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The break in the Panguitch Lake Dam.

60 Foot Crack Found in Panguitch Lake Dam; Officials Declare State of Emergency

PANGUITCH – With Spring Break coming to an end this weekend, Panguitch locals Chris and Brandy Burns and their children, Ruger, Miley, and Kimber, decided to take a trip up to Panguitch Lake on Sunday, April 7th, to see if the ice was starting to melt around the edge. They made some fresh tracks on the snowy road in their […]

John Lee poses with his Tesla Model 3 at the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park.

Highway 12 Electrified:

Electric Car Show and Meet Scheduled in Torrey for April 20; Bryce Canyon City to receive Garfield County’s first Supercharger

WAYNE & GARFIELD COUNTIES – April is Earth Month. But more specifically, for Torrey’s John Lee, it’s Drive Electric Earth Month. On April 20, Lee will be hosting the Wayne County EV Meetup and Car Show at the Torrey Solar Pavilion from 3 – 6pm, an event he hopes will help educate locals and visitors alike on the use and […]

Escalante sophomore and current Miss Garfield County Clara Peterson stands in front of a classroom wearing her sash and a ukelele.

Third Annual LitJam Attracts Nearly 140 Budding Student Writers from Across Garfield Co. School District

ESCALANTE – Collectively, a group of five passionate Escalante women—Robbin Peterson, Naketa Martel, Karen Munson, Jenny Evans and Heather McKnight—brought to life the third annual LitJam on March 19 at the Escalante High School. LitJam is a student writing conference, aimed at providing local youth, in grades 5th-8th, with opportunities to learn and grow. The idea for the LitJam originated […]

Paige Collett poses for a picture in the Cache Canning and Ferments kitchen.

From Canning to Market

Cache Canning opens new store and farmers' market in Escalante

ESCALANTE – For the past two years, Paige Collett has spent much of her time in a quaint commercial kitchen located at 180 E. Main Street in Escalante. You might be familiar with her pickled goods, which are used in many regional restaurants, or you may have stopped by her retail storefront at Hills and Hollows Market in Boulder last […]

Torrey Farmers' Market vendors set up under their tents along Torrey's Main Street.

Wayne Co. Farmers’ Market to Relocate After Mar. 6 Decision of Torrey Town Council

New market vendor committee is determined to make new location a success

TORREY – The Wayne County Farmers’ Market will be set up in a new location this summer as the Torrey Town Council voted to move the market from its Main and Center Street location during a public meeting held on March 6, 2024. Market organizers were hopeful to remain at the Center Street location but are committed to making a […]

Front view of the Business Incubation Center in Panguitch, which was formerly the old high school

Business Incubation Center or Bust

Panguitch City Council torn on what to do with the old high school

PANGUITCH – The Panguitch community filled City Hall during the Feb. 14 city council meeting to hear arguments for and against maintaining the derelict high school-turned-Business Incubation Center (BIC). Council member Mike Sarles recently secured a grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (GOEO) to begin restoration of the yellow brick building and this has sparked debate over the […]

Co-owners Ann Torrence and Robert Marc of Etta Place Cidery in Torrey with a row of ciders in front of them.

Stay Awhile at Etta Place Cidery in Torrey

New taproom caters to both crafters and hard cider fans

TORREY – Before this winter, there had not been a place in Wayne County to grab a drink without also purchasing food since The Saddlery in Torrey changed hands in 2017. After being awarded an official bar license from Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services in November of 2023, Etta Place Cider converted their existing tasting room to a taproom […]

Accountant Eric Woodbury, attorney Mark Boshell, and Garfield County School Superintendent John Dodds share information with students about accounting, legal, and education careers.

Rural Career Fair Presents Career Ideas and Opportunities for Students

BRYCE – Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill was packed with activity on February 13, 2024, for the annual Rural Career Fair, where 140 high school students from Wayne, Panguitch, Bryce Valley, Escalante and Piute high schools connected with a variety of local business leaders, colleges and professionals in different vocations, with the goal of sparking ideas for students as they approach […]

The Family Dollar building in Escalante surrounded by snow

Advisory Opinion: Escalante City’s Project Approval of Site Plan for Family Dollar “Unlawful”

ESCALANTE – It’s been almost a year since the March 21, 2023, meeting in Escalante City Council chambers, where council members heard concerns from over a dozen city residents—and before a standing-room-only crowd—related to the citing of a Family Dollar/Dollar Tree store within the city limits on Highway 12 and 300 East. Among those speaking that evening was Catie Clery, […]

Sam Spencer in front of his cow pen.

Ranchers on Edge Over BLM Monument Proposals

ESCALANTE / TROPIC / KANAB – Sam Spencer, 71, has ridden out many hard years running his family’s cattle ranch near Escalante. Water has always been scarce, limiting crops to 70 of the 460 acres he manages. Drought years have forced the family to spend thousands of dollars on hay. But no hardship has unnerved the veteran rancher more than […]

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