Residents at an open house on Thursday, May 9, made known in strong terms their displeasure with a proposed truck stop in south Spanish Valley. The meeting was also attended by a representative from Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores who drove in from Layton to meet with the public.
For decades, staffers at the office of Utah’s State Engineer have worked their way around the state, adjudicating water rights district-by-district. In April 2018, Moab residents were tapped into this process, and a final decision on all claims in the area will be made in a matter of months.
A vote to hire David Everitt, currently Moab’s city manager, to be the San Juan County Administrator was not listed on the agenda for a county commission meeting held Tuesday, May 7, but it received a vote and passed 2-1.
A bid by San Juan County Commission Chair Kenneth Maryboy to pause commercial development along Highway 191 in Spanish Valley, possibly impacting plans for a Love’s Travel Stop in the area has stalled.
San Juan County Commissioner Kenneth Maryboy proposed a resolution to halt commercial development along Highway 191 in Spanish Valley for up to six months. The resolution will be reviewed during a meeting Tuesday morning, May 7.
The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration said that its upcoming contract with Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will include design restrictions including dark skies lighting and a sound barrier separating the development from nearby homes.
Bryan Torgerson, a Resource Specialist for the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, responded to comments from residents at a San Juan County meeting on April 3 who expressed fears about human trafficking, prostitution and drug dealing that they said would take place at a Love’s travel stop planned for Spanish Valley.
To the residents of Spanish Valley, please understand that if you believe the promises made by San Juan County, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn, New York to sell you. Several individuals have written letters to newspapers about Love’s Truck Stop and the promise to include a dark sky ordinance.
A car accident in Spanish Valley around 9 p.m. on Saturday resulted in the death of local resident Carl Q. Bierschied.
A representative from the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration said plans to sell land just south of the border between Grand and San Juan counties to the Love’s corporation for a truck stop was “pretty much a done deal.”