I have stories to write about housing, the fire, water quality in Moab, redistricting… Feeding the beast requires that I write about these things first.
Isn’t there a free newspaper in town that could cover all of this instead? I would happily hand all these stories over to them to get them off my plate.
Rotary cooks lunch for middle school kids
I can’t make heads or tails of this email Britta wrote, so I’m just pasting it here. I haven’t fact-checked it. I promise you I didn’t edit it in any way (except to add captions to the photos and add newlines in some places).
If you know what that says, let me know. I see what appears to be a reference to God, perhaps?
They need to hire someone to format press releases. I don’t want to do it anymore.
Rotary builds a yurt for the multicultural center
They might want to get going on that cooling system. I’m sure they know that.
Four Corners breaks ground on new building
The building is set to replace both the Clubhouse and the Four Corners’s main office on Center Street. Opening is scheduled for Spring 2022.
There was a small fire near the hospital last week
A small fire broke out on Tuesday, June 8 in the backyard of a trailer on Williams Way. Crews quickly responded and suppressed it without much spread to neighboring trailers.
A car flipped on its side last week
According to Grand County EMS Director Andy Smith, it was a two-vehicle accident, and all five of the patients had minor injuries. I saw the crash on my way out to photograph the Pack Creek Fire.
Southeast Utah doesn’t have a lot of water this year
A monthly report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture) indicates that Southeastern Utah (which in the report extends from San Juan County up to part of Daggett County) saw 72% of normal precipitation through June 1.
In historical terms, the Moab region in particular was in the 14th percentile for water availability compared to previous years. In other words, we have had more water in 86% of previous years on record.
Since October, when the water year began, Moab has seen precipitation at or above average in only one month: March. Years with this little precipitation were 2018, 2012, 1989, and 1990.
JJ Wang gave a high schooler $5,000 toward the cost of college
This man came into the office two weeks ago to buy an ad, thinking he was getting an ad and news coverage from us. He was just getting an ad; we decided it was worth a story in its own right, as well.
Not every Grand County High School graduate gets $5,000, and not every local entity gives out this much money to individual students.
Kaci McKinney won the scholarship of the six students who applied. Wang said she was selected for maintaining a 3.8 grade point average during high school, getting As in the college-level classes she took, working since she was 14, volunteered as a coach for the Moab Area Recreation Center, and more.
High school seniors graduate in a totally normal ceremony
I mean it was like absolutely normal. I remember one graduate wearing a mask, and that’s it. There were masks in the crowd, as well. It looked almost exactly the same as two years ago.