2023-06-15

Fully staffed GCSO struggles with supply chain issues

Nobody remembers the last time the Grand County Sheriff’s Office was fully staffed. “I’ve been told it’s been 20-plus years,” said Sheriff Jamison Wiggins. Including Wiggins, the office has 31 sworn deputies, nine employees in Dispatch and six civilian staffers. And while he has all the deputies his budget can pay, he is short on patrol units and other equipment, […]

Floods beget an ‘optimistic year’ for native fish

Project lead: Wetlands fish gate functioned well during runoff

While Katie Creighton can’t say for sure yet how the fish are doing, she’s hopeful. Creighton, the native aquatics project leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, spends her days monitoring the motley crew of threatened and endangered native fish in Moab and southeastern Utah: the razorback sucker, Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub and bonytail chub. While it’s too soon […]

8,556 boats inspected for quagga mussels during Memorial Day weekend

Law enforcement officers and technicians with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and other agencies had a busy holiday weekend, working to inspect and decontaminate boats across the state. Their efforts focused on preventing the invasive quagga mussels in Lake Powell and in other states from spreading to Utah waterbodies. Statewide, Aquatic Invasive Species technicians with the DWR, Utah State […]

City looks to update landscaping code

The City of Moab is considering updates to the landscaping code “to facilitate water conservation and encourage landscapes that contribute to sustainability, resiliency, comfort and safety” and the Moab Planning Commission is asking for input on the proposed ordinance prior to its June 22 meeting. The draft code update and other documents are available on the city planning department’s webpage […]

Two openings on Moab planning Commission

Volunteer board meets twice monthly

The City of Moab is accepting applications for two openings on the Moab City Planning Commission. Members of the planning commission must be residents of the city. The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. This is a volunteer board, with members appointed by the mayor. The Planning Commission acts in an advisory capacity for […]

Reduce food waste, reduce hunger in Utah

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Did you know one-third of all food in the United States goes uneaten? That’s 133 billion pounds of food, and most of it (nearly 97%) ends up in landfills, combustion facilities, or down the drain to the sewer system. This accounts for $1,800 of wasted food for a family of four in a year. That’s a lot of money that […]

Joint filmmaking, crime procedural storytelling

Unpacking waste culture with Artists-in-Residence Tom Hansell and Reneé Reizman

The Moab Arts Reuse Residency (MARR), an annual program produced by Moab Arts in partnership with Canyonlands Solid Waste Authority and WabiSabi, announces artists Tom Hansell and Renée Reizman as the August 2023 artists in residence. Since 2021, MARR has welcomed artists who thoughtfully consider their studio practice through the lens of sustainability and reuse. The four-week-long program grants artists […]

Stocks named president of Moab Rotary Club

Melissa Stocks became the latest Moab Rotary Club president on Saturday, June 10, during the annual “passing of the baton,” according to Britta Kingsley. Stocks said she was both excited and humbled to helm the organization’s local chapter. “Rotary’s history of providing services both internationally and locally is well known,” Stocks said. “It is very important to give back to […]

Statewide shorebird surveys restarted after 30-year hiatus

Over 84K shorebirds counted during spring survey

After the last formal shorebird surveys conducted more than 30 years ago across the Intermountain West, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, along with other wildlife focused organizations, revived monitoring to gather important data about migratory shorebirds at key sites across Utah. Partners involved in the survey include the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Sageland Collaborative, the U.S. Fish and […]

Glen Canyon: A River Guide Remembers

Ken Sleight exhibit at Green River’s John Wesley Powell River History Museum

“Remembering what we lost with Glen Canyon, in my mind is relevant today. I can’t forget it and I don’t want others to forget it either.” Ken Sleight Ninety-three-year-old Ken Sleight, iconic environmentalist and river guide, isn’t done yet. Ken’s 60-plus years of activism to restore and protect Glen Canyon continues alongside the remembrance of all that was lost. His […]