If at first you don’t succeed …
The Grand County Council meets at 2 p.m. today, July 18, to revisit Tuesday’s 3-3 vote on an ordinance that would temporarily ban construction of hotels, motels and other lodging providers on county land outside of the Moab city limits. The Moab City Council is exploring a similar ordinance.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office reported that around 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, a local man, Spencer W. Connolley, suffered fatal injuries in the landing zone for skydivers at Canyonlands Airport after a “fast and hard landing.” Connolley was 23.
Moab City Police arrested a woman Monday, July 8, after she allegedly went into her husband’s house, from which she had been trespassed one month prior. The two, who have a daughter together, are undergoing a divorce.
A Grand County High School employee mistakenly failed to send Advanced Placement (AP) tests taken by students in 2019, possibly forcing some students who are now enrolled in college to reschedule their first semester of classes.
The Grand County Council approved expending more than $80,000 in unfunded emergency revenue to address one of the worst mosquito seasons in recent memory when members met Tuesday, July 16.
For only the second time, the Grand County Council at Tuesday’s meeting issued a “declaration of nuisance” regarding a home on Tusher Street that has Arundo Donax, commonly known as giant reed, infesting its back yard.
A report released by the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation touted that outdoor recreation in Utah contributes more than $12.3 billion to the economy and provides jobs for more than 100,000 people. Utah outdoor recreation also generates over $737 million in state and local tax revenues and provides over $3.9 billion in wages and salaries.
Hunters who missed the application period for general-season bull elk and general-season buck deer permits and are still interested in hunting deer or elk this fall, the last chance to buy a permit begins this week, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
The Grand County High School cheerleading team won the Top Banana award last week at cheer camp. Coaches Rae Lynn Knight and Kayeley Wells and cheerleaders worked on honing their skills and learning new routines.
Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, coordinated by the Utah Department of Natural Resources, announced $36 million in funding for 121 wildland restoration and rehabilitation projects statewide, with a goal of improving over 173,000 acres of land. In addition, 24 livestock and wildlife water development projects were funded. The projects are scheduled for the 2020 fiscal year. Among them are three plans for southeastern Utah, including prescribed burns in the La Sal Mountains.
Although they recently finished training, two new Utah Division of Wildlife Resources K9 conservation officers are already hard at work. Last weekend, the officers successfully assisted other agencies with searches and also caught people illegally fishing, according to DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley.
Officials had predicted that it was only a matter of time. Mosquitoes trapped locally and tested at the Utah Public Health Lab on July 11 returned positive for West Nile virus after they were collected July 2 at the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve, according to Grand County Clerk-Auditor Chris Baird.
Everybody knows Moab is home to one of the greatest dinosaur fossil records on the planet, but what was the area like before then? Say, 300 to 330 million years ago?