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.
Last year was Utah’s driest year on record. As commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and a rancher, I am concerned about the drought. But I am also filled with optimism.