THE ZEPHYR/JUNE-JULY 1998
PAGE 2: TAKE IT OR LEAVE
IT: Editorial by Jim Stiles
THE DEATH OF JOHN DINSMORE. By Jim Stiles & 'HE DESERVED A CHANCE' By Dirk Vaughan (page 7)
On November 27, 1997, a suicide threat led to a deadly confrontation with the Moab Police Department. What happened? And why?
PAGE 10: SUWA's CANYON COUNTRY WATCHDOG
Groene, Thomas & McHarg report on: (more) stupid anti-wilderness legislation, mining on the Green & Colorado Rivers,
BLM's latest chaining plans, the Pene Boys and their fool's gold...and so much more.
PAGE 12: MOAB IN A NUTSHELL...THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE
Robert finally gets to be 'Dog of the Month' but is Bob his biological dad? Farewell (for now) to copy editor Koel Thomae
Hummers and F-16s invade Moab. Bumper sticker mischief.
PAGE 15: BROAD VISIONS...WOMEN OF THE WEST (volume 1)
PAGE 16: CLARKE ABBEY: Gentle Voice of Defiance. By Jim Stiles
A founder of the Wildlife Damage Review, a dedicated mom and an extraordinary woman
PAGE 18: BARBARA EKKER: Historian of Hanksville. By Barry Scholl
Is Barbara an expert on the area? She "knows where the bodies are buried."
PAGE 20: LOUISE LISTON: The RIGHT Voice in Garfield County. By Larry Davis
The outspoken Garfield County Commissioner is known for her candor. And she drives environmentalists crazy.
PAGE 22: HEIDI REDD: At Home on the Range.
By Anne Wilson
A lifetime in the saddle, owner of the Dugout Ranch, Heidi looks to the future and a good deal for everyone with the Nature Conservancy.
PAGE 24: SUSAN TIXIER: A Bedrock Broad for Wilderness. By Amy Irvine
Unlimited energy, the outspoken flipside to Louise Liston, spiritual leader of Great Old Broads for Wilderness,
the woman is not to be trifled with. Her T-shirt should read: Don't Tread On Me.
PAGE 26: TWISTED TABLOIDS with DAN O'CONNOR:
He re-creates COSMOPOLITAN and is now somewhere in hiding...can Liston and Tixier be far behind?
PAGE 30: AROUND THE BEND
AGAIN with KEN SLEIGHT
PAGE 32: HERB RINGER'S AMERICAN WEST
Herb heads for Colorado and Harry Truman is the prez.
PAGE 35: GLEN CANYON INSTITUTE UPDATE
A new regular feature & a progress report
PAGE 38: FEEDBACK...THE READERS RESPOND
Objections to the Donald Currey Award...and Mr. Severance responds
WHY READ THE CANYON COUNTRY ZEPHYR?
"A personal favorite of mine is the Canyon Country Zephyr, based in Moab, Utah. Editor and publisher Jim Stiles
has loaded this irreverent newspaper with enough good reporting to put metro papers to shame...the Zephyr
tells it like it is. In Moab, the erstwhile outdoor recreational capitol of the interior West, the sirenlike allure of
booming tourism has become, for many, a monster out of control."
Lone Peak Lookout
"(The Zephyr), a serious, but funny, bi-monthly offers the best insights we've
seen into the problems of the Southwest starting with too many people trying
to strike it rich in beautiful but poor country. Stiles has the courage to discuss
the problems created by armies of invading tourists as well as the cancer left
by earlier Moabites who came to Utah to make their fortunes."
Ft. Collins, Colorado
"Stiles wants to return to the good old days of Ed Abbey and economic depression. He has a closed mind when
it comes to progress. "
Tom Shellenberger, Moab real estate agent
Salt Lake City Magazine
"Stiles is a publisher of quintessential fair-mindedness: he disapproves of just about everyone. As far as
landscape blights go, he places hoards of mountain bikers on a par with any oil rig. He prints columns by
boneheaded radicals as well as the radically boneheaded. Stiles is an aggressive perpetrator of knowledge, a
passionate defender of kindness and common sense, has a splendid sense of humor, and is a primo
curmudgeon. The Canyon Country Zephyr might be the best local newspaper in the country."
Jackson Hole News
"Stiles publishes the Canyon Country Zephyr, a polished alternative news[paper. Reading the Zephyr can bring
tourist guilt. Stiles can be as cantankerous as Abbey, calling for identification cards to be issued to longtime
Moabites so they can secure tables reserved for locals during the tourist season."
"You say you could care less about what's going on in Moab, Utah? Read the Zephyr anyway. You'll get a lesson
in how the media can analyze public policy without resorting to the boring outmoded notion of unbiased
reporting. Besides the hand-drawn cartoons by Stiles will make you chuckle."
Salt Lake City
"I can sum up the Zephyr in one word...crap."
Former Grand County Commissioner
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