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    The cover story of National Geographic’s November 2018 issue, titled “The Battle for the American West,” delves into the controversy surrounding Bears Ears National Monument. In the article, Moab is used as an example of a place overrun by tourists and a situation other communities hope to...
    The Grand County Planning Commission approved a new high-density housing development in Spanish Valley Nov. 13 after resolving disagreements between planning commissioners and landowners over whether an easement regulation should be enforced.     The approval of the future 15-lot development...
    The fate of a signature petition to put the funding of construction of a new Grand County middle school before voters remained unknown as The Times-Independent went to press Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28.     Grand County Chief Deputy Clerk Jana Smith said she didn’t expect the results to be...
    If Moab is ever going to have a Main Street traffic-reducing bypass in its future, local governments are going to have to put one into an official comprehensive transportation plan.     If ever something sounded easier said than done, this is it.     The Moab Transit Authority Study Committee...
    On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Moab City Council and Planning Commission held a workshop on growth and density. Though some general issues were discussed, the conversation focused on the Planned Affordable Development ordinance currently being considered by the council.     The purpose of the PAD is...
    Three men who police believe were involved in the Oct. 28 shooting death of a Moab man were in court Tuesday afternoon for their initial appearances. Lawyers were assigned to the men and a translator was present to ensure they understood what was happening.     Judge Don Torgerson scheduled...
    At a Nov. 13 meeting, the Grand County Planning Commission discussed the draft of a new lighting ordinance that’s soon to lower the dimmer switch on Moab and the rest of the county, placing it on a map with only 20 other Dark Sky Communities in the world that are certified by the International...
    When Moab City Council Member Mike Duncan told Brent Bateman the city expects to be legally challenged for forcing hotel and motel builders to pay a fee, Bateman, the lead attorney for the Utah Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman said, “It’s already happening.”     Bateman was in the...
    “To the immediate and workplace families of Russell Helquist, Matthew Johnston and Arthur 'Buddy' Secrest, our deepest sympathies are extended to you during this difficult time,” said Grand County Council Chair Mary McGann, reading an official note of condolence to the family and friends of...
    A group of Moab residents is challenging the method with which the Grand County School District is financing construction of the planned new middle school. The Grand County Board of Education’s decision to use a Local Building Authority (LBA) rather than a General Obligation (GO) bond to fund...

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