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Wednesday, June 09, 2021
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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…

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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Just outside of Moab, the nearly 900 acres of the Scott and Norma Matheson Wetlands Preserve protects sensitive wildlife habitat and is home to more than 200 species of birds, amphibians, mammals and fish. For many of us, this preserve provides a retreat to nature, where one can escape Moab'…

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Something positive to report! I have been very impressed with how much slower traffic has been this past week. This was particularly significant because it historically has been one of our most chaotic weeks in the year. I don’t know if it was the result of more and better-placed signs or an…

Thursday, April 08, 2021
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I'm frequently asked by constituents what Grand County and Moab City are doing to solve the UTV noise problem. Here's a progress report.

Monday, March 29, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021

While we support the efforts by our elected officials to pursue state legislation that could help Moab regulate UTV impacts, the Moab City Council’s decision to table discussion of the Temporary Land Use Code is extremely disappointing. [See “City officials table further OHV restrictions, fo…

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Wow! I have been monitoring the progress of locally relevant legislation in the 2021 Utah State Legislature session. It has been discouraging and eye-opening. It has become clearer and clearer that there is a battle between the businesses and the residents in this town.

Friday, February 05, 2021

After reading the recent article “What we mean when we say ‘camping,’” [Moab Sun News Jan. 28, 2020 edition. -ed.] I felt moved to write a response. It is time for Moab to start getting more creative in order to provide housing options for seasonal (and long-term) employees.

Thursday, January 21, 2021
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When I was pregnant with my son, my mother began sending me books on vaccine safety—or rather her belief in the lack thereof and the importance of not following the Centers for Disease Control’s regular vaccine schedule.

We at South East Early Intervention are in awe of the generosity of the Moab community! Through Back of Beyond Bookstore's annual Books for Tots program, we received 40 brand new books AND $400 to spend on books for toddlers throughout the year! This happy surprise comes as our program has b…

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These are the words of the Honorable Liz Cheney of Wyoming on Jan. 12, 2021: "There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.”

In an attempt to avoid being labeled another NIMBY cranky neighbor, I would like to offer some solutions to the noisy ATV/UTV/Side-by-Side (insert whatever new name being used in this year's improved marketing campaign) issue.

Friday, January 15, 2021

I began a journey of formal public service six short years ago, and I’m now entering a ‘Post-Commissioner’ phase. I’ve come full circle: from watching from the spectator seats in the council chamber to sitting at the dais as a decision-maker to being ‘onscreen’ in Zoom meetings as a commissi…

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I was thrilled to read in this week’s paper that the City of Moab is now prioritizing water concerns. [See “A Thirsty Valley,” in our Jan. 7 edition. -ed.] The two counties and the towns located within this watershed can now follow suit. These concerns are just too important for us to ignore…

We live in Kayenta Heights, an area that is usually very quiet. Once in a while, a lost UTV driver comes up our street, but it is NOT a big problem in our subdivision. However, twice this fall I have been trying to conduct business with a local veterinarian on 300 South and I could not hear …

In your article "Utah politicians react to storming of Congress," [See our Jan. 7 edition. - ed.] one little paragraph blaringly jumps out at me: "Multiple Utah politicians criticized President Trump for not interceding early in the unprecedented assault." WHAT!?!? Trump instigated the assau…

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Friday, December 18, 2020

Why are ATVs so loud? After doing a bit of internet search I’ve concluded that it comes down to personal choice. Some people like riding loud machines.

When I heard the news that a man was found dead on Monday morning, it hit me like a punch in the gut. When Moab Solutions starting working with the homeless in 2008, we made a promise to ourselves that we would not let anyone die on our watch if we could help it.

As some of you may have heard, the Lisbon Valley Mining Company has applied to the Utah Division of Water Quality for a permit to use in-situ type mining in Lower Lisbon Valley. This in-situ process is a way to extract copper or other minerals out of an underground aquifer by injecting sulfu…

A “public nuisance” is a common law offence in which the injury, loss or damage is suffered by the public in general rather than by an individual in particular. The sheer number and noise from the ever-increasing flood of ATVs in Moab without a doubt constitutes a public nuisance. Since 2002…

I remember first hiking the rim above the "G" nearly 50 years ago, before nice young people would shyly stop you and let you know that you're trespassing a few hundred yards from the carnival ride that's up there now. I remember not having to plan trips out of town around the inability to ge…