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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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Hello! Cosmo the Library Cat here. Evening at the Grand County Public Library is often very peaceful. It’s the perfect time for the librarians to play “snake” with me. This is a game where I can apply my fearsome hunting skills. Here’s how it works: the human drags my colorful snake toy alon…

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Moab Solutions will be fundraising for its 10th annual Emergency Needs Fund from Nov. 26 through Christmas Eve. The annual fundraiser asks passersby outside of City Market (425 S. Main Street, Moab) to support year-round assistance to those in need. Roughly half of the Emergency Needs fund f…

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Opening night for Grand County High School’s production of “Freaky Friday: The Musical” is on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Grand County High School Auditorium (608 S. 400 East). There will also be showings on Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for stud…

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Castle Valley has been a “Firewise Community” since 2004, participating in a national program that supports homeowners and communities in preparing their properties to be resistant and resilient to wildfire. The Firewise USA program began in 2002 and provides criteria for communities to be p…

Over a hundred years ago, a small community was established high in the La Sal Mountains. Miner’s Basin, also known simply as Basin, was founded in 1889 with high hopes of mining prosperity. Copper, gold and silver had recently been discovered in the La Sals, and the newly established Miner’…

Margaret L. Hopkin Middle School held its annual food drive, raising 885 pounds of food to donate to the Grand County Food Bank. The school held a competition between first-hour classes: Alina Murdock’s seventh-grade class raised 185 donations and Erik Secrist’s eighth-grade class raised 155…

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Hello All! It’s Cosmo the Library Cat again! Last week, I told you a little about how I spend my mornings at Grand County Public Library. This week, I’ll tell you about my afternoons. When it’s time for another snack, I get ready to go inside by having a good long roll in the sun-warmed dirt…

Thursday, November 11, 2021
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Good day, friends. It’s me, Cosmo the Library Cat. I often notice people react in surprise when they see me, a handsome black tuxedo cat, lounging in the Grand County Public Library. It is amusing to hear library patrons gasp and murmur when I saunter by.

John Cowan, 69, passed away on Nov. 3, 2021, at his home in Moab. At John’s request cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. You may send condolences to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.

Dave was born in Streator, Illinois, a small town – but much bigger than Moab. He earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology. He left the U.S. Navy after five years, including time aboard ship and in Asia, as a lieutenant (junior grade) and settled in DuPage County, Illinois, just west…

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Grand County is rich in ghost towns. From the La Sal Mountains to the banks of the Colorado River, canyon country has seen numerous communities grow and dry up during the past hundred and fifty years since the region has been settled by Euro-Americans. Where and why these towns were located …

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Amber Henson and her son, Rob Wood, were asleep in their La Sal home on the night of Nov. 1 when they awoke to the smell of smoke. Henson said by the time they woke up and got out of the house, the blaze was already so extreme they were not able to go back in to rescue their dog, Rosco, who …

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Congrats to the 2021 Grand County High School Marching Band and Color Guard on another great year under the direction of Josh Jensen, assisted by Chelsea and Owen Jensen. Graduating seniors pictured are, from left to right, Arthur Hawks, Alysha Bertosh, Tanyon Griffith and Gerald Minor. Liam…

Thursday, November 04, 2021
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Each year, the Moab Chamber of Commerce awards one local business with “Business of the Year” and one person as “Citizen of the Year.” In 2021, they added a “Nonprofit of the Year” award for the first time. City Market, Brendon Cameron and the Moab Free Health Clinic were honored at the annu…

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The Moab Museum’s new exhibit, “Hopi Katsina: Evolving Styles, Enduring Meanings,” explores the cultural and artistic significance of “kachina dolls,” commonly sold as souvenirs. But to the Hopi and Zuni tribes, the carved wooden figures, “katsintithu,” embody Katsina, a religion and way of life.

The Law Offices of Stephen J. Stocks, PLLC, announced the addition of Brittney M. Ivins as an associate attorney to the firm’s general practice. “Mrs. Ivins was born and raised in San Juan County and is excited to return to serve those in her community and surrounding areas,” a press release…

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Margaret L. Hopkin Middle School celebrated Halloween on Friday, Oct. 29 with a costume contest. Pictured from left to right, awardees for Best Group Costume were Jules Oliver, Kaydance Knutson and Olive Romero-Reese; Funniest Costume went to Danika Hirschfeld, Best Movie Character went to R…

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Hello everyone, it’s Cosmo the library cat! I hope this doesn’t make me sound too conceited, but I think cats are the most interesting subject you can read about. Since I’m sure you feel the same way, I wanted to tell you about some cool new cat books available at the Grand County Public Library.

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Perry Paegelow, 71, passed away on Oct. 27, 2021, at Canyonlands Care Center. At Perry’s request, cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Condolences may be left for the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.

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Billy Ray (Bill) Parmenter of Moab, 88, passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 28, 2021. Bill was born in Fairview, Oklahoma, on Aug. 28, 1933. Bill married the love of his life, Barbara Brownfield, on March 4, 1954. They were married for 63 years.

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On Oct. 31, 2021, heaven said “WELCOME HOME” to James William Nelson. Known by many titles, always wearing many hats and making new friends wherever he went, Jim was known as a son, grandson, sibling, loyal husband, father, uncle, father-in-law, grandpa (ma-paw as Benjamin calls him), friend…

Sara Ann Holyoak Cundall passed away quietly at home on Oct. 30, 2021, in Moab. Sara Ann was born in Moab on June 28, 1928, to Albert Daniel and Etholen Dunn Holyoak. Her childhood years were spent playing in the Moab hills with her brother Dan and sister Genevieve. After graduating from Moa…

Steve was a man of God, so it was no surprise that he spent his final hour continuing to teach His word. Steve was surrounded by his loved ones as he peacefully left us to be with Jesus on Oct. 30, 2021.

Thursday, October 28, 2021
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Robert Tinsley Short II was born on Nov. 6, 1959, in Kansas City, Missouri. Rob grew up in Fort Salonga on Long Island, New York, where he enjoyed Boy Scouts and Kings Park High School lacrosse, embracing his entrepreneurial spirit as a kid by selling plastic spoons to neighbors, fudgy-wudgy…

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Well hello there! It’s me again: Cosmo the Library Cat with a hot tip for bored teens and tweens! When I get bored, I just take a nap or knock something off a table to amuse myself watching the humans scramble for it, but I do not advise this course of action for you. (Well, naps are always …

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On Friday, the Biden administration announced it will reverse the Trump administration’s reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, a series of sea canyons and mountains off the New England coast. The decision arrives fo…

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Congrats to the Helen M. Knight Elementary School students of the month! Pictured, from right to left, are Makayla Bridenbaker (sixth grade), Keeley Page (fifth grade), Camila Falcon (fourth grade), Gracie Butler (third grade), Sophia Knurbin (second grade), Javier Ordonez (first grade), kin…

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What stories does a 10,000-year old mammoth tusk found in Professor Valley have to tell? From natural history to human history, this fossil- which is on display at the Moab Museum- invites questions and provides a unique peek into the region's past.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
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Hello friends, it’s Cosmo the library cat. I’ve noticed how you humans like to celebrate a holiday called Halloween. Clearly, I love any excuse to dress up in a good costume, but I’m puzzled by trick or treating for candy: don’t you think fish-flavored snacks would taste a lot better? Anyway…