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Great Tape: Off to the Races

Today we have a special program for listeners — 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: https://www.kzmu.org/great-tape-off-to-the-races/

1h 46m
Sep 23
Thursday September 22, 2022

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 https://www.grandcountyutah.net/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/644?fileID=41930 // Aspen Public Radio: ‘Champagne and propane’ keep spirits high at Snowmass Balloon Festival https://www.aspenpublicradio.org/arts-culture/2022-09-17/champagne-and-propane-lift-balloon-pilots-at-snowmass-balloon-festival // Moab Sun News https://moabsunnews.com/ // Music: Paris Gipsy Swing by Dieter van der Westen

8m
Sep 22
Wednesday September 21, 2022

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: https://bannedbooksweek.org // American Library Association: Frequently Challenged Books https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10 // KUER: Utah authors, librarians, and teachers call for more open minds rather than more banned books https://www.kuer.org/education/2022-09-19/utah-authors-librarians-and-teachers-call-for-more-open-minds-rather-than-more-banned-books?fbclid=IwAR1Pvb9ZWxJTwdqnjeL7me4B8cTvEdMuPaUhykFJ8ou8V_34eDa_b17sO1Q

8m
Sep 21
Tuesday September 20, 2022

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 https://moabcity.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/5191?fileID=6137

9m
Sep 20
Monday September 19, 2022

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 https://www.kzmu.org/tuesday-march-8-2022/ // KSUT: Native peoples from across the U.S. and Canada attend the 100th annual Southern Ute Fair https://www.ksut.org/culture/2022-09-16/native-peoples-from-across-the-u-s-and-canada-attend-the-100th-annual-southern-ute-fair // Grand County Commission Agenda Sept 20th https://www.grandcountyutah.net/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09202022-1553?html=true //Music in the meeting agenda preview is 'Coast2Most' by Independent Music Licensing Collective

10m
Sep 19
Friday September 16, 2022

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 https://www.trucking.org/economics-and-industry-data // Trucks: Federal Data Shows Trucking Remains One of America’s Deadliest Jobs https://www.trucks.com/2021/01/11/federal-data-shows-trucking-remains-one-of-americas-deadliest-jobs/ // CDC: Long-Haul Truck Drivers https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/truck/health.html // 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 https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/a-skunky-problem/ // The Times-Independent: City removes 2,800 tons of debris https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/city-removes-2800-tons-of-flood-debris/ // The Times-Independent: County approves flood relief grant program https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/county-approves-flood-relief-grant-program/ // The Times-Independent: Meet Grand County High’s new principal https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/meet-grand-county-highs-new-principal/ // Moab Sun News: Moab reviews flood recovery https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/15/moab-reviews-flood-recovery/ // Moab Sun News: Another round of COVID boosters available at Health Department https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/15/another-round-of-covid-boosters-available-at-health-department/ // Moab Sun News: Celebrating the harvest https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/15/celebrating-the-harvest/

30m
Sep 16
Thursday September 15, 2022

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 https://moabsunnews.com/2022/04/28/free-health-clinic-finds-new-home/ // Moab Free Health Clinic https://www.moabfreehealthclinic.org // CDC: Social Determinants of Health https://www.cdc.gov/socialdeterminants/index.htm // KHOL: ACLU of Wyoming, state tribes urge Supreme Court to uphold Indian Child Welfare Act https://891khol.org/aclu-of-wyoming-state-tribes-urge-supreme-court-to-uphold-indian-child-welfare-act/

7m
Sep 15
Wednesday September 14, 2022

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 https://moabcity.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/5213?fileID=6162 // Grand County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Director https://grandcountyutah.net/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=97&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=GCSO-EMERGENCY-MANAGEMENT-DIRECTOR-182 // KUNC: As the Colorado River shrinks, water managers see promise in recycling sewage https://www.kunc.org/environment/2022-09-14/as-the-colorado-river-shrinks-water-managers-see-promise-in-recycling-sewage

10m
Sep 14
Tuesday September 13, 2022

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) https://geonarrative.usgs.gov/names_taskforce/ // USGS: New Names (List) https://edits.nationalmap.gov/apps/gaz-domestic/public/all-official-sq-names // Interior Dept Completes Removal of ‘Sq_’ from Federal Use https://edits.nationalmap.gov/apps/gaz-domestic/public/all-official-sq-names // Southwest Monsoon Fantasy Forecasts https://monsoonfantasy.arizona.edu/home

8m
Sep 13
Monday September 12, 2022

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 https://curtis.house.gov/ // KSJD: The Bear Dance season ends with a celebration at White Mesa, Utah https://www.ksjd.org/2022-09-12/the-bear-dance-season-ends-with-a-celebration-at-white-mesa-utah

12m
Sep 12
Friday September 9, 2022

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 https://news.gallup.com/poll/398303/approval-labor-unions-highest-point-1965.aspx // Starbucks Workers United https://sbworkersunited.org/ // Weekly News Reel Mentions: // The Times-Independent: Flood’s trail damage extended beyond the parkway https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/floods-trail-damage-extended-beyond-the-parkway/ // The Times-Independent: County opts to ‘keep thumbs’ on Kane Creek development https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/county-opts-to-keep-thumbs-on-kane-creek-development/ // The Times-Independent: McGann – ‘I’ve been very effective’ https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/mcgann-ive-been-very-effective/ // The Times-Independent: McFarland – ‘I bring a moderate voice’ https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/mcfarland-i-bring-a-moderate-voice/ // Moab Sun News: Environmental flood restoration begins https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/08/environmental-flood-restoration-begins/ // Moab Sun News: Upcoming Nights of Grief and Mystery performance will explore our relationship with dying https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/08/nights-of-grief-and-mystery-explores-our-relationship-with-dying/ // Moab Sun News: Q&A with author, activist Stephen Jenkinson https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/08/qa-with-author-activist-stephen-jenkinson/ // Moab Sun News: Green River Melon Days marks 116 years https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/08/green-river-melon-days-marks-116-years/

26m
Sep 09
Thursday September 8, 2022

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: https://geraldeliasmanofmystery.wordpress.com/ // Moab Museum: https://moabmuseum.org/

11m
Sep 08
Wednesday September 7, 2022

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 https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=443319547830816&set=a.250773093752130 // 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

14m
Sep 07
Tuesday September 6, 2022

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 https://governor.utah.gov/2022/08/24/utah-challenges-unlawful-designation-of-national-monuments/ // Canyonlands Backcountry Horsemen https://www.bchutah.org/bch-canyonlands.php // DOE: Commemorating the Old Spanish Trail in Moab https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/commemorating-old-spanish-trail-moab // Epicenter Green River: The Old Spanish Trail https://ruralandproud.org/epicenter_blog/ost/

9m
Sep 06
Monday September 5, 2022

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 https://www.kuer.org/arts-culture-entertainment/2022-08-30/fremont-indian-state-park-exists-to-keep-an-ancient-tribal-way-of-life-alive

8m
Sep 05
Friday September 2, 2022

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 https://www.grandcountyutah.net/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/548?fileID=41423 // Report your flood damage here https://moabcity.org/609/Flood-Damage-Information // The Times-Independent: County approves flood relief grant program https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/county-approves-flood-relief-grant-program/ // The Times-Independent: ‘The community deserves better’ https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/the-community-deserves-better/ // The Times-Independent: Alternative dwelling idea advances as planning leaders butt heads https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/alternative-dwelling-idea-advances-as-planning-leaders-butt-heads/ // Moab Sun News: Moab Museum debuts new exhibit on William Grandstaff https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/01/william-grandstaff-exhibit/ // Moab Sun News: Save the threatened desert tortoise by … adopting one? https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/01/adopt-a-desert-tortoise/ // Moab Sun News: Free community events offered by Canyonlands Field Institute https://moabsunnews.com/2022/09/01/cfi-free-community-events/

33m
Sep 02
Thursday September 1, 2022

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. https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Miami_Slice/Disco_Cuts/Solid_Gold/ // KSUT: Tribal Nations to receive funding for high-speed internet https://tribalradio.org/tribal-nations-to-receive-funding-for-high-speed-internet/ // KOTO: https://www.koto.org/featured-news-stories/2022/8/11/a-foray-into-san-juan-mushrooming

11m
Sep 01
Wednesday August 31, 2022

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 https://www.propublica.org/article/new-mexico-uranium-homestake-pollution // John Boomer Arts https://www.facebook.com/people/John-Boomer-Arts/100054373156642/ // A Uranium Ghost Town in the Making: John Boomer song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_6d-C_HX-s // 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."

11m
Aug 31
Tuesday August 30, 2022

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: https://www.grandcountyutah.net/alertcenter.aspx?CID=3 // Sign up for Moab's alerts here: https://moabcity.org/64/Emergency-Alert // Check Mill Creek's gauge https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/09183500/#parameterCode=00060&startDT=2022-08-15&endDT=2022-08-22 // Check Pack Creek's gauge https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/09184600/#parameterCode=00060&startDT=2022-08-15&endDT=2022-08-22

9m
Aug 30
Monday August 29, 2022

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 https://moabcity.org/609/Flood-Damage-Information // The Times-Independent: Robin Groff Memorial Bike Skills Park rolls on https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/robin-groff-memorial-bike-skills-park-rolls-on/ // KHOL: Climate activists protest at Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium https://891khol.org/climate-activists-protest-at-federal-reserves-jackson-hole-economic-policy-symposium/

8m
Aug 29
Friday August 19, 2022

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 https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/up-the-creek-co-owner-saves-sleeping-campers/ // The Times-Independent: ‘Hope from the ashes’ https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/hope-from-the-ashes/ // The Times-Independent: School board wants to trim property taxes https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/school-board-wants-to-trim-property-taxes/ // Moab Sun News: Emergency alert system proved faulty https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/25/emergency-alert-system-proved-faulty/ // Moab Sun News: Future monsoon seasons expected to become more extreme https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/25/future-monsoon-seasons-expected-to-become-more-extreme/ // Moab Sun News: Flood impacts most vulnerable residents https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/25/flood-impacts-most-vulnerable-residents/ // Moab Sun News: Pothole treasures: During monsoon season, these shrimp live fast and die young https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/25/pothole-treasures/

22m
Aug 26
Little News Break

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!

31s
Aug 24
News Extra! Moab City's Mayor and Manager on Major Flooding

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

27m
Aug 23
Monday August 22, 2022

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 https://moabcity.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=396

8m
Aug 22
Friday August 19, 2022

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 news@kzmu.org // Humane Society of Moab Valley: Community Cats https://moabpets.org/what-we-do/programs/community-cats.html // Alley Cat Allies: Community Cats https://www.alleycat.org/resources/how-to-help-community-cats-a-step-by-step-guide-to-trap-neuter-return/ // 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 https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/a-postmortem-on-moabs-aug-11-storm/ // The Times-Independent: Washed out at Church Rock https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/washed-out-at-church-rock/ // The Times-Independent: Storms delay UDOT repaving https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/storms-delay-udot-repaving/ // The Times-Independent: Judge finds officer had no right to search suspect https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/judge-finds-officer-had-no-right-to-search-suspect/ // Moab Sun News: BLM to fill in 74 mines in Kane Creek area https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/18/blm-to-fill-in-mines/ // Moab Sun News: Analyzing results from the USU Wellbeing Survey https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/18/usu-wellbeing-survey/ // Moab Sun News: Moab Music Festival celebrates 30 years https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/18/moab-music-festival-celebrates-30-years/

31m
Aug 19
Thursday August 18, 2022

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 https://wri.utah.gov/wri/ // Information on Dugout Ranch https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/dugout-ranch/ // KUNC: Colorado River states fail to meet federal deadline on restricting water use https://www.kunc.org/environment/2022-08-16/colorado-river-states-fail-to-meet-federal-deadline-on-restricting-water-use

10m
Aug 18
Wednesday August 17, 2022

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 https://www.grandschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1653097&type=d&pREC_ID=1798917 // 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 https://www.upr.org/utah-news/2022-08-16/twelve-thousand-year-old-footprints-were-discovered-in-the-great-salt-lake-desert

10m
Aug 17
Tuesday August 16, 2022

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 https://www.upr.org/utah-news/2022-08-11/flyover-of-great-salt-lake-underscores-environmental-challenges-it-faces

9m
Aug 16
Monday August 15, 2022

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 https://www.azcentral.com/in-depth/news/local/arizona/2022/08/08/century-after-colorado-river-divided-tribes-gain-voice/7792315001/ // KUER: In a post-Roe world, Utah women are considering sterilization as a form of protection https://www.kuer.org/race-religion-social-justice/2022-08-04/in-a-post-roe-world-these-utah-women-are-considering-sterilization-as-a-form-of-protection

9m
Aug 15
Friday August 12, 2022

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 https://www.grandcountyutah.net/FormCenter/Weeds-22/Goathead-Gala-2022-137 // Moab Goatheads Gone https://www.facebook.com/groups/588711382481055 //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 https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/petitos-parents-notify-mpd-of-pending-lawsuit/ // The Times-Independent: Out-of-town interests probe Sloan, attorney race https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/out-of-town-interests-probe-sloan-attorney-race/ // The Times-Independent: Realtor – Price ‘not out of the ordinary’ for Walnut Lane property https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/realtor-price-not-out-of-the-ordinary-for-walnut-lane-property/ // The Times-Independent: Ancient jug showcases museum’s modern approach https://www.moabtimes.com/articles/ancient-jug-showcases-museums-modern-approach/ // Moab Sun News: Moab Solutions asks city, county, service district to support new recycling specialist role https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/11/new-recycling-specialist-role/ // Moab Sun News: Explore the solar system during Dark Sky Discovery Night https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/11/dark-sky-discovery-night/ // Moab Sun News: Helper Arts Festival includes live artwork, music, vendors https://moabsunnews.com/2022/08/11/helper-arts-festival/

37m
Aug 12