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    Wednesday September 28, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 8:38

    Yesterday there was an open house event showcasing the first eight finished homes of Arroyo Crossing. The public was allowed a peek inside that new affordable housing development built with help from the Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah and Moab non-profit Community Rebuilds. The neighborhood will provide homes for local workers who would otherwise likely be priced out of the housing market. Plus, an off-highway vehicle advocacy group is suing Moab elected officials over recent noise and business regulations. And officials across the region are looking into property tax relief as many people on fixed incomes struggle to pay their yearly bills. // Show Notes: // Photo: A new home in Moab's Arroyo Crossing development is seen during an open house event on September 28, 2022. KZMU // Community Rebuilds // Blue Ribbon Coalition // KZMU News: Fresh signs are popping up in Moab neighborhoods // Dispatch from the Undisputed Motorhead Capitol of the West: A Radio Special by Jon Kovash and Josie Kovash

    Tuesday September 27, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 10:54

    School district leaders across the country say they are having trouble finding enough substitutes to cover teacher absences. That's certainly the case in Grand County, where school librarians, behavioral health specialists and principals are covering classes. Current staff are reaching out to community members with a substitute teacher sales pitch. One of the rewards of the job? Their immense gratitude. Plus, as the Great Salt Lake gets saltier, researchers are predicting brine shrimp will be at risk. // Show Notes: // Education Week: How Bad Are School Staffing Shortages? What We Learned by Asking Administrators // UPR: Increasing Great Salt Lake salinity predicted to impact Utah brine shrimp

    Monday September 26, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 9:50

    A recent study in the Journal of Animal Ecology shows that predators can help regulate wild ungulates in the desert. For example, mountain lions keep a wild donkey population in Death Valley out of precious wetlands. We speak to a biologist about potential lessons for southeastern Utah from this research. Plus, norovirus is a nasty stomach bug that's usually associated with cruise ships and restaurants. Our partners report on an outbreak in the Grand Canyon. And conservation groups say more needs to be done to protect the natural and cultural resources of Utah's Labyrinth Canyon from off-road vehicles. The Bureau of Land Management is taking comments until October 7th on a draft travel management plan for the area outside of Moab. And lastly, Moab City Council will meet this Tuesday. We have a preview of the council's agenda from the Moab Sun News. // Show Notes: // Photo: This past spring Grand Canyon National Park became the site of an extended norovirus outbreak, with more than 200 cases of gastrointestinal illness among rafters and backpackers. (Laurel Morales, KJZZ) // Journal of Animal Ecology: A novel trophic cascade between cougars and feral donkeys shapes desert wetlands // New York Times: ​​Death Valley's Invasive Donkeys Have Become Cat Food // Public News Service: Groups Urge BLM to Keep Off-Road Vehicles Out of Labyrinth Canyon // Lab/Gemini Bridges Travel Management Plan, YGP Harvest Festival – This Week in Moab // KUNC: Raft trips hit hard by the Grand Canyon's largest recorded norovirus outbreak, CDC reports // Moab Sun News // Music: Independent Music Licensing Collective (IMLC) - Coast2Most

    Great Tape: Off to the Races

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 106:59

    Today we have a special program — the first issue of Great Tape, an audio magazine from KZMU News. We're telling personal stories of the West and providing audio snapshots of what it's like to live and work here — all in the creative spirit of an alternative weekly (except it won't be weekly, at least not yet). Every show will have a different theme which we'll explore in a bunch of ways. And our first theme is “Off to the Races.” In this episode we jump from one daily race to another in Moab — following a baker, newspaper editor, delivery man and nursing-home resident. We also have stories about political races, the race to exterminate an invasive plant and the race to put goods on our shelves. And we have fiction and music! We have a radio drama about Moab's only Uber driver, an excerpt from a book about discovering the West and a song about deep time and the imperceptible natural rhythms of our environment. Contributors were Marlow Mewborn, Emily Arnsten, Veronica Verdin, Lauren Carmona, Brian Laidlaw and The Family Trade. Featured interviews include John Schwoger, Curt Brewer, Jamison Wiggins, Doug McMurdo, Randall Lewis, Liz Ballenger, Kya Marienfeld, Izzi Weimholt, AJ Long, Victor Beltran, Raymond Munson, Joel Swett and Marge Logan. Original art was created by Veronica Verdin. See detailed show notes here:

    Thursday September 22, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 8:48

    The Grand County Commission held a public hearing this week to consider an alternative dwelling overlay ordinance. That would create a pilot program to allow non-traditional housing — like RVs, tiny homes and longer-term camping — potentially within residential areas. The goal is to provide more housing for the local workforce. Plus, our partners report on an annual hot air balloon bonanza which brought dozens of colorful vessels to Snowmass Village in Colorado. And we get an update on local government from Moab Sun News in our new segment "What Happened at the Meeting." // Show Notes: // Photo: Michael Grindstaff is seen at a NAVTEC workers' camp on April 27, 2022. Areas like this would have the opportunity to bring themselves into compliance under a proposed alternative dwelling overlay ordinance. // Draft Alternative Dwelling Overlay (ADO) District // Aspen Public Radio: ‘Champagne and propane' keep spirits high at Snowmass Balloon Festival // Moab Sun News // Music: Paris Gipsy Swing by Dieter van der Westen

    Wednesday September 21, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 8:43

    It's Banned Books Week, and libraries and bookstores across the country are celebrating the freedom to read. It's a pressing issue, as books dealing with race, gender, and sexuality continue to be challenged. Today on the news, we speak with local librarians and booksellers in Moab on the power of books and the importance of accessing information in our democracy. // Show Notes: // Photo: The banned books display at Back of Beyond Books. The bookstore and Grand County Public Library are highlighting banned books this week as part of a celebration of the freedom to read. Courtesy Back of Beyond Books // Banned Books Week: // American Library Association: Frequently Challenged Books // KUER: Utah authors, librarians, and teachers call for more open minds rather than more banned books

    Tuesday September 20, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 9:28

    A developer with the state trust lands administration is making progress on their residential Aggie Townhome and Apartments project, adjacent to USU-Moab's new campus. Housing here has been in the works here for decades, but staff say they can now see a finish line – the first phase is on track to be complete by 2023. Plus, nonprofits have seen reductions in lodging opportunities to house guests and seasonal staff they bring to the region. This challenge is part of the housing crisis familiar to many communities across the West. Our partners report on one town where affected organizations are coming together to raise awareness about the impact it's having on their programming. // Show Notes: // Photo: Flora along Aggie Boulevard. The state trust lands administration is making progress on their Aggie Townhome and Apartments development which will be built near the new USU-Moab campus. KZMU/Molly Marcello // Aggie Townhome Phase II Zoning

    Monday September 19, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 10:10

    The film crew of 'Horizon: An American Saga' were honored in Moab over the weekend by representatives of several Native American tribes. Written and directed by Kevin Costner, the film series aims to tell a more truthful story of the clash between settlers and Indigenous peoples in the 19th century. After receiving gifts including blankets and an antique rifle, Costner told the crowd that he has thought about the cultural conflict at the heart of the film his entire life. And later, new data sheds light on big shifts in health and housing in our region and the Southern Ute Fair recently marked its 100th anniversary. Plus, the Moab Sun News previews the upcoming Grand County Commission agenda. // Show Notes: // Photo: Kevin Costner receives a blanket and antique rifle in a special event in Moab on Saturday night. The actor aims to tell a more truthful story of the 19th century cultural conflicts in the West with his new project, 'Horizon: An American Saga.' KZMU/Anthony Militano // KZMU: Rural Utah has more than natural scenery to attract big film productions // KSUT: Native peoples from across the U.S. and Canada attend the 100th annual Southern Ute Fair // Grand County Commission Agenda Sept 20th //Music in the meeting agenda preview is 'Coast2Most' by Independent Music Licensing Collective

    Friday September 16, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 30:14

    There's a vital race that happens across the country – everywhere there's a paved road. It's the reason you have ripe tomatoes or ice cream or paperclips. Those in Moab know the race well. Trucks move over 70 percent of the nation's freight by weight, and Moab is on the trucking routes supplying products across the Southwest. Today on the news, we hear from truckers passing through our community hauling goods. // Plus, the Weekly News Reel! Doug McMurdo of The Times-Independent talks skunk problems, flood debris removal and Grand County High School's new principal. Alison Harford of the Moab Sun News discusses financing flood recovery, a new round of covid boosters available and the upcoming YGP Harvest Festival. // Show notes: // Photo: Moab is on the trucking routes supplying products across the Southwest / Credit Rennett Stowe // ATA: Economics and Industry Data // Trucks: Federal Data Shows Trucking Remains One of America's Deadliest Jobs // CDC: Long-Haul Truck Drivers // Sounds in Today's Newscast include ‘truck semi-trailer approach slow to stop turn and pull away slow heavy rattly diesel' by kyles, ‘cb junk on 19' by goose278, and ‘CB-Radio Report' by sentryx86 // Weekly News Reel Mentions: // The Times-Independent: A skunky problem // The Times-Independent: City removes 2,800 tons of debris // The Times-Independent: County approves flood relief grant program // The Times-Independent: Meet Grand County High's new principal // Moab Sun News: Moab reviews flood recovery // Moab Sun News: Another round of COVID boosters available at Health Department // Moab Sun News: Celebrating the harvest

    Thursday September 15, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 7:14

    Moab Free Health Clinic staff made progress this week on their 200 South building, holding a ‘demolition party' to make way for the clinic's updated design. The old USU campus is being transformed into a health center that will house the clinic, health department and socially oriented nonprofits. Staff say this campus will help address the social determinants of health. Plus, the Supreme Court will be reviewing a case that could overturn landmark legislation that protects Indigenous youth. And later, paleontologists in southeastern Utah have found a fossil of ancient amphibian bones that appear to have been regurgitated by a predator. // Show Notes: // Photo: Moab Free Health Clinic staff use hammers and crowbars to demo an interior wall at the old USU campus, which will become their new building. The property will house the clinic, health department and socially oriented nonprofits. KZMU / Molly Marcelo // Moab Sun News (4/28/22): Free Health Clinic Finds New Home // Moab Free Health Clinic // CDC: Social Determinants of Health // KHOL: ACLU of Wyoming, state tribes urge Supreme Court to uphold Indian Child Welfare Act

    Wednesday September 14, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 10:42

    After an August flood tore through downtown, Moab City has stayed pretty busy. They are tasked with working on infrastructure repair - and figuring out how to pay for it. Today on the news, a rundown on the numbers. Plus, the Colorado River is drying up, and the major cities in the West that depend on it are scrambling to boost their supplies and keep taps flowing. Climate change is already cutting into the amount they get from mother nature, which leaves those cities to turn to reusing the water they already have. // Show Notes: // Photo: Debris flows along 300 South on August 21, 2022, the day after major flooding tore through downtown Moab. City officials are figuring out how to pay for repairs. KZMU/Serah Mead // Grand County Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018 // Grand County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Director // KUNC: As the Colorado River shrinks, water managers see promise in recycling sewage

    Tuesday September 13, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 8:17

    The Interior Department has approved a list of replacement names for nearly 650 geographic sites – including 50 in Utah – that included a racist and sexist slur. In her comments on the name changes, Secretary Deb Haaland said she felt obligated to use her platform to ensure public lands are ‘accessible and welcoming.' The Moab area has new geographic names in the Manti La Sal National Forest, Canyonlands National Park and near the confluence of the Dolores and Colorado Rivers. Plus, players willing to predict monsoon precipitation levels in five major cities will soon find out who won the Southwest Monsoon Fantasy Forecasts game. And later, as climate change brings longer and more severe drought to the American Southwest, a community-led coalition is celebrating new protections streams in Colorado. // Show Notes: // Photo: Tukuhnikivatz Spring in the La Sal Mountains replaces a trail name that once included a racist slur. The Interior Department changed nearly 650 geographic site names across the country / Credit Ken Lund // USGS: New Names (Map) // USGS: New Names (List) // Interior Dept Completes Removal of ‘Sq_' from Federal Use // Southwest Monsoon Fantasy Forecasts

    Monday September 12, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 12:04

    Representative John Curtis visited Moab over the weekend. He represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District which includes Grand and San Juan County. The occasion was a candidate meet and greet for Republican and independent candidates. The representative took some time to chat with KZMU about what impact Congress can have in rural Utah. Plus, our partners report on the Ute Mountain Ute's annual Bear Dance held at White Mesa. // Show Notes: // Photo: Representative John Curtis spoke at the Grand Center in Moab on September 10th, 2022. KZMU // Representative John Curtis // KSJD: The Bear Dance season ends with a celebration at White Mesa, Utah

    Friday September 9, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 26:58

    For a growing number of people, Labor Day means more than just time off work. According to an August Gallup poll, 71 percent of Americans now approve of labor unions – the highest approval rating since 1965. Labor is having a moment, including here in Utah, where two Starbucks have unionized in the state. Today on the news, we chat with organizer Jacob Lawson on lunch break at Starbucks in Cottonwood Heights. // Plus, the Weekly News Reel! Sophia Fisher of The Times-Independent discusses flood trail damage beyond the parkway and a new improvement district for Kane Creek development. Alison Harford of the Moab Sun News talks flood restoration, an upcoming ‘Nights of Grief and Mystery' performance and Green River's 116th Melon Days. // Photo: Jacob Lawson (center) helped unionize a Starbucks in Cottonwood Heights. This location was the first to organize in Utah. Courtesy Jacob Lawson // U.S. Approval of Labor Unions at Highest Point Since 1965 // Starbucks Workers United // Weekly News Reel Mentions: // The Times-Independent: Flood's trail damage extended beyond the parkway // The Times-Independent: County opts to ‘keep thumbs' on Kane Creek development // The Times-Independent: McGann – ‘I've been very effective' // The Times-Independent: McFarland – ‘I bring a moderate voice' // Moab Sun News: Environmental flood restoration begins // Moab Sun News: Upcoming Nights of Grief and Mystery performance will explore our relationship with dying // Moab Sun News: Q&A with author, activist Stephen Jenkinson // Moab Sun News: Green River Melon Days marks 116 years

    Thursday September 8, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 11:51

    New research has highlighted the fascinating history of Moab pioneer William Grandstaff. We speak to a geneologist, composer and museum curator helping to map Grandstaff's life from slave to frontier cowboy. Plus, A 25-year-old river guide from Colorado is racking up hundreds of thousands of views on TikTok explaining the megadrought in the Colorado River basin. The reasons for it, and potential solutions, can be hard to wrap one's head around, but Western Water Girl makes it snarky and fun. // Show Notes // Photo: Composer and writer Gerald Elias stands in front of the Grandstaff Canyon Trailhead on September 1st, 2022. KZMU // Gerald Elias' work: // Moab Museum:

    Wednesday September 7, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 14:51

    Volunteers continue to clean-up Mill Creek Parkway this week. Moab's August 20th flood sent large amounts of debris through the creek bed, leaving piles of sand and vegetation in its wake. Community members are doing what they can to clear this debris so city employees can focus on big infrastructure repair and improvements, damages that are currently estimated at $10 million. Hear the details on the clean-up events from Grand County Trail Mix Board Chair Colin Topper, who also talks about the silver lining of this local disaster – community. // Show Notes: // Photo: Volunteers pull debris from the Mill Creek Parkway on Tuesday, September 6th. Clean-up events along the parkway are happening every evening this week. // Mill Creek Parkway Community Clean Up // Tuesday & Wednesday: 400 East to Mulberry Lane from 5pm – 7pm // Thursday & Friday: Main Street to 100 East from 5pm – 7pm // Questions? Contact Colin Topper 435-210-1382

    Tuesday September 6, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 9:53

    Earlier this summer, two horsemen traveling with pack animals appeared in the northern corridor of Highway 191. As artistic silhouettes, the riders commemorate the history of the Old Spanish Trail and the cultural, social and economic situations that brought more people to the Moab area during the mid-1800s. The trail snaked roughly 1200 miles from California to New Mexico and Moab's geology provided an important river crossing. Plus, Utah is suing the Biden administration over its expansion of national monument boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante. // Show Notes: // Photo: Stephen Schultz, president of the Canyonlands Backcountry Horsemen, with his favorite artistic silhouette. Dressed in spurs and outfitted with an embroidered blanket, Schultz says this rider truly has ‘style.' KZMU/Molly Marcello // Utah Gov Spencer Cox 8/24 Press Release on Monument Lawsuit // Canyonlands Backcountry Horsemen // DOE: Commemorating the Old Spanish Trail in Moab // Epicenter Green River: The Old Spanish Trail

    Monday September 5, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 8:19

    During Interstate 70 construction in the 1980s, more than 100 structures were found near Sevier, Utah, dating from the 10th and 11th centuries. After hundreds of thousands of artifacts were excavated, the actual village site was destroyed by the freeway's construction. Fremont Indian State Park was established to preserve the site's treasures. Plus, an Arizona tribe plans to pull out of a deal meant to prop up the Colorado River's largest reservoir. And later, a group of scientists and nonprofit leaders recently headed over Independence Pass in a small airplane, looking for places to restore beavers. // Show Notes: // Photo: Nathanial Pikyavit demonstrates how to throw an atlatl. The atlatl is the wooden portion on the bottom. It has a hook to attach to the metal spear. Kristine Weller/KUER // KUER: Fremont Indian State Park exists to keep an ancient tribal way of life alive

    Friday September 2, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 33:35

    The Grand County commission has approved using transient-room tax funds to support businesses impacted by the August 20th flood. Plus, our partners report on villainized snakes in the West. And food banks across the country are grappling with two major problems: demand from customers is up and supplies are down. // Plus, the Weekly News Reel! Doug McMurdo of The Times-Independent discusses using tourism tax funds for non-marketing ends, the state of Moab's emergency alert system, alternative-dwelling zones and the start of election coverage. Alison Harford of the Moab Sun News talks about the legacy of William Grandstaff, a tortoise adoption program and upcoming outings led by the Canyonlands Field Institute. // Show Notes: // Photo: Downtown businesses are looking for help after the August 20th flood. KZMU // New program proposal for flood relief emergency grant program // Report your flood damage here // The Times-Independent: County approves flood relief grant program // The Times-Independent: ‘The community deserves better' // The Times-Independent: Alternative dwelling idea advances as planning leaders butt heads // Moab Sun News: Moab Museum debuts new exhibit on William Grandstaff // Moab Sun News: Save the threatened desert tortoise by … adopting one? // Moab Sun News: Free community events offered by Canyonlands Field Institute

    Thursday September 1, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 11:20

    Swanny City Park is a place for Moab residents to practice a range of different hobbies — as well as meet others that are into what they're into. On a Wednesday afternoon, a small group gathered to practice handstands and talk about about the struggle to be inverted. Plus, our partners report on mushroom hunting after monsoon storms around Telluride. And tribal nations across the country will be receiving funding for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program put forth by the Department of Commerce. // Show Notes: // Photo: Moab locals gathered for a Handstand Jam on August 31st, 2022. KZMU // Music: Solid Gold by Miami Slice. // KSUT: Tribal Nations to receive funding for high-speed internet // KOTO:

    Wednesday August 31, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 11:26

    A mining company and regulators failed to clean up waste from a uranium processing mill in a small New Mexico community. Now the company wants to hand the site over to the Department of Energy — they just need to get rid of the residents first. KZMU speaks with investigative reporter Mark Olalde of ProPublica about his reporting on this story. // Show Notes: // ProPublica: A Uranium Ghost Town in the Making // John Boomer Arts // A Uranium Ghost Town in the Making: John Boomer song // Photo: An aerial view of Grants, New Mexico and areas around the Homestake uranium mill is seen in 2007. Creative Commons/"Grants NM aerial 2007 by Doc Searls from Santa Barbara, USA."

    Tuesday August 30, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 9:01

    A close call at Up the Creek Campground during a flood on August 20th has local officials sounding the alarm — over a lack of an alarm. Moab doesn't have a real-time flood warning system. And an alert system on the county level wasn't activated during the area's recent historic flooding. // Show Notes: // Photo: The 18-site Up the Creek Campground has been in Moab for 30 years. After a devastating flood, the owners are unsure about reopening. KZMU // Sign up for Grand County alerts here: // Sign up for Moab's alerts here: // Check Mill Creek's gauge // Check Pack Creek's gauge

    Monday August 29, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 8:33

    Moab continues to clean up after last weekend's historic flooding. Businesses, streets and residences were impacted — as well as some of the area's bike trails. That includes the Robin Groff Memorial Skills Park off Mill Creek. That creek became a raging river, cutting new channels and flooding nearby land. On Saturday over 40 people, five earth movers, two chainsaws and a dog showed up to restore the park. Plus, our partners have an update on this summer's strong monsoon season in the Colorado River basin. And climate activists gathered last week outside of a lodge in Grand Teton National Park where the Federal Reserve was holding its annual Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium. // Show Notes: // Photo: Volunteers gathered at the Robin Groff Memorial Skills Park off Mill Creek on Saturday to remove flood debris. KZMU // Moab City flood damage information // The Times-Independent: Robin Groff Memorial Bike Skills Park rolls on // KHOL: Climate activists protest at Federal Reserve's Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium

    Friday August 19, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 22:08

    In this week's News Reel, Sophia Fisher from The Times-Independent discusses the aftermath of Moab's historic flood. Many businesses spent these last days surveying damage and shoveling mud. One of those businesses especially impacted was Up the Creek Campground. The popular site is located in town, on the banks of Mill Creek — which became a raging river on Saturday night. Also, Alison Harford of the Moab Sun News discusses our community's emergency alert system or lack thereof. Most here learned of the recent flood's extent through social media, friends or maybe firsthand. That's raising big questions about how our alert system functions and the potential danger for residents and tourists in times of crisis. //Show Notes: // Photo: Up the Creek Campground will be closed for the foreseeable future as the owners recover from a devastating flood. KZMU/Justin Higginbottom // Weekly News Reel Mentions // The Times-Independent: Up the Creek co-owner saves sleeping campers // The Times-Independent: ‘Hope from the ashes' // The Times-Independent: School board wants to trim property taxes // Moab Sun News: Emergency alert system proved faulty // Moab Sun News: Future monsoon seasons expected to become more extreme // Moab Sun News: Flood impacts most vulnerable residents // Moab Sun News: Pothole treasures: During monsoon season, these shrimp live fast and die young

    Little News Break

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 0:31

    Hi listener, KZMU News is taking a brief summer break this week. Thank you so much for your support and we'll be back soon!

    News Extra! Moab City's Mayor and Manager on Major Flooding

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 27:52

    It's a KZMU News Extra! Moab City Mayor Joette Langianese and City Manager Carly Castle jumped on the airwaves during This Week in Moab on Monday to discuss the major flooding event that disrupted local infrastructure. Learn more about the incident response, as well as their thoughts on the future. “All the climate models indicate there will be more severe storms [and] that we'll get our precipitation kind of all at once,” says Castle. “So we might be reckoning with a new normal. And that means we need to take a hard look at our infrastructure – both natural infrastructure and built infrastructure – to determine what kind of mitigation we could develop in order to keep the floods from being so devastating.” Tune in. // Music in this News Extra is Holizna Raps by Holizna

    Monday August 22, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 8:47

    Local volunteers spread out over Moab's streets on Sunday, cleaning up after a major flood event that caused Mill Creek to overtop some downtown bridges and send water into properties around Main Street. Using shovels, wheelbarrows and their own hands, community members moved debris in hard hit areas. Moab City and Grand County have each made emergency declarations, which could help make funding available for those affected. Public works employees, along with local city and county officials, held an emergency meeting over the weekend to assess the damages and discuss the next steps to address this local disaster. // Show Notes: // Photo: Volunteers helped clean debris from Moab properties and streets after a major flood event. One city council member called this grassroots volunteer effort “the true spirit of Moab.” KZMU/Molly Marcello // (8/21/22) City of Moab & Grand County: Flood Cleanup Update for Residents

    Friday August 19, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 31:52

    With his white van full of cat supplies, local Travis Garcia looks out for community cats living in and around the Walnut Lane trailer park. He feels for these animals, especially those who have suffered from disease or infection. “As I get older, I sympathize with everything a little bit better, you know? I got a real tender heart.” Today on the news, we have an audio portrait of Garcia, also known as ‘Cat Daddy.' // Plus, the Weekly News Reel! Doug McMurdo of The Times-Independent discusses last week's big monsoonal storm, road work along Highway 191 and a local judge suppressing evidence in a drug case after finding an officer did not properly get consent for a search. Alison Harford of the Moab Sun News discusses soon-to-be-filled historic uranium mines in San Juan County, the results of the latest USU wellbeing study and the upcoming Moab Music Festival. // Show Notes: // Photo: Travis ‘Cat Daddy' Garcia cares for the community cats living in and around Walnut Lane. “I just love animals,” he says. “And I just can't stand to see them suffering.” // Want to help or have ideas? Contact Travis Garcia at 435-260-9428 // If you think there's someone or somewhere we should profile with an audio portrait, please reach out to // Humane Society of Moab Valley: Community Cats // Alley Cat Allies: Community Cats // Sounds In Today's Audio Portrait: 407747_170048-virtualwindo-co-za_cat-eating, 632414_jkata_catmoanspurrs, 33657_tim-kahn_meow, 268778_yurkobb_cats-eating, 345983_philllchabb_cat-licking-water-in-cup // Music in Today's Audio Portrait: Theatre of Being by Siddartha Corsus, Save The Cat by One Man Book, Me And God by HoliznaCC) // Weekly News Reel Mentions // The Times-Independent: A postmortem on Moab's Aug. 11 storm // The Times-Independent: Washed out at Church Rock // The Times-Independent: Storms delay UDOT repaving // The Times-Independent: Judge finds officer had no right to search suspect // Moab Sun News: BLM to fill in 74 mines in Kane Creek area // Moab Sun News: Analyzing results from the USU Wellbeing Survey // Moab Sun News: Moab Music Festival celebrates 30 years

    Thursday August 18, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 10:39

    With drought and increased risk of wildfire in our region, restoration work has never been more important. That includes seeding native plants or improving the health of wetlands. It turns out that Utah does restoration a bit differently than the rest of the country. And our state's model could be the future. Plus, water cuts are coming to some users along the Colorado River next year. They're not enough to keep the river's largest reservoirs from declining though. The federal government promises to take action to keep water flowing to 40 million people in the southwest. But without firm agreements to conserve among the states that rely on it, what comes next for the river remains unclear. // Show Notes: // Photo: A beaver dam beaver dam analogue is seen at Dugout Ranch. Workers there hope to fund more using Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative. KZMU/Justin Higginbottom // Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative // Information on Dugout Ranch // KUNC: Colorado River states fail to meet federal deadline on restricting water use

    Wednesday August 17, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 10:02

    Nutrition advocates say the nationwide ‘free meals for all' program helped address food insecurity and childhood hunger for millions during the first two years of the pandemic. But that's going away this school year. Now families who are above certain federal income thresholds will once again have to pay for their children's lunches. And experts say that can be tricky in Moab, where these income thresholds don't necessarily reflect the cost of living here. Plus, ancient human footprints were recently discovered in the Great Salt Lake Desert by two archaeologists on their way to an excavation site. // Show Notes: // Photo: Margaret L Hopkin Middle School. As students return to school this week, nutrition advocates worry that the expiration of the ‘free meals for all' program will leave some families falling through the cracks – making too much money to qualify for free and reduced lunch, but not enough to comfortably afford the meals. // Grand County School District Meal info Sheet // Need Help Applying for Free/Reduced Lunch? Call Alysha Packard at 435-259-2757 // UPR: Twelve-thousand-year-old footprints were discovered in the Great Salt Lake Desert

    Tuesday August 16, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 9:59

    Over the weekend, a group traveled into the La Sal Mountains to observe one year passing since the murder of Moab locals Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner. A suspect has been named in that case, but the investigation is still open. As we report in today's news, some are still looking for closure. Plus, an environmental nonprofit is offering Utahns a new perspective on the challenges facing Great Salt Lake by giving them a birds eye view of its shrinking shoreline. And, a new push to further Native storytelling in popular media. // Photo: A cross marks the turnoff where Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner were found murdered in August 2021. Over the weekend, a group visited their campsite to observe a year passing since their deaths. // Show Notes: // Utah Public Radio: Flyover of Great Salt Lake underscores the environmental challenges it faces

    Monday August 15, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 9:13

    In June, the Department of the Interior told states that use the Colorado River's water they had to save two-to-four-million-acre feet within months. Now, tribes are asking for a bigger say in the negotiations over how to do it. Although they are senior water rights holders along the Colorado, they have historically been left out of decision making about it. Plus, now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, and some states in our region are moving to ban abortion, some young women are more seriously considering permanent solutions to birth control. // Show Notes: // Arizona Republic: Their pleas for water were long ignored. Now tribes are gaining a voice on the Colorado River // KUER: In a post-Roe world, Utah women are considering sterilization as a form of protection

    Friday August 12, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 37:17

    Maybe nothing can unite a community quite like fury against a common enemy. For Moab, that enemy is known as the goathead. “This is nature at war with anything that is able to carry these little these little puncture sticker weeds,” says goathead slayer Randall Lewis. He and others are part of a grassroots community effort to control this invasive plant in common spaces. Armed with their favorite gardening tools and a passionate fury, local goathead slayers fight every season in the name of bike tubes, bare feet and dog paws. Today on the news, a profile on the battle against this formidable noxious weed. // Plus, the Weekly News Reel! Sophia Fisher of The Times-Independent discusses a pending lawsuit against the Moab City Police Department, out of town interests probing the county attorney, and an ancient cooking vessel undergoing restoration at the Moab Museum. Alison Harford of the Moab Sun News discusses Moab Solutions' request for a local recycling specialist, the Dark Sky Discovery Night and the upcoming Helper Arts Festival. // Show Notes: // Photo: Do nature's thumbtacks inspire internal fury? You might be ready to join a grassroots community effort to control Moab's most formidable opponent, the goathead. // 2022 Goathead Gala Registration // Moab Goatheads Gone //Music in the Goathead Story is ‘Free Canjon Guitar' by Lobo Loco, ‘Western Show Down' by Holizna CC, ‘Silky' by Alex Figueira and ‘Good Boy' by Lobo Loco // Weekly News Reel Mentions: // The Times-Independent: Petito's parents notify MPD of pending lawsuit // The Times-Independent: Out-of-town interests probe Sloan, attorney race // The Times-Independent: Realtor – Price ‘not out of the ordinary' for Walnut Lane property // The Times-Independent: Ancient jug showcases museum's modern approach // Moab Sun News: Moab Solutions asks city, county, service district to support new recycling specialist role // Moab Sun News: Explore the solar system during Dark Sky Discovery Night // Moab Sun News: Helper Arts Festival includes live artwork, music, vendors

    Thursday August 11, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 8:23

    Moab Community Childcare has really taken off this year. Aiming to improve the availability of high-quality childcare in the valley, the nonprofit is opening new infant care services while also supporting other childcare providers in Moab. “The speed at which we've been running is because people keep giving us water and cheering us on,” says board chair Rob Walker. “The support has been awesome.” Plus, an annual report on childhood well-being rates Utah among the best in the country. But advocates warn that the report also points to a growing mental-health crisis. And later, journalists join the trend of unionization across the country and a report on a proposal that could help restore wolf and beaver populations. // Show Notes: // Moab Community Childcare // Moab Sun News: Urgent need for childcare // The Annie E Casey Foundation: 2022 Kids Count Data Book

    Wednesday August 10, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 9:18

    Gabby Petito's parents intend to sue the Moab City Police Department for $50 million, wanting to prompt changes in how police here and elsewhere respond to domestic violence. They claim Moab's police could have prevented their daughter's death. Plus, the Senate passed policy changes for the oil and gas industry operating on public lands. And later, the migratory monarch butterfly makes a red list of threatened species and new federal legislation aims to protect parts of the Dolores River Canyon as a National Conservation Area. // Show Notes: // Moab City: Investigative Review of Aug 12th Petito-Laundrie Incident in Moab // Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 // Western Monarch Advocates // Xerces Society // KSUT: Portions of Dolores River Canyon could be protected under new legislation if passed

    Tuesday August 9, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 9:13

    The Canyonlands Research Center offers a paid summer internship to Native American students interested in conservation. Today on the news, we visit students as they tour Dugout Ranch on the border of Canyonlands National Park. Used by the Ute and Navajo tribes and later by white ranchers, the land now helps educate and train the next generation of conservationists. Plus, a county in Southwest Colorado is working with an unusual partner to tackle the area's noxious weeds – goats. And later, a group of tribes in the Colorado River basin is asking for more of a voice in negotiations about conserving the river's water amid historic drought.  // Show Notes: // Photo: Students from Canyonlands Research Center's NATURE (Native American Tribes Upholding Restoration and Education) program at Dugout Ranch near Moab. KZMU/Justin Higginbottom // Canyonlands Research Center: Native American Tribes Upholding Restoration & Education // KSUT Tribal Radio: Ecological land management and preventing fires with goats // KUNC: Tribes in the Colorado River basin say they're ‘in the dark' as states discuss water conservation

    Monday August 8, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 9:48

    Elected officials recently moved some new housing ideas forward to assist locals with finding safe and affordable places to live. But there's one program that's provided housing help to our area for years – Housing Choice Vouchers. And now experts say this rental assistance program could use a little attention. Stigma around voucher recipients is causing some landlords to deny their applications, illegal under fair housing law. Local housing organizations are launching an education campaign to counter misinformation and discrimination around the vouchers, and to help close the affordability gap for our local residents.  // Show Notes: // Photo: The Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah. The organization has more rental assistance vouchers to distribute in Grand and San Juan Counties but are encountering challenges with finding available – and nondiscriminatory – housing for recipients. // Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah // Landlords Housing Choice Voucher Info Poster

    Friday August 5, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 30:56

    In today's political climate, it could be risky to encourage extemporaneous speech in a public setting. But local Marc Horwitz says soapboxing has an important place in the protection of free speech. “It's not just about speaking your mind; it's about respecting the other guy speaking his mind – even if you differ completely.” Today on the news, we report on the ‘citizen soapbox' popping up at the Moab market, available for poem recitation, amusing anecdotes and even community announcements. Plus, Colorado River activists are calling on the federal government to make upgrades at the Glen Canyon dam. And later, our radio partners take a boat trip with longtime river runners to show us Lake Powell at historic lows. // Plus, the Weekly News Reel! Doug McMurdo of The Times Independent discusses Moab City's workforce housing ordinance, flight cancellations at the Moab airport, speculations on lithium in Grand County and an open casting call for an upcoming western. Alison Harford of the Moab Sun News talks about the return of the aedes aegypti mosquito, improv meet-ups in Moab and the Full Circle Intertribal Center finding a permanent office space. // Show Notes: // Photo: Theresa King relates a personal story on the ‘citizen soapbox' in Swanny City Park as Marc Horwitz adjusts the sound levels. The pop-up free speech platform occurs every first and third Thursday of the month during the Moab Arts & Ag market. KZMU/Molly Marcello // Arts & Ag: A Moab Market // KUNC: One of the Colorado River's most important dams could need upgrades to keep water flowing // KUNC: A mud-caked ‘terra incognita' emerges in Glen Canyon as Lake Powell declines to historic low // Weekly News Reel Mentions: // The Times-Independent: City passes workforce housing ordinance // The Times-Independent: Moab airport records 16 SkyWest flights canceled so far in 2022 // The Times-Independent: Lithium – Moab's next extractive industry? // The Times-Independent: ‘How exciting to have the movie industry in Moab' // Moab Sun News: Aedes aegypti is back // Moab Sun News: ‘Wannabe Players' bring improv to Moab // Moab Sun News: Full Circle Intertribal Center finds new home

    Thursday August 4, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 10:12

    It was a banner day for housing discussions in Moab on Wednesday. First, the Moab City Council passed a requirement that new multi-household development in some residential neighborhoods include workforce housing. The ‘active employment household ordinance' passed after 10 months of deliberation. Second, community members gathered to strategize solutions around housing and the workforce as part of the city's strategic action plan process. Third, Grand County held a public meeting about ‘alternative dwelling developments' for the local workforce including tiny homes, RVs and other vehicles. Show Notes: Photo: Utah Association of Realtors President Randy Day, speaking before the city council on Wednesday. He and other representatives of private property rights groups negotiated with local elected officials for months on the ‘active employment household ordinance.' KZMU/Anthony Militano Moab City Active Employment Household Ordinance Moab City Community Visioning Grand County Long Term Camparks & Alternative Dwelling Community

    Wednesday August 3, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 10:25

    “On YouTube, there's a lot of information about Moab…but it's all in English. So, I want to show people who [speak] Spanish how the life is here and the places they can visit if they want to come here.” Today on the news, we speak with local Mónica Piñera about making her Spanish-language videos on ‘La aventura en Moab.' In them, she features popular local sights as well as practical information for Spanish speakers about resources and events. Plus, a conversation with the CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains about an expected influx of patients crossing state lines for reproductive care. And later, much of the Southwest is expected to get drenched during August according to new forecasts. // Show Notes: // Photo: Local resident Mónica Piñera hosts ‘La aventura en Moab,' a Spanish language YouTube channel about the Moab area. She started the channel when she noticed a lack of attention on Spanish-speakers in our region. Courtesy Mónica Piñera // La aventura en Moab

    Tuesday August 2, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 12:05

    Moab's latest sculpture installation comes from Justin Tyler Tate, the MARC's 2022 artist-in-residence. Made of materials sourced from the local waste stream, the piece is incredibly interactive and intended to emphasize play as a source of power. “I like giving people an opportunity to embrace their curiosity,” says Tate. “Because that's what I like doing.” Plus, we speak with a scientist working on a new solution for uranium-contaminated groundwater. And later, a report on the death of a Hollywood legend with deep roots in our region. // Show Notes: // Photo: Artist Justin Tyler Tate with an interactive installation created with material sourced from Moab's waste stream. The piece is currently at Lions Park. KZMU/Molly Marcello // Moab Arts Re-Use Residency // Justin Tyler Tate // Aspen Public Radio: Bob Rafelson was passionate about Aspen, filmmaking

    Monday August 1, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 10:58

    Utah Governor Spencer Cox released another chapter of Utah's water plan last week. It aims to balance water conservation, agriculture and state growth. Plus, the FBI published a ‘first of its kind' list of almost 180 missing Indigenous people throughout the Navajo Nation. And later, the climate crisis has been the cause of lower stream flows in rivers and creeks throughout the West. Our radio partners report on how this changing ecosystem is affecting boreal toads in Colorado wilderness. // Show Notes: // Photo: Samantha Alford weighs a boreal toad in a plastic bag as it attempts to escape. Toads are indicator species, which means they can tell researchers a lot about the health of the environment. Caroline Llanes / Aspen Public Radio // UPR: Utah releases third chapter of state water action plan // FBI: List of Native Americans Verified as Missing Throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation // Aspen Public Radio: Small boreal toads in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness face big challenges

    Friday July 29, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 28:29

    Visitors to Arches have had some time to try out the national park's new reservation system, put in place to reduce the crowding impacting visitors' experience. Today on the news, we speak with a park representative about some recent survey results and the future of the pilot timed entry system. Plus, a Wyoming judge issued a temporary restraining order this week, blocking the state's trigger ban on most abortions from going into effect. Utah's own abortion trigger ban continues to be on pause as a lawsuit against it makes its way through the courts. And later, mountain towns in Colorado have seen an influx of luxury tourism and housing development. Our radio partners report on one town that has largely avoided that fate. // Plus, the Weekly News Reel! Sophia Fisher of The Times-Independent talks fire and flood, monsoon season returning, the nation's new mental heath crisis line and Utah's new OHV course. Alison Harford of The Moab Sun News discusses this week's record-breaking water height in Mill Creek, a local man winning a prize at a famous trail ride and the return of Canyonlands Native Plant Society. // Show Notes: // Photo: Arches National Park over Memorial Day Weekend 2021. The park received feedback that a visitor's Memorial Day Weekend 2022 experience was ‘night and day' better than previous years because of the pilot timed entry system. Credit Arches National Park // Arches National Park: FAQ on the Timed Entry System // US Travel Association (7/11) Letter re: NPS Reservation Systems // Weekly News Reel Mentions: // The Times-Independent: Fire & Flood // The Times-Independent: After a lapse, the monsoons are back // The Times-Independent: Meet the nation's new mental health crisis line // The Times-Independent (Opinion): What it's like to work at a crisis helpline // The Times-Independent: A peek inside Utah's new OHV course, test // Moab Sun News: Record water height in Mill Creek flash flood // Moab Sun News: Local man wins prize at famous rugged trail ride // Moab Sun News: Looking out for native plants – Canyonlands Native Plant Society ramps back up

    Thursday July 28, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 11:14

    Dispersed camping has exploded on Bureau of Land Management lands across Grand County. And when visitors spread out, looking for that perfect private campsite, they can encroach on natural resources like native vegetation and wildlife habitat. The BLM is now looking at implementing more camping rules for three places: Utah Rims, Two Rivers, and the Labyrinth Rims/Gemini Bridges areas. Today on the news, we speak with advocates of this plan about why ‘camping anywhere you want' is no longer viable in Grand County. // Show Notes: // Photo: A dispersed campsite in Grand County. The BLM is considering limiting camping to designated sites in the Utah Rims, Two Rivers, and the Labyrinth Rims/Gemini Bridges areas. // Utah Rims BLM Planning: // Two Rivers BLM Planning: // Labyrinth Rims/Gemini Bridges Planning: // The Deseret News (May 1989) Moab Dislikes Smell Of Success

    Wednesday July 27, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 9:32

    Despite challenges due to weather and supply shortages, clean-up is on track at the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action site near Moab. Today on the news, we speak with the federal cleanup director on what's been done so far and plans for the future. Plus, heavy rainfall over last year's burn area in the La Sal Mountains sent a debris flow of rocks, mud and vegetation through the town creeks. According to preliminary data from the USGS, Mill Creek was traveling over 1,000 CFS on Tuesday evening. And later, reports on the James Webb Space Telescope and Utah's involvement in the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. // Show Notes: // Photo: The Moab UMTRA Project, where 16 million tons of uranium tailings are being moved away from the Colorado River. Credit US Department of Energy // Moab UMTRA Project // USGS: Mill Creek At Sheley Tunnel // USGS: Pack Creek At Pack Creek Road Bridge S // KUER: Utah astronomers expect a lot of future surprises from NASA's Webb Space Telescope // 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

    Tuesday July 26, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 9:10

    Photojournalist Luis Sinco's career at the Los Angeles Times has spanned earthquakes, war and wildfire. But recently, a conversation with his adult children inspired a unique solo project. “I was just talking to them…about what they knew about where water comes from and what they knew about the Colorado River,” Sinco says. “My kids are pretty smart. I was kind of stunned that they didn't know very much about [it].” Today on the news, we speak with Sinco about photographing the Colorado River Basin from it's headwaters in Colorado to its delta in Mexico and what he hopes westerners can learn from these visuals. Plus, states in the river's Upper Basin aren't ready to commit to federal water conservation targets. // Photo: Luis Sinco, photojournalist with the LA Times, in the Mexicali Valley of the Colorado River Delta. Sinco's project “The Colorado River: Where The West Quenches Its Thirst,” documents the river's basin from its headwaters to its delta. Credit Ian James / Los Angeles Times // LA Times: The Colorado River – Where The West Quenches Its Thirst // LA Times: Angered by climate denial, a Times photographer embarked on a watershed journey // KUNC: Responding to federal pressure, Upper Colorado River states seek to revive conservation program

    Monday July 25, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 9:33

    A mining company wants to extract lithium from old oil and gas wells in Grand County. Used in electronics such as batteries, demand for the metal is expected to grow. Companies are exploring deposits across the country, including the Paradox Basin in Southeastern Utah. Today on the news, the potential - and risks - of using old oil infrastructure in the transition to a greener economy. Plus, an annual Ute athletic tradition is coming back to our region. And, a recent wildfire left a smoky taste and smell in a Colorado town's water. // Show Notes: // Photo: Dead Horse Point State Park. A-1 Lithium has submitted a proposal to the BLM a few miles outside the state park. Credit Dave Hensley // BLM: A-1 Lithium Incorporated Mineral Exploration Project // Anson Resources: Paradox Basin Brine Project // KUNC: Smoke in the water – Wildfires have lasting effects on drinking supply long after they're put out

    Friday July 22, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 23:56

    On the south side of Green River, there's a stand-out parcel of land. It's where old cottonwood trees jut into the sky and rock-lined gravel pathways snake around a play tunnel made of stumps. A place where kids can go wild on a tire swing. It's the new Pearl Baker Park & Outdoor Classroom. Community members and volunteers celebrated the soft opening of the park this week, as well as ‘the woman, the myth, the legend' of its namesake. // Plus, the Weekly News Reel! Doug McMurdo of The Times-Independent discusses the county pursuing its own workforce housing ordinance, Grand backing out of a solo opioid lawsuit and an effort to boost air travel to Moab. Alison Harford of the Moab Sun News discusses Moab's experience with the nationwide nursing shortage, upcoming Pioneer Day events and the library's expansion of teen programming. // Show Notes: // Photo: Kids test out the new tire swing at Pearl Baker Park & Outdoor Classroom. The park will provide a new gathering and learning space on Green River's south side. KZMU/Molly Marcello // Epicenter: Pearl Baker Park - Year 1 // Weekly News Reel Mentions: // The Times-Independent: Seeking to avoid city's mire, county pursues its own workforce housing ordinance // The Times-Independent: County backs out of solo opioid lawsuit // The Times-Independent: Taxes, grant could boost air travel to Moab // Moab Sun News: Moab shares in nationwide nursing shortage // Moab Sun News: Celebrate Pioneer Day on July 24 with Moab's museums // Moab Sun News: Library expands teen programming

    Thursday July 21, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 9:42

    There's a nursing shortage in the country. And that applies to Moab, where we have our own challenges too. Today on the news, we speak with the CEO of Moab Regional Hospital about the situation and potential solutions for attracting more workers into health care. Plus, the seven Colorado River basin states have until mid-August to drastically cut their water use. Federal officials say that's necessary to keep the river's giant reservoirs from going empty. If state leaders fail to come up with a plan, they could be facing a federal crackdown. // Show Notes: // McKinsey & Company (May 2022): Assessing the lingering impact of COVID-19 on the nursing shortage // KZMU (December 2021): Nursing in Moab KUNC: On the Colorado River the feds carry a big stick. Will the states get hit?

    Wednesday July 20, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 9:43

    The Utah Investigative Journalism Project is a non-profit that provides public-service reporting and education throughout the state. They partner with publications to publish in-depth stories holding those in power accountable. Today on the news, we speak with founder Eric Peterson, who was recently in Moab. Plus, nearly 400 tourism industry groups sent a letter to the National Park Service wanting changes to reservation systems. And, a fire broke out at Hoover Dam on Tuesday morning – but was quickly put out. // Show Notes: // Photo: Sunrise panorama from the La Sal Mountains Viewpoint at Arches National Park. Tourism industry groups want a more international tourist-friendly national park reservation system. Credit NPS/Neal Herbert // The Utah Investigative Journalism Project // KUER: Utah groups want a more international tourist-friendly national park reservation system // KUNC: Fire at Hoover Dam extinguished, cause still unknown

    Tuesday July 19, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 7:48

    For about a year, locals seeking information about marginalized communities have had a safe, comfortable community space to check out resources. Literally. The Moab Pride Library lives in a shady nook at Adobe Garden Apothecary. It's a space where people peruse everything from queer literature to Black and Indigenous history. Moab Pride organizer Desirae Miller took us on a tour of the library for our latest audio portrait. // Photo: The Moab Pride Library with local organizer Desirae Miller. “Books take you to different worlds, and you get to tap into so many different realities that you really can't do in a rural town,” says Miller. “…And that is what Moab Pride strives to be able to provide – these safe spaces in a rural town where you otherwise maybe wouldn't feel seen.” // If you think there's someone or even some place that we should profile for our next audio portrait, please reach out to

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