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    Hwy. 191 project 1 of 220 on UDOT schedule

    A heavy equipment operator loads a truck with dirt removed from the shoulder of north Highway 191. Crews this week will prep areas to receive curb and gutter installation on the west side of the highway and that work will take place on the east side next week. Vegetation is being cleared in the wetlands as needed for the storm water drainage system, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. Work hours on the $20.5 million project are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Community Recycle Center reopens

    Limited drop-off hours Image courtesy of Moab Community Recycling Center As of Tuesday, April 14,...

    Can you hear me now?

    Image courtesy Grand County via YouTube In this episode of “The Brady Bunch,” members of the Grand County...

    Ethics complaint shows flaws, no wrongdoing

    Grand County Council Vice Chair Jaylyn Hawks and her colleagues were not found to have conflicts of interest in a controversial vote to remove overnight lodging development as a use by right.

    Retiring county Administrator Ruth Dillon honors county staff; staff honors her back

    Ruth Dillon elbow-bumps Andrea Brand, the director of Sand Flats Recreation Area, after reading what Brand said were her top accomplishments in the seven years she worked with Dillon.

    Grand County, bending to business, votes down COVID-19 response

    Southeastern Utah health officials told a room crowded with local business leaders and elected officials Wednesday morning that it is a case of “when” not “if” COVID-19 reaches Grand County.

    Change in government committee holds events to explain plan

    November vote will determine county's future governance Photo by Carter Pape Members of the Grand...

    Tax collection rate highest in 34 years

    Grand County’s 2019 property tax collection rate reached almost 97% and was the highest in at least 34 years, according to Grand...

    Weed Supervisor Higgs wins award

    Longtime Grand County Weed Control Supervisor Tim Higgs was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award ...

    Moab Community Gardens expands, accepting applications

    Shiree Duncan, left, and Becky Mann do their own version of the iconic American Gothic painting during a break from working...

    Moab visitation has slowed in recent years

    Zacharia Levine presents his annual “State of the Local Economy” presentation during the 2020 Canyonlands Business Summit on Feb. 9.

    Moab mayor calls on Utah governor to oppose Sand Flats drilling

    During a press call Tuesday morning to discuss oil and gas leasing in the Sand Flats Recreation Area that the Bureau of Land Management proposed after two parcels were anonymously nominated for development...

    City: Nothing left to cut but jobs

    City Manager Joel Linares brought home the point Tuesday when he advised the Moab City Council during a budget presentation that, “not all months are created equal,” when it comes to the collection of sales taxes...

    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.

    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.

    What it’s like to start a new job in the middle of a pandemic

    Mallory Nassau Exactly two weeks after the Southeast Utah Health Department passed a health order that effectively closed...

    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...