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Sunday, October 25, 2020

I’ve patrolled the Slickrock Trail every day this year, except for days that the ice was there. During the start and continuance of coronavirus shutdown, I kept riding the trail, knowing that there was always someone out there and if I didn’t come along, they might be alone when they needed help.

We are in a desperate struggle to preserve our vibrant community and our magnificent surroundings from the ravages of uncontrolled UTVs. To that end, I invite those who didn't hear it to catch the KZMU special on the subject at www.kzmu.org. If you see fit, please share it far and wide ⁠— we…

With the recent Supreme Court nomination process going on and how the two political sides are polarized because a conservative judge could possibly affect legal decisions for years to come, it got me thinking about “packing the court” and the pros and cons associated with it. Those in politi…

In 1961, I turned 16 and bought my first car, a 1949 Ford coupe with a flathead V8. I wanted it to breathe better, so I replaced the muffler with a straight pipe. It sounded great, especially when I rapped it up to about 3500 RPM and popped the clutch.

It is with sadness that I write to let you know that my yard sign was stolen from my yard last night, Oct. 15. The thieves left the metal bracket in place so this took some effort to get the sign off. I want to tell the thief that you can steal my sign but not my voice! Last I looked, we liv…

Friday, October 16, 2020

“Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people to peacefully assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Dear Editor, I am very disappointed in the decision to feature a current candidate for local office on the front page, with a feature-length story, less than one month before the election. I have nothing against this candidate, however past practice in local papers has been to avoid "extra" …

WOW! Isn’t this beautiful!?! Most of us would prefer a nice warm dry place to live, to play, to vacation. Well, come to Moab, probably the warmest driest place in Utah, maybe even more so than Nevada.

Truthfully: Moab’s descent into a noisy hellscape of industrial tourism has not been an overnight phenomenon. It has been the proverbial frog boiling to death. Every year I have tuned my threshold just a little bit more toward accommodation, moving gradually from ‘at least it’s only a couple…

On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Grand County, we would like to thank our partner KZMU Radio for broadcasting the Candidate Forum on ZOOM and live-streaming it on Facebook and the radio at 90.1 FM. Without their help, the 40th annual League of Women Voters Candidate Forum would not…

We are now officially in the highest stage of drought according to the United States Drought Monitor. I beg the county and city to add highway signs that educate people on the campfire and target shooting restrictions as well as the other fire-related restrictions. Put large ads in the paper…

Having read the slew of letters, articles and editorials concerning noise pollution, I feel compelled to write. Trained as a psychologist, I am impressed with the parallels between an adjustment disorder and the reported reactions experienced by both friends and others living in the area. Th…

Friday, October 09, 2020

Election ballots arrive in a couple of weeks! They will contain three ballot propositions that will let voters determine our future plan for Grand County’s government. Since we started the process to change our county form of government nearly two years ago, it’s worth briefly reviewing the …

Friday, October 02, 2020

Moab is no stranger to extremes. Slackliners tiptoeing precariously across canyons and BASE jumpers flinging themselves from towering red rocks are everyday occurrences, as are fire spinners whirling flames inches from their faces.

Heading home from a hike on Saturday morning, I turned onto 500 West from Kane Creek. A car loaded with bikes passed me going at least 40 m.p.h. on their way to the trails. On my way to run errands later in the day, a car tailgated me for six blocks on 500 West until I got to the 4-way stop.…

I have been drawn to southern Utah, particularly Moab, for the past six years. I pass in and out of this town several times each year. Of all the places that I've been, Mill Creek is my favorite and my most visited. I've watched the numbers of people grow tremendously in this short time, who…

Thursday, September 24, 2020

With the exception of bumblebees and some sweat bees, the 900 native bee species in our state are solitary. This means they don’t live in a colony and they fly, feed, and nest in isolation. Unlike our precious bees, we are social creatures and during these times of isolation, many are yearni…

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…