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    Municipal Government

    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.

    Stories of Interest

    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.

    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.

    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.

    York hired as city’s finance director

    Moab native was controller at Lisbon Valley Mining Co. Klint York The Moab City Council...

    Annexation smaller than advertised

    Readers might have been taken aback to read in our Legal Notices section on April 2 about a landowner who intended to annex two parcels totaling about 60 acres south of the City of Moab.

    UDOT: City can repurpose parking funds

    The Moab City Council has until Sept. 1 to present a new plan for $8.3 million in state funding originally approved for a downtown parking structure.

    Moab, Grand, San Juan team up on transit planning

    Tuesday night, Feb. 25, a Grand County official presented to the Moab City Council an ongoing effort to plan how transit in...

    Gizler elected to national travel organization board

    Moab Area Travel Council Executive Director Elaine Gizler.

    In support of the ERA

    Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus, left, and Grand County Council Chair Mary McGann dressed as suffragettes at a joint signing by the Grand County Council...

    LWV hosts legislative, tax reform updates

    The League of Women Voters will host Grand County Council Chair Mary McGann and Member Curtis Wells and others for updates on...

    Tales of trails: Riding along the edge of town is a dream

    I didn't think I was going to like Pipe Dream when I first moved to Moab, but I was very much wrong.

    Tales of trails: Grandstaff Canyon is a hiker’s paradise

    Our latest installment in our ongoing series, "Tales of Trails," features the popular Grandstaff Canyon.

    Tales of trails: Rabbit Valley offers options for multiple types of users

    Trails in Rabbit Valley are marked with permitted activities. Rabbit Valley is a hotspot for roaring ATVs, but one trail — Jouflas — allows foot and hoof access only.

    Flying down the trail: Falcon Flow lives up to its name

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to Falcon Flow, Moab’s newest mountain biking trail.

    Tales of trails: My very bad, no good night on Porcupine Rim

    Popular route descends from Sand Flats to river; writer's first ride turns into harrowing ordeal.