The Margaret L. Hopkin Middle School is open for business
In time for the first day of classes in the new facility, middle students, teachers, and staff helped move materials into the new Margaret L. Hopkin Middle School over the four-day weekend.
Members of the Moab Rotary Club also helped move computers, books, some furniture and other materials into the new building over the weekend in preparation for the first day of school in the new building on Tuesday, April 27.
The Grand County School District named the new facility after Margaret Hopkin, a longtime educator in Moab who died in December from ovarian cancer known for showing unfettered love and respect for all members of the Moab community.
That community rallied around the effort to name the new building after her — an honor Hopkin now shares with Helen M. Knight, an early and influential superintendent of the district who is the namesake of the elementary school.
The new middle school features classroom architecture that emphasizes freedom of movement and collaboration. Each classroom has a glass wall that faces the hallway of grade’s wing; chairs and stools that spin or roll; and wave-shaped, modular tables.
The school’s gym is a vast expansion from the old facility, large enough to accommodate multiple basketball, volleyball, or other games at once. A ground-floor wing includes specialized spaces for art class, family and consumer sciences, and a maker space.
Space exists on the second floor to build a fourth wing in the future, to accommodate growth in the district’s student body, possibly by moving ninth grade from the high school into the middle school.
Raw: Follow-up on using Colorado River water for irrigation
(I think I want to start using the “raw” classifier when I haven’t put a story together into a cohesive narrative and am just putting down resources like quotes, photos, links, dates, etc.)
Dana Van Horn is the manager of the Grand Water & Sewer Service Agency1, which provides water to much of unincorporated Grand County (Spanish Valley, in particular). I asked her about the prospect of using Colorado River water for irrigation in Moab. Here’s what she had to say:
I asked for clarification on whether it was currently using any of that water right, and she said it wasn’t.
The Spanish Valley Special Service District, which serves the San Juan County portion of Spanish Valley, also holds a surface right on Colorado River water.
I asked Van Horn, Marc Stilson (regional engineer for the Utah Division of Water Rights), and Chuck Williams (city engineer for Moab) about how much water is already going toward irrigation in the valley. Stilson responded.
He added in a separate email: “There is some irrigation from Pack Creek by individual water right holders on the stream but it is not being tracked or reported.”
2021 Grand County Democratic Party Convention
- Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
Q&A with Grand County Commissioner Kevin Walker and Moab City Council Member Kalen Jones
- Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m.
Filing deadline for two seats on Moab City Council and mayorship
- Monday, June 7
In other news (outlets)
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 30% of residential water use in the U.S. goes toward lawns and gardens, and that number is even higher in the arid west, where people use more water on their lawns and gardens.
A study by the City of Santa Monica, California’s Sustainability Office found that replacing a “traditional” garden with a “native” garden resulted in over 50,000 gallons of water-savings in one year.