BLM seeks input on proposed campground, trails near Gooseneck State Park

The Bureau of Land Management Monticello Field Office is seeking public input on a BLM and Utah Division of Parks and Recreation joint proposal to develop a campground and mountain bike trails on BLM-administered lands near Goosenecks State Park in southeast San Juan County. The public scoping period began Jan. 13 and ends on Feb. 14. Public comments will help the BLM develop a draft environmental assessment, agency officials said in an email.

Lisbon Valley mine looks to expand using experimental solution extraction method

The Lisbon Valley Copper Mine hopes to add a quarter-century of life to the troubled operation roughly 40 miles southeast of Moab by using an experimental extraction method that calls for pumping water and sulfuric acid into the ground through a ring of injection wells. The acid would dissolve copper from rock and then the solution would be pumped back to the surface where it would be separated.

San Juan gets pushback on Spanish Valley asphalt plant

Grand gets an earful – for different reasons

The licensure of an aggregate and hot mix asphalt plant in Spanish Valley off Highway 191 on a gravel road that leads to Ken’s Lake was the topic of significant discussion at the Nov. 5 meeting of the San Juan County Commission. Commissioners felt pressured to act as they faced a Nov. 8 deadline for public comment on the licensure decision by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

San Juan County to vote on governance

A special election in November will ask voters in San Juan County if a committee should be formed to consider a change in county government. The election is scheduled after five county residents successfully submitted a petition. County Clerk John David Nielson said that the group submitted several pages of signatures. Signatures were verified using VISTA, the state voter database. Nielson certified the petition when he had verified 278 signatures. That represents five percent of the votes cast in the 2016 general election. The residents include Blanding Mayor Joe B. Lyman, Monticello Mayor Tim Young, Navajo Mountain resident Alexander Bitsinnie, White Mesa resident Suzette Morris, and Spanish Valley resident Wendy Walker Tibbetts. If a majority of voters approve the ballot question, a seven-member committee will study the issue and make a recommendation.