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  • 'Clinging hopelessly to the past'

    In his determination to cling, however hopelessly, to Utah’s past, Canyon Country Zephyr founder Jim Stiles has taken on miners, ranchers, developers, mountain bikers and – most recently – some of his fellow environmentalists

  • A voice in the wilderness

    A voice in the wilderness

    Jim Stiles tries to keep his Canyon Country Zephyr alive online; visitors, or the lack thereof; and book notes.

  • Dear friends

    HCN’s summer visitors; corrections; Canyon Country Zephyr and Four Corners Free Press thrive

  • Death of a New Westerner

    Jim Stiles mourns the death of a good friend, a man who loved Moab, Utah, for its diversity.

  • Dewey Bridge: In memoriam

    Jim Stiles remembers Utah’s historic Dewey Bridge, which was destroyed by a fire recently.

  • Heard around the West

    Jim Stiles asks about perfect moments; rent-a-pet; Douglas Bruce behaves like a jerk; Forest Service meeting gets nasty in Montana.

  • Nostalgia is a moving target

    Curmudgeons like Jim Stiles – owner/editor of Moab’s Canyon Country Zephyr – have a lot to teach us about why it is so important for us to cling to the West that we love

  • Tribute to a prickly icon

    Tribute to a prickly icon

    Both fans and critics contemplate the life and legacy of Edward Abbey in a special issue of the Western literary and arts journal Matter.

  • You ain’t from around here, are you?

    In Brave New West: Morphing Moab at the Speed of Greed, Jim Stiles rips into the amenity-oriented tourist economy that has transformed his once-beloved Moab, but he offers little in the way of useful alternatives.

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