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.

Moab faces child care ‘crisis,’ lack of licensed facilities

Nonprofit hopes to fill void with satellite program

About 100 children are born in Grand County each year, and there are an estimated 200 children between the ages of 0 and 2 years living in the county. There is no available licensed childcare for that age, local officials say, a problem the nonprofit Moab Community Childcare wants to solve. The group is reaching to the community to make it happen.