January 2022

Joette Langianese was sworn in as mayor of the City of Moab. Luke Wojciechowski and Jason Taylor join the Moab City Council.

The Moab City Police Department released an investigative report finding that two MCPD officers violated multiple policies including body camera usage, mask-wearing and standards of conduct in a February 23, 2021 incident. 

The 2022 general session of the Utah State Legislature began on Jan. 18. Elected officials passed a joint resolution that terminated mask mandates issued by governing bodies in Salt Lake and Summit counties. Several bills dealt with regulations on vehicles, specifically off-highway vehicles.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office said that they identified persons of interest in the murders of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner, who were murdered in the La Sal Mountains in August 2021. A memorial sculpture for the couple, created by local artist Ekaterina Tatarovich, was installed at the Grand County Public Library. 

The City of Moab, the Grand Water & Sewer Service Agency, and the San Juan Spanish Valley Special Service District proposed uniting to develop a “Water Utility Resource Management Plan” to coordinate conservation efforts.

A 100-page investigative report concluded that two Moab police officers had violated several aspects of state code and department policy in handling a domestic dispute call. The woman involved in the dispute, Gabby Petito, was murdered by her partner in Wyoming weeks later. 

As of Jan. 19, nearly all of Utah had a “very high” COVID-19 case rate, according to the Utah Department of Health website. Grand County’s cases have been rising.

Back of Beyond Books owner Andy Nettel announced he was looking for a buyer for the Moab mainstay business. 

The Moab Sun News added the Thatababy comic strip, created by local Paul Trap, to our editions.

Arches National Park announced that it had presold over 7,000 tickets as part of the 2022 timed entry pilot. 

The City of Moab began the hunt for a new police chief, announcing that Bret Edge would step away from the position after returning from an extended leave. 

The City of Moab proposed installing pickleball courts at Old City Park. 

February 2022

Bureau of Land Management officials acknowledged that in late January, workers damaged the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite north of Moab, mistakenly driving over some areas with heavy equipment. Paleontology and conservation groups expressed disappointment with the local BLM office, which had not employed a full-time paleontologist since 2018.

Thompson Springs officials looked to expand the town’s water supply, as some see the area as a potential site for future housing for Grand County workers. 

The Grand County Commission proposed updates to business licensing regulations to make the licensing process for ATV/UTV businesses align with a noise ordinance passed in the spring of 2021. Several business owners expressed frustration with frequent changes to regulations and what they feel is a singling out of the ATV and overnight accommodations industries for increased scrutiny.

Moab Sun News San Juan County correspondent Eli Beck wrote about a new community center in an isolated area near Monument Valley. 

Staff Reporter Rachel Fixsen did a deep dive into the Moab Area Community Land Trust as construction began on affordable homes at the Arroyo Crossing development. 

Moab City and local pickleball players hosted noise demonstrations at Old City Park to demonstrate play after some residents opposed the construction of a pickleball court. 

Staff Reporter Alison Harford talked to local artists creating NFTs.

Grand County High School hosted its first-ever youth wrestling camp exclusively for girls. 

Grand County High School junior Tyler Herrera went beyond expectations, completing an extra credit project for his English class by building an intricate model of an eighteenth-century whaling ship.

Local climbers rallied to clean Big Bend boulders after a vandal smeared climbing holds with grease.

The Grand County Commission rejected a proposed glamping development called Entrada Moab near the junction of Highway 191 and State Road 313. 

A Parent Teacher Association at Helen M. Knight Elementary School attracted the support of over 30 members a few months after re-forming. 

The City of Moab abandoned plans to build a pickleball court, citing resident concerns and increased construction costs.

March 2022

Seekhaven Family Crisis and Resource Center hosted a webinar on “Promoting Employee Wellness and Safety: Addressing the Impacts of Gender-Based Violence and Harassment in the Outdoor Industry.” 

The Grand County Commission strategized about planned changes to the land use code regarding additional dwelling units, special event permitting, improvements to the Overnight Accommodations Overlay and affordable housing requirements for developers. 

The Geoff and Sandy Freethey Honorary High School Mountain Bike Scholarship was created to award a high school sophomore needing a new bike. Geoff and Sandy Freethey played a critical role in the evolution of mountain biking in Moab; Geoff passed away on Feb. 13, 2022.

At the Utah State Legislature, HB146, a bill regulating food trucks and mobile commercial kitchens, was amended to prohibit local governments from enacting restrictions on businesses that rent or sell all-terrain vehicles in a move many saw as directed specifically at Moab and Grand County. 

13 local ATV businesses and the advocacy group BlueRibbon Coalition filed legal claims against Grand County and the City of Moab, seeking around $1 million in damages for harm caused by noise limits and business regulations. 

The Canyon Country Working Group, a collaboration of scientists and organizations doing research in Southeast Utah, put on “RAD-ical Restoration: Learning from Successes & Failures” in Moab. The conference included presentations on restoration and how it relates to recreation, pinyon-juniper woodlands, energy development, and grazing.

The Moab City Council decided to move forward with the Walnut Lane affordable housing project by pursuing a public-private partnership. 

The Moab City Council proposed that a percentage of units within all new developments must be set aside for “Active Employment Households” and began working out an acceptable percentage. 

At Grand County, Chris Baird moved into a newly-created Strategic Development Director position and Mallory Nassau became Commission Administrator. Then-Commission Chair Gabriel Woytek was approved to serve the remainder of Quinn Hall’s term as Clerk/Auditor and resigned his seat on the commission.

Grand County Active Transportation and Trails held its first trail adoption program training in early March. A small group of volunteers learned the basics of caring for a mountain bike trail, like how to rake off-trail tracks, how to address erosion, and how to smooth over “brake bumps.”

The Grand County Commission began hybrid online/in-person meetings, easing COVID-19 precautions.

The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition—which includes Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Sevier, San Juan, and Uintah counties—voted to cancel plans for the controversial Book Cliffs Highway, a paved 35-mile road that would have connected Vernal to Moab. 

Provo-based development company 2nd Story Capital received unanimous approval from the Moab City Planning Commission to move ahead with plans to replace an existing mobile home park  at 238 S. 400 East with an 80-unit apartment complex

Moab City Council discussed having maximum adult residential occupancy within city limits after some residents complained about the lack of city code restricting the number of non-related adults allowed to reside in the same property.

April 2022 

On April 1, Utah State University held a ribbon-cutting for its new Moab campus.

Staff Reporter Alison Harford talked to researchers with the GRID project—Germination for Restoration Information and Decision-Making—which works to identify native seeds for restoration projects and has a site at the Canyonlands Research Center along State Route 211 in the Indian Creek Area.

Seekhaven Family Crisis and Resource Center held events to honor victims of sexual violence and spark conversations about prevention efforts during sexual assault awareness month. 

Both the City of Moab and Grand County worked on plans that will impact future policies—Grand County was revising its General Plan, and the city was embarking on creating a “Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan.”

KZMU Radio presented the 2022 Radio Play Festival at Star Hall on April 9.

Grand County commissioners voted to appoint Josie Kovash to fill the vacancy left by Gabriel Woytek, who resigned to take a position as the County Clerk/Auditor. 

The Grand County Commission approved a grant contract agreement between the Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah and Grand County for a $300,000 grant from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. The money will help pay for HASU to develop a 32-unit affordable apartment complex at Arroyo Crossing. 

The film industry is still important in the Moab area, bringing economic value outside the tourism sector, and a bill passed by the state legislature in the 2022 general session may give it a boost. Actor and director Kevin Costner lent his support to Senate Bill 49, which offers improved incentives for film projects located in rural Utah. Governor Spencer Cox allowed the bill to become law without his signature.

Arches National Park began its pilot timed-entry system.

The Moab Police Department hired Utah Highway Patrol Captain Jared Garcia as the department’s new chief.

Reporter Emily Arntsen wrote about Cunningham Farms, a Spanish Valley farm keeping wool traditions alive. 

Former Moab City manager David Everitt announced his purchase of Back of Beyond Books

Staff Reporter Alison Harford profiled the Moab Veterinary Clinic’s Dr. Alexis Johnson and her care for an injured young foal she named Adaline

Carly Castle officially became Moab’s new city manager, after serving as acting city manager since September 2021 and deputy city manager from 2019 to 2021.

Volunteers worked to restore and stabilize the Pack Creek riverbed, which was damaged by a 2021 wildfire. Government and nonprofit groups installed permeable barriers hoping to slow the movement of debris and reduce the slope of the creek bed. 

A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist and other researchers commented on the varying estimates of Moab’s groundwater supply.

Guides with a local river outfitter faced eviction from an informal campsite on their employer’s land under Moab’s no-camping ordinance, which passed in January of 2021. 

The Moab City Council denied the annual event Scots on the Rocks a permit for the Center Street Ballpark after a debate among council members about which events they could, or should, deny due to noise. 

The Moab City Council continued to revise a proposed workforce housing ordinance, which faced legal threats from real estate agents including the Utah Association of Realtors who argued that the ordinance is impacting property rights. 

The Moab Free Health Clinic announced that it will move into the old Utah State University campus on 200 South and provide space for partner organizations like Full Circle Intertribal Center and Science Moab. 

The Moab City Council agreed unanimously to enter a joint defense agreement with Grand County to defend against a lawsuit filed in early March by the advocacy group BlueRibbon Coalition and a group of ATV businesses.

May 2022

The Canyonlands Field Institute’s Professor Valley Field Camp continued a landscaping project to make the camp more accessible, made possible through the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation.

Grand County commissioners heard from representatives of Utah’s State Institutional Trust Lands Administration on a proposed large-scale land swap, through which SITLA lands surrounded by the recently designated Bears Ears National monument would be exchanged for federal lands outside the monument. 

Staff Reporter Alison Harford sat down with Moab City Manager Carly Castle to talk about building community investment and focusing on stabilizing city staffing.

The Grand County Commission repealed and replaced its business license code, removing provisions added in 2021 that addressed traffic noise complaints, to comply with new state law. 

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office released the name of Adam Pinkusiewicz as a suspect in the murders Moab couple Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner in August 2021. Authorities said Pinkusiewicz committed suicide after reportedly confessing to the crime.

Science Moab held the Science on Screen series, pairing local scientists and pertinent movies about science, in conjunction with the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission and Moab’s Parks Department.

A survey conducted as part of the city’s “Moab Tomorrow Together” visioning project found that the majority of respondents (74%) said they were happy living in Moab. Respondents named the number of tourists, housing options, and motorized recreation as the worst aspects of living in Moab—some of the issues also mentioned were traffic/congestion, government/politics, cost of living, environmental problems, and selection of amenities. 

Grand County planning officials working on revising the county’s General Plan held public comment periods and Grand County Commissioners unanimously approved a new General Plan. 

Grand County EMS staff showed visitors around the department’s new 12,500 square foot building, which has two floors and an equipment bay to house the department’s ambulances.

Anna Sprout was hired as the Grand County Active Trails and Transportation Department’s responsible recreation coordinator

Moab BLM law enforcement officer Cody Marsh was named national Bureau of Land Management Ranger of the Year for 2021.

Staff Reporter Rachel Fixsen uncovered the untold story of K. Kawanishi, whose headstone lacks details, but illustrates an era in Grand County. 

The Moab Arts Festival celebrated its 28th year.

New Moab City Police Chief Jared Garcia told the Moab City Council that he intended to address “significant challenges” in the department, including more than doubling the staff and increasing training for officers. 

June 2022

Campfires were banned across the region as drought conditions continued.

Staff Reporter Alison Harford investigated how a breed of cattle at the Dugout Ranch, home of the Canyonlands Research Center, could address damage to rangelands. 

Grand County Commission began work revising its special events permitting system. 

The Grand County Commission unanimously approved the preconstruction and design of the Spanish Valley Drive multiuse pathway, a project that’s been in discussion at the county for several years.

A fire at the Pack Creek Mobile Home Park destroyed six homes and damaged another four. No one was injured. 

Five sites in Grand County and the City of Moab got designated public Wag Bag Disposal cans in a pilot program hoping to lessen the number of containers of human waste in public trash receptacles. 

The Bureau of Reclamation Paradox Valley Unit resumed pumping naturally salty water and injecting it into deep wells, an activity known to trigger seismic activity.

The Moab Sun News visited with Samantha Metzner, the Artist in the Parks for the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks. 

The Moab City Council voted to allocate 80% of the money generated by the “RAP” tax—recreation, arts, and parks tax—to go toward internal city projects and 20% to nonprofits. That division will be revisited each year. 

Staff Reporter Rachel Fixsen explored a historic Moab cabin and the amateur historian who cares for it. 

The Grand County Commission held a public noise workshop and identified education, advertising and enforcement as priority approaches for staff to pursue.

Utah Department of Transportation announced summer projects including repaving Highway 191 and adding a southbound passing lane just south of Crescent Junction. 

The Moab City Council reconsidered its denial of an event permit for the annual event Scots on the Rocks, allowing the event to proceed at the Center Street Ballparks after more Moab residents spoke out in favor of the event. Council members said that event promoters addressed concerns. 

July 2022

Hundreds of Moab residents held a rally supporting reproductive rights after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe Vs. Wade, triggering restrictions on abortion in Utah and states across the country. A local pro-life pregnancy center was vandalized

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team responded to three incidents in remote areas in just 24 hours, including areas in Dead Horse State Park, Castleton Tower and the Porcupine Rim Trail. 

Staff Reporter Alison Harford profiled La Sal’s Sierra Bull, a six-year-old competitive motocross rider.

The Moab City Council discussed adding regulations surrounding event noise and intensity to the special event permitting process. 

Moab City Engineer Chuck Williams reported that the estimated project total for the proposed roundabout at the intersection of 100 West and 400 North, on the northeast corner of Swanny City Park, has risen to $2 million—in 2017, the project was estimated at $1.1 million. 

Staff Reporter Rachel Fixsen talked to the family of Jamey Holyoak, missing since mid-April. To share tips or information, contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at 435-587-2237 or contact private investigator Jason Jensen at 801-759-2248. Tips may remain anonymous.

The Grand County Commission reinstated a six-month moratorium on new water connections in Thompson Springs for the third time. 

Grand County’s Active Transportation and Trails Department requested approval from the Grand County Commission on an application for a state OHV Fiscal Incentive Grant to support the expansion of the department’s trail ambassador program to include motorized trails.

Grand and San Juan counties joined the rest of Utah’s counties in settling a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for damages caused by the opioid epidemic, just hours before the deadline to join. 

Monsoon rainfall triggered flash floods along Pack and Mill Creek drainages in Moab on July 26. The flooding was considered record-breaking for a short time. 

Editor Maggie McGuire talked to Christoph Schork, an equine endurance racer who won an award for “horsemanship and sportsmanship” at Tevis Cup.

August 2022

The Moab Mosquito Abatement District warned residents that the Aedes aegypti, a disease-carrying mosquito, was found in town. 

The Grand County Commission approved a contract to create an interactive map of the Moab area that includes responsible recreation messaging.

Hundreds of Moab locals showed up at Star Hall for a casting call for “Horizon: An American Saga,” a western-genre movie written and directed by Kevin Costner to be filmed in southern Utah this fall. 

After months of revisions, the Moab City Council approved an ordinance that requires new developments in the R3 and R4 zones to set aside 33% of units for members of the local workforce. 

While a federal program that provided free school lunches ended, staff from the Grand County School District worked to make sure no student went hungry. Community members can pitch in to the District’s emergency lunch fund at www.myschoolfees.com (log in as a guest).

Reporter Alix Pfenningworth profiled Moab resident Julie Cornelius, who works to empower women all over the world through mountain biking. 

The Moab Mountain Bike Association returned with new events and programs after a pandemic hiatus. 

Grand County Planning and Zoning staff moved toward crafting a workforce housing ordinance similar to one recently passed by the city.

A study from Utah State University found that individual and community well-being declined from the previous year. Moab reported the lowest reported well-being of the 33 cities surveyed. 

Heavy rains on the evening of August 20 led to flash floods that swept down Moab’s Main Street and local waterways. Local businesses were damaged, city trails were closed, and Moab residents turned out to volunteer for clean-up efforts for weeks afterward

On August 24, the State of Utah filed a lawsuit challenging the 2021 federal reinstatement of the boundary lines of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

Staff Reporter Rachel Fixsen talked to a Moab resident who cares for local feral cats.

September 2022

A Utah program allowed residents to adopt a desert tortoise (who may outlive them). 

Murphy Flats, a new workforce housing subdivision, broke ground. The project is within Grand County’s High Density Housing Overlay, a strategy adopted in 2018 which allows property owners to develop at increased density in exchange for deed-restricting 80% of a development’s units to Grand County workers. 

The Moab Museum hosted an exhibit exploring the life of Moab’s William Grandstaff

Restoration and recovery work from the August 20 flooding in Moab continued. 

Grand County Commissioners grew frustrated as they considered several special event permit applications for events scheduled to take place very soon. Commission Administrator Mallory Nassau promised a new process for evaluating special events.

The Grand County Commission held a public hearing on a draft ordinance codifying “alternative dwellings” such as tiny homes and RVs as long-term residences. 

Grand County Commissioners approved a budget amendment that pulls money from a transient room tax fund and the county’s General Fund to cover a gap between projected TRT revenues and actual 2022 TRT revenues, as well as to cover an expansion of the county’s tourism promotion campaigns and to fund approved grant programs for local businesses. 

The Moab Sun News added local Lindsey Bartosh’s Hunting and Cooking column to our editions.

The City of Moab hired a new sustainability director, Alexi Lamm, who said her first priorities were Dark Skies regulations and completing the Moab Sustainability Plan. 

A little over four months into his job, Police Chief Jared Garcia reported hiring 10 new staff members including a new assistant chief, an administrative sergeant, two detectives, and five officers. The department also purchased dash cameras for all patrol vehicles, upgraded all its firearms and tasers, and invested in the PoliceOne Academy training program. The department also converted an officer position to a school resource officer position, and provided detectives with training in threat assessment. 

The BlueRibbon Coalition and 11 Moab businesses moved forward with a formal lawsuit against Grand County and Moab City challenging both noise ordinances and business licensing requirements enacted by the entities. The suit follows a legal claim filed in the spring. 

October 2022

The annual Red Rock Arts Festival featured two plein air workshops and a five-day competition, as well as pop-up performances, a film competition, a chalk drawing competition, poetry reading, a songwriting workshop, and an all-day street festival. 

The Grand County Commission ended a moratorium on new ATV special events in the county.

Staff Reporter Alison Harford sat down with Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt, who became the Bureau of Land Management Canyon Country district manager in August. 

The first eight homeowners moved into the Arroyo Crossing development after completing their homes with Community Rebuilds. 

Stakeholders disagreed on motorized use in Labyrinth Canyon area as BLM planning process released draft plans. 

The Red Canyon Powwow returned to the Old Spanish Trail Arena. The powwow, hosted by the nonprofit Indigenous Health and Wellness Connections, showcases Indigenous dancers and singers. 

Arches National Park returned to daily temporary closures after the end of a pilot reservation system. 

Local ag group Moab Grown released its 2022 Local Food Guide and highlighted a program connecting restaurants with regional producers.

A complete draft plan of the Moab Tomorrow Together community visioning plan was released. The process began in March. 

Moab City officials surveyed existing residents of Walnut Lane, showing that the families preferred to stay on the city-owned property and wait for the project to build quality housing, rather than accept a move incentive to find another home. 

Moab’s new assistant police chief Lex Bell spoke to the Moab Sun News about a law enforcement Sexual Assault Investigations course training. Moab City Police Chief Jared Garcia detailed a three-year strategic plan for the police department during the Oct. 25 city council meeting.

The Grand County Economic Development Department created several new grant programs that dispersed around $1 million to the community. 

Editor Maggie McGuire talked to Stefanie Biron, a therapist in the Grand County School District who runs the Fun Fund which provides money for local youth to go to summer camp and other enrichment activities. To learn more and get involved with the Fun Fund, contact Stefanie Biron at birons@grandschools.org or 435-719-4709.

Grand County submitted a formal response to the BlueRibbon Coalition ATV lawsuit, denying the plaintiffs’ claims and asserting that the county’s actions were intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of county inhabitants, were made in response to many complaints specifically citing ATVs, and in acknowledgment of the measurable impacts of ATVs on noise levels in the county. 

The City of Moab extended the vesting period of the long-delayed Lionsback Resort development near Sand Flats.

The City of Moab approved a public transportation provider to offer an on-call van with service throughout Moab and Spanish Valley, and a seasonal fixed route service to run down Highway 191 from River Road (State Route 128) to Mill Creek Drive. 

November 2022

As Election Day approached, the Moab Sun News spoke with County Clerk/Auditor Gabriel Woytek about election procedures and security

The Moab Red Devils Mountain Bike Team won the State Championship for Division 3 after an undefeated season. 

The family of Gabby Petito filed a $50 million wrongful death suit against the Moab Police Department, alleging officers were negligent when responding to a conflict between the woman and her boyfriend.

The Moab Chamber of Commerce presented its 2022 awards for citizen, nonprofit, and business of the year to Rob Walker, Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness, and the Moab Adventure Center.

Grand County High School presented the musical “The Addams Family,” on Nov. 17-19

The Moab City Council revisited its 2022-2023 strategic plan, which focuses on housing, city capabilities, sustainability, infrastructure, and community investment. The city defined three key initiatives for 2023: to earn the public’s trust in local government, lay the groundwork for a city property tax, and spend federal funding on community betterment. 

Reviewing the damage from the August 20 flood, the City of Moab assessed the infrastructure damage and discussed future flood mitigation projects

Inspired by the protests following the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, local activists formed the Moab Abortion and Reproductive Rights Network.

2022 Election preliminary results were released, showing Mary McGann, Bill Winfield and Mike McCurdy winning races for the Grand County Commission. Stephen Stocks won the race for Grand County Attorney over Christina Sloan and Jamison Wiggins was voted in as Grand County Sheriff. 

In budget workshops, Grand County Commissioners considered how to allocate advertising dollars, including what audiences to target and strategies to use; how to distribute grant funding to local businesses and events; how to budget for responsible recreation promotion programs; the future of the film commission; adjusting compensation for specific positions; and whether or not to budget to hire requested positions.

After months of refining, the Grand County Commission passed a pilot Alternative Dwelling Ordinance on Nov. 15, creating a pathway for RVs and other non-conventional dwellings to be used as long-term residences in approved developments.

When a BASE jumper’s parachute became snagged on a ledge after the jumper leapt from the 400-foot Tombstone in Kane Creek Canyon on Nov. 26, a woman who happened to be nearby climbed 80 feet to rescue him

After local and statewide outcry, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services determined that the World Famous Woody’s Tavern on Moab’s Main Street could keep its bar establishment license after a code violation this summer threatened it. 

The Moab Sun News talked to the people behind Proper Brewing Company, which aims to open this winter north of town.

Staff Reporter Rachel Fixsen talked to USU Moab’s new welding instructor Chloe Wilson, who aims to make the program welcoming to women, underserved populations and nontraditional students.

After the eviction of tenants of an existing mobile home park, development of an 80-unit residential complex has stalled

WabiSabi worked with The Synergy Company and Canyon Steak and Waffle House to give away 275 free Thanksgiving meals to people in need.

December 2022

Moab resident Desirae Miller expanded her business, the Adobe Garden Apothecary, to include a tea parlor. 

Science Moab on Tap returned with talks on paleontology, environmental science and “Wiggly Jiggly Arches and Towers” (the vibrational damage to rock landforms). 

Local business owners, especially UTV guide and rental companies, were alarmed by a Grand County Planning Commission Nov. 28 agenda item considering a proposed change to the county’s land use code. The amendment would establish a 200-foot noise buffer zone between adjacent residential and highway commercial properties, as well as an overlay map identifying appropriate locations for future UTV outfitter businesses. 

The Moab Taiko Dan, one of Moab’s oldest community groups, was looking for new members. 

Joel Nystrom lost his home to a fire on the morning of Nov. 29—the day after his 69th birthday. Moab locals pitched in to a GoFundMe to help him. 

Moab Solutions hired Win Bludworth as a homeless outreach coordinator.

Public comments went on for over an hour at the Grand County Commission Dec. 6 meeting, with most speakers expressing alarm and opposition to a proposed ordinance that would limit aircraft takeoffs and landings to approved locations. 

The City of Moab dedicated more funds to paying a state lobbyist, as staff say they expect the 2023 legislative session could have bills hostile to Moab.

On Dec. 8, a contract crew for the Division of Wildlife Resources was conducting a wildlife mission in the La Sal Mountains when their helicopter crashed into Mount Tukuhnikivatz. None of the three crew members on board were seriously injured.

The glamping company Under Canvas announced its location at Looking Glass Rock in San Juan County would be under the new brand name “ULUM.” Under Canvas also recently entered into a lease agreement with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands on a parcel near Castle Valley, though specific plans for the parcel are unknown at this time.
The Moab City Council approved the purchase of a duplex to provide transitional housing for city employees.