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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…

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…

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
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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
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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…