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Friday, November 20, 2020

The first weekend in December is typically a very festive one in Moab. As the tourist crowds dwindle and town quiets down, locals gather to celebrate the start of the winter holiday season with the annual tree lighting (attended by Santa Claus) and the light parade. This year, of course, is …

Friday, November 13, 2020

Moab local Tim Martin said that back in the days when he used to run his own chartered flight company he would sometimes see one of the many natural rock arches in the area and think: “Wow, that looks like it might be big enough to fly through.”

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The holidays are just around the corner and Desert Sun Ceramics is holding an Outdoor Holiday Pottery Sale event where shoppers can find unique, beautiful and functional items made by local potters. The sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. at…

Aluminum cans do have their perks — they are really convenient and inexpensive. However, creating them causes a lot of impact on the environment: Aluminum is refined out of bauxite ore, which is acquired via open-pit mining. The process to extract aluminum uses a lot of energy and water. The…

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Before the pandemic, many of Moab’s youth could be found at the Grand County Public Library doing one of the many activities available to them: reading books, of course, but also enjoying story hours, doing arts and crafts, using the computers, or playing with the many toys – often socializi…

It was early in 2019 when Moab’s St. Francis Episcopal Church undertook two endeavors to bring nourishing food to the community: weekly community soup and bread lunches and a community food pantry. Those efforts are still going strong today, which St. Francis Episcopal Church Father Dave Sak…

The historic building on the northeastern corner of 100 North and Main Street has been many things over the decades.

Friday, October 30, 2020
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This article has been updated to correct the name of the "My Canyonlands" filmmaker and to reflect that she will not be participating in the q and a after the Moab Museum's Nov. 3 Tuesdays With the Museum event.

Dan Lamont and his wife, Marta, founded the Scots on the Rocks Moab Celtic Festival event in 2014 after attending numerous festivals celebrating Celtic (Scottish, Irish and Welsh) heritage around the country for more than a decade. This year, festivals of all kinds across the country have be…

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Writers Pam Houston and Amy Irvine had never met – though each had read the other’s books. But when the pandemic hit and the state of Colorado issued shelter-in-place orders, Houston and Irvine began an old-fashioned snail mail correspondence from their homes on opposite sides of the Contine…

If you have a craving for a big, greasy burger and fries – well, Moab’s Desert Bistro is not your place. But if you are looking for a fine-dining experience with a Southwest flair and an artful ambiance, make a reservation at Desert Bistro (36 S. 100 West, Moab), open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily.

Friday, October 16, 2020

There’s a chill in the air and trees are sporting their autumn gold, and we’re all ready for some Halloween fun. But in the age of COVID-19, with so many of life’s traditions on hold or modified, it can be unclear what Halloween activities will – or should – be happening this year. We want t…

Everything is different this year – but “different” can still be really fun. Fortunately for all of us, there are several pandemic-safe holiday events coming up including the Moab Valley Multicultural Center’s Day of the Dead, a Spooky Moab Story Hour on KZMU in partnership with the Grand Co…

Friday, October 09, 2020

Utah’s official nickname is the Beehive State and the state insect is the honeybee. Both are symbols of Utah’s work ethic and focus on industry, so it is fitting that the craftsmanship shown in entries to the 2020 International Quilt Show’s Bee Quilt Challenge exemplify the ethos of hard wor…

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Community Rebuilds’ mission is to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability, and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program. The organization is celebrating the completion of its 33rd home in Moab with an open house on Thursday, Oc…

Friday, October 02, 2020

The mission of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise to care for those “who shall have borne the battle” as well as their families, caregivers, and survivors. In pursuit of that mission, the Veterans Affairs Western Colorado Health Care System spen…

Questions about voting access, election security and electoral politics loom large in public conversation in the run-up to the 2020 election. To understand where we are today, it is often helpful to gain context by looking at where we’ve been – and that is the focus of the Moab Museum’s upco…

Efforts by volunteers, staff, donors and community partners have resulted in a milestone achievement for Underdog Animal Rescue and Rehab, a Moab-based nonprofit organization focused on helping the hundreds of thousands of stray companion animals on the Native American Reservations of the So…

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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 …

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.