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Friday, March 20, 2020
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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…

Friday, February 28, 2020

Three years have passed since losing my daughter, Lily. I felt that the best way I could honor her life and her death this year was to update the community on what progress has been made in the Grand County School District. 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Moab may soon have a parking garage under construction thanks to the Utah Transportation Commission’s Recreation Hotspot funding program. It seems to me the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) wants the parking structure so they can clear away Main Street parking and do away with left t…

Saturday, February 15, 2020

During an interview on Buzzfeed in January, personal trainer Jillian Michaels said that Lizzo, a body-positive music artist who happens to be a fat woman, shouldn’t be celebrating her body. “Why are we celebrating her body?” Michaels, who starred on the TV reality show “The Biggest Loser,” s…

Thursday, February 06, 2020

I moved to Boulder, Colorado, at a time when the town was transitioning from a place where climbing bums could wait tables, find odd construction jobs or work in a small outdoor store to fund their real reason for moving there: climbing, hiking, backpacking, or just playing in the foothills …

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Most important for a healthy lifestyle is good, safe water. We need it to drink, cook, farm and bathe. Nothing is more important. Yet this is the very thing being jeopardized by the White House and the BLM.

On the surface, “more choice” seems better. Here in the U.S., we are driven by the concept that competition benefits the consumer. That’s really only true if the consumer is an informed one, who knows what they want and knows what they’re buying.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

I am disturbed by the news that the BLM plans to offer oil and gas leases in the Sand Flats Recreation Area. Didn't we recently celebrate the creation of the Slickrock Trail? Isn’t the BLM a partner with the county in providing the beautiful camping, hiking and biking area in Sand Flats, whi…

We here in Moab receive less than nine-and-a-half inches of precipitation a year. The overwhelming majority of water for the entire Spanish Valley area comes from a watershed that occupies just 2% of the landmass of Grand County while supporting over 90% of its population. What does this wat…

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The last couple of months of each year can be a whirlwind of joyous reunions with family and friends, tables laden with feasts fit for the most discerning foodie, heartfelt toasts, well wishes and the always delightful laughter of children. We can get caught up and distracted by the planning…

Thursday, January 09, 2020

The family of Bonnie Crysdale, who recently died from an aortic aneurysm in Castle Valley, wishes to express their profound gratitude to two groups who responded so promptly and professionally: the Castle Valley responders and, shortly afterward, the Grand County Emergency Medical Services d…

As the old saying goes, there are only two things that are a certainty for all of us. We’ve recently been hit with new taxes by Grand County and the State of Utah, in the case of the new tax bill SB 2001, is giving us a whole new creative taxing system to figure out while awaiting that other…

In November of 2019, after nine years as Grand County Justice Court Judge, I was required by Utah State law to leave the bench as I had turned 75 years old. A committee was formed to find a successor from among seven applicants. The committee recommended three candidates to the Grand County …

Thursday, January 02, 2020

During a discussion with a friend the other day, she suggested I start to say “yes” to opportunities that were presented to me. I countered that it was important to be just as able to say “no.” We were talking about two very different things.

San Juan County residents need land-use codes to protect their property from the intrusion of neighbors. The intrusive neighbors we are talking about are generally state organizations, out-of-area landowners and other property owners who are generally interested in making the most money poss…

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The crisis in local journalism is, well, in all the papers these days. “Print is dead!” the headlines say. Thousands of newsrooms in small towns have closed over the past decade, leaving millions of people in our country without a reliable place to turn to for all kinds of information.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

I am lucky to call Moab and Grand County home. With two national parks and other surrounding public lands as my backyard, the region allows my business and livelihood to thrive. As co-owner of Rim Mountain Bike Tours, I rely on the natural wealth of these lands to fuel my business, guiding o…

Saturday, December 07, 2019

A wiry adolescent boy stood trembling on a wrestling mat in central Utah, ready to prove his worth in a physical feat of strength. He found himself attempting to put his best foot forward in a world that was completely alien to him. Across from him, a stocky man-child stood poised, confident…

Thank you to Moab and neighboring communities for supporting Operation Christmas Child this year. Through your kindness and generosity, 398 shoeboxes from our area were sent to needy children around the world. Your gifts of school supplies, hygiene items and toys bring the joy of Christmas t…

Thursday, November 28, 2019

After an almost unprecedented dry spell, precipitation has finally returned to the Desert Southwest along with the first winter snow in the La Sal Mountains. In the recreation department of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, this means putting away our shovels and chainsaws, and shifting our …

Thursday, November 21, 2019
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Climate change is currently the defining issue of our species, bigger than any other issue due to the long term effects it is having on the Earth, people, and thousands or millions of other species on this planet.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Imagine if someone handed you a big, fat, juicy savings account with a healthy balance. Now imagine what would happen if you only ever made withdrawals from the account.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Teddy Roosevelt must be rolling around in his grave. Overuse, climate change, budget constraints and invasive species are a few of the challenges our national parks are facing today. The directive from the Trump Administration to allow off-road vehicle (ORV) access to all roads in Utah’s Nat…

A beautiful summer in the fields—azure sky, hard labor, and Coco the farm dog riding atop a stack of hay. The second cutting came in thick and green. My co-worker Dave and I toiled under a blessed sun, listening to a truck downshift to make the sharp turn onto Hayes Road. A moment after we h…

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I moved to Moab in May 2017 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2016. I had only lived in large metropolitan areas - Houston and Austin - prior to moving to Moab, a rural town with an increasingly year-round tourist population and plenty of quirks.