Dust is flying in the alpine meadows of the La Sal Mountains. Centuries-old cushion plants are crushed, rare daisies are shorn to their roots, and ovals of bare dirt stand out like scars among the wildflowers. The cause is not hikers. It’s not bikers. It’s goats.
Project costs for the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) have been vastly exaggerated because of inaccurate cost comparisons between LPP and the Southern Delivery System (SDS) water project completed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2016. This information has recently been included in local news stories. As the program director for both projects, I need to point out some flaws and inaccuracies of the comparison created by the Utah Rivers Council to ensure the public has the facts.
For many years, residents of northern San Juan County’s Spanish Valley have been able to live without much concern for what was going at the county level. The county seat, in Monticello, is a 45-minute drive away.
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.
The purpose of this correspondence is to invite you to become a member of the Grand County High School Community Council and inform you of the nature of this organization.
Resident Ariel Atkins sent this photograph and message to The Times-Independent following a July 2 public hearing on a potential ban on future overnight lodging development.
Anniversaries provide a perfect opportunity to enjoy memories and quiet reflection. We have been doing just that as Moab Solutions celebrated 15 years of being last month. A large part of any success we’ve had has been because of our long relationship with The Times-Independent.
If the National Park System is America’s best idea, then publicly owned national forests may be America’s best kept secret. Spread across 40 states and Puerto Rico, these 154 forests cover an area the size of Texas and Louisiana combined, and as savvy travelers have long known, offer an opportunity to enjoy outdoor recreation in largely undisturbed areas, with far smaller crowds than are found at many national parks.
We urban-transplant eco-socialist Thanos-emulating city council members have been seeing more “You people…” and “What were you thinking…” letters lately. Kerri Bertwell and Marjorie Haun, writing earlier this month, may not know they have much in common with the political left. Everyone is unhappy about the congestion. Everyone wants more economic diversity. And more than a few blame the city council.
I greatly appreciate Kerrie Bertwell’s recent letter to the editor. It was honest, and from the heart, and we need more of that. Like me, Kerrie was raised in Moab, and like me, is mortified to see what a wreck local (majority out-of-town transplant) government has made of it.
As various House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation’s challenges will grind to a halt. I would argue just the opposite: the wheels of government are turning in favor of accountability.