Northern News

Okay, this is not a real murder, though there have been a couple of those in the history of our village. What I refer to now is a night of fun and games. It’s a murder mystery dinner. The movers and shakers behind this night of fun are the Johnson family, with Ma Kristl the main force. It all gets...
As I announced a few weeks ago, I’ve divorced myself from Facebook – to many vitriolic posts and response comments. We are still happily divorced, by the way. But sometimes there is a call for such posts and comments, and they lead to good results.  Now I don’t want to make this a theological...
Downtown in our village consists of Ana’s Store, the U.S. Post Office, La Sal Elementary, and the community center, which includes our little library in a closet. Starting last Saturday, the familiar face at the post office was absent. Friday was the last day at work for Postmaster Naomi Schultz....
It snowed all day last Saturday in Sierra La Sal. By bedtime, there was three or four inches of snow. It’s hard to tell when the wind blows the snow around and drifts it. I dragged myself out of bed at 7:30 the next morning trying to make it to church on time (I’m not an early riser in my...
I believe in guardian angels. I’ve had too many experiences in my life to not believe. The verdict is still out on ghosts. I just know there are a lot of things that go bump in the night of which I have no explanation. Last months, a local La Sal lad had a miraculous experience with his guardian...
With the arrival of the pandemic last year, elective surgeries were put on hold for a while as medical resources were funneled toward fighting the virus. After a time, though, it was possible to once again have these procedures. I’ve been contemplating just that of late.  You see, I have this...
Jack Shelby Turpin, a resident of La Sal, passed away January 6, 2021 at his home here surrounded by his family and friends after a battle with lung cancer. A small memorial service was held in La Sal on January 16 which included a 21-gun salute by the local VFW post, including members from La Sal...
We all have hopes that 2021 will be better than 2020, but we know that for the first few months – and maybe even longer – it will be the same old, same old. Something new is coming soon though. Dakota Espinoza, née Johnson, or as they use to say on Hee Haw, she who was Dakota Johnson and her...
Several decades ago – as in probably 40 years – La Salian Bill Tatton and his Moabite son created life-sized Nativity figures. Bill and his wife Belle displayed them in front of their house using spotlights to illuminate the scene. Bill and Belle themselves have been gone from this sphere for...
Our village hasn’t gone untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this summer a young man who works in Moab and meets and greets a diversity of folks had a positive COVID test. He quarantined and headed back to work. His family, a wife, and two young sons also made it through without any...

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