My wife and I live at Pack Creek Ranch in a valley that connects to the tail end of Spanish Valley. From our cabin, we can see traffic on Highway 191 three and a half miles to the west. One of the things that knocked our socks off when we first visited here was the night sky aglow with stars. We treasure that sight which just isn’t possible in most cities.
When my family and I moved to Moab in 1991, the city and county were experiencing serious problems because of the collapse of the uranium industry. You could buy a house for $18,000 to $28,000. There was a three-person county commission that was making decisions that many folks found problematic.
We are so blessed with so many of God’s gifts hugging us in this little green valley. Years ago (more than 60 of them), my family arrived here, and except for college I’ve been here ever since, and am now older than a lot of natives. I’m a Uintah Basin girl, though I remember more about Samuel Gompers Junior High in Los Angeles than the Basin. My next younger sister was born in Roosevelt, then the family moved to Salt Lake, then California, then back to Utah, and this could get repetitive. I’ll leave it at the fact we moved around a lot.
There has been a lot of discussion lately about bear activity around the area. The Salt Lake City news channels are all abuzz about a 13-year-old boy who was bit on the left side of his face while sleeping in a tent at the Dewey Bridge Campground. The boy was apparently taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. The State Division of Wildlife Resources has located and destroyed the bear.
I’m writing to correct an erroneous statement in the story “Mosquitos continue to test positive for West Nile Virus” that ran in the Moab Times-Independent last week (8 August 2019). Near the end of the article is the sentence: “The transmission cycle, she said, is from bird to mosquito to bird – and sometimes humans.”
I read that Curtis Wells had concerns about the transparency of the Grand County Council during a meeting of the council regarding a vote on overnight rentals.
The summer of 2019 is winding down rapidly, but I know many Utahns are still planning outdoor “stay-cations” across our beautiful state. With that, a word of caution in reference to our firewood quarantine.
Although an approved zoning plan for Spanish Valley is already in place, the moratorium on development and restrictive alternative plans are being driven by a small group of opponents known as the North San Juan County Coalition. The company hired by San Juan County to study the matter, Landmark Design, has effectively partnered with NSJCC, and appears to have overlooked the businesses located along the Hwy. 191 corridor and residents who support the Love’s truck stop. Unelected and one-sided, the NSJCC has managed to co-opt what should be an open and democratic process. Fortunately, on Aug. 6, Landmark Design got an earful from San Juan County stakeholders who, to that point, had been left out in the cold.
Due to the article this week about mail theft at the Moab Post Office, I want to share my experience, odd as it is.
We must say that the people of Moab and T-I readers are such a wonderful community! We would like to thank everyone who helped make our mother, Juanita Mabery’s 90th birthday such a special and memorable day for her with cards and well wishes.
I am not opposed to truckers. Yes, they are indeed great men and women and they have a difficult and demanding job.
It has come to my attention that a large development on 16 acres above the west side of Highway 191, just south of town, which will comprise 226 units and nine four-story apartment buildings, should be halted immediately for further review of the true extent of impacts and future costs.