The business of counting

How Moab businesses can benefit from a complete Census, and where to access the data

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.

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.

BLM, DNR renew watershed restoration partnership

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.

Curtis says attack that killed Soleimani will protect lives

U.S. reportedly sending troops to Middle East after Iran promises retaliation

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.”