I oppose the sale of land by SITLA [Schools and Institutional Trust Lands Administration] to the Love’s Corporation for a large truck stop. Although truckers need a place to stop along their route, there are other locations where a truck stop would not border a quiet residential area. The current proposal is not acceptable.
On Thursday afternoon of last week I was approached while leaving my driveway by a detective from the Grand County Sheriff’s Department. Immediately following him were two more officers, and two more on what appeared to be on standby right across the street. I later learned from an onlooker that there were two city officers across the street in the opposite direction.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of letters lately question what the Love’s truck stop will bring to our valley if we allow it to be built. Light pollution, noise pollution, drugs, good wages, bad wages, sex trafficking … the list goes on and on.
An open letter to the citizens of District One in Grand County and those who have generously supported my efforts: