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Because I just got back to my desk after nine days away, I won’t be sharing a Monday Roundup this week. Sorry about that. This column will return next week.
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Welcome back! The team you’re building is awesome. Big thanks to you all for keeping us abreast of the goings on around town.
Beautiful land down there. Years ago, I had to work in Kayenta for about a month. Heading to Escalante in May…
Did you get to Death Valley? I used to be a park ranger there in the early 60’s when it was a national monument before it became a national park. Lots of exciting times including reoccurring run-ins with Hells Angels and the Manson clan, bleached human skeletons, and an abandoned prospector’s cabin with everything left in place untouched as if the occupant wandered outside to take a leak and just kept walking.
Haven’t been back for about 20 years. I hear it’s now overrun with city slickers on their way to Vegas. And, yes, once we had to come to the aid of a bicyclist trying to ride through the park in summer heat on an old British 3-speed Raleigh. Great times.