Indeed, All Lives Do Matter

In light of the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations locally, state and nationwide, “All Lives Matter” has become a slogan associated with criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement. Indeed, all lives do matter. However, the All Lives Matter slogan is used by many to minimize attempts by those who are trying to focus awareness on the well-documented disparities that […]

Wearing a Mask is an Act of Neighborly Love

How wonderful it is to express our American freedoms! How responsible a privilege it is to care for our “neighbors!” Please keep in mind there are elderly, immune-compromised and medically fragile peoples among you that appreciate your mask wearing and social distancing while shopping, etc. Admittedly, we’ve been told and advised of a lot of things these past few months […]

Garfield County Faces a Crisis in Adequate/Available/Affordable Housing

Garfield County’s small rural towns cannot solve this crisis individually. Seed money to fund projects such as restoring older dilapidated structures is in short supply. The costs of building new structures has escalated with the costs of Canadian lumber, wages and the shortage of labor. Plumbers, electricians, skilled carpenters are often booked months ahead slowing construction of the few extant […]

Michael Vernon Riffel Sr.

PANGUITCH – Michael Vernon Riffel Sr, age 78, passed away on June 21, 2020 in Panguitch, Utah. He was born on September 6, 1941 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Harold Burton and Gladys Violet Green Riffel. He married Kathryn Dennett on July 1, 1963 in Hawthorne, Nevada. He served in the US Marine Corps, was a member of the Church of […]

Kevin Bridges Receives 2020 Panguitch Lion’s Club Scholarship

PANGUITCH – This year the Panguitch Lion’s Club awarded its scholarship to Kevin Bridges. He is the son of Martin and Shaneil Bridges of Panguitch.Congratulations to Kevin and the Class of 2020. Thank you to the community for your recycling efforts. The aluminum gathered helps the environment and also funds our Lion’s Club scholarships. —Panguitch Lion’s Club   Published in […]

Garkane Energy Opens a New Solar Pavilion in Torrey

TORREY – Following a solo recital performance by members of the Sleeping Rainbow School of Music, Torrey Mayor Scott Chesnut cut the ribbon officially opening Garkane Energy’s third solar-powered pavilion in a ceremony last Thursday. The new structure is located next to the Torrey Town Park and features 99 solar panels on top of a large metal frame providing a […]

Garfield County Commission June 22, 2020

GARFIELD COUNTY – Garfield County Commission met June 22 in regular session, which included five public hearings. Notes from Commissioner Board Reports starting with Commissioner David Tebbs: The county is moving into fire restriction season. No details provided. Intersection at Hwy 12 and 63 (Bryce turnoff) is being redesigned, though no decisions have been made. A roundabout, among other solutions, […]

Utah’s Hospital Systems Join Forces To Encourage All Utahns To #MaskUpUtah

UTAH – Intermountain Healthcare is joining with the Utah Hospital Association and the other healthcare systems in Utah in a collaborative effort to encourage the use of face masks in public and work settings throughout the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, #MaskUpUtah, kicked off on Tuesday, June 23rd and will continue throughout the summer months in an effort […]

21st Annual Panguitch Balloon Rally Took Off with Magical Morning Display

PANGUITCH – The 21st Annual Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally held their 2020 event the weekend of Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27.   Each morning was set to begin with a mass ascension of upwards of 30 balloons into the early morning air.   On Friday morning, the field where the pilots were readying their balloons for flight was […]

A Favorite Torrey Dining Locale Re-Opens with a New Flair

Hunt & Gather, Torrey’s newest restaurant, opens this week TORREY – The launch of Torrey’s newest restaurant feels as much like a homecoming as it does a lift off into new local culinary opportunities. Hunt & Gather, owned by Chet and Nancy Saign, is now open on Torrey’s Main Street at the well-known restaurant property previously occupied by Café Diablo. […]