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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020

It’s here: Moab Pride 2020 will be happening this week! Like pretty much everything else, it will be a little out of the ordinary this year. This Pride season, we will feature three COVID-safe events: Hood Criatura at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, Spit Love at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, and t…

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As far as I am concerned, Utah is one of the most beautiful states in the U.S. It has everything from the Rockies to desert canyons. Its wilderness is pristine and vast, which lends itself to exploration and adventure.

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This evening, my son and I were taking a walk through our neighborhood. As we came closer to 500 West, the noise became increasingly loud. We could see one UTV after the other progressing down the road. My son put his hands over his ears and moaned: “I am UTVed out!”

This is a town, not an amusement park. But it seems like local officials and some business owners don't recognize the impact of their decisions. It is SO much louder here than last year, and those coming to recreate after being pent up during a pandemic seem to have an entitlement and intens…

Friday, September 11, 2020

Let’s start at the beginning. In the early 1990s, Grand County had a three-person, partisan, at-large county commission with no term limits, like the rest of Utah’s counties. The commissioners had both legislative authority as well as executive authority and were not subject to recall for an…

Friday, September 04, 2020

You may remember that when COVID hit and sales tax revenues plunged, the city closed the swimming pool/gym. We city councilmembers got a world of complaints. The Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center is the city’s most popular amenity and unfortunately the most expensive to run. It’s always los…

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It’s a little mind-boggling to think that it has been nearly two years since Kevin and I took ownership of the Moab Sun News. I can’t decide if the time has flown by since then, or if it feels like lifetimes ago. Somehow it feels like both. But one thing is for sure: we purchased a great pap…

Thursday, August 27, 2020

In May of 2015, a group of Yale students visited the Maze District. Their purpose was a Sense of Place field study which, it was hoped, would develop into some sort of academic presentation. Among them was the documentary filmmaker Nelson Walker from Manhattan, who had just returned from Tib…

Choosing a top executive to streamline and improve U.S. Postal Service efficiency is a good move. However, making that choice be a big campaign donor, especially one with serious conflicts of interest, is not. (Louis DeJoy has a $30-$75 million equity stake in XPS Logistics, a USPS contractor.)

Viruses are not exactly alive. They do not eat or breathe and only propagate within a living cell, using the RNA or DNA replication resources of the host cell. An accumulation of moisture and heat in a mask may promote bacteria growth, but is not a setting for the growth of a virus.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

When you pick up our newspaper, we want you to be able to trust us that we’re giving you the straight story: that the quote from an elected official is accurate, that we’re giving you the big picture context for stories, that the dog we mention wasn’t really a cat.

Hey Grand County and Moab City residents: PLEASE respond to the 2020 Census, it matters! The clock is ticking for our community to get an accurate count. Currently, Grand County’s self-response rate, as of Aug. 16, is 51.1%. The City’s self-response rate is 56.2%.

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When thinking about the things in life that bring me happiness and get me through the workday, my mind immediately goes to sports, concerts and special events like fundraisers, farmer’s markets, and festivals. Signing up to play baseball with my friends once a week or enrolling in an art cla…

Thursday, August 13, 2020

At the window of the food truck I work in, I have to ask customers to wear masks about every 10 minutes for seven hours straight, despite our sign saying that they are required. Often, if they wear one, they do so improperly, such as below their nose or so loose that the mask is ineffective.…

Economic diversity in Moab has long been an important goal of our community. During these challenging times, many industries, communities and governments are working to find ways to recover with improved systems and prospects that will benefit everyone. Moab has an opportunity to do just tha…

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As medical staff at Moab Regional Hospital, we would like to present information to the community on the scientific and data-driven understanding that wearing masks when out-and-about in the community, especially when social distancing (6 ft. or more) is not possible, will help slow the spre…

Friday, August 07, 2020

In the short time since I moved to Moab in August 2019 to become the addiction psychiatrist at Moab Regional Hospital, I have been inspired by the warmth and resilience of this community.

I never, ever, patronize our local fast-food chains. Recently, however, I was craving a fish sandwich. Milt’s has a pretty good fish sandwich but was closed for some reason. So against my better instincts, I pulled into McDeadly’s for a fish sandwich and fries.

A few weeks ago, we visited Moab and some surrounding towns to learn how they’ve weathered the pandemic, and we were encouraged to hear about the ways so many have not only kept their businesses viable but have gone above and beyond to support their community.

The debate over the Bike Skills Park has torn our community apart. Seniors, artists, bicyclists, teachers, and others lament losing a very tranquil and special area of the parkway near the 100 East entrance. Though near Main Street's hubbub, it retains a charm reminiscent of old Moab. It als…

I liked the story on The Seventh-Day Adventists leasing and planting ten acres with seed potatoes for the community, in case grocery supply chains are disrupted. [See Moab Sun News, “Feeding the People,” April 28, 2020 edition]. This unexampled act of kindness and foresight, with no thought …

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Some readers may not realize it, but modern-day Pride celebrations are held annually to remember a 1969 riot. In New York City’s Greenwich Village, the local LGBTQIA+ community had undergone years of being harassed, extorted, and brutalized by local law enforcement, usually due to the crimin…

At times like this with the devastating COVID-19 illness, true patriotism would be thinking more of our fellow citizens, residents, visitors, rather than thinking "It's my right to…," however one wants to finish this statement.

In 1992, Tupac uttered the lines “Mama didn’t raise no fool.” The sentiment expressed by Tupac is why I oppose the new bike skills park. As reported in the Moab Sun article “Bike park outcry makes council uneasy” (printed in the July 23 edition - ed.), the grant request describes the propose…

Thursday, July 23, 2020

I found the Utah Division of Wildlife’s Aaron Bott’s statements in the mountain goat controversy article quite misleading. He said that state biologists thought mountain goats could fill a vacant ecological niche after bighorn sheep died out there. But my understanding is that there is no so…

In regards to “Climbers Reckon With Bigotry,” (Moab Sun News, July 16, 2020). I looked up the term “Black Sambo” and found a few things that refer to that name. One is the chocolate dessert Black Sambo from the Philippines; the others refer to a board game, a restaurant chain, the original b…

Staying in Italy for any significant amount of time requires permission in the form of Il Permesso di Soggiorno, or Permit to Stay, and obtaining said permission is serious business.

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Grand County Council authorized sending a letter to the Bureau of Land Management asking them to remove all upcoming Grand County parcels from the BLM oil and gas lease sale in September by a 5-2 vote. For all our efforts to diversify our economy and provide additional government revenue…

When I saw the headline that there was “Good news for National Parks” regarding the Great American Outdoors Act and possible permanent funding, I thought, “Wow, some good news? I really need some good news right about now!”

To the anti-mask crowd: It seems many of you fail to understand the basis for wearing face coverings now. People wear a mask not because they are scared of infection, though they do get some protection by doing so. People wear a mask to keep the particles in their respiratory tract from bein…

Thursday, July 09, 2020

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, American citizens have had to slow down and focus on what matters most in life. We are turning away from demanding jobs and turning towards our family, friends and wide-open outdoor lands. Many Americans have taken up new outdoor passions with their n…

There is anxiety in almost every conversation these days, especially among Moab’s service workers who are out there on the front lines, risking their lives for us - though we tend to take that for granted, almost as if it’s something we’re entitled to. Funny how eager we are to say “Thank yo…

I am opposed to the proposed bike skills park. After reading and hearing more about how this thing has gone down I’m stunned that the city is willing to move forward with this when city employees are being laid off and those who remain are having their benefits cut and are working part-time.…

Friday, July 03, 2020

As a tourism community, we had an opportunity to play a leadership role here. Instead of doing the right thing, we promoted a false sense of competency. We inspired others to travel, go out, socialize and generally take risks. The COVID-19 graphs of neighboring states, and those where many o…

Thursday, June 25, 2020

I think the feelings of isolation and disconnection from everyone and everything that we love are what have been the most difficult part of the pandemic. It continues to break my heart that I can’t hug the people that I love and care for, that when I meet new people I can’t shake their hand …

Last year, I wrote a guest opinion on the horrendous growth overwhelming Moab. Your acceptance of more motels startled me as I’ve played in your city for 40 years. Again this year, I noticed another four new motel-apartment buildings choking out the view and creating skyrocketing living cost…

Friday, June 19, 2020

Moab is entering phase two of its experience with COVID-19, opening its doors to visitors after being isolated for eight weeks. The isolation period was successful from a community health point of view, only a handful of people contracted it (I was one of them), no deaths but very stressful …

I would like to thank three groups of people for making the evening of Friday, June 5, a most moving and powerful experience, as hundreds of us gathered together to protest murder and violence against others as well as police brutality. The first group I would like to thank is the Black Live…

The Moab Recreation and Aquatics Center exists because a very dedicated and tenacious group of people worked tirelessly to convince community leaders it would be an asset to Moab and a place that would nourish the health and welfare of its citizens. I was not one of those citizens, but the A…

Thursday, June 11, 2020

From our dining room table, I could see the front lawn’s spring green and Pepper, our big tabby, sprawled in the grass. I ate cereal and browsed Saturday’s headlines. Then I noticed a sudden movement of Pepper’s front paw. Another. He reached out as if pinning something to the lawn.