Outdoors

by Terry Messmer Utah State University Extension wildlife specialist In recent weeks, reports of cougar sightings have increased across Utah. The cougar, Puma concolor, is known as the mountain lion, puma, screamer, or panther. They are readily recognized by their tawny color, white muzzle and long...
Search and Rescue volunteers have been busy recently, with two highly technical operations in San Juan County. On October 27, crews responded to Little Balley’s Road, where two hikers had fallen approximately 30 feet while descending into the canyon.  One hiker had a head wound and the other...
by Carter Pape The Times-Independent As protestors stood silently around the room with signs advocating to “keep public lands in public hands” and to “protect wild Utah,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, broke the fourth wall on Friday, October 25, during a roundtable discussion in Moab to say that “not a...
An American marten has been spotted in the La Sal Mountains, answering a question that has been asked for many years. The range of the elusive animal has generally been thought to be north of the area, in the northern Rocky Mountains. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reported last week, “One...
U.S. Forest Service fire crews are working diligently to reopen roads and trails affected by three fires in the Dark Canyon Wilderness Area of the Manti-La Sal National Forest before the bow hunting season begins this Saturday, August 17.  As some crews continued monitoring and mopping up the...
Almost 50 riders hit the Abajo Mountains over the weekend for the sixth annual Abajo Enduro. For the second straight year, the grueling event consisted of two days and three stages of racing, and was the biggest event to date. ROAM Industry owner and race organizer Dustin Randall reported that out...
A new fire joined the Peavine Canyon Fire burning west of Monticello and Blanding in the Dark Canyon Wilderness last week. The lightning-sparked Poison Canyon Fire has grown to almost 200 acres since it was discovered on July 26. According to U.S. Forest Service officials in the Manti-La Sal...
A fire sparked by a lightning strike 45 miles west of Monticello has grown from 15 acres to almost 240 acres since it was first spotted on July 16. The “Peavine Canyon Fire” in the Dark Canyon Wilderness of the Manti-La Sal National Forest became more active due to drying conditions, according to...
For the first time ever, a generous grant from San Juan County Visitor Services will enable a second printing of 101 Ways to Experience San Juan County. A new wave of the popular visitor guides will be available at local visitor centers, motels, restaurants and businesses in coming days. 101 Ways...
As I walk the trail between cliff and river I search again for the face. It’s ten inches tall. The eyes and mouth are distinctly pecked, two antenna rise above the head. I almost walk past it and then I see it again, south-facing, looking out across space and time etched on sandstone 3,000 years...

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