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.”
The chair of the San Juan Planning Commission promised during a meeting Wednesday, April 3 to pass a dark skies ordinance for Spanish Valley after many residents contacted commissioners and planning staff after the commission had previously voted to not recommend such an ordinance.
Diane Ackerman, a volunteer with the Utah Native Plant Society, adds mulch to the new garden at the Moab Recycling Center. The garden features native Utah plant species salvaged from a construction site in Spanish Valley. Ackerman said she was looking for volunteers to weed the garden in the coming months as the plants begin to grow.Photo by Carter Pape