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Friday, February 19, 2021

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

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…

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…

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…

The Christmas Spirit is alive and well in Moab! I was shopping in one of the dollar stores on Friday and found many of the items I was looking for so I had a cartful of Christmas stuff. I went to the check-out and prepared to use my credit card to pay. As I started to insert my card, the lad…

Thursday, December 17, 2020
  • Updated

Since writing this editorial, Dr. Hanly received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at St. Mary’s Hospital In Grand Junction. He reportedly experienced a little soreness at the site of the shot and mild fatigue for less than 24 hrs. - ed. 

Friday, December 04, 2020

Imagine if Moab became the Mecca for electric OHVs. Oh, I realize that there are all sorts of impediments to this vision. However, as the old saying goes, would we ever attempt ANYTHING if we only ever thought of all the reasons why it wouldn’t work? I mean, I wouldn’t even grow a garden if …

Its origins are a mystery. It stood in the desert for five years in secret. Then, in less than a week, its image had been broadcast around the globe, speculated and obsessed upon, memed and re-tweeted. People made pilgrimages to it, claimed to be the first to see it, photographed, posed, and…

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Our community has seen proposals for creating the Book Cliffs Highway for the last 30 years and it is time that these proposals are put to bed. I will not come to you from the perspective of considering existing routes that move one through this country, the nearest approximately 20 miles to…

While standardized sound tests certainly provide valuable and useful information, to rely solely on this metric really misses the mark regarding the unique situation we find ourselves in. The J1287 test was designed to determine sound levels from motorcycles, a notoriously noisy, yet relativ…

We live in a place where public lands are key to our livelihood. Water, air quality, food, our history and recreation–Utah’s public lands are ingrained in our way of life. So as members of the public, it’s our job to hold the agencies and governments who manage those lands accountable.

Friday, November 20, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020

The Utah Nurses Association expresses its sincere gratitude for the Governor’s mandated critical public health measures to immediately restrict the spread of COVID-19 in Utah. Restricting the virus' spread decreases the number of COVID-19 positive cases that become ill and require hospitaliz…

America just won the election, rejoice! The voters of America just confirmed that a functional democracy has the power to shut down a rising dictator and demonstrated that we lead the world again by empowering our citizens to choose our own destiny. It is a time to hug and dance and hold han…

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Look around you. At this very moment, you are likely surrounded by a built environment. That could be your home, a local business or on Main Street. For a large majority of our lives, we are immersed in architecture, even those of us who spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors. …

Friday, October 30, 2020

Want to go mountain biking, learn martial arts, climb or skate? BEACON has you covered! How about trying yoga, learning how to cook, or playing an instrument? You can do that too!

It is unclear to me why there is any debate over UTVs on public streets and highways - they are illegal. The state is subject to federal law, and the county is subject to state law, and so on down the line. The United States Department of Transportation through the National Highway Transport…

Sunday, October 25, 2020

On August 21, 2020, the Grand County Council voted to change Grand County's form of government from a council to a commission without any citizen input or approval or legal authority to do so. I was part of a lawsuit filed a few days later challenging this action, recently heard by Judge Tor…

I’ve patrolled the Slickrock Trail every day this year, except for days that the ice was there. During the start and continuance of coronavirus shutdown, I kept riding the trail, knowing that there was always someone out there and if I didn’t come along, they might be alone when they needed help.

We are in a desperate struggle to preserve our vibrant community and our magnificent surroundings from the ravages of uncontrolled UTVs. To that end, I invite those who didn't hear it to catch the KZMU special on the subject at www.kzmu.org. If you see fit, please share it far and wide ⁠— we…

With the recent Supreme Court nomination process going on and how the two political sides are polarized because a conservative judge could possibly affect legal decisions for years to come, it got me thinking about “packing the court” and the pros and cons associated with it. Those in politi…

In 1961, I turned 16 and bought my first car, a 1949 Ford coupe with a flathead V8. I wanted it to breathe better, so I replaced the muffler with a straight pipe. It sounded great, especially when I rapped it up to about 3500 RPM and popped the clutch.

It is with sadness that I write to let you know that my yard sign was stolen from my yard last night, Oct. 15. The thieves left the metal bracket in place so this took some effort to get the sign off. I want to tell the thief that you can steal my sign but not my voice! Last I looked, we liv…

Friday, October 16, 2020

“Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people to peacefully assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Dear Editor, I am very disappointed in the decision to feature a current candidate for local office on the front page, with a feature-length story, less than one month before the election. I have nothing against this candidate, however past practice in local papers has been to avoid "extra" …

WOW! Isn’t this beautiful!?! Most of us would prefer a nice warm dry place to live, to play, to vacation. Well, come to Moab, probably the warmest driest place in Utah, maybe even more so than Nevada.