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Notes from the Nuthatch

Leaf-Peepin’ On The Markagunt

BRYCE – It’s that time of year again. Peak leaf-peeping season is upon us, and the forest is splashed with the glory of autumn. Gold, yellow, and pink-blushed leaves glow like lanterns against a backdrop of deep evergreens. The vivid display, when paired with the crisper temperatures, is enough to put a pep in the most leisurely of steps. We […]


Weekly Sky Report October 11 – 17, 2021

Three of the four bright planets are easy to spot in the evening sky, and in order of appearance they’re Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. Mars is behind the sun and cannot be seen. Venus appears first because it’s the brightest, and in fact, it’s so bright you can see it during the daytime with your eyes alone if you know […]

Fall colors in Panguitch

FYI Panguitch

Who said we didn’t have any color in Panguitch? Check out the photo; we do have a few trees that are changing. More weather is expected this week, and maybe it will be cold enough to change all of the leaves. Fall is a special time of the year for me. Being from California, where the colors never change, it […]


PHS Sports Sidelines

This week, the Cats go to the Sevier Valley Tournament, State will be at UVU October 29 & 30, and there will be a Cross Country Region meet on October 12

Boy, did I blow the team schedules last week. The baseball team, because they were one of the top four teams, didn’t have to play a play-in game last weekend. State is this week, and the Cats start off with a game in Spanish Fork on Tuesday. If they get by that game, they will be playing in the semis […]

Garfield County Courthouse

Garfield County Commission September 27, 2021

GARFIELD COUNTY – In the Sept. 27 Garfield County Commission meeting, governmental processes—budgetary audit and land use ordinances—were the highlights. Independent Auditors Kimball and Roberts presented the bird’s eye view of their report for year ending December 2020. Upon evaluating the county’s “standard procedures and internal controls, they determined the financial statements were “clean,” with” no material adjustments required.” The […]

Fall Leaves

Fall Colors are Here

GARFIELD COUNTY – The trees are turning, painting the mountaintops and hillsides with a patchwork of color. Every year, the leaves of deciduous trees change in correspondence with the shortening days. The chemical that makes leaves appear green in the summertime, chlorophyll, needs an abundance of sunlight. As chlorophyll production slows down, the other color-producing chemicals within the leaf are […]


Going With The Flow At The Escalante Canyons Art Festival

ESCALANTE – From learning how to make woodblock prints to dark sky telescope viewing, this year’s Escalante Canyons Art Festival offered a diverse array of community programs. I was able to attend a few of them, while also participating for the first time in the plein air competition. Spoiler: Even though I didn’t win any awards, I found the experience […]

Margie Read painting at Kiva for the ECAF

17th Annual ECAF—a Celebration of Art, Public Lands and Community

ESCALANTE – The 17th Escalante Canyons Art Festival-Everett Ruess Days held in Escalante, Utah, September 14 through September 26, once again brought plein air artists and festival goers from around the country and beyond to our corner of southern Utah for almost two weeks to celebrate “art inspired by place” after postponing the event in 2020 due to Covid-19. To […]

"Maelstrom" by Phil Sisto, NPS AiR

Torrey / Bicknell and CRNP Hosts Events for 12th Annual Heritage Starfest October 8 & 9

TORREY – Capitol Reef National Park and the Entrada Institute are partnering to present the 12th annual Heritage Starfest. Programs and discussions will focus on the importance of the night sky resource. Wayne County and Capitol Reef have some of the darkest skies in the nation. Bring a red headlamp or flashlight, and dress warm for all outdoor events. All […]

Bryce Canyon Autumn Operations

Autumn Changes at Bryce Canyon N.P.

BRYCE – With summer’s end, cooler overnight temperatures and shifting colors accompany annual changes to park operations. Here are upcoming adjustments to facility operating hours and important dates for park visitor services and concessions operations. The park Visitor Center and Bookstore is currently open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will transition to fall hours of 8:00 a.m. to […]