Utah trust lands agency nixes gravel pit lease in favor of selling scenic parcel near Capitol Reef

The dust may be settling over Teasdale’s gravel pit controversy, thanks to a decision by Utah trust lands officials to cancel a mineral lease on the 120-acre state-owned parcel in favor of selling it.

For the past year, the site has been under lease to a Wayne County construction firm that recently won a court ruling that seemed to pave the way for an industrial operation in the scenic agricultural area. But on Wednesday, the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration gave 30 days’ not...