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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Summer Nights

THOUSANDS OF KIDS have come of age on the midway at Lagoon, Utah’s biggest and best amusement park. Writer Jeremy Pugh looks back at his own history with the park and the history of the park itself. Along the way we’ll examine the rides, how...
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Originally published in Continuum magazine

Still Riding the Waves: Doug Fabrizio Celebrates 30 Years on the Air

Up on the eastern edge of the University of Utah campus, it is 5 a.m., and the Eccles Broadcast Center is subdued and dark. The soothing British voices of the BBC World Newsare quietly wrapping up, and NPR’s Morning Edition is about to launch into its jaunty theme...
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Originally published in The Inertia

4 Bears Ears National Monument Myths Utah Legislators Want You to Believe

As one of his last acts as president, Barack Obama employed the mighty Antiquities Act to create Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah.The monument, which was requested by representatives of Native American tribes and a coalition of environmental groups, archeologists and recreation lovers, contains...
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Originally published in Sunset magazine

Powder Play

Not a fan of hard snow, long lift lines, and drafty lodges? Well, get ready: The new and improved ski day is about to knock your socks off. IT’S THAT TIME of year when a line is drawn in the snow. On one side are...
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Originally published in Desert Companion magazine

Crashing Sundance

Every January, Park City and Salt Lake City host the Sundance Film Festival. Started as the US/Utah Film Festival in 1978, it’s since grown into a must-go for anyone who is anyone (and anyone who wants to be anyone) in the indie film biz. During...
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Originally published in The Inertia

The Central Wasatch is a Damn National Treasure, Let’s Make It Official

If you are a Utah skier, boarder, hiker, or mountain biker—or, if you dig coming to Utah to do those things, which you should—you need to know about the effort to create the Central Wasatch National Conservation Recreation Area. This is a big deal for...
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Originally published in Utah Explorer's Guide

The Ghosts of Cedar Mesa

“Good spot guys,” I mutter to the ghosts as I dump my pack onto the grass at the side of the  trail. “Now, how did you get all that up there?”I’ve discovered yet another riddle of the ancients down here on Cedar Mesa, a plundered...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Up Close and Personal: Fans Here Get a Front Row Seat

SLC’s MUSIC SCENE has flourished in the last decade because of a few promoters who put quality before quantity. As a result, bands love to play here and fans get a front row seat, every show. Thirty-eight years ago, Robert Plant’s howling vocals reached an...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

The Book of Mormon Comes Home

The musical arrives in Salt Lake City, and no, we don’t want to talk about it. THE CURTAIN opens on a spare stage, a set of doors. A lone LDS missionary rings a doorbell and sings, “Hello, my name is Elder Price, and I would like...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Utah Can Dance

THE REST OF THE WORLD is discovering Utah’s talented pool of dancers and choreographers. What took them so long? It started, in a way, with Footloose, the 1984 movie about teens in a town where dance was forbidden. The film put Utah on Hollywood’s radar...