2020-07-31

Police: Man uses bowling ball to make mace; threatens to kill man, officer

A Moab man who police said made a mace out of a bowling ball and a steel pipe – and put the name of his alleged intended victim on the weapon and threatened the officer – is in jail on a felony charge of aggravated assault. Maces are a weapon of war used primarily during the Middle Ages. Simon Michael […]

For many on the Navajo Nation, getting water requires travel, a wait in long lines and lots of patience

By Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune This is Part 1 of a three-part series from The Salt Lake Tribune, Report for America and the Solutions Journalism Network covering water access on the Navajo Nation in Utah. Part 2 looks at midterm solutions to bringing indoor plumbing to Navajo Nation residents, and Part 3 looks at long-term solutions for increasing […]

USU makes face coverings mandatory for Fall 2020 semester

Utah State University President Noelle E. Cockett has implemented a temporary policy that makes face coverings mandatory through fall semester on all campuses, according to a statement from the university.. The new policy builds upon the executive order Gov. Gary Herbert put into effect for state buildings and facilities. “USU is a research university, and the best available research demonstrates […]

Seeds of dissension? Mysterious seeds from China possibly a scam

The Better Business Bureau for Northern Nevada and Utah and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is warning people not to plant packets of seeds they received unsolicited in the mail. The bureau suggests receiving the seeds could be an indication that recipients’ personal information online has been compromised, and the state worries the seeds could be invasive and […]

GCHS football practice gets underway amid new healthy safety guidelines

The Grand County High School Red Devil football team will play five games before the academic school year begins Sept. 8. Players began practice this week, in preparation to face Beaver on Aug. 14.Coach Dennis Wells has spent considerable time getting gear ready for the gridders, separating pads and helmets into various sizes. Per COVID guidelines, all athletes are now […]

COVID-19 claims 22 lives in beleaguered San Juan County

The death toll of the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow in San Juan County, reaching 22 in the past week. The number of local residents who have contracted the virus since the pandemic arrived in March is nearing 600, with approximately 12% requiring hospitalization. The virus has been particularly challenging to elderly populations, with all 22 victims from populations of […]

NPS names new head of SE Utah Group

National Park Service Regional Director Mike Reynolds announced the selection of Patricia “Patty” Trap as superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group Area National Parks, which includes Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments, according to a statement from the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks. Since 2012, Trap has served as the deputy regional director […]

ATF informant jailed in Moab; arrested on felony drug charges

An informant for a federal law enforcement agency was arrested on felony drug charges and a host of misdemeanors on July 23. The man, 42, was at a convenience store and gas station in the 2400 block of Spanish Trail Road filling the radiator of a vehicle that had a caved-in windshield, a missing rear window and no registration. The […]

Tales of Trails: the la Sals’ middle peaks

The crown jewels of the La Sal Mountains east of Moab are the triumvirate of Mt. Mellenthin, Mt. Tukuhnikivatz and Mt. Peale. These three major peaks are the center of a range of mountains characterized by a trio of peak groupings; nine of the peaks exceed 12,000 feet in elevation. During the heat of summer, the La Sals are a […]

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