While the 2020 presidential election will undoubtedly get the lion’s share of attention nationally, Grand County voters have some choices to make in the months ahead.
Deanne Zebelean, an official with the U.S. Census Bureau, presented on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to the Moab Chamber of Commerce during its monthly luncheon about the 2020 U.S. Census and how businesses can help ensure a complete count. Zebelean also talked about the benefits that the freely available information from Census results can provide to businesses.
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.
The National Park Service seeks public input on a plan to allow bicycle use on the newly constructed Arches Visitor Center Connector Trail. The trail connects the Arches visitor center to the Moab Canyon Pathway and was built in accordance with national guidelines for shared use paths.
The Bureau of Land Management Monticello Field Office will host the second Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Hideout Community Center, 648 S. Hideout Way in Monticello.
The Bureau of Land Management Utah has made several key changes in leadership positions across the state to begin 2020.
The Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced that it is seeking public nominations for three citizens’ advisory councils affiliated with specific sites on the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. One of them is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument advisory committee.
Nearly three out of ten Grand County residents did not respond to the 2010 U.S. Census, 31% to be exact, a dismal figure local officials want to improve upon this year.
The Bureau of Land Management is a contributor and supporter of Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, which uses locally-driven projects to improve watershed health, biological diversity, and water quality. BLM Utah and the Utah Department of Natural Resources have entered into a new five-year financial cooperative agreement supporting the WRI. The BLM may contribute up to $75 million over the lifetime of this five-year agreement, according to a statement BLM Utah released.
After President Donald Trump ordered on Friday, Jan. 3, a drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the country’s top security and intelligence commander, Iran’s supreme leader promised retaliation, prompting the U.S. to allocate 3,500 troops to be sent to the Middle East. U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Provo, responded by calling the action a decisive one that would “protect countless lives.”
The Bureau of Land Management Canyon Country Fire Zone recently transferred 11 handheld radios to three local fire departments under the BLM’s Rural Fire Readiness program, according to the BLM.
Kate Cannon’s 40-year tenure with the National Park Service will end Jan. 3. The superintendent of the NPS Southeast Utah Group for the past 13 years, Cannon said she’s retiring to join her husband, Ross Rice, a now-retired NPS ranger pilot.