Tom Laughlin of Tulsa, Oklahoma, read a new interpretive sign on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the entrance to Negro Bill Canyon that tells visitors about the life of William Grandstaff.
The new “Grandstaff Trailhead” signs along state Route 128 near the trailhead’s parking lot were stolen last week.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Field Office Manager Lisa Bryant said that a Castle Valley resident first reported the theft at about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.
The person said the signs were still in place around 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The BLM spent more than $1,600 to install the signs as part of its broader effort to replace signage along the state Route 128 corridor.
The theft of the signs is a felony offense, and Bryant said the BLM is working in conjunction with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the incident.
If you have any information about the theft, you can contact the BLM at 435-259-2100, or the sheriff’s office at 435-259-8115.
“Ideally, somebody would return the signs,” Bryant said. “That’s really what we want.”