Letter: History lesson — we’ve been here before

Editor, Grand County voters are engaged and informed, unlikely to be confused by the ballot they’ll receive in the mail soon. But the three change of government questions on the ballot might be more confusing than usual. Just remember that we’ve been here and faced these same “form of government” ballot questions a couple times in the not-so-distant past. Both […]

Letter: Time to act on UTV noise

Editor, Nailed to a utility pole on Millcreek Drive is a small sign, stained, torn and bleached by the rain, wind and sun, plaintively bearing the words, “UTVs Need Mufflers Please,” a message largely unread and unheeded. Recently, UTVs have become increasingly popular, raising problems and heated debates because of the resultant noise. Relatedly, 13 states have banned their use […]

Opinion: National Newspaper Week prompts fond reflections

Last week was National Newspaper Week, which observes the importance of newspapers to their communities. I didn’t see it mentioned in any of the local newspapers and there certainly were not parades or celebrations of any kind to mark the occasion. In fact, if it wasn’t for a notation on a printer’s ink calendar that caught my attention years ago, […]

Opinion: The West’s population grows and churns

Ever since 1790, when the U.S. Census started keeping track of such things, the migratory flow of non-Indigenous people within the United States has moved from East to West, into lands they erroneously saw as a blank slate, and not so erroneously as a land rife with natural resources to exploit. Americans are still mobile and still moving West, but […]

Trooper recovers AR-15 with no ID info during traffic stop; driver arrested on charges of pot, lying to officer

A 24-year-old alleged speeder was arrested on a felony charge of being in possession of a partially disassembled AR-15 rifle, a weapon he is reportedly prohibited from possessing. A Utah Highway Patrol trooper pulled over Joshua Jeremy Amos at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday on Interstate 70 near milepost 179 westbound after clocking him driving 92 mph in an 80 […]

Search for stolen bicycles yields drugs

A search of a probationer’s storage unit for stolen bicycles allegedly yielded instead a small amount of methamphetamine and meth and marijuana paraphernalia. William Edward Snyder, 30, was arrested Sunday, Oct. 11, on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. A Moab Police officer made the arrest after advising […]

COVID keeps gas prices ‘confined’

Utah gas prices have risen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.43 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,171 stations. Gas prices in Utah are 4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 34.4 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in […]

How COVID response has unfolded in Grand County

FREE Hospital CEO: Local leaders have been ‘insightful’ in pandemic response

On March 11, the Grand County Council voted to dismiss an executive order presented by the Southeast Utah Health Department designed to take early action against COVID-19, which had been declared a pandemic disease by the World Health Organization that same morning. The limitations would have restricted the size of indoor gatherings to 100 people and outdoor gatherings to 250 […]

Suicide prevention keeps veteran peddling as he brings awareness to trauma suffered by military members

For Dan Hurd, the very long road to recovery from physical and emotional abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, and repeated suicide attempts is one he has ridden for the last three years on his bicycle. Recently, in Colorado he built a small bicycle trailer to serve as his home along the way. He left his home in Plymouth, Massachusetts with […]

Local candidates: ‘We trust Grand County’s elections’

Joint statement signed by all candidates for county commission, school board

We, the undersigned candidates for elected office, maintain trust in the electoral process in Grand County, Utah. We fully anticipate Grand County will carry out its elections in accordance with federal, state and local law. By this virtue, we also commit to abiding by the final election results, no matter who they favor. We encourage all eligible Grand County residents […]