Portraits of Moab (1988-1993)
In the late 80s and early 90s, I was taking a lot of pictures of Moab’s ‘survivors.’ the ones who decided to tough out the hard times and make a new life. Here is Part 1 of my collection of Great Moab Faces…JS
DONI KIFFMEYER &
Actors, playwrights, directors, alternative energy enthusiasts—they both remain Moab activists in 2011.
TOM ARNOLD: Volkswagon mechanic/philosopher, Ed Abbey’s pilot, curator of Tom Tom’s Foreign Car Museum. Tom was a familiar face in Moab for almost 40 years. He always reminded me of the line from McMurtrey in Lonesome Dove—”cheerful in all weathers.” Tom was unflappable. He died in 2007.
LIN OTTINGER: Longtime explorer of the canyon country. In 1990 he was still using ancient VW micro-buses to explore the White Rim. He clashed often with the Park Service as rules and regs go tighter over the years. He is also the only known Moab tourguide to have a dinosaur named after him.
DAVID KNUTSON: Former Grand County Commissioner and advocate for a “Book Cliffs Highway” in the early 1990s, David and The Zephyr disagreed on almost everything; yet we enjoyed an open and honest friendship…I miss that. Hope Dave is doing well these days…
ANDREA STOUGHTON: Legendary rock climber and outdoors enthusiast, she rode her bike everywhere before it was fashionable. However, for all her incredible upper body strength, this reporter was able to beat her arm-wrestling in a well-publicized event at Dave’s Corner Market, 2 out of 3 times. I am still available for a re-match…
JOE KINGSLEY: Realtor and Democratic Party leader in the late 80s. Joe has been a resident of Castle Valley for 40 years. Someday he’s going to write a story for the Zephyr on his memories of the Valley when nobody had heard of it.
JIM SARTEN: River runner, small businessman and enthusiastic supporter of Moab and The Zephyr (!!). He always had a kind word for everybody. I loved bumping into Jim at the Post Office. He died last year.
DAVE SAKRISON & DAUGHTER CHELSEA:
Dave came to Moab from Seattle almost 40 years ago. and is Moab’s most familiar face. Owner of Dave’s Corner Market since the mid-80s and Moab’s Mayor since 2001. Chelsea is married and back in Moab.
CARL RAPPE (Uncle Meat): Started the Main Street Broiler in the late 80s. Hardly anyone remembers that Carl was the force behind the creation of KZMU radio. Carl is still in Moab but grumbles about it a lot.
VENICE DENNY: A familiar face in Moab for decades, he owned a parcel of land on 4th East where the Mill Creek Pueblos now stand. Venice offered the then-pristine property to the city, at a rock bottom price, so it could be preserved as a park, but the city showed no interest. It could have been a beautiful addition to the Mill Creek Parkway.
BEGO GERHARDT (center), world class rock climber, and HEATHER BROWNELL (future veterinarian). We’re unable to identify the woman on the left.
LAURA HOUCK &
Lolly and Linda started “Back to the Soda Fountain” in the old Family Drug Store building on Main St. Best sandwiches in Moab in 1989. Linda died in 2006. Lolly is still there.
LOIS & IZZY NELSON: Longtime owners of Nelson Refrigeration. Still living in Moab. I am still trying to get Izzy to embrace the world wide web.
SCOTT GROENE & JANE S JONES: Two of the Zephyr’s favorite early eclectic writers: Hardcore Green Groene and Libertarian Jane. Groene is now ED of SUWA amd we have no idea where Jane is these days. If you know her whereabouts, tell her to call home…
ED SNYDER: Came to Moab in the early 90s from Telluride and opened Eddie McStiff’s. Once given a ration of shit by this editor for being an ‘outsider,’ he’s now one of Moab’s oldest surviving businesses.
CATHY COONEY & CHUCK SCHILDT:
Owners of Moab Mercantile in the late 80s. Chuck runs the downtown visitor center these days. Cooney is Moab’s artist-in-residence.
CHRISTY WILLIAMS DUNTON: The Voice of Moab since the late 70s. Poet, philosopher, defender of Free Speech. Now program manager at KZMU.
Don’t forget our loyal Backbone members!