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Graffiti-damaged area in Arches National Park closed indefinitely
An area surrounding a large sandstone wall in Arches National Park has been closed to the public due to “excessive graffiti,” park officials said last week. The site, located immediately southeast ...
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Officials: County bond refinancing plan could lower property taxes
Grand County’s property tax rate could go down slightly this year, under a plan to refinance the county’s general obligation bonds. The Grand County Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday, April 15 to issue ...
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Moab Jeep Safari participants get first look at Chrysler’s newest Renegade model
Excitement was in the air during the first full week of the Moab Jeep Safari – both on and off the trails. For off-road enthusiasts like Larry Allen of North Platte, Neb., and Todd Meyer of Mt. Ver...
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Local artists join forces to launch Moab community’s first cooperative gallery space
Twenty local artists have banded together to open Gallery Moab, the city’s first cooperative gallery. The group celebrated their achievement by holding a grand opening on Friday April 4. The galler...
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Easter sunrise service
An interdenominational Easter sunrise service will be held Sunday, April 20 at the La Sal Mountains overlook parking area in Arches National Park. The service begins at 6:15 a.m. Shuttle buses will...
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<b><i>Safety first...<br></b></i>
Grand County High School’s junior class watched a mock car accident scenario unfold in front of the school on Thursday, April 3, two days before junior prom. The exercise involved eight seniors acting as victims who were the occupants of two vehicles involved in a rear-end collision. Multiple law enforcement agencies and rescue personnel responded to the scene, where they proceeded to treat the “injured” victims, each of whom had been prepped with makeup and fake blood. Moab Valley Fire department personnel used hydraulic tools to cut the doors and roof off one of the cars to get to a severely injured “victim.” Pictured: Jessica Valdes, who had supposedly lost her left arm in the accident, is “extricated” from the vehicle and taken by EMTs to a waiting helicopter. Other GCHS seniors involved in the exercise were Deanna Irvin, Jacob Francis, Layton Call, Brendon Henderson, Becca Farnsworth, Reyce Knutson, and Jacey Johnson. In the scenario, Francis and Irvin’s characters passed away from their injuries, while the two drivers (portrayed by Knutson and Johnson) were each put under arrest for suspicion of DUI. Grand County Sheriff’s deputy Curt Brewer, the school’s resource officer, said the annual exercise not only provides valuable training for law enforcement and emergency responders, it also reinforces the message to not drink and drive, and to always wear your seat belt. “In this scenario, the fatalities could have been prevented if they had been wearing their seat belts,” Brewer told the students. Photo by Jeff Richards
Safety first...
Grand County High School’s junior class watched a mock car accident scenario unfold in front of the school on Thursday, April 3, two days before junior prom. The exercise involved eight seniors acting as victims who were the occupants of two vehicles involved in a rear-end collision. Multiple law enforcement agencies and rescue personnel responded to the scene, where they proceeded to treat the “injured” victims, each of whom had been prepped with makeup and fake blood. Moab Valley Fire department personnel used hydraulic tools to cut the doors and roof off one of the cars to get to a severely injured “victim.” Pictured: Jessica Valdes, who had supposedly lost her left arm in the accident, is “extricated” from the vehicle and taken by EMTs to a waiting helicopter. Other GCHS seniors involved in the exercise were Deanna Irvin, Jacob Francis, Layton Call, Brendon Henderson, Becca Farnsworth, Reyce Knutson, and Jacey Johnson. In the scenario, Francis and Irvin’s characters passed away from their injuries, while the two drivers (portrayed by Knutson and Johnson) were each put under arrest for suspicion of DUI. Grand County Sheriff’s deputy Curt Brewer, the school’s resource officer, said the annual exercise not only provides valuable training for law enforcement and emergency responders, it also reinforces the message to not drink and drive, and to always wear your seat belt. “In this scenario, the fatalities could have been prevented if they had been wearing their seat belts,” Brewer told the students. Photo by Jeff Richards
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  • Two men killed in helicopter crash near Range Creek
    by Lisa J. Church
    Staff Writer
    04.10.14 - 09:04 am
  • County releases Bishop lands recommendations
    by Rudy Herndon
    Staff Writer
    04.10.14 - 09:03 am
  • New Main Street crosswalk signals creating confusion
    by Laura Haley
    Contributing Writer
    04.10.14 - 09:08 am
  • County nears release of Bishop lands initiative maps
    by Rudy Herndon
    Staff Writer
    04.03.14 - 09:23 am

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