Preservation work begins on Jason R. Workman Memorial Bridge

The Utah Department of Transportation is beginning construction efforts to preserve the life of a metal arch bridge spanning the San Juan River at Mexican Hat. Work crews have begun setting up scaffolding under the Jason R. Workman Memorial Bridge to facilitate repairs that will encompass the structure both above and below the road surface.The $3.5 million project, awarded to […]

In-person schooling will begin Sept. 8; parents may opt for online learning

The Board of Education of the Grand County School District approved its COVID-19 school reopening plan Wednesday, July 15 during a regular meeting. The plan calls for a return to in-person classes for most students, though the district is offering flexibility to parents and students who require accommodations. School will start later this year. Rather than sticking with the previously […]

Brushing up on Brumley Ridge

Clif Koontz of the Grand County Motorized Trails Committee said the group has planned a field day and asks for volunteers. “Temperatures are forecast in the 70s this Saturday the 18th at the Brumley Creek 4WD trail, where we’ll finish removing brush that has made the trail feel too much like an automatic car wash,” he said in an email. […]

COVID-19 ravages Blanding care center; 3 die

COVID-19 continues to ravage San Juan County. The Navajo Nation has been hit hard by the virus and now there has been an outbreak among the highly vulnerable residents of the Four Corners Regional Care Center in Blanding. Six of the 10 Utahns who died of COVID-19 on Monday were from San Juan and three of those six were in […]

Businesses must post mask mandat

Businesses are legally required to post a flyer alerting customers of Grand County’s mask requirement, there is a right way and a wrong way to wear masks, and people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should wait five to seven days before getting tested. So said Bradon Bradford of the Southeast Utah Health Department during an update to […]

Moab Music Festival unveils modified 28th season

This story has been amended to correct concert times that are scheduled to take place at Red Cliffs Lodge. Coronavirus will not stop the Moab Music Festival, but it has prompted organizers to slim it down. The Moab Music Festival board of directors, staff, and Co-Directors Leslie Tomkins and Michael Barrett are excited to be able to move ahead with […]

Survey: Local parents want daily in-person teaching

In a recent survey of parents with children enrolled at the Grand County School District, more than 100 local parents said they would not send their kids to school if a mask mandate was in place. Currently, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has implemented a school-specific mask mandate statewide, and Grand County has its own order requiring masks on nearly everyone […]

GCHS sports to begin on schedule

The board of the Utah High School Activities Association last week approved an on-time start for high school activities and sports practices, a spokesperson said. Locally, Grand County High School sports and activities are set to begin as scheduled with protocols for symptom-checking, mask-wearing and other public health measures to be put in place The plan from the association is […]

Investigators: Arches might be at fault for June death of passenger hit by gate during wind gust

Arches National Park might be to blame for the death of a woman whose car was hit by a gate during an extreme windstorm in June. Ugandan human rights activist Esther Nakajjigo, 25, died suddenly June 13 near the park entrance. Investigators said the gate that swung into traffic because of a gust of wind had not been properly secured. […]

Tales of Trails: A look at the many north-end La Sal Mountain peaks

Mountain ranges look different from various vantage points. Here in Moab we see the La Sal range as three clusters of peaks separated by two passes, Geyser Pass in the middle and La Sal Pass to the south. When viewed from the east or back side, from Old La Sal, the view is dominated by Mt. Peale, the range’s tallest […]