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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.

When I imagine applying permaculture design principles along Mill Creek’s Pedestrian-Bike Parkway I see winding paths leading to sitting areas under the shade of thriving trees nourished from rainwater soaked basins and swales.

This week, people from all over this country have exercised their First Amendment rights as they protested the killing of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives that have been taken at the hands of police. We have seen peaceful demonstrators take to the streets demanding change. We…

Thursday, June 04, 2020

As the father of two children who have grown up riding bikes in Moab and as the coach of the high school mountain bike team, I am excited to hear that there are plans to develop an area for young children to enjoy on bikes while developing their skills. I understand this area is grant-funded…

I’m not an activist or a political campaigner. Generally, I’m not that comfortable talking about power or systemic racism. I listen to others and I nod. I avoid conflict because I want people to like me. I’d rather talk about food or gardening, skiing or adventures. Maybe it’s my upbringing.

Friday, May 29, 2020

One of the many repeat visitors I encountered in my work at Canyonlands National Park told me he came out every year into the Land of Standing Rocks to “escape into reality.” The rest of the year he lived in Manhattan and worked in the financial industry, a world he considered exceedingly un…

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Moab has so far done well to protect its residents, but the reopening of the National Parks on May 29 requires us to act now with stronger preventative measures. I'm writing to urge my fellow residents to join me in asking our public health department, Kroger Foods (City Market) and the Vill…

From early on in this pandemic, we’ve stayed home. I feel guilty that because of coronavirus, I have something I’ve been missing for years: extended springtime in the desert. Besides being over sixty years old, having some extra money to donate, and able to work anywhere, the most I can cont…

During this reign of pandemic pandemonium, we are rightfully reminded daily (Hourly? Minute by minute? Until we can’t take it anymore?) that COVID-19 is contagious. It is important that, as things begin to open up, we do the simple things that will contribute to keeping us healthy: simple th…

Friday, May 15, 2020

During this pandemic, we are faced with uncertainty. Life itself is filled with uncertainty, so how do we get through this?

During these times of front line workers rising to new heights in serving our community, I would like to publicly thank Robert Jones, Club Pro and Steve Byers at the Moab Golf Club for the incredible job they have done the last 8+ weeks and continue to do: keeping the golf course open and sa…

You only need to drive into Moab to see the stupidity of the public everywhere you look. At 10 a.m. this Saturday, 30 jeeps were lined up two feet apart in the parking lot next to the Shell Station in southern Spanish Valley. There were 50-plus people in groups talking together. No masks in sight.

It’s wonderful that Governor Herbert is requiring all Utah employees to wear masks. This means that customers will be protected, for the most part. But if those customers don’t show the same courtesy and wear a mask, our loved ones that are working won’t be protected. This is what science ha…

For such a small community, we have been blessed with two newspapers and a local radio station. I never appreciated that fact as much as I am right now during this pandemic. We are so lucky to have news concerning our own area. While the state, country and world news are important, the only …

Thursday, May 07, 2020

COVID-19 has affected us all. I’ve had to shut my small business down, but I have been lucky so far. My life has not changed that much. Still, I do have an underlying sadness that bubbles up on occasion. I worry about my niece in Spain, my brother in Japan and I feel glad that my parents are…

If we are ready or not, if it is wise or not, we are looking at the inevitable opening up from rules meant to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It would be nice If there were a coordinated advertising effort from the city, county, and travel councils to at least the Utah and Colorad…

Virginia becoming the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment was a great achievement for everyone, but there is another hurdle in the way. In 1982 the United States Congress added a timeline for the states ratification that has come and gone.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

A few months ago, I was both nervous and excited for my youngest to start daycare. She was five months old and getting bored of coming to work with me. Once content simply to sit on my lap while I composed emails, read drafts and wrote the occasional article, she now wiggled and squirmed and…

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Moab can seem like a little island, naturally isolated and surrounded by the wild. That’s part of why it’s, thankfully, taking so long for the coronavirus pandemic to reach the shores of our community.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

I think we need to really take a deep breath right now and talk it down a notch with the shaming of people in town that you may perceive to be “outsiders.” My place of business employs a large amount of seasonal staff, the people who keep this place going a good portion of the year. This wee…

No one yet knows the full extent and ways COVID-19 can be transmitted, but with more coronavirus cases cropping up among grocery and supermarket employees, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that, despite every precaution taken to avoid spreading or contracting the virus, supermarkets h…

Sunday, April 12, 2020
Thursday, April 02, 2020

“Victory garden” was a term used during World War II to describe a garden that a family would grow to boost morale and supplement their food supply during those tough times. In bygone times, most families had a garden; now most families don’t. What happened? Did we lose our connection to dir…

Monday, March 30, 2020

An infectious disease outbreak can cause anxiety and fear in our youth, just as it does in adults. Children and teens are at a high level of risk for responding more strongly to the stress of a crisis.

Friday, March 20, 2020

When Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11, the sports world came to a sudden halt. Events were canceled, tournaments were canceled, seasons were canceled. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

It’s finally warming up here in Moab and on the Slickrock Trail. I was riding the Slickrock Trail on a Sunday afternoon when I met up with two 15-year-old bicyclists. They were about 75% of the way around the trail but were mostly walking their bikes and looking fairly tired. 

Thursday, March 05, 2020

I came through Moab 23 years ago and immediately fell head over heels in love. I have lived in a lot of special places but, as we all know, there is nowhere like Moab. I am raising two children here. I created and am running a small business here. I love the small-town feel. I love the commu…