According to the City of Moab, the project to widen Highway 191 between 400 North and the Colorado River is set to begin Feb. 24 if the project bidding process goes according to schedule. The project will last 12 to 14 months, during which time at least one lane of travel will be open in either direction, according to the city.
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.
A week after the Utah Department of Health apologized for “offensive packaging” of condoms that were made as part of the “H is for Human” HIV prevention campaign, state officials reinstated the program that targets people at high risk – but will destroy the condoms.
Former San Juan County Administrator Kelly Pehrson is the new interim manager of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Gov. Gary Herbert made the appointment Jan. 14.
Top Utah lawmakers and Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday morning, Jan. 23, that they would repeal a tax reform package they passed last month after opposition leaders announced that they had gathered 30% more signatures than required by state law to send law to a voter referendum.
Organizers behind a statewide effort to put tax reform passed by Utah lawmakers in December to a voter referendum claim “victory” to be “within reach” as the 5 p.m. deadline on Jan. 21 approached.
Moab’s frustration with the noise from off-highway vehicles polluting the downtown area will soon meet the powerful influences in Salt Lake City that have won legislative battles to allow OHVs on streets around the state while seeing mixed results more recently with the rescission of state rules recognizing out-of-state OHV registrations and a battle at the federal level with allowing OHVs into Utah’s national parks.
Beginning Jan. 1, Grand County Treasurer Chris Kauffman took the helm of the Utah Association of County Treasurers (UACT) as president.
Now in its eighth year, Utah intergenerational poverty initiatives have seen progress throughout the state; most recently through county pilot programs. The Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission and Advisory Committee met Thursday, Jan. 9 to discuss these changes and look to the future, according to a statement from Utah Department of Workforce Services.
Expressing complaints about a recent tax reform law passed by Utah lawmakers, roughly 200 Moabites have joined about 10,000 Utahns across the state to sign a petition that, if 115,689 signatures are gathered by Jan. 21, would put the tax reform package on the November ballot and give voters statewide the final say on the matter.
Moab’s state representatives Rep. Carl Albrecht, R-Richfield, and Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, recently joined many of their Republican colleagues in the Utah Senate and House of Representatives to pass legislation that, once signed by Gov. Gary Herbert as he has promised, will reform Utah’s state tax code to increase taxes on sales, including gas and groceries, while decreasing taxes on individual and corporate income.
The ball is back in Grand County’s court with regard to the controversial Book Cliffs Highway proposal. A few years ago the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition (SCIC) announced that it would attempt to build a highway through Grand County’s remote and wild Book Cliffs region, despite the fact that the county has said repeatedly that it does not want the highway.