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Friday, January 21, 2022

Meow friends, it's Cosmo the library cat. As you may have noticed, it’s been a bit cold here lately. I have a luxuriant coat that helps me keep warm, but you poor humans hardly have any fur, even in winter! For those of you who like playing outdoors in all kinds of weather, it might be a goo…

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“I really feel that playing music with other people is a really special experience,” said Miriam Graham, a charter member of the Moab Community Dance Band. “And that’s what we do every week.”

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Commercial river outfitters have long shaped Moab: from the economy to the local culture to the tourist experience. Today, guided trips on the Colorado River are a popular part of a Moab vacation, and river-running outfitters offer a wide variety of experiences ranging from mild trips to thr…

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Shane Huggar has been working at Moonflower Community Cooperative, the first member-owned natural foods cooperative in Utah, since 2013. He’s held almost every position in the store, eventually working his way up to become the general manager, a position he started last October.

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Ian Jewell dons a bright green long sleeve shirt under a navy t-shirt, a pair of black joggers, a straw sunhat and, of course, his hockey skates as he films himself skating on the ice within the Dark Canyon Wilderness Area, sprinting over the ice as he passes a hockey puck to himself.

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The Grand County Public Library and La Sal artist Ekaterina Tatarovich invite the community to a reception marking the installation of a sculpture called “In Memory of Kylen and Crystal.” Tatarovich created and is donating the piece in honor of Moab couple Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte, w…

Friday, January 14, 2022
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A century ago, students in the remote settlements of Grand County may have ridden to school on horseback. A constellation of small schools all around the county served the many remote communities of the region. Students of all ages learned alongside each other, often in buildings with only o…

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Hello everyone, this is Cosmo the Library Cat! Four times each year, the Grand County Public Library teams up with the Moab Music Festival to offer a special Musical Story Hour featuring a new musical artist. This Musical Story Hour is made possible with additional support from the City of Moab.

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It’d be difficult to get tired of Canyon Pizza Co.’s menu, said Michael Goller, general manager of the restaurant’s new location on Main Street in Moab. Once you’ve tried the classics, like cheese or pepperoni, try the jalapeño popper pizza, with alfredo, bacon, cream cheese, green peppers a…

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Welcome to Aly Bertoch, our new intern at the Moab Sun News! Aly is a senior at Grand County High School and plans to pursue English or journalism in college. Eventually, she wants to write full-time as a career. Believe it or not, she loves to write research essays for school assignments! A…

Friday, January 07, 2022
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Some of the most powerful bonding experiences Daniel McNeil, program director of Grand Area Mentoring, had with his childhood mentors were during meals. There’s something about eating together that brings people together, he said.

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Jenna Hawks graduated from Grand County High School in 2020 and is a current student at Utah State University. Hawks recently published research concerning strategies on how to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people.

My friend Marc just found out his house wasn't destroyed in the Marshall Fire in Louisville, Colorado—but our friend Josh's was. I know more than 50 people who've evacuated or lost their homes from ten separate fires in 2021 alone.

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When R.E. Burrillo, an archaeologist and author with a focus on the Bears Ears region, was 18, he left his home in upstate New York with dreams to become a writer. He found himself in New Orleans, Glacier National Park and eventually, the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. It was in those …

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Happy Meow Year friends! It’s Cosmo the Library Cat. Grand County Public Library is starting the year off with an Online Winter Reading Challenge for all ages. Our challenge, “Read for a Better World,” encourages participants to explore diversity, empathy, and action through books.

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Moab was an extremely isolated settlement prior to the completion of the railroad through Grand County in 1883, with large outposts located several days of hard travel away. Settlers were largely self-reliant. Women, though confined by the gender roles of the time, played many essential role…

Friday, December 31, 2021
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2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Moab Music Festival, an annual festival dedicated to bringing talented classical musicians to play within Moab’s landscape—venues include a whitewater rafting trip and secret grottos accessible only by jet boat.

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Caroline Floyd specializes in treating pain and injuries, mental health, gut health and hormone health, including treating pregnancy, fertility and the menstrual cycle at her acupuncture practice, Desert Sol Acupuncture + Wellness. She and her husband, Travis, moved to Moab in September 2021…

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Emily Roberson has spent countless days working with local students who visited the Youth Garden Project, but something one student said to her stuck out in particular. The high school-aged volunteer told Roberson that in the midst of the pandemic and all the challenges it presented, the gar…

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Greetings, friends! It’s Cosmo the Library Cat again. Well, we’ve made it to the end of another year! Lounging in my fleecy bed at the Grand County Public Library, gazing out at the wintery trees, I’ve been reflecting on all the kindness shown to me throughout the year. Nice people have brou…

Sunday, December 19, 2021
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Hi everyone, it’s Cosmo the library cat. Now that it’s wintery and cold outside, I think it’s a purr-fect time for you humans to make more things with yarn! This will give you something to do inside and give cats like me opportunities to chase that yarn around—ahem!—I mean….help you with you…

Thursday, December 09, 2021
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Joel Berger returned to Moab four years ago after being arrested in Russia. He was on Wrangel Island, the freezing northeast corner of Russia 400 miles off the coast of Alaska, studying musk oxen—specifically, how musk oxen, who roamed the earth with woolly mammoths, react to polar bears. To…

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Hi everyone! Cosmo the Library Cat here! Did you know there’s an always-happening book sale in the lobby of Grand County Public Library? The Friends of the Library have been very busy sorting through donations and stocking the shelves in the lobby with lots of fresh items.

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Swing dancing is a social dance that originated with the styles of popular jazz music from the 1920s to the 1950s. The up-tempo beats lend themselves to dance moves in which partners lift, spin and even flip each other while dancing—and Erika Ring, an instructor at and member of the Moab Swi…

Tuesday, December 07, 2021
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In traditional hoop dancing, the hoops represent the circle of life, Joseph Secody told the Friends of the Moab Folk Festival last year. The dances tell stories of connection as Secody and Patrick Willie, his friend and fellow Navajo dancer, weave the hoops together and toss them in the air.

Congratulations to this month’s honorees at HMK! Pictured, from left to right, are HMK Principal Jill Tatton, kindergartener Alice Vaccaro, first-grader Remy Gastelum, second-grader Evelyn Knight, third-grader Brynlee Dooley, fourth-grader Sophia Smith, fifth-grader Maddi Hamilton, sixth-gra…

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“Pub Trivia never went away,” said Sam Van Wetter, a new pub trivia host this year and former trivia player. “It’s an omnipresent force in our lives that we carry inside of our hearts.”

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Hello friends! It’s me, Cosmo the Library Cat again! What do you think of my new outfit? My ears and whiskers get a little smooshed in the helmet, but it’s pretty comfy otherwise! I’m all set to explore outer space and I hope you’ll join me! Here’s how (no space suit required):

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Jackie Ross Nelson, 74, passed away with family by his side after a long illness on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in Riverton, Wyoming. Ironically, he lost his daddy on the same day years previous.

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…