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    DWR to conduct checkpoints to help prevent the spread of quagga mussels

    By state law, DWR officials are authorized to conduct administrative checkpoints on various roadways throughout the year to help prevent the spread of quagga mussels. These are different than mandatory inspection stations at bodies of water and other areas because all vehicles — not just those transporting watercraft — will be directed off the road.

    Stories of Interest

    Q&A with the mayor: Niehaus addresses myriad stresses of pandemic

    The Times-Independent asked Mayor Emily Niehaus to answer questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. With all government meetings being held electronically, the public...

    County council: Community Rebuilds, Friends of Arches aren’t ‘community gifts’

    Two Grand County-based nonprofits that applied this year for property tax exemptions were recently denied their requests after officials made findings that the nonprofits did not provide a sufficient gift to the community, per Utah law, to qualify them for exemptions — exemptions that would have slightly raised property taxes on everyone else in the county.

    Only 2 of 13 local elections contested in 2020

    This U.S. presidential election year, 13 local elected offices will appear on the ballot, and voters will have 15 names from which to choose to fill them.

    Council member worries about ‘scrutiny’ toward mask snubbers

    In a discussion about the current state of Moab’s response to COVID-19, Grand County Council Member Rory Paxman expressed concern last week that a collective push from the hospital and health department to wear masks might be too much, also expressing concerns about “scrutiny” toward people who do not wear masks.

    County could cut budget by 30%

    Grand County Council Administrator Chris Baird told the county council last week that he was anticipating a cut to the county’s general fund budget of up to 30% as tourism in Moab takes a drastic hit alongside nearly all other local businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    First look at the county council candidates

    Opponents Stocks, Walker answer three questions Photo by Carter Pape The Times-Independent reached out to...

    Airport gets another $1M FAA grant

    A few days after receiving more than $1 million in CARES Act funding, Canyonlands Field Airport was awarded an additional $1 million in entitlement funding through the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Moab native hired as deputy county attorney

    Kema Johnson Grand County Attorney Christina Sloan has hired a Moab native as a deputy to assist her...

    Airport gets $1M CARES Act grant; funding can be used for payroll

    Andy Solvsig Grand County’s Canyonlands Field Airport received more than $1 million in grant funding from the Federal...

    Transportation group formed, will work with UDOT

    The Moab City and Grand County councils last week appointed members to the fledgling Southeastern Utah Regional...

    Curbside pick up available at library

    Need a book, audiobook, movie, or magazine while the library building is closed to the public? Try curbside holds pick up at the Grand County Library.

    Groups want more time, meetings for BLM grazing regs

    Thirty-seven conservation groups representing millions of members sent the Bureau of Land Management a letter on Friday, Feb. 14, requesting additional time...

    Utahraptor park plan stalls in committee

    A plan to establish Utahraptor State Park in the area of Dalton Wells, north of Arches National Park, has stalled over concerns...

    State trails council seeks at-large member

    The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is currently seeking a representative to serve on the Utah Recreational Trails Advisory Council.

    Lawmaker unveils plan for Utahraptor State Park

    HB322 calls for one-time $10M funding infusion This rendering by artist Julius Csotonyi graces the cover of a...

    Star Hall forum to discuss future of Lake Powell

    Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons A forum to discuss the future of...

    Mike Lee, SITLA director defend trust’s mission

    If public schools benefit first, where does that leave everyone else? SITLA Director David Ure defends his agency's...