Moab’s Main Street is lined with buildings from an earlier era, updated and repurposed for contemporary businesses. In the center of town, on an older two-story stone and brick structure, hangs a new sign for Sage & Stone Salon, opened earlier this year by longtime Moab resident Mallory …

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Drive around Moab and you’ll see a number of banks and credit unions, including one housed in a smaller building on the south end of Main Street: the Eastern Utah Community Credit Union.

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Correction: an earlier version of this article had the incorrect location for the poetry slam event Spit Love. The correct location is Star Hall (159 E. Center St.). 

Friday, September 18, 2020

Hi everyone, this is Cosmo, the Library Cat. Since school is starting, I’ve been thinking about how exciting it is when children start to read on their own. That’s why I wanted to make sure you all knew about the Grand County Public Library Leveled Reader book collection, which is designed t…

Moab local Ken Ballantyne is spending a lot of time on his bicycle these days and it’s not just for his health – it’s for the health of children, too. Ballantyne is participating in an annual nationwide fundraising event called the Great Cycle Challenge.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which screens award-winning short films curated from the Banff Mountain Film Festival based in Canada, is coming to Moab again this year– though, like many events in the time of the pandemic, it has moved online.

Temperatures are dropping and the season of bird migrations is upon us – and there’s one group of birds that’s going to be singing in Moab for one night only this week: the Birds of Play. The band is wrapping up a tour playing venues in the Central Rockies and the Western Slope with a perfor…

Friday, September 11, 2020

Hi, this is Cosmo, the Library Cat! I’ve missed all of the teenagers gaming and socializing at the Grand County Public Library this summer. Luckily, there’s tons of library stuff for everyone to enjoy online. My friends and I are really into reading graphic novels, manga, diving into fantasy…

What might workers in Moab’s contemporary tourism economy have to learn from mine workers of the last century? A whole lot, according to Christian Wright, historian and author of the recently published “Carbon County USA: Miners for Democracy in Utah and the West.”

The Moab Festival of Science was almost canceled this year due to the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of throwing in the towel, organizers decided to put another great event together with the same goal as in years past: to connect and inspire citizens and visitors of southe…

Friday, September 04, 2020
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Cheatgrass is one of the most pervasive non-native grasses in the American West, changing habitats almost everywhere it goes. Here, Science Moab speaks with Dr. Jayne Belnap, a world-renowned scientist from Moab, Utah, who has studied how this invasive grass has impacted ecosystems around th…

Do you care about public lands and believe conservation should be emphasized in their management? Then this virtual event is for you.

This year, you can feast on “harvest pizza” as well as feast your eyes on the most magnificent, locally grown produce during the Youth Garden Project’s second Blue Ribbon Produce Exhibition set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Youth Garden Project (530 S. 400 E…

“If it weren’t for artistic expression and appreciation of creativity in our surroundings, it would be a very dull world,” Moab artist Linn DeNesti said. “Having so many fine artists in Moab is truly a gift to all of us.”

Hi! This is Cosmo, the Library Cat. I want to tell you about some of my favorite beginning chapter books. At the Grand County Public Library, we have a whole section of books called Juvenile Chapter Books, which help readers go from picture books to chapter books. They’re pretty short, with …

Thursday, August 27, 2020

“I think I make a pretty good donut,” said John Schwager, owner of The Donut Shop.

With groups of student intern volunteers, the nonprofit Community Rebuilds has been building energy-efficient, affordable strawbale homes since 2010 in Moab and other areas in southeast Utah and western Colorado. The organization projects that by the end of 2020, it will have collaboratively…

Do you know about the artist-in-residence program happening in the former ghost town of Cisco? Have you ever wanted to learn more about Native American pottery from the Four Corners region? Perhaps you are wondering how the pandemic has affected the local arts community?

Hi everyone, it’s Cosmo the Library Cat. I’ve been a little sad this week because the Grand County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge is over. However, I cheered up when I found out that our friends at Arches National Park have made new activity bags for us! I pounced on them as soon as…

The world that existed when dinosaurs roamed the Moab area was vastly different than the world today. Science Moab asked Dr. John Foster what this region was like during the late Jurassic period when a geologic layer known as the Morrison Formation was being deposited. Foster is a paleontolo…

Thursday, August 20, 2020

New Boonbunrung opened Moab Treasure in March, just as the coronavirus pandemic shut down tourism in Moab and caused economic havoc here and around the world. Boonbunrung said she had already purchased her inventory and done everything else to get ready, so she decided to proceed with openin…

Hi everyone, this is Cosmo, the Library Cat. Need some new picture books to read, but you’re in a hurry? Well, now the Grand County Public Library has picture book bundles prepared just for you, so you can just grab and go! These book bundles are organized into different themes and come with…

The Moab Backyard Theater has a wooden fence for walls and a huge cottonwood canopy for a roof. Tucked into a shady lot on 100 West, the theater hosts live entertainment several nights a week, including performances by several well-liked local bands and the popular magic shows by Rick Boretti.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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The Moab Museum was just about to reopen its doors to the public following an extensive renovation of its building and exhibits when the coronavirus pandemic hit. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Ahoy, me hearties! This be Cosmo. If I sound a little different, it’s because I’m speaking “Pirate.” I recently learned how to speak Pirate using Mango Languages Online, which you can access for free with your Grand County Public Library card. Go to https://tinyurl.com/gcpldigital and select…

Dr. Steve Archer, a biologist and ecologist currently teaching at the University of Arizona, studies the interactions between grasses and woody plants in relationship to soils, climate, fire and grazing.

There’s an ongoing pandemic, an economic recession and – heaven help us – it’s an election year. We could all use some techniques to reduce stress and improve our wellness – like yoga.

Sandi Snead was once a professional dancer, and she has taught Zumba – which she calls a “dance exercise” – in Moab for over a decade.

“The scriptures teach us to not look after your own interest, but that of others,” said Canyonlands Fellowship Church Pastor Geoff Thomas. “It’s with that attitude that we have tried to gather as a church and maintain our relationship as the body of Christ.”

Friday, August 07, 2020

Natural springs have long been centers of biodiversity and cultural significance. David Sabata recently completed his master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, where he studied springs within the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument. Science Moab host Kristina Young spoke with Sabata a…

Moab local Deb Hren’s father helped her with the down payment when she bought a convenience store, just over five years ago, and named it T&H Corner Stop.

Zach Bynum, the owner of the new restaurant Gloria’s Corner Café, said his family has been involved with entrepreneurship in Moab for generations.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Wilderness lovers are invited to put that love into action via group stewardship projects this summer and fall. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance invites volunteers to experience the unique beauty of the area while doing hands-on projects that restore and protect important natural and cu…

Thursday, July 30, 2020

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one,” wrote author George R.R. Martin.

Hi y’all! It’s me, Cosmo, the Library Cat. I’ve always been fascinated by desert animals like the lizard. I just wish they weren’t so fast! If you want to learn more about desert animals as I do, you’re in luck. This week at the library, we have Summer Challenge To Go activity bags prepared …

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Moving forward with life in the time of the coronavirus pandemic can require determination and a lot of creativity. Fortunately, the Moab Music Festival organizers have both.

M’kenna Grace Sorensen says that she basically danced out of her cradle; she started taking classes when she was a toddler. At just 14 years old, she began teaching at Salt Lake City-area studios such as the Linda Fenton School of Dance and American Expressions in Dance.

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“My love for small towns brought me to Moab,” Cinda Culton said.

Crystal White is the associate director for Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks as well as a naturalist and dark skies advocate. Science Moab host Kristina Young chatted with White about what darkness means to ecosystems and to the people who live in them.

Hi everyone! I haven’t been playing outside because of the heat, so I wanted to use my extra time to curl up with a book but I was having a hard time deciding what book to check out next. That’s when my librarians here at the Grand County Public Library told me about NoveList Plus, which can…

We’re going “ARTrageous!” this week of summer camp here at the Youth Garden Project. Campers got crafty making dream catchers, sun-print t-shirts, and even...pet rocks! It’s funny to create little creatures that could be crazy aliens, little sheep or maybe a stone version of your own pet cat…

Friday, July 17, 2020

“It's not because I think I'm gonna make a lot of money, especially in the short term,” said Liz Ford, “but I just hate it to see it go away. And so I was willing to take a risk.”

When Mariah Robertson was expecting her first child in 2014, she saw that her job at the time was not very compatible with being a new mom. Her work hours were not very flexible, she couldn’t easily bring her baby to work with her and, if she did, there would be nowhere to nurse but the bathroom.

Science Moab spoke to Zeke Baker and Steve Fick to explore the social and ecological impacts of climbing in the Indian Creek area outside of Moab. Baker is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of California, Davis, while Fick is a post-doctoral research ecologist at the Universit…

Friday, July 10, 2020

Standard Plumbing Supply has been a Moab business for two decades but it now has greatly expanded offerings and a new location – the building formerly occupied by Shopko (1145 S. Hwy 191). To celebrate, the store is inviting the public to a three-day-long Grand Opening that will run from Thu…

Less than an hour’s drive from Moab is the small town of Green River, home to fewer than 1,000 souls, and also home to the John Wesley Powell River History Museum (765 E. Main St., Green River).

For many of us, a side-effect of the coronavirus pandemic has been a serious case of cabin fever. But Phoenix Youth Circus Arts might just have the cure: in-person circus arts classes. The group is returning to Moab for a fourth year to host two-day camps for kids ages 7 to 15, as well as a …