County, city receive funds for transportation studies

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.

Santa stars at tree lighting, parade

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.