s Acadia National Pa…

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Deputies from the Grand County Sheriff's Department very recently assisted my daughter Alicia, whose motorhome broke down a few miles east of Green River. A mother of three, she was trying to get home to western Oregon and was in a pickle, with limited funds and a short timeline. Green River…

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I had the misfortune to enter the men's restroom at Lions Park on Sunday afternoon over Memorial Day weekend. I'll spare readers the ghastly details, but the conditions there were hideous, the worst I have ever witnessed--and I have traveled in developing countries.

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
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I have long suspected that the Devil invented UTVs to keep mankind deaf, ignorant, and generally unhealthy – as a biological being and a presence on earth. The past decade in Moab has done little to convince me otherwise.

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I live in the Salt Lake City Megaplex and, like the hamlet of Moab, we too are suffering from growth. I have fond memories of many years ago in Moab: wild mountain bike trails, river running, liberals and the remaining miners dining together at the two or three restaurants. Years later I ret…

Thursday, May 06, 2021
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Basta, say the people. Enough. Take a beat. A pregnant pause, if you will. “Stop,” sing the hippies, “say what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down.” Take care, says mama, slow down, be gentle, kind. Raise your voice and worship quietude. Listen, says mama earth, I mean, really lis…

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For years, we have been allowing local UTV businesses to offload their negative externalities on the whole community. They get to profit off of noise pollution and we have to pay the price. Some have declared that to regulate these businesses is somehow an infringement on their freedom, even…

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Response to new noise policy: I have been a regular visitor to Moab for over 25 years. Back then, motorcyclists had to compete with the usual Jeep 4x4 groups and occasional dirt bike riders. Crowds were manageable, campsites plentiful, and restaurants uncrowded. Sound didn't seem to be an is…

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The Moab City Council should be congratulated on passing a noise ordinance during their April 27 meeting. This is a good start but not enough. On April 20, the Grand County Commission passed both noise and business regulations. The City Council needs to follow suit and pass ordinances that w…

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In the April 15-22, 2021 issue of the Moab Sun News, the photo and blurb about “Rocky Road gets blacktop” is a bit misleading. While I think it’s great that KZMU and Emery Telecom have nice new driveways, what about the rest of Rocky Road? After months of digging it up to install new water l…

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I love my home. I built it with my own two hands. I conceived right after we got running water. I made a baby gate out of leftover building materials. I have mature fruit trees I had the foresight to plant over a decade ago. They provide us with food and shade. We are frequently visited by b…

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According to the Moab City website, the Mill Creek Parkway is described as..."a quiet recreational path and trail system designed for bicycles, walkers, rollerblades, or other non-motorized methods of transportation."

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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The current unbridled growth of the tourism industrial complex in Moab and much of southeast Utah points out the need for urgent protection of our nearby county, state and federal public lands. Locally, we can all see what happens when public lands are not adequately protected.

Thursday, April 22, 2021
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The recent meetings by both Moab City and Grand County elected officials on creating noise ordinance policies targeting local UTV businesses only show just how tone-deaf these elected officials really are. Vehicular traffic is backed up for miles, creating all kinds of noise and chaos yet th…

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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The League of Women Voters believes that every vote should have equal value and in a republic, voters should pick their political leaders and not the other way around. The LWV position on apportionment is a conviction that a population standard is the most equitable way of assuring that each…

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Hello, I just drove through Moab last week. I was in a traffic backup for 6 miles. I get into town and all I see is tourism and way too many people. We were hungry. We were tired. We kept driving...we didn’t spend a single dime in Moab. Not my kind of place… Blanding businesses got over $200…

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Substance use is a part of our lives as human beings. Drugs and alcohol are used in ceremonies, religion and family gatherings. They can be used for medical purposes or purely for their intoxicating effects. Some people are exposed through prescriptions, others through casual experimentation…

Thursday, April 15, 2021
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I have been mountain biking for over 30 years. When I came to Moab for the first time in 1988, I couldn’t believe my eyes and good luck. I live and ride in Colorado and surrounding areas including Utah. I have noticed a very disturbing trend in the mountain biking community in the past 5 yea…