Last week, many in the community and the local governments became aware of a Bureau of Land Management plan to scope for oil and gas leasing two parcels smack dab in the heart of Moab’s EPA designated Sole Source Aquifer and State designated drinking water protection area.
In the Sand Flats Recreation area, overlapping the Slickrock Trail and the upper entrance to Grandstaff Canyon, and between two large Wilderness Study areas, two parcels of land are being offered for lease to the extraction industry.
George Orwell, in his essay, “Politics and the English Language,” wrote, “All issues are political issues and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.” If Orwell is correct then I, as a news consumer, am in danger of poisoning my inner being with “lies, evasion, follies,” etc. Sounds bad. The impeachment hearings were especially toxic.
There are countless iconic views throughout the National Park system, but some of the best known are found in the orange-red canyons and stone arches of southern Utah. Arches National Park and nearby Canyonlands National Park have become favorite destinations for tourists from around the world, many of whom visit both in the same trip.
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.