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    The area was under a red flag (fire weather) warning for several days this week. Issued by the National Weather Service to firefighters and land management agencies, the warning means conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread of a fire.

    High Desert Hoofbeats

    We won’t ever know how our various spring sports teams would have faired this year, whether in the pool, the tennis courts, golf course, the soccer pitch or the ball field. Sadly, the classes behind you wonder if they will ever know life as you all knew it, until about March when all of our worlds started to change in various ways.

    A Page Out of the Book Cliffs

    My family had all ridden horses quite a bit, but we were real greenhorns when it came to weeks-long pack trips into the wilderness. Thank goodness for Old Uncle Kennis. Kenny Davis to be more precise. You have read his name several times if you’ve been keeping up with these pages, and I will do a full story on him in the next few months.

    Opinion: Castle Valley first responders called to action

    The Castle Valley Emergency Medical Responders were called out twice during the past several days on recreation related accidents as the tourist season begins to ramp up, which is the result of the easing of restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Opinion: Governments should cut costs in accordance with private sector

    Tourism has and will continue to play the most essential role to support Moab’s economic sustainability, even at these least essential of times. But for now, most publicity to encourage people to plan to visit here when this pandemic is over is practically non-existent.

    Opinion: Government form is key local issue of 2020 election

    With the exception of an incredibly important ballot question for voters to decide in November, there won’t be much intrigue for Grand County this election cycle, at least on the local level. Attorney...

    Column: Castle Valley town building will remain closed

    Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox visited Castle Valley last summer and is captured here speaking to Denise Lucas, left, and Pat Drake. The image is included in one of the gubernatorial candidate’s campaign commercials. Courtesy photo

    Page 67 — George Dutos, Part 2

    AJ Rogers I introduced you to one of Thompson Springs infamous denizens of the past century in the last story. George Dutos to be more exact. He arrived here in the 1920s from...

    Opinion: Nature’s warning shot

    Some say that COVID-19 was completely unprecedented and unexpected. It was unprecedented in the sense that it is a virus not previously known to science. But it was far from unprecedented when you consider the previous emergences of SARS, MERS, Ebola, AIDS, the 1918 flu, to name the obvious ones.

    Opinion: Faylene retires after 13 years of service

    Ron Drake After 13 years of service to the community and Town of Castle Valley, Faylene Roth is retiring from public service for more time to relax and get away from the rigors...
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    DWR to conduct checkpoints to help prevent the spread of quagga mussels

    By state law, DWR officials are authorized to conduct administrative checkpoints on various roadways throughout the year to help prevent the spread of quagga mussels. These are different than mandatory inspection stations at bodies of water and other areas because all vehicles — not just those transporting watercraft — will be directed off the road.

    Gas prices creep up as holiday dawns

    The national average price of gasoline has risen 2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $1.86 per gallon Monday.

    Nominees sought for Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council

    It will focus on endangered species protection, invasive species management, poaching and wildlife trafficking prevention, and nonlethal solutions to human-wildlife conflicts, according to a press release from the department.

    Obituary: Michael Arehart, 1950-2020

    On Nov. 21, 1973, he married his wife of 47 years, Ann Sparks of Nephi, Utah, in the Manti Temple. To this union came four children, Teresa “Tee,” Mindee, Trevor and Monica.

    Obituary: Richard Fullam III, 1952-2020

    Richard was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 24, 1952 to Richard J. Jr. and Dorothea A. Baetz Fullam.