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Local groups celebrate completion of eight new afforda...

Open houses on June 26 celebrated the completion of several new homes for very low- and low-income Moab residents. Six newly completed townhomes were built through the “sweat equity” program of the Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah (HASU) and two new straw bale homes were constructed by Community Rebuilds. Officials with both organizations said that while local land prices and rent continue to rise, …

moab news Jul 07, 2015 0 Continue Reading
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Weekend visitor numbers shatter records

It’s a gorgeous place to be stuck in a traffic jam. U.S. Highway 191 was clogged with cars over Memorial Day Weekend. But despite heavy congestion near Arches National Park’s main entrance and throughout downtown Moab, there were no reports of serious incidents – traffic-related, or otherwise – during the three-day holiday. “It’s pretty hard to get hurt in your car when you’re stuck …

moab news May 28, 2015 0 Continue Reading
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Solutions Rim Tours team up to provide shuttle to Pota...

As off-road enthusiasts descend upon Moab for the 49th annual Easter Jeep Safari, Sara Melnicoff is preparing her Moab Solutions crew for another annual off-road activity — the unofficial gatherings at Potato Salad Hill.Although not part of the Jeep Safari events, Potato Salad Hill draws thousands of people each year, who set up lawn chairs and crack open drinks as they watch drivers test …

moab news Apr 05, 2015 0 Continue Reading
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County council reaches compromises in final Bishop pub...

It’s been almost two years since Rep. Rob Bishop first announced plans for his “grand bargain,” a public lands initiative that he hoped would promote compromise and resolve decade-long conflict between Utah’s varied and sometimes divergent public lands users. After numerous local meetings and often contentious public discussions during the past 18 months, the Grand County Council’s proposal ultimately did come down to compromises. …

moab news Apr 05, 2015 0 Continue Reading

Arches Drive residents say proposed B&B would alt...

A bed and breakfast proposed for a neighborhood on Moab’s east side has angered some neighbors and also raised larger questions about the appropriateness of nightly rentals in residential zones. Jeramey and Mary McElhaney, owners of an undeveloped lot on Arches Drive, have requested a conditional-use permit to build a two story, 3,721-square-foot bed and breakfast with a total of five short-term rental units …

moab news Oct 27, 2014 0 Continue Reading

City council rejects proposed change to SAR zone

The Moab City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, Sept. 9 to reject a proposed text amendment that would have reduced the minimum acreage for development on city properties within the Sensitive Area Resort zone. Moab resident Sue Dalton requested the text amendment, which would have decreased the minimum acreage from 40 acres to 24. Dalton said that while the properties that would benefit from …

moab news Oct 08, 2014 0 Continue Reading

Utah’s Commercial Real Estate Industry Booming

Utah used to be a state that large commercial real estate companies and investors would just pass over, but in recent years, Utah has truly become the place to be, according to several of the state’s commercial real estate experts. Most also agreed that 2013 showed phenomenal growth in their industry during Utah Business’ annual commercial real estate roundtable Wednesday. “Utah used to be …

moab news Mar 11, 2014 0 Continue Reading

Moab’s Real Estate Recovery

By Janie Tuft – Moab Premier Properties Moab’s real estate recovery is well underway with increased sales in this last year. Single family site built home sales in 2012 number 54, while in 2011 single family site built home sales numbered 26. The average home sales price in this area in 2012 was $251,792 and the average home sales price in 2011 was $240,861. …

moab news Jan 24, 2013 0 Continue Reading

New bike shop to feature unique products later hours

Opening a bike shop in Moab may not be a unique idea, but the owners of Hazard County Bikes hope to set their business apart by offering a wide variety of bicycles and late-evening hours. Steve Langello and Brian Vasquez launched their new bike shop last weekend. Hazard County Bikes, located at 145 West 200 South, No. 5, in the building next door to …

moab news Sep 21, 2012 0 Continue Reading

DOE Grand County reach agreement on opening non motori...

he Millsite Riverside Trail located at the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) project site moved one step closer to opening for public use this week. The Grand County Council voted Tuesday to approve two agreements with the U.S. Department of Energy concerning the trail. “This is the first time that a remediation site actively in progress will be releasing part of the …

moab news Sep 21, 2012 0 Continue Reading

Moab nonprofit uses straw bales to build affordable ho...

MOAB — When Nancy Morlock and boyfriend Eric Boxrud were ready to give up the communal living that tends go hand in hand with being a mountain bike guide in Moab, their search for a place of their own yielded results that were less than appealing. “Houses were priced out of our income level,” said Morlock, a guide for Moab Cyclery and Escape Adventures. …

moab news Sep 05, 2012 0 Continue Reading

Big box developer has contract on Moab property

It might not be a Wal-Mart. It might not even amount to anything in the end. But the possibility of Moab getting a Wal-Mart-like “big box” retail store grew significantly larger last week when the Moab City Council amended its large-scale retail ordinance in order to accommodate a Scottsdale, Ariz., developer that holds a contract on a 38-acre parcel in Moab. The vacant land, …

moab news Jun 25, 2012 0 Continue Reading

La Sal Mountain Loop Road construction to create delay...

Driving the La Sal Loop Road this summer and fall could prove challenging for local residents and visitors. Sections of the road will be closed beginning in June as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) begins construction and road repairs to four road sections totaling 7.3 miles, officials have announced. “The work will involve four sections of the Loop Road, two in the forest and …

moab news May 30, 2012 0 Continue Reading

Outfitters expect strong season despite low water leve...

Below-average snow pack this year in the mountains that feed runoff into the Colorado and Green rivers will keep water levels low this season, says Aldis Strautins, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, Colo. But according to some local river rafting companies, low water also offers a safer and sometimes more enjoyable experience. “Big water cuts the time on the …

moab news May 30, 2012 0 Continue Reading

Coyote Canyon reopens for restricted motorized use

After years of disputes and analyses, the controversial Coyote Canyon trail was reopened for motorized use on Saturday, May 5. The action by the Moab office of the Bureau of Land Management drew mixed opinions from area property owners and four-wheeling enthusiasts. The BLM, will update its resource management plan to officially designate a .65-mile portion of Coyote Canyon off of Black Ridge Road …

moab news May 30, 2012 0 Continue Reading

USU Moab receives $15 million

Ground-breaking developments have emerged regarding education in Moab, Utah. USU President Stan Albrecht announced Monday that a $15 million gift from the Mary Walker-Tibbetts family was designated for further construction of the Moab extension of USU. The small southeastern Utah town, nestled among famous red rock monuments, will provide the backdrop for a new USU research and education center. “We view this as a …

Rains, high water force closure of White Rim road, Sha...

The west side of the popular backcountry White Rim Road at Canyonlands National Park has been closed due to river flooding, National Park Service officials said late last week. The flooding, brought on by rising water levels in the Green River, is expected to continue throughout the week, according to river flow forecasts from the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center. On Wednesday morning, May …

moab news May 24, 2011 0 Continue Reading

Mineral Bottom Road is reopened to vehicle traffic

After three months of construction, the Mineral Bottom Road, Grand County Route 129, officially reopened Tuesday, March 29. The road, closed since a portion of the switchback section was washed out with heavy rains on August 19, provides access to the Green River and White Rim Trail. Federal and local officials originally believed that the project would not be completed until late spring, reopening …

moab news Apr 04, 2011 0 Continue Reading

City council rejects proposal to rezone Williams Way p...

Citing concerns about a lack of affordable housing, the Moab City Council on Tuesday rejected Red Rock Partners’ request to rezone a five-acre parcel near downtown that currently houses a mobile home park. Red Rock requested that the land, located at Williams Way and 100 West, be rezoned as commercial property so it could be developed as a resort community. The lone vote in …

moab news Mar 29, 2011 0 Continue Reading

Wounded park ranger describes his survival as a ‘mir...

After being left for dead, park ranger Brody Young was too badly wounded by multiple gunshots to walk back to his truck to radio for assistance on the night of Nov. 19. Mustering all of his strength and determination, Young managed to slowly roll on his side, over and over, to reach his vehicle and call for help. The call that went out was …

moab news Jan 18, 2011 0 Continue Reading