Within the next two months, the City of Moab will likely have new ground rules for local hoteliers and other lodging developers seeking to partake in the large and growing economic pie that is Utah tourism.
Rather than rush forward into the great unknown, the City of Moab will take a more cautious approach to building an affordable housing complex on Walnut Lane.
Members of Moab’s teachers’ union gathered before school Monday, Dec. 9, to affirm concerns about state lawmakers’ recent efforts to restructure Utah’s tax code. Their primary contention, according to an organizer with the Grand Education Association, is that the proposal does not include a plan for maintaining funding of Utah schools.
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the State of Utah will no longer honor off-highway vehicle registrations from any other states.
A joint effort undertaken by Grand County, the City of Moab and other entities to establish a regional transportation plan got a huge shot in the arm earlier this month when the Utah Department of Transportation awarded Technical Assistance Planning funds to the county. County Community and Economic Director Zacharia Levine said in announcing the award that the county and city have already signed cooperative agreements with UDOT, the State Institutional and Trust Lands Administration and San Juan County. The initiative will begin early in 2020.
David Olsen receives applause from Mayor Emily Niehaus and the Moab City Council as he accepts an award for his service to the city. Niehaus praised Olsen for his work on the bike trail system that circulates through Moab and for his beautification efforts around the city.
A man recently involved in a traffic incident allegedly gave a highway patrolman a fake name, Jason Amos of Illinois, when asked to identify himself, then created a fake Facebook account under that name while highway patrol attempted to run his name through various systems to get official information about him.
With some help from the crowd, Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus counted down from 10 before lighting the community Christmas tree a few moments past 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, in Swanny Park. Santa and Valley Voices serenaded the audience with familiar holiday songs and encouraged the crowd to sing along. Later, the Moab Charter School and Grand County Middle School and High School students also sang holiday tunes.
The annual Grand County Sheriff’s Food Drive takes place Monday, Dec. 16 through Friday, Dec. 20. The sheriff’s office has partnered with the Grand County Food Bank, the Episcopal Church of St. Francis and Poison Spiders Bicycles to help stock the food bank.
Contrary to the opinions of some locals, Moab City Police do respond to animal calls. The agency reported a number of calls about loose dogs at the end of November, including one incident of loose canines possibly injuring an older dog.
Some retired senior Bureau of Land Management leaders are stepping up their efforts to prevent the agency from relocating its headquarters and hundreds of senior positions to Grand Junction, Colorado. A coalition of people has been visiting with congressional leaders and their staffs this week in Washington, D.C. to raise objections to the move.
The 2020 Census will begin in the spring, but applications for workers are now being accepted online at 2020census.gov/jobs.